Details of the day:
My husband and I started dating on December 7, 2002, while we both attended Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. After he finished law school and I finished pharmacy school, we both started working in our respective fields in New Hampshire. In 2012, Conrad worked with Josh Levkoff in New York to design my ring, and proposed to me at the High Lawn Pavilion in West Orange overlooking the New York skyline. I spent the next year searching for venues in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and the Caribbean, and traveled to Puerto Rico to scout out some promising venues. In the end, what is here in New Jersey blew the rest away, and nothing compared to the quality of venue and caliber of vendors that could be obtained here.
We decided to have our wedding reception at the Manor in West Orange where my parents held their wedding reception in 1980. After a rainy blustery Saturday, we received beautiful late fall weather on Sunday, December 7 for our wedding day. The ceremony was held at Notre Dame Church with Father Joseph Laracy presiding over the ceremony. He was actually my prom date almost 20 years ago at West Essex and we’ve remained close friends.
Conrad and his brother Colin were in black Burberry Porsum tuxedos, while the remaining groomsmen were in dark gray suits. The bridesmaids were all dressed in black gowns from Elizabeth Johns Bridal in Morristown. After trying on well over a hundred dresses and annoying a fair share of bridal consultants, I settled on a slightly over budget Yumi Katsura gown from Exquisite Bridal in Millburn. To save on the budget, our wedding rings came from Etsy and are our state quarters, New Hampshire for my husband, and New Jersey for myself, turned into rings. After the wedding, we drove to downtown Montclair for photos in the fading afternoon light. I’ve never had traffic be so courteous to me as I was crossing the streets of Montclair with my bridal party during the pictures. The wedding itself was a great occasion and, surprisingly, went off without incident. All our vendors out performed our expectations and took care of so many of the small details that nothing was for want. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. From the pictures we saw afterward, our friends and family certainly did, too!
Your favorite part:
Was walking into the reception hall and seeing everything that we had planned come together so beautifully.
Advice for other brides:
It was difficult bringing this whole show together. If your family and friends want certain things done, then its okay to work with them to achieve a vision that works for everyone. But, sometimes, you just need to get your own way. 😉