How did you meet?
Although we lived less than ten minutes apart, we did not meet until we started working at Target in August of 2010. I was working with my trainer when Matt walked up, shook my hand and introduced himself. We became fast friends and constantly got in trouble for talking to each other at work. On Black Friday, we ended up going on break at the same time. Matt saw an opportunity and took my phone, he put his number in it and we started talking regularly. We finally decided to hang out for the first time in early December. We decided to meet up in a parking lot to figure out what to do, and as soon as Matt got into my car, we didn’t stop talking until four o’clock in the morning. We never made it out of the parking lot. Matt asked me to be his girlfriend on December 13, 2010, and the rest is history!
Matt woke me up at four o’clock in the morning on the last day of our family vacation in New Orleans. He suggested we go get an early breakfast and watch the sunrise over the Mississippi River. I agreed, so we made their way to Cafe Du Monde and the Moon Walk. After, I convinced Matt to go sit in Artillery Park to get some space. The sunrise was beautiful, but I was ready to leave. Matt was insistent that we stay and told me to look over near the Crescent City Connection. I didn’t know what I was looking at, so I turned back around to clarify. When I turned around, Matt was down on one knee. I was so excited I began yelling at him and did not hear a single word he said. There was no crying, just hysterical laughter, much like most of our time together.
Our venue was so beautiful I did not want to take away from it by over-decorating. If I had to describe the theme I would say it was simple elegance. I used a lot of greenery to decorate the room. This was accented with pops of color from loose flowers that complemented my bouquet. The center pieces were made up of greenery, tall and short hurricane vases filled with water and floating votive candles, loose flowers and wood slabs. I also used a lot wooden accents in the decor. Even though many people are choosing blush and ivory colored bouquets right now, I knew I wanted something different. I chose to use greenery and magenta flowers with pops of peach and blue. The florist also recommended that I add some succulents in the bouquet and I love her for it. Our favors were gourmet donuts. They were delicious and everyone asked where they were from so they could go in the future.
We love Asbury Park. We’ve been to Robinson Ale House (the more causal McLoone’s restaurant that is downstairs of the Supper Club) many times. We love the food and the walls of windows that overlook the beach and boardwalk. The circular design of the Supper Club was different from the other venues we toured. Every wall in the Supper Club is glass and the view of the beach and boardwalk is even better than the downstairs restaurant. The full bar was a huge plus for us and people kept it packed the entire night. We also loved the booths and long rectangular tables. It just felt intimate and elegant. The gold uplighting and centerpieces made the room feel warm. The best part of the venue was the coordinator Victoria. Before booking we felt that she was genuine, beyond helpful, and dependable. Prior to booking, I told her some ideas that I had and she told me what was and wasn’t realistic. She did not pressure us at all and made the booking process painless.
Our dinner menu consisted of strip steak with house steak sauce, seared chicken breast with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and mushrooms in a sherry cream sauce, and pan seared magi- magi with a lemon balsamic glaze. The salad was a cucumber garden salad and the appetizer was a lump crab cake with a spicy remoulade sauce. There were eight passed hors d’oeuvres, two chafing stations, and cheese, vegetable, and bruschetta displays. My Irish family said that they felt like “gavones” because there was so much delicious food that they couldn’t help but keep taking it from the servers. Each tier of the cake was a different flavor. First tier was chocolate cake with a chocolate pudding filling, the second tier was with cake with strawberry filling and the third tier was almond cake with raspberry filling (my personal favorite). We got nothing but complements about the cake. It was decorated simply but beautifully. It had accent flowers from the florist on each tier and I bought a wood cake topper from Etsy.
My gown was a heavily beaded a line dress with a silk skirt with netting over the top. It was blush l with an ivory overlay. The dress had a medium low-V back that was also beaded. I tried on many dresses until the consultant said, “ok, you haven’t stopped looking at this one so let’s put it on.” As soon as I put it on I felt beautiful and romantic. It was not was I was looking for but was everything I needed.
Our first dance was my favorite moment of the entire day. About five years ago, Matt and I were at a Dave Matthews Band concert and they played the song “You & Me.” I had never heard of it before that moment, but I turned around and told him that this was going to be our wedding song. He looked at me, laughed, and said, “calm down.” Once we got engaged, and we’re starting to think about our wedding song he turned around and said, “it’s ‘You & Me.’” Both of us laughed and I still brag about choosing it so long ago. When we did our first dance it was like no one else was there. It was literally the culmination of the 10 years we spent dating and it was absolutely perfect.
Matt picked out my engagement ring before my grandmother passed away. Once she did, my father gave me her engagement ring (not yet knowing that Matt was proposing). Me, Matt, and our jeweler worked together to turn her engagement ring into a claddagh ring. We were able to melt the medal down and mix it with rose gold to made up the band. Then we used the stone in the center of the ring. It is perfect and it was so special to have her there with me in that way on my wedding day.
Yes. My hair fell out and there was some communication issues with the shuttle bus and hotel. At the end of the day, none of it mattered; we were finally married and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.
“You & Me” by Dave Matthews Band.
Just go with the flow. If you let it, this whole process can make you crazy. From the beginning, decide what it important to you and focus on that. Everything has a way of working itself out and when it comes down to it, you really won’t notice the small things that go wrong.