Real Weddings

Nicole and Chris at Eagle Oaks Country Club

Details of the day: The day was everything I’d hoped for. In the days leading up to it, I thought I would be so nervous, but the day of came and I was calm, cool and collected! It was so nice to get ready at my house, because it just felt like the girls were coming over to hang out. We decided to get ready at Eagle Oaks, which was awesome because when we arrived, there was food and champagne ready for us. I snuck away to get a glimpse of the room before the guys arrived. I was in love, the flower centerpieces were so perfect. I put on my dress with my mom and then showed the girls, they were in awe, which was really sweet. My dress was lace and backless, it was “so me”. I decided that I wasn’t going to wear heels, against everyone’s judgement. I think they wanted me to wear them because I’m short, but I’d rather be comfortable. Pinterest sold me on Tieks, and while they were kind of expensive, they were actually very comfortable.Then I had my big reveal with the first man I’d ever loved (and he will always be number one in my heart), my father. That was a great moment. He stood on the other side of the door and as they flung open I was standing on the other side. I’d never seen my dad get emotional, but their were tears in his eyes (and everyone else in the room!) and I gave him a big hug. He told me I looked beautiful and that’s all I needed to hear. I gave my parents two gifts – I gave them handkerchiefs with a special note on it. I also gave my father cuff links with a picture from my childhood of us and the words “I loved you first”.

After that, I knew it was time to see my fiancé. We decided to do a first look because the wedding was later, so it would be too dark for pictures. Eagle Oaks let us do it on the golf course, which was very cool. Everyone stood behind me, the bridesmaids, the groomsmen and our parents as I walked over and tapped him on the shoulder. His response, “Woooww” It was so cute! Then we took all our pictures and got a second to relax before the ceremony. I think I was a little nervous to have everyone stare at me walking down the aisle. This is something I’ve always hated as a bridesmaid, but now I was center of attention, thank god I had my father with me! The ceremony came, went and was perfect. We did it! Now its time to party. Guest raved about cocktail hour, we added a raw bar around an apple ice sculpture (my husband’s last name is MacIntosh, so I figured it was fitting), and had tons of stations. We managed to hit every one in the cocktail hour and thank them for coming. When it was time to go into the reception, the bridal party was ready to go – coming out to hand picked songs and doing a little routine they’d practiced. We came out to pump it up because we knew the party was about to begin! Our first dance was to to Ho Hey by the Lumineers. Being that its an upbeat song, we decided to ask all couples to join us after the first chorus, which was cool. Dancing with our father and mother brought tears to everyone’s eyes. It was a special moment. Then we danced the night away to an amazing play list that brought a lot of our friends back to our high school days. It was nothing short of perfect.

Your favorite part:  Dancing with my father because he whispered in my ear, “Are you having a good time, Nicole?” – He’s the best. The only time I cried all day is when I saw him and when I danced with him. Any one that knows me know how much my father means to me. He’s my favorite person and always will be.

If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be?  We got married outside and I had asked the venue if they had lights – they said they did, but it was still a little too dark (which was honestly fine with me because I didn’t like being the center of attention!) but if I had to change something, I would have dug a little deeper into the light situation outside. If I’d known, I probably would have rented lights, so the officiant, reader and guest could see. Luckily it was short and do the point, we were focused on the party part!

Advice for other brides:  Don’t get stressed out, it’s not worth it. Everything will come together and if a little thing goes wrong, do you think anyone will really notice but you? I didn’t even leave the dance floor in the reception, not even to use the bathroom! I had such a great time. So just enjoy every second of the day, it’ll be one the best days of your life!

wedding details


Toms River

Ceremony Location

Eagle Oaks Country Club

Reception Location

Eagle Oaks Country Club


Jane DiMaggio

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