Amanda and Eric
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Amanda and Eric
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Amanda and Eric had the ultimate Ramblewood Country Club wedding filled with laughter, tears of joy, emotional moments, and later that night, all-out partying. We’re talking shirts off, dabbing, flossing, break dancing craziness. But more on this later. Let’s start from the very beginning as Amanda and her bride tribe readied themselves at her mother’s house in nearby Cinnaminson, NJ.
After the formalities, I do’s and family pictures, it was back to the booze for a bacchanal buffet of laughter, revelry, and good vibes all over.
We knew we needed three things to have a great wedding; good food, good music and good company. We were lucky to have had all three. We wanted to keep things simple and classy and try not to get caught up in little details.
Our colors were burgundy and dusty rose. Pinterest helped in finding decoration ideas and we decided to make our own centerpieces for some of the tables. We bought lanterns online and filled them with fairy lights and florals. We also used varying heights of cylinders and we filled them with water and had floating candles on top; we put them on the tables that didn’t have the lanterns. We wanted the lighting to look like candlelight and our DJ was able to use beautiful colors to have it look rosy without looking too pink. Since we met in Philly, we found a LOVE sign that we used for the bar. We also had pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days in the lobby. It was our way of having those we lost there with us.
We wanted the florals to accent the space, but not completely take over. Brandon at Wegmans helped us find flowers to fit our style and color scheme. Beautiful burgundy and “blush” roses to fit our color scheme. They looked incredible in the bouquets. At the ceremony, the pergola had a simple garland of flowers draped over the top, and we were able to put it on our sweetheart as well.
My favorite part of the wedding was the dancing. We opted for a buffet/station style dinner so people could eat when they wanted and not feel tied down to their table all night. The dancing started after the speeches, and never really stopped! Rick, our DJ, helped us fit in usual things like the cake cutting without stopping the party. Watching everyone have a good time was the best part of the day; our family and friends mean everything to us and we wanted them to have a blast!
Finding the dress was easier than Amanda could have ever imagined. Natalie at the Bridal Garden, knew exactly the right types of dresses for her to try, and she liked every one better than the last. The final dress she tried, which was a beautiful ball gown with off the shoulder sleeves, was THE one. It had just the right amount of class with a little bit of sparkle. Growing up, Amanda loved Cinderella, and this dress made her feel like a princess. Eric chose classic tux style, but made sure to wear his NY Giants socks to add his own personal touch (and because we were getting married at a former Eagles’ country club!) Sorry, Ron!
We met on the early days of Tinder. Amanda thought it was just another dating app, and since she lived right outside of Philadelphia, Eric happened to be in her radius. After a successful first date at Smokin’ Bettys, they went back to Erics apartment and played Dance Central. Amanda knew then she had a keeper. Over the years they became best friends. On a vacation to Aruba, Amanda got the the surprise of her life. On a UTV tour of the National Park, covered in dust and wearing goggles and a bandana, it happened. They stopped at a natural bridge, where off to the side there were countless little piles where people stack the rocks to make wishes. Amanda formed their stack, made a wish and then turned around to see Eric on one knee. She hopped back in shock! After saying yes and crying muddy tears, they floated on cloud nine for the rest of their trip.
The most special part of the day was having all of our friends and family there as we became husband and wife. Our friends and family are scattered all across the country (and even the world!), so to have them all there with us was incredibly special.
Don’t stress (easier said than done!) The biggest thing we tried to do throughout the whole planning process was be ourselves and keep it simple. We knew what we wanted and didn’t let anyone try to persuade us otherwise. We are laid back so we knew we wanted the day to be comfortable and fun for everyone. At the end of the day, marrying your best friend is the most important part-and if you get to do that, then that’s the best day ever!