Marc and I met during his prom weekend back in 2008. We were at a mutual friend’s and he came up to tell me if I needed a prom date for my prom next year that he would be a good option, because he was an awesome dancer. We never went to prom together, but about two years after we met we started dating and the rest is history.
We got engaged at a winery called Working Dog winery. Marc had a table for us set up in the vineyards and then he got down on one knee. It’s actually where we had one of our first dates, and it was also the same weekend we first met, just nine years later.
I would explain our day as very romantic. We picked a neutral color scheme with dusty rose bridesmaids dresses and traditional black tuxes. We went with a lot of greenery and candles, I wanted something classic and timeless. For favors, we decided to do koozies with our names and wedding date on them. Our venue served bottled beer and the groom is a beer lover. The guests had them on their drinks all night!
We fell in love the second we saw the Ryland Inn. It actually took us six months to find our perfect venue, but as soon as we walked into the Ryland inn we knew it was the one. Our favorite feature was the ceremony spaces. We had an April wedding, and the weather isn’t always cooperative, but both the outdoor and indoor ceremony spaces are equally as beautiful. We ended up having the ceremony indoors, which definitely went with the romantic feel of the wedding.
Our cocktail hour had ton of passed hor d’oeuvres and also a ton of stations. Our favorite was our Maryland station, the Ryland Inn put it together for us since Marc and I lived in Maryland for three years of our relationship. First course was a grilled Asparagus salad with smoked portobello mushroom, spinach, radish, and balsamic honey vinaigrette. The main course options were: spring Barnegat Bay flounder with lack truffles, little neck clams, fingerling potato coins, local pea tendrils, filet mignon with creamed spinach, nutmeg and tarragon, smashed fingerling potatoes, bordelaise sauce, thyme, and our vegetarian option was a spring vegetable lasagna. For desserts, instead of having a big Viennese tables we opted for butler passed mini desserts passed around the dance floor, and a mini donut hole table. Our cake was from La Bonbonniere and was a vanilla cake filled with two different fillings: a mocha buttercream (in honor of my late grandmother favorite type of cake) and fresh strawberries with vanilla custard.
When I went dress shopping I had envisioned myself in a long sleeve romantic flowing gown. I wasn’t in love with any of the ones I was trying and our moms and a few bridesmaids convinced me to try on something totally out of my comfort zone. When I walked out tears flowed and I just knew it was the one!
My favorite moment was during our first dance we had our DJ ask everyone to join us on the dance floor mid song. The next thing I knew, every single person was on that dance floor and you could just feel all the love and happiness in the room. The other moment that stands out to me, was doing a first look with my dad. During the first look I gave him a tie with a blue heart sewn into it made of half of my late grandmothers shirt and the other half my late grandfathers. I also gave him one of my grandfathers handkerchiefs embroidered with “I’ll always be your little girl”. I wanted him to have a piece of both of them that day and it was so meaningful and emotional.
Wow, this is a hard question. I would have to say my flowers. It was the last vendor I booked, but I’m so glad I did. The florals transformed an already stunning place into a romantic beautiful setting! We got so many compliments throughout the night on them.
Not that ever got brought to my attention! The only thing was rain, during our ceremony there was actually a tornado warning. They say rain is good luck, so a possible tornado must mean super good luck right?!
“Love Your Love the Most” by Eric Church
Take it all in. The day goes by super fast, but take a moment and breath. It will not go all perfect as planned, but in the end nothing will mater except all the love that is in the room from family and friends, all for you and your husband/wife. It really was the best night of our lives and worth all of the hard work planning a wedding is.
We opted for a mini moon in Englewood, Florida and Siesta Key, Florida. It was nice because it was still cold in New Jersey. So we flew out to warm beach weather and crystal clear water! We opted to not be on a schedule and just go with the flow while we were there.