Water Witch Club Wedding Published in The Knot New Jersey magazine

I am so excited to announce that Gilded Lily Events has been published in the Spring/Summer Knot NJ for Janice and James’s wedding that we designed in May with stunning photos by Pat Furey Photography. I knew this wedding was going to be good from the beginning! When I first met with Janice (you may remember her bridal shower) and James, they told me that they had booked the Water Witch Club in Highlands, NJ. This New Jersey gem is still unknown to many and is one of the best kept wedding secrets (well until recently!). The Water Witch Club has been called “one of the most breathtaking locations in New Jersey”.  Located in the center of historic Monmouth Hills, this historic house built in 1905 is offered to the public on a very limited basis  with only 12 events held during the year.  This venue is your home away from home and immediately makes your guests feel comfortable with the cozy wooden porch and relaxed atmosphere. It is like having a wedding in your own backyard.

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The Water Witch Club is covered in rich, dark wood and definitely one of my all-time favorite things about this place. No carpet or wallpaper to interfere and will allow design whims run wild. Janice and James wanted to lighten up the space with light, airy colors. The contrast between the dark brown wood and the blush and minty green was perfect for a spring day in May.

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Some of my favorite elements from this wedding werevthe signage. Kate of Mary Kate Moon outdid herself and we took full advantage of the chalkboards that Dovetail Vintage Rentals has in their inventory. The large schoolhouse chalkboard made an amazing escort card display and still one of my favorites to date. We used a vintage freestanding school chalkboard for their cocktail drink menu which I highly recommend for any event.

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Janice had the pick of the litter with the flowers that were available in May. She and the bridesmaids carried a hand-tied, garden style bouquet full of  anemones, ranunculus, peonies, garden roses, seeded eucalyptus, pink spray roses and hypericum berries. I can not thank Dorian at Wallflowers enough for bringing our floral dream to life. These flowers are out of this world! We created the centerpieces with a variety of arrangements in milk glass and clear hobnail jars also from Dovetail Vintage Rentals.

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There are just so many details that I love about this wedding that I could go on and on! Luckily, you can find more photos on Green Wedding Shoes here: http://greenweddingshoes.com/sweet-new-jersey-farm-wedding/

Here are a few more beautiful shots from Pat Furey right before they became husband and wife!

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The icing on the cake of this wedding was our feature below in the Knot! Check it out!

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5 Ways to Incorporate a Theme into your Wedding: Love Letter Theme

This past August, Gilded Lily Events designed and planned a wedding at the beautiful Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg, PA, but before that day it all began with a very much in love couple and two words. LOVE LETTERS. At my first meeting with this smitten couple, they told me in passing that they enjoyed writing notes to each other during their courtship. They would leave post-its, write notes on the mirror, and pen sweet nothings whenever they got the chance. This immediately struck a chord with me and the theme of their wedding was born.

For some people the word “theme” has a bad connotation. However, I do not believe that is the case if you execute it correctly or of course hire a wedding planner or designer that can help you bring your theme to life.  As you can see in the gorgeous photos by Christina Lilly Photography, our love letter theme was understated in many ways and very personal.

1. LOVE IS IN THE DETAILS. Using their monogram, hand lettered impeccably by Mary Kate Moon, I had a custom wax seal made for their envelopes and to affix their escort cards to their favors.  This little detail reminded me of the lost art of letter writing and of an aristocrat penning a love letter to a sailor across the sea. Are you imagining it too?

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2. Create an unique guest book. With an antique writing desk, we created a LOVE NOTE STATION for their guests to write messages to Cindy and Kareem.  The notes will be a keepsake for years to come. I would suggest putting them in a scrapbook for safe keeping.

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3.  SAY THANK YOU! It was important to Cindy and Kareem that they could write a note to their guests. We decided on a note for each table thanking their guests for being such a special part of their lives and for their support on their wedding day.  Thank you to Maie at Noon Designs for creating such beautiful paper goods for their reception (see above too!).

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4. WRITE YOUR VOWS. Cindy and Kareem worked with their officiant to craft the perfect vows. The ceremony was so sacred to both of them and you could really feel how special this moment was. During the ceremony, Cindy and Kareem both placed love letters in a box to be opened on their first anniversary. I wish I had done that at my wedding! It would so nice to read how you were feeling the morning before you became husband and wife.

One of my all time favorite details is the large scale backdrop we designed for their cake display. Again with the beautiful calligraphy of Mary Kate Moon, we wrote their vows for all to see. It made the most romantic backdrop as the light shone through the fabric. I will always love this and Cindy and Kareem told me that they had the fabric cut and framed to hang in their house. What a beautiful reminder of the words they spoke to each other that day! The ultimate love letter.

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5.  TAKE A PAGE FROM THE PAST. I ripped pages from old books to create the table runner for the escort card and gift tables. We created cones for the petals to be showered on Cindy and Kareem as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife for the first time. It is these little details that carry your theme throughout the wedding but are understated and simple to achieve.

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This wedding was so sweet and we are so honored to have been a part of it! Here are some more photos below from Christina Lily Photography and please feast your eyes on the gorgeous flowers by Dorian at Wallflowers. I love how it all came together so beautifully!

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Thank you Cindy and Kareem! xo Paige

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