HOW THEY MET
“It truly was a ‘you had me at hello’ encounter,” says Jennifer Conti, 30, of Montclair. While lounging at the beach in Manasquan one July day, Jennifer caught the gaze of Peter Battaglia, 30, of Madison, and all at once, neither could stop smiling. The next morning, Jennifer confided in her sister and best friends that she had met the man she was going to marry. She was right.
WILL YOU MARRY ME?
Nearly three years later, on May 14, 2016, the pair was en route to what Jennifer thought was a brunch with Peter’s brother, Jack, in the couple’s new Hoboken neighborhood. But much to Jennifer’s surprise, they took a detour to walk along the Hudson River with its view of the New York City skyline. Peter got down on one knee at Pier C Park, where the fences are decorated with padlocks much like the Pont des Arts “Love Lock” bridge in Paris. Following the proposal, the pair met their families for a celebratory brunch in Hoboken.
A week before the wedding, the couple buried an upside-down bottle of bourbon in the sand with hopes of blue skies on the big day. Their unique ritual worked: It was sunny and 80 degrees on June 10, 2017.
DETAILS OF THE DAY
Jennifer grew up sailing and playing tennis at Mantoloking Yacht Club, so it seemed like a natural fit for the couple’s wedding. “We met down the Shore, so it was only fitting that we got married down the Shore,” she says. After the ceremony at All Saints Episcopal Church in Bay Head, the couple arrived at their cocktail reception via a wooden boat named “Unforgettable.”
Though their theme was “seashore chic,” they were careful not to go overboard with their nautical-inspired décor. Instead, they let the picturesque backdrop at Mantoloking Yacht Club set the mood and added subtle details like wooden signs and lush florals to brighten the space. Inside the reception tent, a stunning flower chandelier hung just above the dance floor. The varying pops of pink peonies and ranunculus matched the flower arrangements, creating the perfect color tone and warming up the space.
Instead of the traditional photo booth, guests posed in front of a wooden barn door draped in the same overflowing flowers.
Dinner included filet and salmon paired with Pommard and Chassagne-Montrachet wines selected by Angelbeck’s Fine Wine of Montclair.
“Mean to Me,” by Brett Eldredge.
At the end of the night, everyone danced and sang along to “Piano Man,” by Billy Joel, a song they both love.
Guests were treated to cones from a Hoffman’s Ice Cream truck.
They spent 10 days island-hop- ping—Oahu, Kauai and Maui in Hawaii—before returning home to Hoboken
Montclair and Madison
All Saints Episcopal Church, Bay Head
Mantoloking Yacht Club
Jac & Jules Photography
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