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Romantic Beach Engagement Session

We have to agree with Amy Rizzuto Photography; there is something so incredibly sweet about high school sweethearts. So, how fitting to kick off this shoot at the couple’s favorite ice cream shop! The rest of the photos from their romantic beach e-session capture even more off the charts charm, and you can catch it all right here.

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From Amy Rizzuto PhotographyThere is just something so incredibly sweet about high school sweethearts! Meghan and Kevin met in their homeroom class. She was a McDermott, he a McPartland, and since they were seated alphabetically, they sat just one row away from each other. As they spent more and more time together, Meghan and Kevin’s relationship grew, turing from a friendship into something greater. Years later, Kevin got down on one knee and proposed to Meghan on Long Beach Island! It was just the two of them on a blanket on the beach, and it was perfect.

This summer, I had the pleasure of capturing Meghan and Kevin’s romantic Beach Haven engagement session. Since Kevin’s family has a home here, this sweet couple has spent many summers walking along the beach, trying the best ice cream flavors from Barry’s, and dining at their favorite restaurants along the water. I had so much fun traveling down memory lane with Meghan and Kevin, and I am so excited to share a few of my favorite moments from our time together.

Photography: Amy Rizzuto Photography | Barry's : Barry's Do Me A Flavor | Bride's Necklace: J Crew | Bride's Outfit: J Crew | Venue: Beach Haven

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A Fall Speakeasy Wedding in New Jersey

If you’re anything like me, you are counting down the days to falling leaves and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. This wedding captured by Pat Furey embodies all the best parts of my favorite season. The moody palette, the foliage and added to that, a speakeasy theme that is one for the books with super romantic blooms by Event Designs By Katherine and film to wrap it all up by NewYorkFilmworks. Click here for more.

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From The Bride…Our relationship over the past 7 years has felt nothing short of a fairy tale. We wanted to transport our guests into the magical, whimsical, utterly-romantic world that we feel everyday together. The inspiration was simple. I’ve always found the early 1900′s era absolutely charming and combining the asethictc of one of our favorite lounges, The Edison in downtown L.A., would create that secret world for our guests. If you haven’t been before, you enter through an alleyway and make your way down these grand stairs with Edison bulbs twinkling above and you discover the most enchanting experience. Old black and white movies are projected on old brick walls, a copper top bar serves crafted cocktails, and you get lost through all of the many secret rooms. With that in mind we wanted our reception to feel like a speakeasy, so it felt like a secret space you weren’t suppose to be in but had all of the crafted cocktails and craft beers you could want.

With that concept, we knew it had to be outside during the fall at The Crossed Keys Inn, where we would be enveloped by ivy, falling leaves and a spectacular rose garden. The color palate became a romantic array of coral, mint and gold. The bridesmaids wore coral, the letterpresses invitations had mint accents, and the gold came from the 100 vintage brass spittoons for the table centerpieces that my mom tirelessly bought day after day from Ebay. The table numbers, all of the signage and drink menus were a custom design I created and drew inspiration from the typography of the era and used the iconic Edison bulb as a accent. I also created the backdrop for the gift table and guestbook by collecting 1900s graphics and prohibition posters and creating a wallpaper. We wanted to create that same magic as The Edison with the projected old movies so my husband put together a collection and projected them over the dance floor onto the white tent while we danced the night away. Every detail drew inspiration from our magical speakeasy world.

The ceremony was my favorite moment of the wedding. We had a guitar and cello play as we walked down the isle, after first playing 1920s songs while guests shuffled in. After we read our vows, which still make me cry till this day, I was able to surprise my husband with a secret performance by my dad, my aunt, and my grandma as they sang and played guitar and the irish drum to “Home” by Phillip Phillips, complimented by the bridesmaids singing the chorus! A moment we’ll both treasure forever.

The dress was an ivory chiffon Romona Keveza accented by an ivory sash and a crystal necklace. The suit was dark gray with suspenders, gray striped tie and a antique brass tie clip.

Tips for future and current brides – Pick everything you love. Seems simple but was ultimately what made decisions easy. The hardest decision for us became what to give as gifts for our guests, so many choices it was hard to even begin narrowing it down. But it ultimately came down to what we love – chocolate and tattoos. So we did exactly that, the most mouth-watering chocolate covered bride and groom oreos and rad temporary tattoos. It was priceless seeing my aunts and uncles adorned with tattoos, we’ve never been happier with our choice.

Photography: Pat Furey | Videography: NewYorkFilmworks Jon Armendariz | Florist: Event Designs By Katherine | Invitations: Bella Figura | Hair And Make Up: Laboratory Hair Studio | DJ: Music By Max, Max Salpetrier | Ceremony Musicians: Penguin Music | Temporary Tattoos: Tattly | Venue: Crossed Keys Inn | Wedding App: Appy Couple

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Pink Peony Wedding at The Rockleigh

These peonies, they’re deliciously pretty. And they seem to have snuck their way into almost every beautiful image from Kay English of this luscious, elegant fete. Crafted by Yumila, they dance with the Bride’s lace-edged veil, flirt with the bridesmaids blush pink dresses and graze the groom’s shoulder for the graceful portraits. It’s a bloom-filled heaven surrounded by so much love.

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From the beautiful Bride… Since it was a spring wedding, we wanted to keep everything soft, traditional and romantic but I also wanted a touch glam. I fell in love with my Ines Di Santo dress because it had a blush underlay that really made the gorgeous lace appliques stand out and give a traditional lace wedding gown a very modern twist. That pretty much set the tone for my wedding and why I chose blush as my main color. My veil was a stunning custom-made French Chantilly lace mantilla-style royal length veil. The lace pattern delicately became larger with the length of the veil and just took my breath away.

The metallic gold was introduced to our color palate when we choose invitations and added the glamorous feel I was going for. Our invitations were blush with metallic gold foil. We added a gold foil polka dot envelope liner and a wrap around band that I thought brought everything together so well.

I chose beautiful blush mermaid style Lazaro dresses for the bridesmaids. The groom and groomsmen wore navy and grey suits with blush ties and brown wingtips. To compliment, we choose gorgeous blush, pink, coral and ivory flowers.

My “something blue” was one of my most important wedding details. I wrapped my grandmother’s blue heart shaped rosaries around my bouquet. I felt blessed that a part of her was with me on one of the most important days of my life.

Our cake was simple with gold polka dots adorned with real pink and coral flowers. We wanted to ensure a wonderful dessert course for our guests so we had a Viennese hour which included Belgium waffles, zeppoles, fried Oreos, cotton candy, sundae bar and an international coffee and cordial station to name a few. Jarod is a cigar lover so we also had our local cigar store set up a cigar bar outside so guests could enjoy a smoke along with their after dinner cocktail.

We knew we wanted to give a gift that kept on giving as our favor so we chose a donation. I’ve always been a supporter of UNICEF so we purchased a deep water well which will provide accessible clean water to a community in need for years to come. We left ivory scrolls tied with gold elastic on each place setting that described our gift and quoted Mother Theresa “It is not how much you give, but how much love you put into giving.” Since we love our late night snacks we also surprised our guests with a food truck parked outside the exit which was filled with candy, donuts, pretzels, cold beverages, coffee and White Castle sliders which they could fill personalized to-go goodie bags with.

Overall, it was the perfect day and we danced the night away with our closest friends and family. We are looking very forward to spending the rest of lives together as husband and wife.

Photography: Kay English | Cinematography: Dmart Films | Floral Design: Yumila Wedding And Events Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Ines Di Santo | Cake: A Little Cake | Invitations: Crane | Ceremony Venue: St. Gabriel The Archangel | Reception Venue: The Rockleigh | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lazaro | Flower Girl Dress: Isabella Couture Shop ETSY | Wedding Veil: Bridal Styles Boutique

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