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Romantic Equestrian Inspired Wedding in New Jersey

There are a bajillion reasons why I love this celebration, but the absolute winning factor is the couple and their story. It’s one of strength, courage, and concluded with a seriously elegant affair. From the portraits amongst paddocks to the gorg reception space, Kay English captured all the loveliness here!

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Spring
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Inn
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Rustic

From the beautiful Bride… Zack and I met online after a series of unsuccessful relationships for us both. We talked for over a month before meeting, having some hysterical conversations. When finally met there was an instant connection, we were inseparable ever since. Six months into the relationship he was sent to Virginia for work. We were long distance for about 2 years before I decided to move down to be with him.

A few months later, the autoimmune disease that I was diagnosed with many years back progressed at an aggressive rate – sending me back home to NJ to be with my family for the support of the grueling process that was ahead of me. Fast forward 3 years, one failed treatment after another, eventually resulting in a 3 stage surgery which was my only option left. Zack proposed a year and half before our wedding, when we still had such high hopes that one of the many treatment options would eventually work. We never imagined I would end up where I am now. But we made it through! If I learned anything from this process it was that the love and support of loved ones can get you through anything. The wedding was extra special to us to not only be celebrating our union, but celebrating getting through the hardest time in our lives, our never ending love, commitment, support for each other, as well as my determination to move forward with my life.

Our ceremony at St. Teresa of Avila in Summit, NJ started with the Stafford Horne Music by Claudia Wigent and her ensemble filling the grand church with their alluring classical instrumental and vocal music. One of my favorite moments was me standing in the back, waiting for it all to begin, my arm in my fathers and my mother in front of us telling me to listen. I heard the most beautiful rendition of one of my favorite songs, “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge that my mother surprised me with. My eyes started to fill with tears as I always think of Zack when I hear it. I walked down the isle to their instrumental version of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. I wore a beautiful crystal adorned gown by Enaura Bridal with a cathedral length veil from Jaehee Bridal. We then made our way to the reception in a vintage 1950’s Rolls-Royce.

Our reception was held at the very unique and special, Ryland Inn, there is honestly no other place like it. It embodied every thing I always envisioned for my wedding, elegant but not over the top traditional, just the perfect amount of rustic with an equestrian feel. In front of the Ryland there is a fenced in area that gave my mom and I the idea to hire horses to ride there. We were able to get four horses with their handlers in full equestrian attire from Liberty Farm. My photographer, Kay English, was able to get the most gorgeous photos of Zack and I with two of the horses. We were all so excited but Zack eventually had to force me to go inside to enjoy the cocktail hour.

In my experience, having such great vendors to work with helped make everything flawless. I am so glad I found the Ryland Inn after searching for months for that one special place. It was exquisite – from the people who work there, the service, the food, the décor and setting, it was all just breathtaking.

Everything was so much better than I ever dreamed it would be – We could not be happier! People are still talking about how amazing everything was and that it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Much thanks to all of the amazing people and vendors I had the pleasure to work with, we appreciate everyone very much! But mostly thank you to my incredible family, especially my mother for her patience and putting up with me and my ideas for over a year. Thank you to my loving parents for their incredible generosity in giving me this exquisite day, the best day of my life! I can not think of a better way to spend this most unforgettable day than to be surrounded by our loved ones and closest friends. Thanks to Kay English for capturing all of the beautiful moments and details so I can cherish them for a lifetime.

Photography: Kay English Photography NJ | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Floral Design: Magnolia | Wedding Dress: Enaura Bridal | Cake: Palmermo's Bakery | Stationery: The Honour Of Your Presence | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | DJ: Elite Sounds Entertainment Group | Venue: Ryland Inn | Horses: Liberty Farm

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SMP Blogger Bride: Finding the Perfect Bridal Accessories

Hi Brides! It’s Jessye from City Tonic again here to chat all about bridal accessories. So far, my experience with bridal fashion has been such a departure from how I handle fashion day-to-day. I chose the second dress I tried on – which is shocking to anyone who knows me, since I’m almost clinically indecisive. After making the big decision, I realized it was time to consider my bridal accessories as well – and, admittedly, this wasn’t an area in which I’d spent much time thinking.

I was lucky enough to meet Shannon Faretra at BHLDN in Chestnut Hill, MA – and she got me super excited about the fun, unexpected ways I could add accessories to my wedding day look. Since my dress hasn’t arrived yet, we thought it would make things interesting if I tried on gowns in a few different styles (really, who can say no to that?!) and play around with sundry hair pieces, veils and jewelry. It’s no surprise that BHLDN scores big across a huge range of styles, tastes and budgets – so I would definitely recommend a visit (either online, or to a store nearby) when you begin your search. Once my dress is finished, I’m planning a return to BHLDN so I can finalize what I’ll be wearing when I walk down the aisle. Of course, it’s always a good idea to buy your accessories and jewelry when you can see the big picture (i.e. how everything works in tandem with your gown).

In the meantime, my visit to BHLDN left me feeling inspired, and the gorgeous images from Jenny Moloney (see all my looks this way!) made me feel like a real bride. So… if you’re on the hunt for accessories, I hope this will offer some inspiration, too – whether you’re a vintage-loving bride, an enthusiast of all things clean and modern, or if you simply want to feel extra glam on your wedding day.

My biggest tip for all of you SMP brides-to-be? Keep an open mind. Even if your Pinterest boards are filled exclusively with structured birdcage veils, it never hurts to try something completely different – like a cathedral veil in weightless tulle. Either you’ll be able to rule it out confidently, or you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised. Case in point: I had never considered wearing a crystal halo, but I ended up falling in love with that delicate hint of sparkle in my hair. It adds just enough glamour and romance without distracting from the rest of your look (even if you’re wearing an embellished gown).

It also really helps to work with a knowledgeable bridal stylist. I’m pretty confident when it comes to my personal style, but bridal fashion is an entirely new realm for me – so I was more than happy to defer to an expert. If you’re wearing a lace gown with lots of texture and detail (like the Gigi gown I tried on), your impulse might be to shy away from any intricate jewelry or additional texture. But in this case, Shannon suggested a vintage-inspired trapeze necklace and lace-edged veil which helped tie the whole look together without feeling too contrived or matchy-matchy. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, shapes and textures – sometimes the most unexpected combinations are the best.

Overall, your bridal accessories are an area where you can infuse some personality into your look. As cheesy as it sounds, you’ll most likely be glowing with happiness on the big day – so those extra special touches will only help enhance how pretty you feel. See every look I tried on right this way!

Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Shoes: M.Gemi Cammeo pumps | Bracelet: Justin & Taylor Morning Glory Bracelet | Necklace: Ela Rae Trapeze Necklace | Venue: BHLDN Store | Bridal Stylist: Shannon Faretra At BHLDN | Dress (1): Catherine Deane Winnie Dress | Dress (2): Badgley Mischka Livia Dress | Dress (3): WTOO by Watters Gigi Gown | Earrings: Crocheted Silver Drops | Flower Comb: Debra Moreland Noisette Comb | Headpiece (1): Starry Skies Halo | Headpiece (2): Chimera Crystal Halo | Skirt (worn Over Dress 2): Catherine Deane Anika Tulle Skirt | Veil: Debra Moreland Visionary Fingertip Veil

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Jessye Aibel

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6 Tricks to Maximize Your Floral Budget

Whether you’re just beginning to plan your nuptials, or are only a few months out from finally saying “I Do,” chances are you’re already familiar with your floral budget — and are also wondering how you can stretch it further to get the most floral bang for your buck. Lucky for you, we got the scoop on how to make that happen with six awesome insider tips from Becca Olcott of Petal Floral Design.
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Becca Olcott’s Top 6 Tricks to Maximize Your Floral Budget

Word-Numbers_15A lot of times, people often spend money on flowers that go unseen. Things like aisle decorations, bathrooms and accent tables are all places where you can save money, and your guests won’t even notice the difference!
Word-Numbers_12Only decorate half your tables with flowers, and then go crazy with candles on the others!
Word-Numbers_18If you have to have peonies and they aren’t in season, try garden roses: they’re just as beautiful, and have the same impact.
Word-Numbers_06Create a statement table that makes a big impact, so that your guests’ eyes will be drawn there.
Word-Numbers_04One of the biggest ways to save money is to use more greens than flowers in your table arrangements.
Word-Numbers_02Another money saver is to go for potted plants.

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Elegant Ann Arbor Michigan Backyard Wedding

If you can think of a better way to begin a marriage than with a sentimental celebration in your parent’s backyard (complete with anemonesSweet Heather Anne and rustic touches), I’d love to hear it. Because as far as I’m concerned this Ann Arbor fete is downright divine. Kelly Sweet captured at home elegance and with Hey Gorgeous Events behind the day, and it’s a gallery that gives meaning to home is where the heart is.

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Summer
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Outdoor
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Backyard

From the beautiful Bride… I have always held a special connection to my parents house. It’s not only where I grew up, but it symbolizes an innate sense of comfort and support. Holidays and events at home have always been so special to me. Knowing this, Matt proposed to me on Christmas Eve of 2013 at my parent’s, surrounded by my family. Matt and I had been together for 7 years prior, so after the excitement of taking this next step together had settled, it didn’t take long for us to decide that the wedding should be held at my parent’s home. Convincing my parents to host 200 people in their backyard took a bit more time… Enter Rhiannon.

Rhi entered our lives and immediately brought a sense of calm to the whole event. I had a vision of what I wanted the night to look like, but Rhi truly brought it all to life. We envisioned a unique, elegant affair that our guests would still feel perfectly comfortable at. A subtle color palette, rich textures, and a touch of rustic materials came together perfectly for the day of. We worked with our paper company to create a black and white floral motif for our invitations, which translated perfectly through the whole event. Rhi even had a custom linen created for our cake table with the pattern.

I asked my bridesmaids to pick a gown in a shade of cool gray, veering towards blue. I hadn’t seen all of the dresses together until the morning of the wedding (which is SO unlike my Type A self) but I couldn’t be more impressed with how they all came together. We kept the guys classic with black tuxes and bowties. Rhi was able to bring in a soft blue tone in our florals, and was even able to find black centered anemones for my bouquet, which had been previously unavailable.

Looking back at our amazing photos from the day, I am so pleased to see how Kelly captured everyone’s pure joy. Matt and I are grinning ear to ear in every photo, and it’s a true testament to how perfect the day turned out. We are so grateful for such a special memory that we will always cherish.

Photography: Kelly Sweet Photography | Event Planning: Hey Gorgeous Events | Floral Design: Hey Gorgeous Events | Cake: Sweet Heather Anne | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Catering: Katherine's Catering | Band: Newsmaker | Men's Attire: Vera Wang | Bridal Shoes: Joie | Photography - Assistance: Amy Hartman | Wedding Dress Boutique: Mimi's Bridal | Wedding Gown Designer: Watters

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