Hello lovelies. We have a completely full day of wedding features waiting in the wings so we hope you have some time to pencil us in. There are a whopping EIGHT gorgeous weddings coming your way and these are but a peak into the day. Each and every single FULL wedding can be found by clicking on the gallery so get your index fingers ready.
We are going to start the pretty parade with such a cute wedding. I am the hugest fan of really getting creative with a venue whether that means renting a big loft space, a camp ground, or in this case a former mill in New Jersey. How cool is that? Photographed by Meegan Weaver, this is a rustic, organic floral wonderland and you can see the whole beautiful enchilada in the gallery.
From the Bride…
Fred and I have always been trying to create a balance between the traditional and the non-traditional in our relationship. These differences are what initially attracted us when we started dating 6 years ago; two months before we graduated high school. I ran around picking wildflowers in a long white hippie skirt. He was an Eagle Scout and helped me with my physics homework. Alas, we were both romantics. We both already had college, and somewhat of our life plans, already figured out. Fred left immediately for the Air Force Academy in Colorado to study Aeronautical Engineering and I went to Baltimore to study photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art. It wasn’t easy, but we made it through four years of long distance and then I took a leap of faith and moved to the middle of nowhere Texas, where he was in pilot training. Fred proposed while we were living in Texas and then halfway through our 7-month engagement we moved to New Mexico, all while planning our New Jersey wedding! At first I wanted a true destination wedding on a warm beach with just our immediate families. Fred wanted to get married in a church with all of our family and friends in attendance. We compromised on our home state of New Jersey with a larger number of guests, still only 85, and I’m thankful we did. I can’t imagine all of our closest friends and family not being there! But I was still set on a non-traditional venue. I went looking for historic venues and wineries in the snow and mud of February and I fell in love with the Prallsville Mill.
There were so many areas at the mill to be used for different functions throughout the day. We were married on the lawn in front of an old red barn on the property. After our recessional guests were directed to the back of the mill, right next to the Raritan Canal and Delaware River for cocktail hour. During which we served crab cakes with chipotle aioli, brie and apricot tarts with a lavender honey drizzle, wild mushroom tarts, tomato basil mozzarella skewers with a pesto drizzle, grilled chicken and pineapple skewers with citrus dipping sauce, and our signature cocktail – white peach sangria. For dinner, we went up to the main level of the mill, which has original wood floors and very deep windowsills perfect for large candles and displaying the wedding photos of our parents and grandparents. We feasted on a baby arugula salad with blueberries and shaved gouda, chicken picatta, roasted vegetable tarts, rosemary roasted red bliss potatoes, and haricot vert. I insisted on a chocolate cake, with chocolate moose and raspberry preserves. We continued the party with hours of dancing in the exposed stone basement where water rushed through the old mill machinery. It was super hot and humid down there; everyone was drenched but no one dared to leave the dance floor, including me!
Photographer: Meegan Weaver Photography / Venue: Prallsville Mill, Stockton, New Jersey / Hair and makeup: The Village Salon / Flowers: Dahlia / Caterer: Emily’s Cafe and Catering / Bride’s dress: Priscilla of Boston, Vineyard Collection / DJ: Ric Schnupp / Bride’s shoes: Talbots / Bridesmaids dress: Priscilla of Boston / Bridesmaids shoes: J.Crew / Suits: Men’s Warehouse / Ties: DKNY