Details of the day: The first year of marriage for Alyssa and Robert Fisher was not an easy one. Prior to their engagement, Robert’s father was diagnosed with cancer and by the time their wedding rolled around he was really feeling its effects. The first nine months of their marriage was filled with constant visits to the hospital, nights spent bouncing from home to home, living out of a suitcase while trying to balance work and personal affairs and the eventual death of Robert’s father in June of 2015. It was a trying time for both of them but did serve to bring them closer as husband and wife. And now they look back on their special day with fondness, great memories and thankfulness.
It was the morning of October 11th, 2014 and the mist was rising from the still waters of the Navesink River in the heart of Red Bank. It was on the banks of this very river where, eleven months prior, Robert Fisher got down on one knee and asked his beautiful girlfriend of six years, Alyssa Derling, to be his wife. Alyssa now found herself a mere five miles away at her Aunt and Uncle’s house as she excitedly sipped mimosas and prepared for the biggest day of her life with her seven bridesmaids. Her hair was done, her makeup applied and now it was time to slip into her dress. The dress was an Ivory Essence of Australia Organza Silhouette and it was one of the first ones she had tried on.
Meanwhile, back in Red Bank in a room at the Marriot Hotel, Robert was just headed out to breakfast with his best man/brother. A quick bite to eat then the other six of his groomsmen would be showing up at the hotel ready to take the trolley to the church. The aisle of the ornate church was lined with brass candles, the air was filled with the stains of baroque chamber music and Robert waited with anticipation at the steps of the altar. The chamber music faded out and the regal tones of the Prince of Denmark started up. One by one the bridesmaids made their way into the church. The huge wooden doors closed momentarily then dramatically opened to reveal Alyssa, her face aglow, side by side with her father. As she made her way down the aisle the soon to be husband and wife locked eyes, their life of wedded bliss would shortly begin.
After the “I do’s” the organ erupted with Handel’s Water Music as the new Mr. and Mrs. Fisher made their way towards their future and their beautiful reception held across the river at the Navesink Country Club. The reception hall was gorgeous filled with personal touches of the bride and groom. Both lovers of nature, the tone of the reception was natural and woodsy. The centerpieces, handmade by Robert and Alyssa, were tall glass vases from which sprung long twisting branches that gave the effect of an enchanted forest at twilight. The table numbers were pumpkins hand carved by Robert in the days leading up to the wedding and even the parting gifts were baby sapling trees for the departing guests to plant. Robert & Alyssa even painted their own cake toppers, which were eclectic owl statues designed to capture the couple’s unique aesthetic. The party lasted long into the evening as guests enjoyed the lively festivities inside and took in the illuminated Red Bank skyline across the river from the serene terrace outside. It was a perfect day, a perfect evening and a perfect start to a marriage of two people who grow deeper and deeper in love with every day that passes.
Your favorite part: Locking eyes at the church was so magical. We had toyed with the idea of a first look, but that moment in the candlelight with the music from the organ and the breeze coming off the river was a fairy tale. That moment definitely takes the cake but a very special moment for Robert would have to be as we descended our walk as man and wife out of the church. Robert’s father called for his son and they exchanged a very special smile and high five. Thank God for our videographer who captured this moment on video. Lastly, we loved having a trolley because we were really able to enjoy the company of our best friends and family.
Advice for other brides: Enjoy the experience and be present in the moment. It isn’t just about the big wedding day it’s about all the little moments in between. Oh, and probably consider the proper way to use the restroom in your wedding dress, especially if it’s a tight one.