Amanda and Tyler
Fredon, New Jersey
Amanda and Tyler
Fredon, New Jersey
Amanda and Tyler had such a gorgeous wedding at Bear Brook Valley in Fredon, New Jersey. As soon as our associate photographer Jen arrived to photograph this wedding, she knew it was going to be special. It was our first time working at this venue and we hope to be back! There was a rustic, elegant vibe that was elevated from a typical barn venue. Jen said she particularly loved photographing Amanda and Tyler in this amazing meadow they found. The lush greenery made for such a romantic setting. It was most noteworthy when Tyler picked Amanda up as they walked through the field and kissed her.
*Cue our hearts melting.*
Relaxed, Boho Vibe
The color scheme was powder blue, blush, cream and variety of greens. As Amanda stated, they were going for a relaxed, boho vibe. Nothing stuffy, just a really fun party! She found a vintage rug for the ceremony, had ribbons hanging from the bridesmaids flowers and hanging candles from the pergola during the ceremony outside. Both her mom and mother-in-law had been collecting amazing, green and blue vintage glass bottles for their centerpieces. All of these simple touches amounted to so much beauty. Kim Bakke, with A Cottage Gardener really outdid herself with all the florals! This bouquet was one of our favorites of last year! Amanda’s dress was Azul by Liancarlo and was to die for. The night ended with a sparkler send off. It was just a perfect day!
I think nature was the biggest inspiration behind our wedding day. We wanted the florals to be wild, we wanted our ceremony to be surrounded by nature, we wanted an organic, boho and more casual feel to our entire day. For our flowers – chose to use a lot of greenery with muted pinks and some white in the flowers and we incorporated some blues through our stationary and bridal party attire. I think the bridesmaids dresses and the groomsmen suits were a chance for us to add some more color – so we went with soft blue dresses and blue/gray suits for the guys. When it came to the logistics of the day, we just wanted everything to be fun – nothing too stuffy or too scheduled or too rehearsed. We actually never rehearsed our entrance or our first dance or any of our dances with our parents. We just kind of went for it! The ceremony may have been one of the more traditional parts of the day because we did not write our own vows but our officiant, Ty’s Aunt Ginny, wrote a beautiful opening statement that incorporated nature and the readings we chose (read by my two cousins, Kate and Clare) were also about nature.
As a graphic designer, I knew that I wanted to DIY as much as I could. I designed all of our wedding stationery, such as our save the dates, wedding invitations, menus, ceremony programs, escort cards, etc. I also made and painted all of our signage – welcome sign, signature drink signage, guest book sign, etc. and a piece of driftwood for the ceremony that Ty’s brother-in-law collected from a family home in Maine that read “you are both my home and my adventure all at once”. The arbor for our ceremony was decorated with hanging flowers from silk ribbon and candles – our florist absolutely blew us away. Our aisle runner was a vintage rug that has been in my family for close to 100 years. My mom, with the help of my mother-in-law and other family members) collected over 250 vintage glass bottles from estate sales and garage sales to use as our centerpieces. They were all so unique and a variety of greens and blues. I think they also added a nice height to the tables to fit the vaulted ceilings of the ballroom. Instead of a traditional sweetheart table, we opted for a long table seating over 20 people for our bridal party. Our florist put together a beautiful long garland that went the whole length of the table. The wooden farm tables for our reception were also decorated with mix and matched candle votives. Overall, we were going for a unique and boho feel with a lot of personal touches.
The florals at our wedding played a HUGE part of our overall decor and feel that we were going for our wedding. We’re huge nature lovers – Ty is a skydiver and I love to go camping – so having the florals feel natural and wild was important to us in matching our personalities. Our florist used lots of greenery and muted pinks with some white. The bouquets were a very natural, organic shape. The ceremony arbor was my favorite floral element – hanging flowers by silk ribbon with glass globes that had small candles in them. We were lucky with beautiful weather and standing under the arbor during our ceremony with the flowers hanging everywhere and blowing in the wind was just as dreamy as dreamy could be. We also knew that we didn’t want traditional centerpieces and using the collection of glass bottles in combination with the organic flowers our florist chose were absolutely perfect adding that boho element.
Bear Brook Valley had already offered so much that felt personalized, we really didn’t have to do much to add to it! One of my favorite parts of the day was surprising Ty with our entrance song. He had no idea what song I chose as our entrance into the reception until the moment it was played. Our hashtag was #SignedSealedDelino and I had worked with our band, The Storytellers NYC to customize “Signed Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder to match our hashtag. His face when they first sang “signed, sealed, Delino” was so worth keeping the secret for so long! He had been guessing at it for months!
It didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would in finding a dress. We went to 3 appointments before I found my dress. I already knew that I didn’t want a ballgown or anything too formal so nailing down the style was relatively easy. The dress I chose by Azul by Liancarlo was perfect. It was the right balance of form fitting but not too form fitting that I would be self conscious the day of. The top was an illusion top with layers of chantilly lace and buttons that ran up the back. The lace continued down through to the form fitting skirt but what sold me on the dress was the overlay tulle. It was so flowy and magical and really gave that boho vibe that I was going for. My hair and makeup style also worked out pretty easily – I knew I wanted to show the detail of the dress so pulling my hair back was important but I didn’t want it to feel stiff and too put together so we went for a low lose ponytail with some hanging pieces and we added pieces of babies breath. My makeup was simple – neutral lip color and neutral eyeshadow so nothing too bold or bright – I felt like myself which was extremely important to me. Ty’s suit was from Indochino and was a blue/gray color. Up close it had a great checkered pattern. Going along with our boho/casual vibe, Ty knew he didn’t want to wear black and choosing a suit with some color worked perfectly with the color scheme of our flowers. Ty chose some fun patterned socks to show his personality and he also had his name and our wedding date sewn into the inside of his jacket.
We went to the same high school and graduated the same year but we weren’t really friends then. I actually knew Ty’s sister better because we both played sports throughout high school. It wasn’t until a couple years after college that we reconnected through mutual friends. It’s been 5 and a half years – we bought and renovated our first house together in March 2017 and not too much longer after that we were engaged in August of 2017. Ty proposed on the beach in Long Beach Island where I grew up going with my family. Every year my family rents a house for a week – we’ve been doing this for over 30 years and mostly renting houses on the same street. It was the last day of vacation and most of my family was packing up getting ready to go home. Ty asked me if I wanted to go to the beach for sunset while everyone was packing up. I had no idea that he was about to propose. After Ty got down on one knee and I screamed “are you kidding me?!” followed by a loud “YES!”, a photographer came out of nowhere and captured the whole thing. After pictures of just Ty and I, we turned towards the dunes and BOTH of our families were cheering for us at the top. His family made the trip to LBI without me knowing so that they could be there. He also arranged for my parents and his family to stay and celebrate a couple more nights at a nearby hotel. It was so special that he proposed in my favorite place and that he involved both sides of our families.
The ceremony by far. I have never felt more anticipation in my life than I did before walking down the aisle – thankfully I had my Dad to hold on to! With all that buildup though, as soon as the ceremony actually started and I began to walk down the aisle, we both were able to calm down and take in the moment. I’m not sure anyone can prepare you for what the ceremony actually feels like but I can only describe it as magical. Being announced as husband and wife for the first time was the best feeling in the world.
Just have fun with it! There were times when it felt like we were wedding planning every day and I wish we had taken more time to relax and enjoy the planning and not stress so much over stuff that doesn’t matter. Truth is, no one will notice if you chose the white napkin over the champagne napkin! And don’t leave the dance floor! I think a wedding is more fun when the bride and groom are always on the dance floor – it encourages everyone to let loose and have fun with you! It’s a celebration.