On one of the prettiest days in April, Nathan and Jenna readied themselves in two separate rooms located only two floors from each other. While Jenna and her ladies occupied the base level of a beautifully redone shore home, Nathan and his dudes were confined to the attic where they dressed, hung out, and waited for the okay to descend the stairs. Jenna dressed into her beautiful sweetheart gown with two of her maids while her groom-to-be had his photos taken outside on the nautical front porch. Once ready, Jenna descended the stairs and was greeted by her mom, mother-in-law, and all of her maids. After a brief stop, Jenna grabbed her groom’s wedding gift and walked outside for her first look. When Nathan turned to face his beautiful bride, the smiles that lit up both of their faces were absolutely priceless. The couple exchanged wedding gifts and took a few portraits on the balcony before climbing into their car and driving to the gorgeous Divine Park for the rest of their portraits. The beautiful pink trees became our backdrop for all of our family portraits and even though we were battling with three other wedding parties, we were able to snag a few images on the bridge before heading back to Doolan’s for the ceremony and reception. The couple exchanged vows in a beautiful skylit atrium where they also enjoyed their cocktail hour. The party then moved to the ballroom where the dancing was constant and the drinks were flowing. The couple shared their first dance, where they head butted each other, and then danced with their parents and listened to speeches and blessings. As the sun was setting, the couple and I escaped to photograph a few “Star Wars-themed” photos before heading back inside for the cake cutting and garter/bouquet toss…both hilarious by the way. At the end of the night, the couple stood in front of their party thanking all the guests for attending, some having made the trip from thousands of miles away. I had such an amazing time at this wedding and am so excited for this wonderful couple. Congratulations to Nathan & Jenna! For more info on this Spring Lake Wedding Photographer, click here.
We bought our stationary but it’s kind of a funny story. We didn’t know that the invitations would come in pieces. When we received, them they were in 3 different pieces so we had to DIY put them all together, stuff the envelopes, and stamp them. Then I made the horrible decision to do the calligraphy on all our invitations by hand. The postal service lost about 20 of our invitations so we had to redo and package new ones so I had to do the calligraphy all over again. Recommendation: hire someone or just use those address stickers you can print out.
Highlights of the day…
Nathan and I head butted during our first dance but it made such a cute memory. I can still hear people’s reactions ‘Oh!’ and rolls of laughter but everything about it was beautiful. I was with the love of my life and our goofy natures really got to shine through in that moment as we laughed it away.
Nathan’s favorite memory was also the first dance but for a different reason. He said that he felt as if no one else was there. It was just me and him in that moment and it was perfect.
A word from the bride…
I woke up at 4:00 AM the day of the wedding to a lightning and thunder storm. I remember sitting up in bed watching the lightning. I looked over at Nathan and knew even though it was down pouring and there was lightning that this was going to be the best day of my life. The storm cleared by 9:00 AM and the temperature got to about 70 degrees. Everything dried up and it was gorgeous the rest of the day. What a blessing. Sunday morning it started raining again. It was like the weather was perfect just for us.
Advice from the bride…
Take mental snapshots of each important moment. Remember every overwhelming moment of happiness and hold it dear. For us, we’ll probably never have all our loved ones in the same room again because they all live so far and in so many different places. When things go wrong, embrace them. You can’t do this day over so make it perfect even with the imperfections.
Advice from the groom…
Eat the food that you picked out. You picked it for a reason! It’s probably delicious.
Venue: Doolan’s Shore Club
Florist: Barlow’s Flower Farm
Beauty: Jerilyn Bonagura
Suit: Hugo Boss
Dress: Justin Alexander – Sweetheart
Shoes: Lauren Lorraine
Clutch: The Old Cottage
Engagement Ring: Vera Wang
Cake: Cake Carousel
DJ: Xtreme Event Group
Videography : New Jersey Videography