Real Weddings

Sutton and Max at The Smithville Inn

Posted on February 12, 2020 by Ariana Baio

We are actually high school sweethearts and had been dating for 10 years when we got married this past September. We met in high school doing drama club together.

We got engaged in Disney World, at our favorite place, right in front of the castle. I thought we were going on the trip to celebrate my husband’s birthday with our families, but really it was so everyone could be there to witness us get engaged. He chose the specific day, because it was the day he asked me to his prom many years ago, and he still had the text and sign that he had sent me. The Disney movie Wall-e has always meant something to us and he had used a plush Wall-e to ask me to go to prom. He pulled out that same doll, only this time it said will you marry me instead!

Our theme was Elegant Rustic and our colors were burgundy, blush, cream and navy. Most of the decor was either done by myself as well as a few pieces were rented from RustChic. Our centerpiece greenery, my bouquet and the arch decor were done by Betina’s and other filler flowers were handmade. Our favors were decorated sugar cookie that matched our theme and throughout our entire wedding were touches of Disney. Some of these touches included the Mickey flower pins in my bouquet and my husband’s boutonniere, the decals on my shoes, our cake topper, our commemorative brick, the song I walked down the aisle to, our champagne flutes as well as the ceremony that our officiant created had hidden Disney quotes placed throughout it.

We chose Smithville Inn because it held a special place in our hearts. It is located in the town that we currently live, however it is the place where we took our first prom pictures, which was one of the first times we ever actually hung out. It was very special to have pictures taken in the exact same spot that we had taken them 10 years earlier. In addition, we come to Smithville to celebrate many special occasions, so it only seemed fitting that we would choose it for our wedding.

Cocktail hour: mixed green salad, minestrone soup, chicken marsala, London broil, or vegetable lasagna. Our cake flavors were vanilla/chocolate and mango coconut.

If I could wear my gown everyday for the rest of my life I would! I loved every single thing about it. It was fitted down to the bottom and the whole bodice had lace and tiny crystals that sparkled and a small pearl and crystal belt detail that I absolutely loved. The back had small satin buttons down the back of the dress and it flowed out into a small lace train. The thing I loved about it was that it wasn’t just a dress that looked good from the front or just the back. It looked beautiful from every angle. I had gone to two other shops and every dress I tried on I just felt no emotion, however as soon as I tried this on and I saw the look on my mom’s face, I knew this was the dress I was meant to get married in.

My favorite moment was our first look. Even though I have spent 10 years with this person, the moments leading up to it were so nerve wracking and as soon as I caught a glimpse of him, all that stress melted away. In that moment we truly got to share our feelings with each other and just take a moment to soak up the love and happiness we felt on that day. At that moment it was just the two of us and it cemented it for me why we were there getting married.

Our Disney accents. I think it really showed our personality as a couple without being over the top and cheesy.

Just some very small things, but to be honest nothing worth even noting. It was a perfect day.

“More than Just Married” by Steven Lee Olsen

People told me this all the time and to be honest I never really thought it would be true, however my one bit of advice would be to truly take the day in and take a moment to enjoy it all. It will really go by in the blink of an eye and before you know it the whole day will be over. I couldn’t imagine how quickly everything happened. So make sure to stop and take a breath and just relish the moment.

Disney world, of course! We had to recreate our engagement pictures.

the details


Smithville, NJ

Reception Location

The Smithville Inn


Felsberg Photography


Shawn Cohen- family member

Bride’s Gown

Maggie Sottero

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