‘Twas the night of Halloween in 2014, the hopeful singles dressed as an American Gladiator and Steve Zissou and met at a party. It wasn’t until a costume malfunction when the Gladiator caught interest in this Bill Murray character. Waiting for our first kiss under the stars, I knew this guy was different. But, it never came. He made me wait, which made him even more attractive to the Gladiator! We danced until the party came to an end and the rest, as they say, is history.
The abridged version: My cousin dragged me to a halloween party where I fell for the brother.
Fast forward to February 2017. The plan was to go out to eat at our favorite restaurant in Red Bank, until I suggested to make a day out of it. Asbury Park was hosting one of their Bazaars in the famous Convention Hall. We went to check out the scene, but he kept insisting they walk the boardwalk. We came to the abandon casino where I started photographing the cool murals. When he saw a passerby he took advantage of the opportunity. While the stranger photographed the couple, he got down on one knee and proposed. I said, “are you sure?!”
The room is filled with attention to details–like the handmade wooden menu holders and custom wax seal, a limited
edition run of dark roast coffee beans favors made special by the bride and groom, and a mixture of tall a-symmetrical green centerpieces, and smaller whimsical neutral arrangements.
With arguably the best band on the Jersey Shore, the reception is packed with character and so much love, topped with surprise late night food stations that represent the couple’s family recipes.
Dessert: alternating chocolate and vanilla cake tiers with cannoli filling
beignets, New York cheesecake bites with berries, homemade pistachio and mint gelatoSurprise late night stations of favorite pizzas and family sub shop recipe.
In addition, the florals, to me, really upgraded our ceremony. I remember walking into the space for the first time and I cried happy tears. It was better than my photoshop, haha. It was like my Pinterest wedding came to life.