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Carlyle Sargent to Brendan Lynch at Upper Montclair Country Club

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

Upper Montclair Country Club

Upper Montclair Country club

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Ceremony Location

Union Congregational Church, Montclair

Reception Location

Upper Montclair Country Club


Wendy Robinson Photography

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