A September wedding at the Water Witch Club in Monmouth Hills, NJ

I have said it before and I will say it again that the Water Witch Club is one of our favorite venues in Monmouth County. I sang its praises here after one of our favorite May weddings was published in The Knot New Jersey. I am a fan of a “blank slate” venue and a cozy, warm atmosphere that you can make your own and make your guests feel at home. We were so glad that Alexander Johnnides for Pat Furey Photography was there to capture it all!

Each time I design a wedding at the Water Witch Club, I want to make it unique and reflect the couple’s personality. I was so excited when I got to know Erin because I immediately knew that she was super stylish and was open to take a risk by adding a pop of color. When I found out that Erin has a style blog called Currently Coveting, I immediately envisioned her inspiration board as a bold statement necklace with a little hint of preppy and a good dose of whimsy. Just look at how cute Erin is in her personalized button-down shirt that she made herself and for her bridesmaids- each shirt was different and their patches represented each girl’s personality. I knew this was going to be a good one from then on!

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Every wedding’s tone is set by the paper goods. Erin, Mike and I worked with Jillian at Bella Carta Boutique to create a classic Save the Date and invitation suite that included touches of rose gold foil, navy and the perfect Rifle Paper Co. envelope liner. Thank you to Mary Kate Moon for adorning our invites with her hand lettering!

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Erin and Mike started their day off with a sweet first look. I am a fan of first looks (more about this here) and not just because it makes my timeline loving heart happy but it truly is such a special moment between you and your future husband or wife. I love to see the reactions on their faces!

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Erin and Mike’s September day was what weather dreams are made of! We couldn’t have picked a more gorgeous day if we tried. Here are some sweet pictures of their portrait session and bridal party photos! You can tell they are loved by the size of this wedding party and I love the pop of berry pink that Wallflowers incorporated in Erin’s bouquet. How about her dress?!

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When I first talked to Erin, she mentioned their pets, Alba and Ella, and you could tell how much they loved them. I wanted to pay homage to them so we chose to with a sweet signature drink sign in their honor. Mary Kate Moon watercolored their likeness and it was a huge hit! Even the little signage holders were a nod to their loveable pets. Don’t forget to check out that amazing paper flower frame from Table Setting is My Life. They completely brought my vision to life!

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For their reception, we used a mix of round tables with gorgeous sheer swiss dot tablecloths from Gala Cloths and farm tables from Dovetail Vintage Rentals with crossback chairs to complete the look.  Simple white, blush and berry centerpieces and eucalyptus runners created by Wallflowers with rose calligraphy table numbers from Mary Kate Moon.  One of my favorite details were the oversized greenery wreaths hanging from the ceiling with bistro lighting. It was such a special touch!

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I am such a sucker for a lounge area incorporated into your cocktail hour or reception. This one is one of my favorites because of the pops of hot pink. It is just so inviting for your guests to take a load off and bring the inside out.  Thank you to Dovetail Vintage Rentals!

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It takes a village to bring each wedding together and I always feel lucky to work with some amazing professionals. Please take a moment to show them some love! Congrats to Erin and Mike! I hope your enjoying married life! xo

A Spring Wedding at Weylin B. Seymour in Brooklyn, NY

( Disclaimer: I am finally getting back to blogging. I love being able to share our past weddings with you and each one is so special to me. So without further adieu and in no particular order, I give you our weddings of 2015 and 2016. )

I met Lauren and Jamie at Jamie’s sister’s wedding very quickly and immediately knew that I would love to work with them. I was so excited when she reached out and even more excited when she mentioned that they were looking into this unique, glamorous and cool “new” venue in Brooklyn. Weylin B. Seymour aka Williamsburg Savings Bank is just as it sounds a former bank built in 1875 and after a jaw-dropping restoration has become a sought after venue for weddings, events and even TV and movie productions. The details of this space are impeccable and there was inspiration around every turn from the wallpaper, metal work and the spectacular dome. All photos courtesy of Christina Lilly Photography.

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Lauren’s style is a bit more laid-back and we wanted to honor the opulence of this space but also make it their own. I feel like we did a great job mixing the styles. We assembled a group of some of our favorite vendors to bring this vision to life. Below are the stationary details that Mary Kate Moon brought to life. We used a sketch of the venue by etsy artist, Caitlin Joyce, a Brooklyn native, with special calligraphy touches. We just love this postcard Save the Date.

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Lauren and Jamie’s invitation was classic but with a few personalized details. Mary Kate created a custom monogram for them which we turned into a wax seal. My favorite detail is that we recreated the wallpaper from the venue to create their envelope liners. I just love these little surprises!

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Some more fun details were the menus inspired by the architecture of the building and the escort cards with gold charms that honor the era.

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The wedding was held in late April so Lauren was able to pick from some of the best in-season varieties and Anne at Blade Floral knocked it out of the park!  I love how we decided to have the bridesmaids carry sweet bouquets of lilacs to match their Jenny Yoo dresses and Lauren’s peony, ranunculus, garden rose, sweet pea filled bridal bouquet.

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Inside the Main Rotunda, guests’ tables with a mix of round and long clad in navy “burlap” linens showcased the three varieties of centerpieces. Low compotes, tall vases of camellia leaves and custom gold cases with overflowing florals were the stars of the show. Just see for yourself!

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Below are some more of our favorite details and moments from the day. This wedding was a bit of a departure of our whimsical style but I love a good challenge. I enjoyed every second of working at this venue especially because the staff (shout out to Nadya) at WBS and at Abigail Kirsch Catering were a gem to work with. It makes all the difference- trust me!

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Just look at the pure joy on their faces! This is why I do what I do!

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Thanks to Patina Rentals for this gorgeous blue couch and crank tables & Dovetail Vintage for completing this lounge.

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Check out the video from Tweed Weddings for more feel good fun!