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Great Gatsby Wedding Inspiration from Robert & Kathleen Photographers

Well today’s the day. The day we’ve been waiting for. The day we get to see Mr. DiCaprio and Ms. Mulligan portray the infamous Gatsby and Daisy. This wedding blogger is excited as can be. Because if there is one iconic piece of literature the wedding industry just loves to recreate, it’s the grandeur and the luxuriousness of The Great Gatsby. So of course, we’ve got a little Gatsby-esque inspiration á la Robert & Kathleen Photographers, Pretty Little Details, and a whole host of other talented vendors. Grab a cocktail, pop into the gallery, then start donning your pearls for tonight’s show!


From the planner … The Great Gatsby is one of those books that just sticks with you because of the visual images it creates in readers’ minds as they follow the characters through a tragic love story. When I re-read the story this past summer I knew it would be the perfect inspiration for a styled shoot because the time period evokes images of grandeur and glamour. Robert and Kathleen Photographers were really excited to jump on board and their vintage style fit this styled shoot perfectly. Peter James Floral Couture was really excited to help bring the vision to life through his use of beautiful ostrich feathers, pearls, peach roses, and green hydrangea. The color palette wouldn’t be complete without subtle touches of gold, which Twenty Four Seven Events added into the table scape with shimmery linens that completed the look. For the stationery we wanted to create an art deco pattern and Brielle from White Orchid Graphics created the perfect scalloped pattern. One of our favorite elements is the pearl wristlet programs! Each place setting featured a vintage toy car in gold metal as a favor for guests. To add a fun element, The Candy Chick created a fun and interactive sweets table with chocolate cigars and gold dusted truffles. And, we can’t forget the stunning five-tier cake with gold embellishments from the Chocolate Carousel!

When it came to period fashion, Exquisite Bride had the perfect Lazaro gown with the right amount of sparkle and pearl embellishments. We added a stunning pearl necklace and an art deco headpiece. Allison created a beautiful simple look with soft pin curl waves. The makeup was soft and natural with a smoky eye and red lips. The bridesmaid dress was a modern take on a flapper outfit, which could certainly be worn again! And finally, the white 3-button tuxedo jacket with notch lapel from ChazMaTazz added to the formal feel and completed the look.

The Berkeley Hotel in Asbury Park was the ideal location since it was built in the 1920’s and was recently renovated. Unfortunately, the original shoot was scheduled during the week of Hurricane Sandy. As we all watched the hurricane hit the Jersey Shore it was heartbreaking to see all the damage done to the so many of our historic landmarks. We were very thankful to hear that The Berkeley Hotel was spared by the devastating storm. Thank you to our amazing vendors for being so flexible with rescheduling and for showing even more resolve and excitement to capture all the beauty the Jersey Shore has to offer after such a natural disaster. Everyone involved continues to wish all of families, businesses and emergency service
workers the best as they continue the work of repairing and rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. As Jersey-based businesses we are proud to be Jersey Strong and are so happy to share these images with you!

Venue: Berkeley Hotel | Photography: Robert & Kathleen Photographers | Tuxedo: ChazMaTazz Formalwear | Floral: Peter James Floral Couture | Stationery: White Orchid Graphics, Design by Brielle | Wedding Dress & Jewelry: Lazaro via Exquisite Bride | Cake: Chocolate Carousel | Candy Bar: The Candy Chick | Linen’s: Twenty Four Seven Events | Chairs: Paul David Partywares | Hair and Makeup: Allison’s Hair Creations | Planning and Coordination: Pretty Little Details | Bridesmaid Dress: Miss Selfridge UK

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New Jersey Wedding at The English Manor from Kay English

There is absolutely no denying that this wedding is a stunner. The images from Kay English ooze elegance, the flowers from Wallflowers are just dripping in gorgeous and this color palette? So dreamy. However, all those things combined don’t even touch just how lovely this Bride and Groom are. Not even close. Because with just one look at this gallery, you just know, their love outshines even the prettiest of details. See it all here.


From the Bride… The theme of our wedding was simple elegance with a vintage twist. I always envisioned getting married in the beautiful church of St. Rose, where I had attended school for thirteen years. Walking down the aisle, I was flooded with memories of all the times I had spent at St. Rose and excited for the future memories we would create as husband and wife. My groom knew the significance of this ceremony site, and was so supportive in the entire planning process.

Being from small hometowns, our friends and family were all well acquainted. We chose the English Manor as our reception venue because the layout of the ballroom brought everyone together to be a part of our day. We are both very family oriented and it was important to have a reception site which would reflect our values. Moreover, the beautiful grounds fit perfectly with our theme of simple elegance. The landscaping and gazebos provided for breathtaking photo opportunities, which our photographer captured beautifully.

Our bridal party was a direct reflection on who we are; it was filled with lifelong childhood friends, college friends, and family members. We chose a trolley as our form of transportation because we wanted our bridal party and parents all together to celebrate between the ceremony and reception. The trolley was also a beautiful touch to our beach photos and fit perfectly with the feel I wanted for the wedding.

Everyone who knows the groom can tell you his favorite color is orange (mine is green). As soon as we were engaged, people were asking how we would incorporate orange into the big day. My response: flowers. Our favorite colors were the inspiration behind the dusty shale bridesmaid dresses, the green and blue groomsmen ties, the orange in the groom’s tie and the boutonnieres. Since the bridesmaid dresses were a lighter color, I wanted a bright flower to make everything pop; hence the pink peonies. Mixed in with them were elegant garden roses and dusty miller, which was a perfect match to the bridesmaid dresses.

The bridal gown was the finishing touch on my entire theme. The elegant lace entwined with beading, was a perfect match for me. It was truly my dream gown; I wish I could wear it to more events! My parents were truly amazing in helping us have our dream wedding, and the groom’s mother organized a gorgeous rehearsal dinner on the beach, which reflected where we had both grown up, and where we would now build a life together.

Wedding Photography: Kay English | Ceremony Venue: St. Rose Parish in Belmar, New Jersey | Reception Venue: The English Manor in Ocean Township, New Jersey | Floral Design: Wallflowers | Trolley Service: Long Branch Trolley Company | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones “Jesse”  via Kleinfeld Bridal | Bride’s Earrings: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew | Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: JC Penney | Ties: Nautica via Macy’s

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Jersey Shore Wedding from Images by Berit

If I were to write a book about our next wedding, it would be titled How To Bring the Understated Elegance of Wine Country to the Jersey Shore. Ok, so my title might be a little long, but seriously, this wedding is a lesson in making your event a reflection of the things you love in life. And just because a California celebration isn’t in the cards, doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice one ounce of style. Captured beautifully by Images by Berit it’s laidback lovliness on the good ol’ east coast and it’s all right here for your viewing pleasure

From Images by Berit… Laura and Joe got married in Spring Lake, NJ. They are NYC dwellers but both love the Jersey Shore – especially Spring Lake, which is where the bride’s family lives (and thank goodness were minimally impacted by S.S.Sandy). They had a beautiful, casual, chic wedding at the Spring Lake Country Club, and their ceremony was at St. Catherine’s Roman Catholic Church in Spring Lake, New Jersey. They are a very loving, passionate and lovely couple!

From the Bride… If someone were to tell me 10 years ago that a suburban girl from New Jersey would marry a man from a beautiful 400 acre farm on Maryland’s eastern shore, I would have never believed them … until I met my husband. Joe and I met at a party in Manhattan, where we both live, and immediately bonded over love of music, travel, and family. When the time came to plan our wedding, we chose the beach where my parents live and we spend each summer weekend – Spring Lake, New Jersey. My dream to be married in one of our favorite vacation destinations, Napa, California, was not feasible so I attempted to bring the simplistic elegance of Northern California to Spring Lake.

I wore a delicate lace dress and carried my grandmother’s antique handkerchief, with tiny blue flower stitching, as I walked down the aisle. Lavender, an abundant flower in wine country, was the accent color for the men’s ties as well as the flowers held by the bridesmaids. Our save the dates mimicked a wine label design, each table was named after our favorite vineyards, and corks were used as detailed accents as far as the eye could see. One more personal touch that we added was to have a favorite vineyard that we had recently visited in Napa engrave our names and our wedding date on a magnum of wine that we plan to open on our first anniversary in lieu of cake.

My favorite memory of our wedding day was walking into the church, which my family has belonged to since the 1920s, and a place that holds so many special memories. I remember standing in the vestibule, holding on to my parents’ arms, the doors opening, and seeing my husband … and at that very moment, nothing else mattered.

Photography: Images by Berit, Inc. / Wedding Location: St. Catherine’s Roman Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Spring Lake Golf Club / Event Planning: Joan Glenn of 6 Degrees of Celebration / Floral Design: Flowers from Hannah / Cake + Desserts: The Macaroon Shop / Invitations: Palm Papers / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Jewelry: Kwiat / Bridesmaids’ Dresses:  J Crew / Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Reception Band: The Infernos / Ceremony Musicians: Merynda Adams (Harp) + Mark Mataranglo (Organ) + Steve Jankowski (Trumpet)

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