Every girl dreams of her own wedding, and every mom looks forward to being a part of it. For Carlyle Sargent and her mother, Allison Sargent, both professional event planners with Allison Sargent Events in Montclair, it was a perfect partnership. “We agreed on 99.9 percent of everything because our tastes are complementary,” says Carlyle. “We really had a lot of fun with it. And, since I’m her only daughter, my mom put all her best ideas to good use.”
Carlyle, from Montclair, and Brendan, from Medfield, Massachusetts, met at a mixer on their first day at St. Lawrence University. Seven years later, he, a sales professional, proposed to her on the beach in Mantoloking.
Following a 10-month engagement, Carlyle and Brendan were married on June 18, 2011, at Union Congregational Church in Montclair. Their fuchsia and lime-green evening reception for 300 was at the Upper Montclair Country Club, under huge custom tents.
The bridal party included a dozen maids, all in fuchsia silk dresses with custom-made lime sashes, and the color theme carried through to the reception with tabletops decorated with white pin-tuck linens and custom napkins in fuchsia and lime bengaline silk.
Dessert was a special treat: One of Martha Stewart’s favorite bakers, Wendy Kromer, whipped up a six-tier vanilla cake with vanilla Swiss-meringue buttercream that was delivered from Ohio.
The groom’s cake, however, was Carlyle’s brainstorm. “I arranged for an elaborate cake that was a tribute to Brendan’s illustrious college sports career. It looked exactly like his St. Lawrence lacrosse jersey,” she says.
Carlyle also secretly planned a fireworks display just before the cake cutting.
Other special touches included a photo booth, candy bar, s’mores station, firepits, Adirondack chairs, a wedding mad-libs booth, sign-in banner and after-party tent with custom cigars.
“My mother and I are very lucky to do this for a living—we love creating fabulous weddings and events,” Carlyle says. After a honeymoon trip to the Cayman Islands, the couple is at home in Hoboken.