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Let the beauty of nature inspire you to create an unforgettable wedding ceremony and reception. Here, Kay English of Kay English Photography in Freehold and Kristin Polhemus from Reverie Events in Hamilton created this wedding rowboat vignette to show off the beauty of your natural surroundings. Their concept combined Monet’s Water Lilies and The Little Mermaid rowboat scene to create a romantic fairytale setting.
Watercolors were a huge inspiration and were displayed with the watercolor-themed place setting, the watercolored table linens and the watercolor-designed cake from the Hudson Cakery. The bouquet by Reverie Events was also inspired by watercolors and was comprised of pastel pink garden roses, lisianthus, thistle, larkspur and jasmine, while the vintage rowboat was decorated with hydrangea, spirea, astilbe, garden roses, lisianthus, stock and foraged greens.
Vintage chandeliers continued the romantic theme and were also decorated with pastel-colored florals, and musical instruments doubled as fun decorations in this whimsical setting. Lighting played a huge part in evoking the fairytale mood, with floating lilypads decorated with tea lights, and more lights strung on the boat. Lanterns and a lighted chandelier were strategically placed on tree branches. “We hope this inspires couples to plan a whimsical and romantic ceremony or reception setting,” says English.
“I’d love to see more couples incorporate rowboats into their wedding day, as part of bridal-party portraits or even for guests during the cocktail hour,” says Polhemus. “There are a number of places in New Jersey that rent rowboats by the hour, and many are close to some great wedding venues.” She suggests the swan boats at Wesley Lake in Asbury Park, Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange and at county parks such as Verona Park, Manasquan Reservoir, Warinanco Park and Mercer County Park.
Flowers, design, tablescape, menus and invitations by Reverie Events in Hamilton. Musical instruments from Jaclyn Duncan Music. Cake from The Hudson Cakery in Weehawken. Bride’s “Sweet Pea” gown by Ivy and Aster. Bride’s shoes from Anthropologie. Groom’s outfit by J. Crew.