Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding by Maggie Harkov Photography
March 9, 2012
Tri State
Glamorous looks oh so good on this wedding. The Loubies, the dress, the so totally in love that they can't stop kissing couple; it is all coming together for a knock-out affair at Mallard Island Yacht Club. And we have Maggie Harkov Photography to thank for snapping enough beautiful images to last a whole afternoon. Join us in the gallery for so much more.

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From the Bride... I am a diehard when it comes to old television shows, movies and all things vintage. I never leave the house without mascara, red lipstick and something from the past (an old necklace, brooch, ring, etc.) so I knew from the very beginning I wanted to use as many pieces that had been passed down in my family as possible. My husband, on the other hand, is as modern and preppy as they come, a true New England boy. We both grew up spending our summers on the beach and love singing along to the notes of Jack Johnson, so a destination (beach) feel was a must. When we pulled up to Mallard Island Yacht Club and walked through its entrance for the first time, I must confess I felt like Kate Winslet in the Titanic when she stepped onto the ship to set sail. I couldn't picture a better place to exchange our vows.

Everything we incorporated into our wedding day originated from a deeper meaning. The date: 4-23-11. Tim loves the number 23 (his childhood sports #, Michael Jordan, etc.), and my grandparents would have been married for 62 years on that exact day — my grandmother passed four years ago, and I wanted to keep this date alive. The hand-crafted rosary beads that hung from the podium are a family heirloom on my dad's side from Rome. My flowers, an array of calla lilies, were the first bouquet of flowers Tim gave to me, six years before we walked down the aisle. They also happened to fit perfectly into our theme — clean cut and modern, yet delicately saturated with just the right colors for my vintage feel. (For the centerpieces, I also added anenomes for their vibrant red and hydrangeas for their true lavender along with some berries and fillers. I wanted the perception of hand-picked flowers.) Our penguin cake toppers stemmed from our long time love of sharing video clips of these little birds waddling about while making our own hilarious voices to go along with each of them — they also mate for life. My mother and I made the seating chart together from an old mirror and some ribbon. She then hand-wrote everyone's name in calligraphy. I wanted everyone to see that they were a "reflection" of Tim and me as they looked for their seats. "I carry your heart with me," a poem by e.e. cummings, was printed in our programs and read at the end of the ceremony. It's my favorite piece of poetry, and I gave it to Tim on our third anniversary. The morning of our wedding, my groom presented me with a printed book from 1923 that he tracked down where this poem was first published. It was the most thoughtful thing anyone has ever done for me. Lastly, in lieu of traditional wedding favors, we made a donation to the ASPCA and Special Olympics, two organizations near and dear to our hearts.

Our photographs, as cheesy as it may sound, are literally worth a thousand words. Our warm, personable and creative photographer who captured my husband and I along with our family and friends in every sense of the word will forever touch our hearts. Maggie Harkov has such a way of joining personality and photography resulting in captured moments where you literally feel the emotion. From the initial consultation, all the way to the big day and after, Maggie became a dear friend, and she has truly touched our hearts.

Wedding Photography: Maggie Harkov Photography / Reception: Mallard Island Yacht Club in Manahawkin, New Jersey / Floral Design: Narcissus Florals / Catering: Taste Catering (609-494-9300) / Cake + Cupcakes: Susan Chicola / Cake Topper: Red Light Studio / Wedding Cinematography: Art Guglielmo of Northeast Horizons Cinematography / Paper Goods: Kaitlin Andorfer Sockman (A Bridesmaid) of ink and ivory / Seating Chart: DIY by the Bride + Her Mother / String Trio: Shrewsbury String Quartet / Solo Singer: Ellen Remick / Officiant: Most Reverend Bishop George Lucey of St. Francis of Assisi / Wedding Gown: Vera Wang / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride's Pearl Ring + Fur Bolero: From Her Grandmothers / Bride's Veil + Headpiece: From Her Mother / Bride's Headpiece Reconstruction: Mary of Frills (732-830-7125) / Bride's Hair: Tanya Spalliero of Salon BLUSH / Bride's Makeup: Tim Quinn of Giorgio Armani Beauty / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Vera Wang / Bridesmaids' Hair + Makeup: DeVenir Beauty / Bridesmaids' Headpieces: Kaitlin Andorfer Sockman (A Bridesmaid) of b. Poetic