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This Tented Reception Was Inspired by ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’

While an al fresco reception is the dream of many brides-to-be, Jane had something else at the top of her dream wedding list. Landing in at number one? A tented reception reminiscent of ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’. Thanks to the artistry of Designs by Ahn and Seniman Calligraphy, Jane and Ben’s tented reception was transformed into cinematic magic effortlessly captured by Jeremy Chou Photography. See it all in The Vault!

Country Club

From Jeremy Chou PhotographyJane and Ben had an elegant outdoor wedding at the classic Hamilton Golf Center in New Jersey! Since they are both lawyers, they wanted a classic affair for their wedding. With an understated elegance. The couple went with a beautiful color palette of white & blush pink peonies. Jane wear a beautiful Monique Huillier gown and Ben wore a custom fitted classic tux.

From the Bride… Before I even started, I knew I wanted the whole vibe to be romantic and elegant, but not overly formal. When it came down to it, I wanted the guests to feel the love through the decor, the music, and through me and my husband. How did I seek to accomplish that? Well I didn’t have a wedding planner and I was restricted to venues in New Jersey because of my parents. I had two requirements: first, I wanted a tented reception because I remember watching the movie “my best friends wedding” growing up and thinking how gorgeous that reception was. Second, I wanted an outdoor ceremony because I find them to be less formal and also consistent with the romantic/whimsical vibe that I wanted. Thankfully, NJ doesn’t have too many venues that fit those requirements so when I found Hamilton farm golf club I knew it was the right place.

My favorite moment was the ceremony. We had been anticipating rain all week and all day long. It was an added stressor to the day because my ceremony was supposed to be outdoors – it’s why I chose the venue after all. The rain managed to hold all day for our gorgeous photos, but just as I was waiting to walk down the aisle with my dad, it started drizzling. By the time I had reached my husband, the umbrellas were out. I barely noticed it though because the sound of the rain drops added the most magical and romantic feeling, especially as we were saying our vows. Standing next to my husband and making our commitments to one another while being surrounded by the people we love most in the world with a gorgeous back drop… I’d say that moment couldn’t have been any more perfect. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck and hey, I got the romantic vibe I was going for.

A beautiful wedding has so many elements: the flowers, the photos, dress, venue, etc. But personally, I think what makes a wedding distinguishable are the intangibles: The love between you and your husband, the excitement and energy from the guests, the laughter you hear and the joyful tears that are shed. The details are important, but don’t forget to appreciate all the things that are invisible to the eye.

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Photography: Jeremy Chou Photography | Floral Design: DESIGNS BY AHN | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Keremo Cakes | Invitations: Seniman Calligraphy | Stationery: Sunim Ink | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair + Makeup: VickyC5 | Favors: Momofuku Milk Bar | Wedding Venue: Hamilton Farm Golf Club | Reception Dress: Zimmermann | Signage: Paper and Pinafore

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5 Reasons Why Yacht Weddings are Awesome

Listen up, loves. We know choosing a wedding locale isn’t always easy (read: it’s insanely difficult), so today we’re teaming up with our friends over at The Duchess to make things a little bit simpler. Think of it as a gentle nudge in the right direction with our fave reasons why yacht weddings are so very, very awesome. Get ready to set sail for the day of your dreams and dive in below.


We all want to say “I do” in high style and the experts over at The Duchess will most definitely make that vision a reality with seriously stunning hardwood dance floors, full-service bars for cocktail sippin’ and beautiful contemporary decor at every corner.  I mean, this is the wedding of your dreams on the high seas and it should be all sorts of elegant.


You and your love aren’t like any other duo you know, so shouldn’t your wedding be as unique as you are? With a wedding on The Duchess, you’ll be treating your guests to a night unlike any they’ve EVER experienced, all while floating on the crystal blue ocean waters.  Think climate controlled interiors, a state-of-the-art sound system and outdoor furniture for lounging under the stars.  Treating your guests to a wedding of a lifetime has never been easier… or more fun.



One of the best ways to tie the knot? Surrounded by nature.  But that doesn’t mean you have to trek through the mountains with your loved ones to do it. With a wedding on The Duchess, you can breathe in the fresh air and surround yourself with beautiful blue waters, all while rockin’ those sky high heels you LOVE.  It’s a win-win, my friends… star gazin’ included.


And speaking of breathing in the fresh air… the views from The Duchess are insanely amazing.  Think the New York City skyline amazing, with 360 degrees of your fave city adding that extra touch of glamour to your evening.  Not to mention that The Duchess’ newly built second deck is MORE than perfect for soaking it all in.


Whether you’re planning on a small gathering of just your nearest and dearest or a larger affair of 400, setting sail on The Duchess guarantees an intimate celebration with no outside distractions allowed. Yep, no resort guests, tourists or other weddings will distract from your moment and, well… that’s just awesome.

Contact The Duchess TODAY to learn more about their fabulous wedding celebrations… and don’t forget to ask about hosting your rehearsal dinner or cocktail party at their sister property, Fish Bar.  Happy sailing, loves!

Photography: Allan Zepeda + I Do Weddings

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Gorgeous Gowns, Golden Sunshine, Vintage Treasures — This Inspiration Shoot Has It All

Kay English Photography must possess some kind of magic fairy dust because all of her gorgeous photos radiate pretty, and her photographs from this inspiration shoot is no exception. With gorgeous gowns, vintage furniture and treasures throughout, and stunning blooms, this editorial is nothing short of magical. See all the pretty in The Vault!

From Kay English PhotographyLBB Styled shoot with DIY selfie wall inspiration as well as organic bouquets, perfect pear tablescape, DIY headboard into a bench table, refurbished dinner chairs.

Brides are loving a little homespun charm for their big day and romantically re-purposed pieces are the perfect way to add a personal touch that is undeniably you!

Re-purposed and re-designed vintage props and decor are finding their way into every aspect of weddings. Everything from vintage doors, old shutters, antique bureaus and suitcases are serving a purpose. Re-claimed palette wood bars, love it! Old shutters as table runners? Why Knot? They add the perfect touch of rustic charm to your table-scape. Your grandma’s old dresser as a cake table? Sweet! Vintage double door ceremony arch? Oh so unexpected!

Check out this Styled Shoot at one of our favorite New Jersey Destination Venues, The Ashford Estate. While the ballroom is grand and the guest house is opulent, the rustic ceremony barn and scenic grounds steel the show. For this shoot we hit all the big trends including ethereal gowns, lush blooms, drapey bouquets, organic details and unexpected props, vintage decor, stunningly styled vignettes and subdued colors with opulent accents.

The star of the show is the grand bench that was created for the head table . It started as an old bed frame that was taken it apart, chopped it up and reassembled with a bench seat and some luxurious pillows the results were more then I could have hoped for! It was paired with an antique refurbished library table that was sanded and infused with gold paint to give it a little sparkle. Old dining chairs were given new life with a distressed paint technique and re-upholstered cushions. The Cake Display is one of my favorite set ups to style! For this look I went with a stack of vintage suitcases piled high for the cakes to sit on top of and framed with an antique gold frame. Some other romantically re-purposed pieces in this shoot were the china cabinet turned martini bar, tattered wallpaper, vintage door backdrop perfect for selfies and the oversized gold frame attached to vintage doors that were the perfect photo-op prop.

The gorgeous wedding centerpiece is loaded with Garden Roses, drapey greens and some of my favorite blooms including ranunculus, hydrangeas and sweet peas. I especially love the mini pears that give it the perfect touch or organic detail. See how it came to life for this styled shoot at Ashford Estate. I love setting a table with an eclectic mix of candlelight. This table-scape features glass jardin jars with votives, jeweled gold and silver votives and mercury glass votives courtesy of Vinterest Props.

Variety of Eucalyptus
Dusty Miller
White Hydrangea
Yellow Finesse Roses
Peach Campanella Garden Roses
Cream Amaretto Roses
White Cloud Garden Roses
White Majolica Spray Roses
Yellow and White Freesia
Yellow, White & Pink Ranunculus
White Sweet Peas
Peach Stock

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Photography: Kay English Photography | Wedding Dress: La Belle Mariee | Cake: Pink Cake Box | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Terani Couture | Hair + Makeup: Make Me Glam | Venue: Ashford Estate | Bridesmaids' Dress Boutique: Terani Couture | Floral Design + Styling: Details of I do | Props + Decor: Vinterest Props | Rentals: Y Knot Now Wedding

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