Real Weddings

Kim and Tom’s Whimsical Wedding at The Place on the Lake

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake

Details of the day: Tom and I are honestly just an easy going couple who wanted to throw an awesome party. We both just wanted to have an amazing night; filled with our favorite people, tasty beers, yummy foods and just a ridiculous amount of happiness. Once the day started, and I was filled with a sense of calm and ease, I knew that the everything was going to go perfectly.

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake
Your favorite part: My favorite part, and call me crazy, was the absolute craziness of the day itself and the months/years leading up to it. The endless DIYing, the running around, the ugly crying that ultimately led to manic laughing. It was all so much fun.

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake

But, it’s hard to narrow it down to a ‘favorite part’ of the actual wedding day. In the end, Tom and I danced with Storm Troopers and then got funky with NJ (New Jersey Devil Mascot). Then, at the after party, we took shots with WWE wrestlers in the hotel bar – because it would be our luck that our hotel was hosting a WWE convention that weekend.

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake
If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? Honestly, to be more firm when it came to certain decisions and to have gone with my gut. If I had stuck by that, I would have looked for a more professional makeup artist instead of trusting in a family member; who I already got bad vibes from and knew that she was unreliable from earlier in the planning process with her. I listened to my mom, who wanted to give her a second chance; which led me with no makeup artist – literally – two days before the wedding. Her reasoning, she was suddenly ‘stuck’ in the Bahamas on vacation. But, thank goodness for Melanie – aka my makeup hero/guru!

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake

New Jersey Bride Real Wedding Tom and Kelly Place on the Lake

Advice for other brides: Go with the flow and don’t sweat the small stuff. Things will NOT go according to plan…and that is completely OKAY. Don’t change your mind because somebody – family, friends, vendors – you receive funny looks. Do you know how many times I got the side eye because I said I’d be bare foot on my wedding day? Too many to even count! If you and your betrothed love the idea of doing/having/etc _______, that’s all that matters. Stay true to your quirky self and do you! Ultimately: Just breathe and understand that, at the end of the day, you’re getting married. And that’s all that really matters.

wedding details

Hometowns

Keyport

Ceremony Location

The Place on the Lake

Reception Location

The Place on the Lake

Photographer

Fede Photography

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