The Couple: Jacqueline & Daniel
The Wedding: 10.19.12 - Stone House at Stirling Ridge - Warren, New Jersey
What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Magical, rustic, elegant.
What was your wedding color palette? We wanted a rustic yet elegant feel. We had a lot of candle light, lanterns, and warm colors. The bridesmaids wore long eggplant gowns and carried bouquets of bright orange tea roses and calla lilies, with a touch of purple eucalyptus. My dress was ivory, with a chapel train and veil. My bouquet was cream roses and calla lilies with purple eucalyptus to tie our florals together.
For the cocktail hour, we had mason jars with orange and purple flowers or candles scattered among the tables. For the reception we had varying high and low arrangements with old brown lanterns and tall arrangements with red orchids and dripping candles. It was whimsical and breathtaking - perfect for a fall wedding. The palette made the venue feel warm, homey and elegant.
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? Dan and I LOVE feeling comfortable and at home. We like being outdoors but we also love dancing at home in our living room by candlelight with a bottle of wine - and we wanted all of our guests to feel at home with us. The Stone House was the perfect venue for us: the outside cobblestone terrace had two huge fire pits where our guests cozied up with each other, smoked cigars, drank wine and roasted s'mores! The reception was filled with candlelight, neutral colors, and gorgeous florals. Roasting marshmallows, dancing, candles, and a glass of wine is our idea of a perfect evening - and we could not have asked for a more beautiful, romantic, and magical day.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? Personally, I loved that it rained in the morning! The day that Dan and I got engaged, it poured - we had gotten caught in a thunderstorm on a bike ride, and after we got back to the hotel and changed into dry clothes, Dan asked me to marry him. When it rained on the morning of our wedding day, I remember thinking to myself, "We can weather any storm and dance in the rain." As the limo pulled up to my mom’s house, it stopped raining! It was just such an amazing day. Another highlight was when I recorded a video message for Dan to surprise him on the morning of our wedding.
Dan’s favorite part was right after pictures, just as cocktail hour was starting. We went upstairs to the Romeo and Juliet-esque balcony and looked down as all of our guests started to arrive. It was a lovely moment that we got to share by ourselves - we just got to take in the magnitude of the day.
One last thing: I work in a high school and my students are incredibly special to me. Seven of my senior students, who will all be graduating this year, came to the church and sang at our ceremony for us. It touched my heart to the very core, and I will never forget that moment - thank God for my handkerchief!
What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? I think everyone says the same thing: take your time! It goes by so quickly. Try and take a step back, away from everyone, and spend a few moments with each other - kind of like a mental snapshot. If I close my eyes, I can absolutely see the moment when Dan and I took a step back and just looked at our special day. Dan and I did almost all of the planning together, which made everything even more special. Buy umbrellas just in case, and don't be afraid to dance in the rain!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Vanessa Joy Photography
Ceremony Venue: Church of the Immaculate Conception
Reception Venue: Stone House at Stirling Ridge
Videographer/Film Maker: Rob Adams Productions
Officiant: Rev. Derek Anderson
Invitation Designer: Pink Bungalow
Florist: Bartlett's Greenhouses & Florist
Cake: Palermo's Bakery
Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals; Park Avenue Bridals
Bridal Accessories: Lace jacket and chapel veil - Priscilla of Boston; Shoes - Jimmy Choo; Clutch: Etsy
Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessories: Dresses - Jasmine Bridal; Bijou Bridal; Jewelry - Etsy
Groom & Groomsmen Apparel & Accessories: Biltmore Tuxedos
Hair & Make-up: Ten Hair and Make-up
DJ: D’Amico Entertainment
Transportation: New Jersey LimoBus
Dance Instruction: Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Upper Montclair, NJ
Favors: Donation to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital and Godiva Truffles
Rings: Kevin’s Fine Jewelry
Thank you, Jacqueline and Daniel for sharing your elegant and beautiful wedding story with us!