Katie and Mike

South Orange, New Jersey



Photography | Monica Mendoza Photography | @monicamphoto

Venue | Orange Lawn Tennis Club

Gown Salon | Castle Couture | @castlecouture

Bridesmaids Dresses | Bella Bridesmaids | @bellabridesmaids

Makeup | Makeup by Jay Saunz| @makeupbyjaysaunz

Catering | Krug Catering

Invitations | Minted | @minted

DJ | Elite Sound Entertainment | @elitesoundent

From the Photographer

Katie and Mike wanted their wedding to include personal details and lots of greenery with Ivory. They groom himself built a beautiful green backdrop for the guests place cards. One of the sweetest moments of the day was the first look with Katie’s dad and also their first dance. I still remember when Katie and Mike made their big entrance. The grounds of the Orange Lawn Tennis club provide a beautiful backdrop for sunset portraits.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

I envisioned an ethereal, romantic feel for our wedding. Delicate & classic. We wanted the day to feel light, bright & airy. Our color palette consisted of classic ivory with neutrals and touches of pastel blue. Greenery was our most essential element throughout, which helped to provide texture & liveliness!


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Our flowers were mostly made up of seeded eucalyptus, olive leaf, ivory cabbage roses & ranunculus. We utilized greenery everywhere we could, tastefully. From our flower girl’s olive leaf crown to the hanging ruscus on the chandeliers in our reception venue. We also created an 8ft high x 6ft wide greenery wall. We used this for our escort cards during cocktail hour (as photographed). Once all the cards were removed, the greenery wall doubled as the backdrop for our mirror photo booth during the reception. My now-husband & father-in-law handcrafted this & it definitely surpassed my original vision. Our guests loved it & we now keep the etched wood sign with our last name in our home!


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

When looking for dresses or hairstyles for my wedding day, the one word I envisioned remained constant: Romantic. I wore my hair in long, bouncy waves with an antique side barrette to add some sparkle. My gown was an A-line ball gown made by the whimsical Hailey Paige. It was important for me to still feel like myself & to be comfortable on my wedding day — so I styled this with sequin Keds by Kate Spade. My wedding jewelry was kept simple so that my dress (& myself!) remained the focus.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

There are two extra special moments that stand out to me when I reminisce about my wedding day. Anyone who knows me, knows I am a true daddy’s girl. I was able to do a “first look” with my father in my wedding gown right before leaving for the ceremony. It was a moment I will cherish forever with the first man I loved. I am so grateful I’ll have that captured in photographs forever. Second, I could never forget the feeling of walking down the isle & seeing my now, husband, waiting at the other end. From a day filled with so many, this memory will always stand out for me. It may be clichè, but experiencing that after dreaming about it since.. well, forever – not much can beat that.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

I would like to go back to my wedding planning months & scream “relax!” to myself. I would share this same advice with other brides or grooms stressed out while planning their wedding day. Yes, it’s a day you’ll never forget & you’ll be wish to have everything perfect, but the most important thing remains. You’re marrying your best friend! Everything already is.