Real Weddings

Rachel and Kevin at Forsgate Country Club


Details of the day:

After a week of darkness and rain, our wedding day brought us clear skies, cool breezes and a bright shining sun. We wrote our own ceremony, which took place outside at a gazebo on the grounds of Forsgate Country Club. After the ceremony, all our guests were handed a glass of champagne with a strawberry and entered cocktail hour in a large atrium inside the country club. Time absolutely flew by, as Kevin and I walked around greeting the friends and family that came to celebrate with us. In between hugs, kisses and conversation, we even got a chance to taste some of the truly delicious hors d’oeuvres. When it came time for the reception, we were stunned when we saw how beautiful and bright the ballroom looked. We loved our centerpieces, very tall glass vases topped with an abundance of blue hydrangeas, white lilies and lavender stock. Each chair was covered in white linen and had a lavender sash tied around the back. We had small guest books on each table that asked for “advice for the bride and groom,” which  were fun to read after the day was over. Our band was spectacular; they kept people dancing the entire night, including me and Kevin. Before we knew it, we had danced the night away and it was time to leave. We had very mixed feelings: we were (and still are) so sad that our big day came to an end, but we are also on cloud nine. We are thrilled with the wonderful memories we have and we are excited to start this new chapter in our lives.


My favorite part:

My favorite part of the day was when Kevin and I first saw each other, which was not during the ceremony, but rather during our portraits. Our photographer arranged for a private and emotional “first look” about an hour before the ceremony. She told me she would be taking some pictures of me and after just a few moments, to my surprise, I felt Kevin’s hand graze my back and I just burst into tears. He kept saying, “You look so beautiful,” as I sobbed and laughed. It was a wonderful moment.

Kevin’s favorite part of the wedding day was when he saw me and my father begin walking down the aisle, as he stood at the front of the gazebo with the warm sun shining down on him. He said it was a stunning and unforgettable feeling.


Advice for other brides:

Perhaps some people will disagree with me, but I think it’s okay to stress over the small stuff: I certainly did. My hard work and attention to detail paid off. My wedding was as perfect as I ever could have hoped it would be. Just make sure you don’t let your stress turn into crankiness. Keep putting things in perspective. This is a celebration with family, friends and loved ones. You’re planning one of the happiest days of your life, so keep smiling.

wedding details



Ceremony Location

Forsgate Country Club


Rebecca Belle Photography

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