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Gold Confetti Isn’t the Only Thing That Sparkles at this New Jersey Wedding

Kay English has done it again, capturing the magic of love with beautiful photographs that will make your heart happy and full. But, it’s not just the Bride and Groom’s love that shines in this New Jersey wedding (or even the gold confetti)—it’s also the details like the lush flowers and seriously stylish Bride. See all the pretty (including one sweet film from Willow Tree Films!) in The Vault!

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From The Bride…I am a graphic designer and design guru in general, so for me, the planning was enjoyable! I knew what I wanted and I made sure I chose vendors who had the same style and taste as I did.

The wedding day was a fairytale. I know that sounds so cliche, but I was actually surprised at how magical and stress free the day went. It was a dream to me. I LOVE flowers, so going into this I knew I wanted to pay extra attention to the decor of the flowers and candles. I wanted it to feel romantic with light pale colors and touches of gold and greenery. I have a “flowy” style and I wanted that to carry through. As for the food, that was left up to Dominic since he is the chef of the family. We wanted to wow our guests with the food, since that is what we love. A giant sushi boat, Wellfleet oysters, mini mushroom bread puddings were among a few bites that guests could enjoy. To top things off, we had two food trucks pull up outside at 11:30 for the after party! No one left hungry to say the least.

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Photography: Kay English Photography | Cinematography: Willow Tree Films | Floral Design: MDS Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: The Bake Works | Invitations: Bride Lindsay Piperno | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Sorrelli | Rings: Di Battista Designs | Catering: Merri-Makers Catering & Special Events | Makeup: Patty Day Marlton, NJ | Hair: Jewels Simki Marlton, NJ | Lighting: Fennelli Design | Band: Elan Artists | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang, Beverly Hills | Ceremony Music: La Mer Ensembles | Transportation: New Jersey Limo Bus | Venue: Ashford Estate | Hair Accessories: MDS Floral Designs

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Classic Estate Wedding

This is what happens when a talented team of vendors join forces with an adorable duo to create an elegant New Jersey estate wedding: absolute magic.  Think the fab stylings of Ashley Douglass meets the brilliant makeup skills of Stacie Ford Weddings meets crazy beautiful images from Robert And Kathleen Photographers.  See it all in THE VAULT right this way.

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From Robert And Kathleen Photographers… Everyone that loves Megan knows one thing to be universally true: she is someone who goes after  what she wants. More often than not, she gets whatever it is that she has set her heart upon. It’s been true since she was a little girl, according to the story Megan’s father told during the reception, about a time he had taken her fishing. She was young, probably no older than eight or so, when she caught an especially large fish. As Megan tried to reel it in, her father tried to help her. But Megan wasn’t having any of it. This was her fish and she was going to get it all by herself. And she did just that. She surprised her father that day and he stood back with a mix of pride and wonder and watched her handle it all by herself.   

That’s the very same focus Megan used throughout her life. It’s what has driven her to accomplish many things. Her father says that when Megan met Bobby in high school, Bobby became the next big fish that she was going to reel in. Megan loved how smart and funny Bobby was, how he made her feel whenever she was around him.  Bobby was drawn to Megan’s vibrant energy and incredible smile. They dated in high school and continued their relationship while they attended college in Boston and then established careers in New York City.

By the time their wedding day came around, Megan and Bobby had been a couple for so long that no one had any doubts that they were meant to be together. When Megan’s father escorted her down the aisle and took his place in the front row to watch as she and Bobby exchanged vows, he had a familiar look on his face – a mix of pride and wonder at his daughter, who always follows her dreams, and her heart.

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Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers | Event Planning + Design: Ashley Douglass Events | Floral Design: Blade Floral and Event Designs | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Invitations: Lion in the Sun | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Merri-Makers Catering & Special Events | Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings | Band: Vali | Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Saks Fifth Avenue

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SMP Blogger Bride: Meet Dressed by Jess + Engagement

Roses are red, violets are blue, and we’re counting down the days until our newest Blogger Bride says “I Do”. Say hello to Jess of Dressed by Jess, who will be sharing her wedding planning journey with us. And if  her e-sesh from Love & Light Photographs is any indication of the pretty to come, we’re all going to live happily ever after. Scroll for more because we’ve got it all exclusively in THE VAULT!

From Jess of Dressed by JessHello SMP brides-to-be! My name is Jess Galfo (well, soon to be Mrs. Soave), and I am a style blogger over at Dressed by Jess, a place where I aim to inspire others to develop a harmony between clothes and their personality. I am a romantic at heart and spend a majority of my time obsessing over feminine details. Now that I am engaged I find myself constantly wanting to flood my blog with images of all the pretty details I’ve encountered so far in my wedding planning process. I’ve held back for months, but now that the official countdown to “I do” is on, I’m excited to share that I will be taking you inside my planning process with Style Me Pretty as a blogger bride! The wedding to-do lists are lengthy and I’m looking forward to sharing some tips on how I’ve managed to keep the process upbeat and fun. Okay, maybe it’s a bit stressful at times, but in a good way.

Before I get started there’s one very important person I need to introduce you to…my fiancé, Rob. He’s the one. The one I met six years ago on an unseasonably warm evening in early March. A mutual friend made the introduction. I can still remember the exact outfits we both wore and the smile he had on his face when I opened up his car door and we locked eyes for the first time. So many thoughts were running through my mind. I was nervous. Did my hair look okay? Did I pick out the right dress? Are those flowers in the back for me? Indeed, they were. My nerves calmed down and suddenly I thought, I want to get to know him.

Although we were strangers, I felt a sense of comfort and friendship. It was as if I knew him from a past life. That evening we dined at a waterfront restaurant on the Hudson overlooking New York City. We spent hours exchanging stories, laughing, eating, and just completely wrapped up in the moment.

Several months went by of weekly meet-ups and late night phone calls. It wasn’t long before he asked me to “bee” his girlfriend. Yes, he made a crossword puzzle for me to complete that spelled out “will you BEE my girlfriend?” I said yes. The years to follow consisted of new adventures together, out of country travels, and of course, indulging in more delicious food. We both love to eat and consider ourselves big foodies. The flip side of that coin, we also both love to workout and feel healthy. It’s as if we were made for each other!

As time passed by, vacation destinations quickly started getting checked off our list. We decided to take our first European trip together last fall. The destination? Paris. I always dreamed of visiting France and Rob suggested it would be the perfect time of year to visit. Not too hot, and the summer crowds would have died down by then. I was ecstatic and began counting down the days the moment we booked our flights.

After a very long, and sleepless (too excited to shut my eyes for even a minute) red eye flight, we finally arrived in Paris. On the first day of our trip, Rob suggested we grab a light lunch before heading out to explore the city. Our first stop, Jardin des Tuileries – the beautiful garden across the river from our hotel.

After near 14 hours of total travel I told Rob I needed to quickly freshen up before stepping out. I unpacked some things and ran into the side room, which connected to the closets and bathroom. After a few strokes of mascara and a swipe of lip-gloss, I felt fully prepped to roam the beautiful streets of Paris. I peeped around the corner to let Rob know that I was ready. It was then that I saw him standing in the middle of the room. Before I could process the change in my surroundings (he had shut the blinds and was holding the most beautiful arrangement of fully bloomed roses) he was holding my hand the tightest he’s ever held it. He was talking, but in that moment everything had gone black. I could no longer hear him. My heart was beating so fast. He pulled me closer to him and then went down on his knee. At that point I could barely stand, I had wrapped my arms around him and cried.

Little did I know he secretly planned an entire week in Paris for us, and in his words, “to celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives together”- that part I remember. This was such a special moment for us. One that I will never forget! Check back here soon for more insight on our big day! xx

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Makeup: Dina’s Kiss And Makeup | Hair: Drybar | Venue: Ashford Estate | Boater Hat: Forever21 | First Dress: Rent The Runway | First Shoes: Dune | Flower Crown: Christy Meisner Doramus | Rob's Pants: Express | Rob's Shirt: Express | Rob's Suit: Calvin Klein | Second Dress: Nordstroms | Second Shoes: J.Crew | Sign: Sugar & Grace

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