Details of the day: Having a New Jersey wedding was one of the best decisions we could have made. Even though I was born and raised here, James was born in Ireland and raised in Boston. He moved to the great state of New Jersey for college 10 years ago and has yet to leave! I attended school in Massachusetts, and met James by chance one night in Hoboken. New Jersey is where our story began. It was colder than we expected for a Friday in April, but we chose The Park Savoy based on its beauty both inside and out. We negotiated day-of (James wanted the ceremony outside, I did not), and ultimately ended up inside. It could not have been more perfect. As a compromise, we did our reveal, alone with just the two of us, in the spot outside where the outdoor ceremony would have been. The ceremony was fantastic, and the reception was an absurd amount of fun. People kept telling me not to worry, and that things would go wrong and no one would notice – but I honestly don’t think anything did. We had time to focus on just the two of us, and then celebrated with 288 of our closest friends and relatives.
My dress was unbelievable. I’d first seen it perusing the internet last summer, stumbling upon Hayley Paige and her fantastically sparkle-laden dresses. I thought I always knew what I wanted – strapless dress with a sparkly belt – simple, yet elegant. All of that flew out the door the day I saw the “roxanne” gown by HP. I ventured to Kleinfeld’s in June, tried on 5 dresses, and fell even more in love with the “roxanne.” I was in and out with the dress of my dreams in 60 minutes. Its the most beautiful I have ever felt. James picked the suits that the guys wore from theblacktux.com, and they were perfect. Both of our favorite color is green, so I knew my bridesmaids would be in a nice bright emerald. Grey and green paired well together, and made decor fun and easy. We chose white hydrangea and white roses for a tasteful, simple centerpiece creation to match our personalities. Its not like us to be over the top. We are both laid back and generally “no-frills,” but on this day, we planned everything we possibly could have, kept it simple yet classy, and danced until they turned the lights on. I picked up little decorative touches here and there and included things like a “fun fact card” full of random things about James and I together and individually. One of my bridesmaids is a graphic designer and assisted me with all paper products for the wedding. I’m very big into monograms and initials, so they played a crucial role in tying things together without being too much. It was truly the best night of my life, and its one I will enjoy reliving over and over again with my husband.
Your favorite part: My absolute favorite part of the wedding has to be the recessional out of our ceremony. James and I had tossed around several song ideas for us to walk out to, knowing it would be our first trip as “Mr. and Mrs.” When I suggested “Rock and Roll Pt. 2” as a possibility, I didn’t think he would agree. But he did. When the vows were done, and we were officially married, we turned to our crowd and watched their reactions to the song. It did exactly what we anticipated. Not only did people clap along and cheer, they joined into the “HEY” portion as we exited! It truly was the perfect song to choose, especially since it let our guests know the party was about to begin!
Advice for other brides: My advice for other brides would be to keep the focus on you and your soon-to-be husband. People can get so lost in the details and trying to impress others that they forget the entire production is occurring because two people fell in love. Its the beginning of your own little story together, and its important to keep that at the forefront of wedding planning!