You don’t understand how time consuming planning a wedding is; until your.. well PLANNING A WEDDING! I can remember the first day I got engaged and now I have been married for a month. Time truly flies, and the best advice I can give to any new bride is to soak up EVERY SECOND of this time in your life, because getting married is such an indescribeable feeling.
They tell you that as soon as you say ” I do” things instantly change. That sounded crazy to me, because I couldn’t understand how saying two simple words could change EVERYTHING! Especially when I felt things were pretty great in my relationship already.
But, it did! Something happens when you express to your close family and friends your unconditional love for someone, it changes you. I never knew I could feel so connected to another person in my entire life. This man isn’t my boyfriend, or fiance, he is my HUSBAND forever.
Our wedding day was April 23, 2015 and we chose The Rockleigh Country Club as our wedding venue in New Jersey. As soon as we visited The Rockleigh we knew we had to get married there. We previously saw about 30 wedding venues and we were just in awe as soon as we walked in. The premises were so pristine and elegant that it just seemed like the perfect choice for our simple, elegant, wedding.
Now, just for the record I didn’t hire a wedding planner for two reasons. First, I thought it was a waste of my money. I know wedding planners work hard to bring your ideas to life, but I just didn’t want to spend the money when I knew I could do it my self. Secondly, I have trust issues, and would have been micromanaging whoever I hired! In hindsight, I should have hired a wedding coordinator just to alleviate some stress while planning all the little details. But, for the most part if you are newly engaged you can really save money by planning on your own.
The color’s of our wedding were gold and emerald green.
The flowers we used throughout the wedding were white roses and white lisianthus.
I made all of the place cards, and frames my selves. I am not really the best at DIY projects, but I love how everything came out.
My bouquet consisted of white roses, white lisianthus, white freesia, white dendrobium orchids, eucalyptus, and green berries.
For the reception area we wanted to keep the room romantic and dim so we opted for; hundred of candles, tall glass stem vases combined with floating candles, white roses, and lisianthus.
Now, let’s get to the dress! I tried on a bunch of dresses, all different styles because I really had no clue what I wanted. I thought I needed to try on everything because I didn’t want to miss out on the dress of my dreams! But as soon as this Vera Wang gown touched my skin I knew it was the one. What really stood out to me most with this gown, was the halter top and the flower details. It was pretty hard to find a dress that wasn’t strapless, so that really caught my eye.
It kills me that I will never be able to wear my Vera Wang dress again. Ultimately, I want to have my dress framed and hung in my closet. But, until then I’ll continue to hug it every morning!
My maid of honor had these Converse made for me to change into during the reception.
I wore a 130 inch cathedral drop veil. I loved how delicate and grand it looked with my gown.
Mommy daughter moment!
My bridesmaids wore lux chiffon gowns by Dessy in hunter green.
For my wedding nails, I decided to do a lace detailed manicure that I tried before in the past and loved. I had my fellow nail guru Cassandra do my nails, and they came out perfectly! The color is Brigette by Zoya.
Most brides see their groom for the first time when they walk down the aisle. But, my husband and I decided we wanted to do a first look before the ceremony to get rid of any jitters. This really was one of the most memorable moments of my wedding day, and I recommend this to any future bride who wants to get the bulk of their pictures done prior to the ceremony. I am so grateful we decided to do this because I would have been even more of a nervous wreck walking down the aisle, then I already was.
The entertainment at my wedding was amazing. Absolute Celebrations had my guests ready to turn up as soon as the reception started. Everyone knows good music makes a party, and I was so worried about that. But I really had nothing to worry about, everything was on point! I still have people telling me how great the DJ and MC were.
Advice to future brides
1. Don’t worry about the little details. On your big day your not going to worry about if your flower girl basket and ring barrier pillow match. In the grand scheme of things, NO ONE cares or notices these things.
2. Make sure you pick the right wedding party! I cant stress this point enough . You want to have a wedding party that will help alleviate stress not cause it. I was very lucky to have such great bridesmaids to share this time with.
3. Make sure you cut corners and budget in the right places. For instance, don’t get a cheap inexperienced photographer and splurge on flowers. Remember it is only one night , so think of what you are actually going to keep from that day. Flowers die, pictures are forever.
I am beyond thankful and blessed to have had such a beautiful wedding. Thank you to my gorgeous mother, mother in law, bridesmaids, family, friends and my husband for helping make this day perfect.
Getting married was like adding a period to the sentence which was our love. I just feel so complete, and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect, more beautiful, more honest wedding day. It was the best day of my life.
Love you mean it.
A special thanks to all of my vendors who made this day perfect!
Photography – Kristina Traficante Photography
DJ – Absolute Celebrations
Florist – Jardiniere Fine Flowers
Nails – Cassandra from On Wednesday’s We Wear Polish
Hair – Debbie Dazulme @abcdebbie
Makeup – Sumayyah Cathcart @makeupbymaymay