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Atlantic City Wedding from 217 Photography + Proud to Plan

Emotions that are spilling out of these images from 217 Photography include: joy, elation, happiness, love, excitement… the list goes on and on, but can be summed up with this one very bold statement: the wedding, courtesy of Proud to Plan, has the most heart of any wedding this wedding blogger has every seen. It’s a wedding like no other, and the gallery is as close to a party as you’ll get on a Wednesday afternoon in your office.


From the planner… Lonni and Josh are a really sweet and thoughtful couple- family and friends are most important to them and they really wanted to create a wonderful day for their loved ones. The couple currently lives in Miami and love the ocean, plus Lonni spent most of her summers “down the shore” with her family, so when they saw the gorgeous views from One Atlantic in Atlantic City, NJ, the choice on location was clear! It was the perfect spot!

When it came time to come up with a design for their wedding, Lonni and Josh enlisted the help of Erin Proud to create it all. They loved a soft color palette of pastels mixed with natural textures and fabrics, vintage details and slight beach touches. Erin helped refine the theme into “vintage beachside garden” with lots rustic character and a touch of lacey charm. It was just what the couple wanted! Lonni and Josh sent vintage Atlantic City postcard save-the-dates and started preparing for their beachside wedding weekend.

When their big day finally arrived, the sun was shining and the weather was perfect! Lonni and her ladies got the day started in a suite at the Atlantic City Sheraton where they were pampered with hair by Up Your Do and makeup by Dylan Michael Cosmetics. Lonni’s Romona Keveza gown fit her like a glove and she finished off the look with a simple rhinestone belt, adding the perfect touch of glam. Her maids were gorgeous in Amsale gowns, featuring a different cut for every girl. Josh and his guys looked handsome in traditional black tuxedos.

Pete Malone, of 217 Photography, found some great spots for their pictures.Their emotional first look was held under the pier, and as pictures went on, you could see them savoring the time together, realizing that their dream wedding day was happening! They shared some photos on the boardwalk with their bridal party before heading up to One Atlantic for the Tisch and Bedeken. Josh and his guys sipped on scotch and sang Jewish songs and hymns before bringing Josh out to his bride on top of his groomsmen’s shoulders! Their family and friends have such great love for this couple and you could feel it in the room as they signed their Ketubah. It was a great celebration!

The ceremony was held in the Skyline Ballroom with impeccable views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic City Boardwalk, a perfect backdrop for this beach-loving couple! Lillian from The Manic Botanic created the amazing chuppah that the couple was married under. It was lush with flowers and lots of greenery, and Lonni’s grandfather’s Tallis was placed on top. The couple were married by Lonni’s mother and she used Josh’s grandmother’s prayer book, which was hid during the Holocaust and later found after the war, making this ceremony, one of the most personal ones we’ve ever witnessed and Lonni’s favorite part of the wedding day.

One Atlantic created a delicious hors d’oeuvres menu for guests to enjoy as they took in the gorgeous sunset. The bar was lit in a pretty pink and the tables were decorated with small bud vases and vintage medicine bottles. The faux chalkboard seating chart was placed on a welcome table surrounded by more vases, mason jars, and bottles, and featured a vintagey birdcage for the wedding cards.

The bride and groom were left speechless when they saw the ballroom for the first time! Lisa, Jennifer, and Amanda from Proud to Plan executed the vision perfectly. Tables were topped with burlap and lace runners and were decorated with lanterns, bottles, mason jars, and lots of soft pastel flowers by Manic Botanic. The guests were overheard saying that they really liked the unique way the centerpieces were set up- every table was different. The couple were announced into the reception and went straight into the Hora- which went on for 30 minutes! Lots of their family and friends created “shtick” to show the couple during the Hora and you could see the immense happiness on their faces as the story of their relationship was told by their guests.

The bride and groom were toasted with a few speeches before they had their romantic first dance together. The couple told us they felt as if they were the only people in the room as they danced to the beautiful lyrics of Van Morrison. The dancing kicked off with a surprise flash mob from Josh’s family and friends and you could see that the couple was surprised! Nafshenu Orchestra did an incredible job as always by mixing in traditional Jewish music with modern Top 40 hits! Luckily, they can relive all of the moments of the day when they get their wedding film from First Floor Films.

When looking back on their wedding day, Lonni and Josh remember almost every moment of the day as special; from the shouting and cheering from passerby’s on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, to the all of the traditional parts of their ceremony- their wedding day was exactly what they imagined and seeing their vision become a reality was the most thrilling piece to the day.

Photography: 217 Photography | Cinematography: First Floor Films | Flowers: The Manic Botanic | Event Design and Planning: Proud to Plan | Venue: One Atlantic | Entertainment: Nafshenu Orchestra | Shoes: Angela Nuran | Dress: Romona Keveza | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amsale | Hair Stylist: Up Your Do | Makeup Artist: Dylan Michael Cosmetics

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Multicultural Atlantic City Wedding by Love Me Do Photography

A blending of different cultures and traditions always makes for the most beautiful of celebrations and sometimes those celebrations turn into two day wedding extravaganzas. Love Me Do Photography captured a whole weekend full of festivities that culminated in this gorgeous, modern affair held at One Atlantic. It’s layers of bright florals by Michele Tallent & Co. mixed with glass-walled views of Atlantic City and lots of celebratory moments caught on film. See them all right here along with the beautiful Ceremony that started thing offs below.

And here’s a peek at the couple’s gorgeous Persian ceremony held at the Bride’s parents’ house. It was DIY from start to finish all lovingly crafted by the Mother of the Bride. Now that’s a sweet Mom!

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From Love Me Do PhotographyAsal and Michael’s wedding was a two-day affair that took place over April 21-22nd.  The first day was a traditional Persian ceremony held at the bride’s parents’ house. The ceremony was performed in Farsi and translated by a friend for all the English-speaking guests. It was a beautiful mix of culture, and the weather was perfect. After the ceremony, women from the bride’s family presented her with beautiful jewelry as gifts. Afterwards we took advantage of the weather and went outside for some portraits and group shots with family and friends. The following day was the big wedding at One Atlantic. For us, the day was perfect, despite the rain that lasted all day, preventing us from setting foot outside. One Atlantic has so many great wall textures and backgrounds for photos that we could have spent all day taking indoor portraits of the couple! We really felt like we took advantage of all the indoor locations throughout the building. The wedding itself was a huge celebration, with all of the guests having a great time on the dance floor and in our photo booth. Asal and Michael are so perfect together with their personalities complementing one another. It was definitely clear to us that they belong together! 

From the Bride… The Persian Aghd (wedding) ceremony was special because my entire family was there, and I felt a connection to my past and my heritage. My uncle read poetry by a famous Persian poet, and Michael and I fed each other honey! It was very romantic. My mother did all the flower arrangements and decor, and she had spent a lot of time planning that day so it meant a lot to me. The actual wedding day at One Atlantic was out of a dream. I wanted to have a classic elegant themed wedding (copper urns, single low lying centerpiece with mercury glass accents), with cool modern touches in the cocktail hour room (the cement vases).  And from the cocktail hour music and the flowers to the food and the view — it was perfect! And we were so happy that not only all my family from the night before was there, but also Michael’s extended family, some of whom he had not seen in years — all there to wish us well! I loved the Jewish culture integration (the chuppah, the chair dance!) Our families blended and had a great time.

Persian Ceremony Day – Venue: The Bride’s Parents’ Home / Floral Design + Decor: DIY by the Mother of the Bride / Wedding Day – Wedding Photography: Carina + Amanda of Love Me Do Photography / Wedding Venue: One Atlantic in Atlantic City, New Jersey / Floral Design: Michele Tallent & Co. / Catering: One Atlantic + Jerusalem Glatt Kosher Restaurant (609-822-2266) / Wedding Cake: The Bake Works / Wedding Stationery: Paper Source / Wedding Invitation Ribbon & Flower, Favor Jars + Wedding Programs: DIY / Singer: Jonni Drue / Violinist: Catherine Boyd / DJs: DJ Justin Horn + Kia of Atish DJ / Wedding Dress: Alyne Bridal “Adelaide” / Bride’s Sash: Etsy / Bride’s Shoes: Lulu Townsend / Hair: Belinda Novella / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Ann Taylor / Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Etsy / Groom’s Suit: Tommy Hilfiger

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New Jersey Wedding from Kay English Photography + Lucky Productions Cinematography

You would have never, ever, ever guessed that this gorgeous New Jersey wedding was cancelled four hours before it was supposed to begin. That the wedding from these gorgeous photos from Kay English Photography was planned in those four short hours. Hurricane Irene was on it’s way to the East Coast and because of that Atlantic City, where this wedding was supposed to happen, was evacuated. Their wedding was cancelled. And what transpired next, was nothing short of amazing. Make sure to watch Lucky Productions Cinematography‘s take on the day so you can really fully, fully appreciate this gorgeous wedding and the love that went into it. And then click here for even more from Kay English!

Are you ready for the most amazing wedding story we’ve seen in a long time?

My wedding day is every bride’s worst nightmare. What transpired on that picture perfect Friday afternoon was nothing short of a miracle. The beautiful pictures you see depict not what I imagined it would be, but what I wouldn’t trade for the world. After all, behind all the glitz and glamour of a modern day wedding, is it not really just about two people vowing to love, cherish and honor each other for the rest of their lives? Well that’s the lesson, unfortunately, I learned the hard way.

The dreaded call came in around 1:00PM on Friday, August 26th, the day before Hurricane Irene was predicated to hit the coastal towns of New Jersey, and just FOUR hours before my wedding ceremony was scheduled to begin. Due to the “red alert” and evacuation orders issued for Atlantic City, our five-star venue was forced to cancel our wedding ceremony and reception… I can still hear the words “Your event has been cancelled” ringing in my diamond-clad ear. For as most brides know, four hours before your ceremony begins, your hair has been coiffed, your makeup has been perfected and you are trying to relax while sipping on your mimosa.

So what do you do when your dream has been crushed? Well, most families may regretfully inform the guests of the unfortunate news. However, as you can see by the pictures, we’re not like most families. I remember the moment so vividly. My sister, and maid of honor, looked at me frankly and said, “What do you want to do? You know, we’ve always said someone should get married at Lynette’s house.” (Lynette is a close family friend with an AMAZING outdoor landscape.) And that was all took…

The ball was rolling. Our families frantically took to the phones, rerouting the minister, ordering chairs, trying to piece together some semblance of a ceremony. The most amazing moment was when we pulled up to the house, having no idea what our wedding would look like, and seeing the beautiful ceremony space arranged on the lawn and the smiles of our friends and family. You can see by the pictures, they did an amazing job!

When you’re in the throes of planning the big, glamorous wedding affair that you dreamt of, it is so easy to forget the real meaning and purpose behind the day. We were blessed with the wonderful reminder that it is not really about the venue, or the 5 course meal, but rather being surrounded and supported by the people that care for you as you embark on this journey called marriage with the one you love the most!

Photography: Kay English Photography / Cinematography: Lucky Productions Cinematography / Flowers: Gerads Florist & Decorator / Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas / Cake: The Bake Works / Wedding Gown Designer: Marisa, from Bridal Garden / Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Jessica Simpson Designs / Hairpiece: Portobello