A French-inspired Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding- Part Two

Hopefully you have caught Part One of this wedding on my blog, but if you haven’t, make sure you check it out! There are just so many details from this wedding that I had to share with photos from Love & Light Photographs.

Moving on to the reception, Jess and Rob are “party ready” and the room is set. Guests were welcomed into the cocktail hour with delicious food and flowing cocktails. They mingled, ate, drank and listened to music awaiting what they would find upstairs in the reception room.

Guests were invited to their seats with French blue calligraphed escort cards from Design House of Moira with their custom wax seal and gold ink. Classic and elegant.

The reception room was picturesque. Reynolds again outdid themselves with the floral arrangements of blush and white peonies, cascading greenery, garden roses, ranunculus and sweet pea to name a few. We had three variations for the centerpieces. The rounds held gold candelabras from Two of a Kind with trailing flowers and greens  or clear compote pieces with garden-inspired arrangements. The bridal party table was an extra long rectangular table to host their closest friends and their dates. This table had a mix of bud vases, compote, votives and candelabras in various heights. It was absolutely the focal point in the room.

Our paper goods were chosen with care such as the menus and these table numbers, one of my favorite details, to make sure that all elements were beautiful and cohesive with our vision. Victoria is a true artist!

We made sure to make their sweetheart table extra special. Their table featured a lush garland of white and blush flowers lying across the front of their table and down one side. Jess requested a little sparkle so a white on white sequin tablecloth fit the bill. I always think it is a good idea to make your bride and groom chairs stand out. We added pale blue chiffon fabric to the venue’s gold chiavari chairs and finished them with floral accents.

The newlyweds and their guests danced the night away until it was time for the cake cutting and some sweet treats. This cake topper was made especially for the Soaves by Table Setting is My Life. It is made of paper and I love how elegant that white on white is. The cake is classic and created by Carlo’s Bakery. Of course we couldn’t resist a gold cake stand with lots of candlelight.

At the end of the night, we strategically placed one hundred pillar candles to create a romantic glow. Their bridal party gathered around for a sparker exit and to wish the happy couple a happily ever after. If this wedding is an indication, I think they will have a beautiful marriage and a fairytale ending.

In case you haven’t gotten enough of this wedding (we wouldn’t blame you), you can visit part one and part two of the features on Style Me Pretty here and here. Jess- I can not say enough what a pleasure it was to work with you and get to know you during this process! I wish you nothing but the best! xo

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Endless Wave Studios | Event Design: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Reynolds | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Cake: Carlo’s Bakery | Stationery: Design House Of Moira | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier| Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Up & Out | Band: Almost Easy Band | Groom’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen’s Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Reverend Donald Gebhard | Ceremony Music: Shrewsbury String Quartet | Transportation: ShooBoo Shuttle | Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaid’s Accessories: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids’ Robes: Cloud Hunter | Cake Topper: Table Setting is My Life | Candleabra Rental: Two of a Kind | Ceremony Lighting: Ocean Tents | Custom Hair Accessories: Foolish Ginger | MOB + MOG Robes: POSY | Maid of Honor Dress: Adrianna Pappell | Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Ring Bearer Pillow: JfyBride | Signage: Design House Of Moira | Veil: Mark Zunino | Vintage Hat Box: Trousseau & Co | Welcome Gifts: That’s Darlin’

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!



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!


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!

erinandmike_0036 erinandmike_0037Last but not least- the cake was a showstopper! It mimics the swiss dot on the linens and I love the rose gold band. This cake is definitely one of my favorites and The Vintage Cake always makes gorgeous and delicious cakes!

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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