Long Branch Wedding by Sarah Postma Photography
October 14, 2011
Tri State

This Jersey Shore wedding is all about fun, bright pops of color and mixes both traditional and modern elements seamlessly and beautifully. We're loving the gorgeous coral colored bridesmaids dresses, the beyond beautiful orchids that seem to pop up everywhere from the bouquets to the ceremony arch, that show stopping lace veil, and the adorable and super chic DIY invites. I could stare at the pretty, pretty images from Sarah Postma Photography all day long and lucky for you and me, there's a whole gallery full of them right here!










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From the Bride...Growing up in New Jersey, Phil and I have had some amazing memories at the Jersey Shore. The beach is where we spend every free second we have in the summer so we knew it had to be a part of the wedding. Our first thought was to have a destination wedding but for a number of reasons this didn't work out for us. Then we thought, why not have our own destination wedding right in our home state? When we found the Avenue, it fit our personalities perfectly. Located right on the beach, it provided us with a modern cocktail party where our guests could spend a summer night outside eating good food, enjoying good music and, of course, dancing.

Then, we moved on to finding photographer. After all, if we were going to spend all this money on one day, we wanted the perfect person to capture it all! As soon as we met Sarah, we knew she was the right fit. Her personality made us so comfortable and her style fit the overall theme of the wedding just perfectly. With the most important things out-of-the-way, it was on to the fun stuff! From the beginning, my wedding was all about color so I needed to find the perfect palette. I wanted the colors to say summer without being the typical beach colors (blue and tan-I knew there would be enough of since our venue was on the beach). I came across this awesome coral color first when I saw a bridesmaid dress (by designer Bari Jay) in the hue. I knew that was it. I added my favorite color, olive-green, and then a steel grey and ivory to tie it all together. From that point on, I tried to make sure each element of the wedding incorporated at least one of these colors.

Prior to this whole experience, I never would have considered myself a crafty person. I starting reading blogs like Style Me Pretty, and I gained confidence. As I finished each project I had more and more fun. My close friend (and bridesmaid) Kiran, is a demonstrator for Stamipin' Up! and we decided to take on the task of making all of the stationery (Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, and Thank You Cards). Naturally, everything coordinated with the wedding color scheme. Flowers were very important to the overall look of the day. My favorite flower is the orchid which was the focal point of the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the centerpieces on the cocktail tables. My ceremony arch was also covered in orchids and the photos truly capture their beauty as we exchanged our vows! My favorite part is how the branches weaved in and out of the orchids. I also worked with Sharon at Twenty Four Seven Events to find the perfect color (light olive) for my linens and she provided a fun shimmery overlay to complete the look. She was so helpful and really listened to what I wanted.

On the day of the wedding everything (including the amazing weather) came together exactly the way I envisioned. To see each detail come to life was so rewarding. Our day started just a few blocks from Avenue at the Bungalow Hotel, which provided the perfect location for our first look and later that night, our after party. In all, the Pier Village area in Long Branch, NJ, provided the perfect setting for our modern beach wedding.

Wedding Photography: Sarah Postma Photography / Floral Design: Peter James Floral Couture / Celebrant: Jessie Blum of Eclectic Unions / Ceremony + Reception Location: Avenue / Invitations: M&K StampAway / Bride's Shoes: Klub Nico / Wedding Dress: Liancarlo via Exquisite Bride / Dress Sash: Twisted Crystals / Hair: Allison's Hair Creations / Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bari Jay / DJ: DJ Unique / Percussionist: Nerio Matheus / Wedding Cake: Chocolate Carousel / Linens: Twenty Four Seven Events / Videographer: Chris Boho