Real Weddings
»NULL

Graelyn and Christopher in Stockton

Graelyn Brashear Christopher Seiz _new_jersey_bride_real_weddingsCopy-of-IMG_9358
Friend-officiants married Graelyn and Christopher in a mid-day ceremony on May 29, 2011.
Graelyn_Brashear_Weds_Christopher_Seiz_8.jpg
An early dinner for their 150 guests followed, which included fish tacos, barbequed ribs and fried chicken.
Graelyn_Brashear_Weds_Christopher_Seiz_15.jpg
Pies from Terhune Orchards were served instead of the typical wedding cake.
Graelyn_Brashear_Weds_Christopher_Seiz_12.jpg
And guests were treated to lawn games and activities, including a photo booth set up in an old, but freshly scrubbed outhouse.
Graelyn Brashear Christopher Seiz _new_jersey_bride_real_weddings_MG_4140
Christopher, an artist and executive director of the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, and Graelyn, Barnegat Patch.com editor, designed and created their letterpress invitations at a friend’s studio in Frenchtown.
Graelyn_Brashear_Weds_Christopher_Seiz_3.jpg
As for décor, they relied on their own keepsakes: hundreds of antique bottles and jars that they had collected for years. Bottles holding wildflowers were placed as centerpieces on burlap runners on tables; mason jars full of flowers were strung off a picket fence; and a large jar was placed at the guest check-in to collect notes for the couple.
Graelyn_Brashear_Weds_Christopher_Seiz_4.jpg
“We got a wonderful range of things, from advice to scribbled drawings from kids,” Graelyn says of the heartfelt notes that will go into an album.
Graelyn Brashear Christopher Seiz _new_jersey_bride_real_weddingsIMG_95401
Organizing a wedding at home is no easy task, though. “Both Chris and I can get absorbed in details, so it was good to have someone experienced keeping an eye on the big picture and helping us get the important things done on time,” says Graelyn of hiring planner Angela Rando of Juliet Events in Monmouth and Hudson counties.
Graelyn_Brashear_Weds_Christopher_Seiz_9.jpg
After a honeymoon drive cross-country in Graelyn’s parents’ car, the couple is now at home in Barnegat.
Graelyn_Brashear_Weds_Christopher_Seiz_5.jpg
Graelyn_Brashear_Weds_Christopher_Seiz_6.jpg
Graelyn_Brashear_Weds_Christopher_Seiz_16.jpg

wedding details

Ceremony Location

Stockton, NJ

Photographer

Pat Furey Photography, 732-551-6020

+ more