HOW THEY MET: Though they grew up in neighboring towns, Jill, 30, of New Vernon, and Kyle, 30, of Randolph, didn’t cross paths until their mid-twenties. On Labor Day weekend 2012, each of them were staying with friends in Manasquan—coincidentally only a few houses away from each other— when a mutual friend decided to bring both groups together for day on the beach. After meeting, the pair made plans to get drinks at The Parker House later that night.
WILL YOU MARRY ME? Exactly four years later, on September 4th, 2016, Jill and Kyle were heading back to their East Village apartment after the long weekend at Jill’s parents’ home in New Vernon. Jill opened her apartment door to find her favorite flowers, white hydrangea, on the kitchen table along with carefully placed matches, each of them acquired from a place the couple visited in their four years together. “I turned back and looked at Kyle in complete shock, and after a long embrace and lots of tears, he asked me to marry him,” says Jill.
CEREMONY: On August 12th, 2017, the couple’s friends and family gathered at Hamilton Farm Golf Club’s rose garden to watch Jill and Kyle say “I do.” Expecting a hot summer day, the couple purchased palm fans and wrapped the handles with a soft peach ribbon to match the Amsale bridesmaid dresses.
DETAILS OF THE DAY: “I have a thing for pineapples,” says Jill. The pair decided to tastefully include them in their clean and classic wedding décor. With subtle gold accents—on the specialty drink frames, table numbers, lanterns and card box—and a DIY pineapple escort card display, their vision came to life. “Kyle and I spent countless nights drinking wine and making over 100 gold pineapple wax seals for our escort card display,” says Jill. Their hard work paid off!
FLORALS: Inside Hamilton Farm Golf Club’s new ballroom, centerpieces overflowed with white hydrangea, lush white garden roses and greenery. To keep floral costs down, Jill’s bridal and bridesmaid bouquets were recycled for the couple’s farm-style head table.
MENU: At cocktail hour, guests were treated to Hamilton Farm Golf Club’s signature drink: gin and tonic with cucumber garnish. Passed hors d’oeuvres included truffle potato croquette, mini crab cakes, and herb crusted lamb chops. For dinner, it was Apulia burrata, panzanella salad, and classic filet mignon with Maine lobster tail.
FIRST DANCE SONG: “You are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.
FAVORS: Each guest received a custom matchbook as a sweet ode to the way Kyle popped the question.
FAVORITE MOMENT: After signing their Ketubah, Kyle took Jill’s hand, led her into a side room and closed the door behind them. “He held my head in his hands and we took a breath together,” says Jill.
ADVICE FOR BRIDES: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
HONEYMOON: After a quick mini-moon in Longboat Key, Florida, the pair is home in Hoboken, planning their honeymoon and one year anniversary in the Grand Cayman.
Hamilton Farm Golf Club
Hamilton Farm Golf Club
Jenny Moloney Weddings, Jan Press Photomedia, GR Productions
Rabbi Bruce Benson