This New Jersey wedding achieved what some might call the wedding holy grail — at least part of it, anyway. Bride and Groom Megan and Colin held a celebration that was both large in guest count but very warm and intimate in ambiance; a contrast that I often hear brides refer to in the planning phases of their big day. So how’d they do it? Oh come on, I’m not going to give it all away here! Read on and scroll through their beautiful pictures captured by Vanessa Joy Photography to find out.
Can you give us an overview of the event? It was a beautiful sunny Saturday in May. We had a ceremony at Kirkpatrick Chapel in New Brunswick, the chapel that Colin’s parent’s got married in. We took pictures in between at a rustic park that is quite a hidden gem! Our reception was at Eagle Oaks Country Club.
What inspired the theme or style? Our personalities. We are pretty traditional but love romantic style. As a woman, I like things to be pretty, so the flowers were white and blush roses and peonies. All the accents including menus, table linens, etc had a hint of gold which kept things classic.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique? Yes! My brother Matthew sang and played the piano for our first dance – his very own rendition of Jack Johnson’s “Better Together.” We also used my parent’s caketopper! Lastly, we had a photobooth which made for a GREAT guest book. We love to look through it and remember how much fun everyone had.
What was the most memorable moment? Besides saying our vows and having our first dance, I think the best part was when we were sitting down eating dinner and looking out to see all of our friends and family there to celebrate with us. We both thought that was the most amazing feeling.
Tell us about the food and drinks! There was an extensive cocktail hour (we both LOVE cocktail food) which consisted of pasta stations, antipasti, sushi and seafood, carving stations and several passed hor d’oeuvres. Our favorite was the ice sculpture of the Brooklyn Bridge, where he proposed. 🙂 The dinner was a salad followed by a duet of Filet and Chilean sea bass along with dauphins potato and vegetables. The dessert was our wedding cake (chocolate cake with canoli cream filling – YUM!) along with Italian cookies and pastries. We also had a 2 hour long After Party where “bar” food was served. This included mini sliders, buffalo wings, grilled cheese and even a hot dog cart!
How did he propose? Colin proposed on 10/10/10. The day was cool and sunny and we planned on shopping then going to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. (Something we have always wanted to do) We sat in traffic getting there, and my typical self complained the whole way. But once we got there and started walking, that all changed. It was so beautiful as we walked slowly and exchanged small talk. After getting about halfway across I noticed Colin was no longer beside me. I turned around and there he was, down on one knee. He asked me to marry him and after the shock wore off, I said yes! Colin even arranged for his sister to dress incognito to capture the proposal on camera. To top it off, as we neared the end of the bridge, there stood our families and friends waiting to congratulate us. We all then went to a little restaurant named Stella to celebrate. We will cherish that night forever!
What were the honeymoon plans? Hawaii! We visited the islands of Maui and Oahu, each for 5 days. Along with a lot of relaxing on all the unbelievably beautiful beaches, we went to the top of Haleakala Volcano where we watched the sunrise, took a morning cruise where we snorkeled, and went to a luau. We contemplated never coming back.
Ceremony Venue: Kirkpatrick Chapel | Reception Venue: Eagle Oaks Country Club | Photography: Vanessa Joy | Videography: Rob Adams | Florist: Conroy’s | Music: Platinum Band | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Makeup: Melissa D’Aloia | Bridesmaids Dresses: Mademoiselle | Tuxedo’s: Dante | Transportation: First Class Limo |