[Wedding] Michelle & AJ – Northern NJ

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Despite the hardships that we’ve all had to endure this past year, we in the wedding industry have noticed a silver lining amidst all this: smaller weddings. Though I’m sure we’ll soon return to packed dance floors within the next few years, for the moment we are fully relishing in the intimate celebrations with immediate family and very close friends – without the frills, without the fluff, and focusing on the stuff that truly matters: family, love, and family traditions. These microweddings accomplish exactly just that. Michelle & AJ recently tied the knot back in their hometown, in the company of their family and friends, and I don’t think it could’ve been any more beautiful!

[Wedding] Irene & Cory – Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ

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“Figure out a path forward.” This has been my mantra these past eight months, against the backdrop of an unrelenting global pandemic as well as a raucous geo-political climate. Amidst this chaos, life goes on, as it must; for any semblance of normalcy that would give us hope that brighter days are just ahead, is essential not only for our own mental health, but for humankind as well. 

Irene & Cory are two such individuals who have figured out their paths forward, together. With their wedding plans dashed this year, like so many others, they opted for a smaller, intimate ceremony with their immediate family instead. Huddled under a tent (safely distanced, of course) on the gorgeous grounds of Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Irene & Cory poured tea for their parents, and exchanged their vows under a make-shift chuppah, in honor of their respective blended cultures. In a year which has been filled with uncertainty, there is one thing of which I am certain: these two absolutely did everything the right way. Not only was their celebration beautiful and heartfelt for everyone in attendance, it was done with the utmost regard for everyone’s health & safety. With COVID-fatigue setting in for most folks around the world, it was incredibly refreshing to watch these folks have their cake and eat it too – and nobody got COVID as a result :). We can’t wait to see what life has in store for these two, and wish wish these two a lifetime of love, health, and happiness :).

[Wedding] Gloriann & Jason – Bear Brook Valley in Fredon, NJ

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Who plans a wedding in 6 weeks? These folks do :). With the coronavirus wedding in full swing this past fall, most couples have been rescheduling and delaying their wedding plans. Gloriann & Jason on the other hand, saw this opportunity to dive headfirst towards the opposite direction (with proper health & safety precautions, of course). With everyone’s availability wide open, Gloriann & Jason were able to book their favorite people and plan the wedding of their dreams at Bear Brook Valley!

Venue & Catering – Bear Brook Valley // Floral Design – Pink Dahlia Floral & Event Design // Hair & Make-Up – Bridal Butterflies

[Wedding] Danielle & Luis – Park Chateau in East Brunswick, NJ

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For Danielle & Luis, this wedding day was a long time coming, the pandemic notwithstanding. Having been together for more years than most people can conceivably count, there’s no doubt that they’ve weathered many storms together – so planning a wedding amidst an ongoing pandemic would’ve been a cakewalk for these two. As luck would have it, indoor dining restrictions were temporarily relaxed (at the time of their wedding), which allowed them to pretty much host a celebration as they had originally intended (albeit with proper masking and social distancing, of course). After saying their “I do’s” at St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen, they celebrated with their family and friends at the Park Chateau in East Brunswick, NJ.

Venue & Catering: Park Chateau // Ceremony: St.  Francis of Assisi Cathedral // Hair: @styledby.christina // Make-up: Rebecca Lee Artisty @KoreanKandy // Dress: Eve of Milady from Bridal Reflections // Shoes: His and Hers: Christian Louboutin // Groom’s attire: Suit: Y2 Collection , Barong: Tesoros // Floral/Décor: Crest Florist // Entertainment: Key Music Group // Favors: Crate and Barrel Wine glass , Customized Hand Sanitizers,  Customized Masks // Cinematography: Knotty Arts Studio

[Wedding] Beulah & Josh – The Legacy Castle in Pequannock, NJ

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It can’t be easy trying to plan a wedding in the middle of a pandemic. It’s doubly hard when you’ve got two sisters getting married mere months apart from each other! Such was the case for Beulah & Josh, who had originally planned to do an outdoor tented wedding at Legacy Castle (like her sister!), but then it rained (which would’ve likely turned the entire grounds into a giant Slip-&-Slide party – which in hindsight would’ve been incredibly thrilling for the guests – but I digress). 2020 has been an absolute crapshoot, and quite honestly this rain was not going to bring this family down. Fortunately for Beulah & Josh, the updated occupancy restrictions (at the time of their wedding) allowed them to move their already-downsized guestlist inside. When one door closes, another one opens; that’s the power of positive thinking, folks! 

Venue & Catering: The Legacy Castle // Ceremony/Officiant: Hawthorne Gospel Church / Rev. Joseph Williams // Hair: La Sorella Bridal // Make-up: Brunella Artistry // Dress: Lotus Bridal / Maggie Sottero Designs // Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids attire: Revelry // Groom’s attire: Indochino // Groomsmen attire: JoS. A. Bank // Jewelry: Kay Jewelers / Blue Nile // Floral/Décor: Stylish Events NY // Entertainment: Redefined Audio Video Entertainment // Stationery: VisualisingDreams // Digital Design & Calligraphy: OnlyBelieveCo. // Favors: SugarLipsParty // Cinematography: JayLim Studio // Planner/Coordinator: OnTime Events

 

 

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