Details of the Day: The theme was rustic and classic. We wanted to incorporate things like mason jars, crates, etc. to have that rustic feel, but also wanted the entire day to feel elegant. We did a lot of our own prep, including shopping for lanterns, the card box (which was antique), and little chalkboard, as well as a lot of DIY – photo booth props, signature cocktail recipes and signs, chalkboard place cards for succulents (that doubled as favors). We also made our own flower girl decorated bucket and a ring box with our initials for the ringbearer. Colors were spring pastels – the bridesmaid dresses were a dusty blue called “cloudy” which was gorgeous. The flowers were muted pastels – green, blue, peach. We also worked the succulents in our bouquet and corsage to tie into that theme. Our “guestbook” was jenga blocks for people to sign. We love playing games so this was a nice way to do something different while working in something that we love to do. The Venue: When we walked into the Indian Trail Club, we immediately fell in love. The venue had just gone through a complete renovation and was utterly GORGEOUS! The entire setting, complete with the lake, terrace/patio, and wall-to-wall windows was simply breathtaking. We also loved how charming and home-y the space felt. Even though you can fit upwards of 200 people, it doesn’t feel like an overwhelming space. It is still intimate. We were looking for somewhere that felt personal – where there wouldn’t be multiple weddings happening at once. This space hit the mark on so many levels. The staff was amazing, and so accommodating to our every need. The food was delicious, and the service was fantastic. We heard from so many people that this was the most beautiful wedding venue – and they were right! The Menu: We had a cocktail hour that included passed hors d’eourves, buffet stations, and a risotto station. Dinner included a Clubhouse Salad (goat cheese, cranberries, walnuts) and plated entrees – choice of filet mignon or macadamia-crusted grouper. Our cake alternated flavors – chocolate and red velvet. The Gown: My gown was a beautiful champagne lace strapless made by Marisa Bridal. I bought it on my first shopping trip – which was to Kleinfeld Bridal. After watching “Say Yes to the Dress” so many times, I had to see what the fuss was all about! I even got to work with my favorite consultant from the show – Antonella. I tried on about 6-8 dresses. I knew this was the one because I felt beautiful in it, and the look on my mom’s face when I came out of the fitting room said it all. Favorite Moment: Too many to name! One of the funniest of the day was when our Flower Girl – Jay’s niece – deciding that instead of spreading the flowers down the aisle, she would just carefully place 1-2 along the edge of the right pews—and even went back to reposition one that wasn’t quite perfectly where she wanted it. It was an adorable moment that made everyone laugh! Favorite Detail: I (Lisa) am the Artistic Director of a children’s theatre company based in Wayne – Aspire Performing Arts Company. I knew from day one that I wanted to celebrate this part of my life – because it is so important to me – by having my theatre students involved in some way. Every time we visited a church, I asked if it would be OK to have some of my students sing. When we found Most Blessed Sacrament and Father John, I explained all of this to him and he agreed it would be a lovely moment. So about 25 of my students joined us for our ceremony, and came up to the altar to sing “In Whatever Time We Have” a beautiful song from one of my favorite musicals, “Children of Eden” by Stephen Schwartz. It really made the day feel very special. First Dance: “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Advice for other Brides: Everyone will tell you the same thing: “It all goes so fast.” And it does! The day feels like it went by in the blink of an eye. So do what you can do enjoy every little moment. And remember that this day is about the two of you.