Wednesday the 30th of September
Our first wedding of the summer could not have been more beautiful. Lauren and Shaun wed on June 27th at Maplewood Country Club in Maplewood, NJ. Lauren spent the morning with her bridal party and family getting ready in the enormous bridal suite. Hair and make-up, done by Magda and Jessica of Magda Designs, had all the girls looking amazing. Throughout the day Sue’s team from Romantic Garden worked hard at creating a beautiful floral display, which had a very organic, forest feel, bringing all the visions we had been planning with Lauren, Shaun and their families for months to life.
As guests walked into the lobby they were awed by a unique escort table which boasted manzanita branches cascading down and connected to a tabletop branch. Under a piece of raised glass there were floral and woodland pieces along with moss and ferns. It was an incredible creation and had guests in awe. The ceremony kept consistent with the feel of the evening, with moss and bark branches at the doorway and aisle, along with birch trunks that were finished with amazing florals and foliage. The chuppah completed the look. It really felt like an enchanted forest, which was exactly what Lauren and Shaun envisioned.
Walking into the reception was certainly another WOW moment for the guests as they were welcomed by a warm amber glow created by Luminous Designs and gorgeous centerpieces with hanging candles at each table. Once the reception kicked off the dance floor was never empty. With the Bobby Attiko Band from Hank Lane Entertainment playing for the evening it seemed as though no one wanted to miss a beat. Their large repertoire of music kept everyone, including the Bride ad Groom themselves, interested and dancing! In Sync Photography and Videography were able to capture all the excitement throughout the wedding.
As you all know from reading about our events, there is always that special touch that makes the wedding unique. One of the most unique aspects of Lauren and Shaun’s wedding was the use of a “wedding painter.” Martin Hardy spent the entire reception located in the corner of the ballroom painting a picture of the wedding right as it happened. He captured the band, the bride and groom, the guests and even the flowers. He continuously observed the action and painted all night. Guests were constantly going over to watch him as he created. It was a wonderful feature and at the end, Lauren and Shaun have a hand painted scene from their wedding.
As the evening came to a close guests made a stop at the candy bar to make a fun goody bag to go topped off with an ice-pop and mini Ben and Jerry’s ice creams. Water bottles also awaited everyone at the front door to cool down after a long night of dancing. Everyone jumped onto the charter bus from Gogel Limousine and headed back to the Hilton Short Hills. The next day Lauren and Shaun left for their Hawaiian honeymoon where we know they were looking back on a fantastic evening.
Congratulations to such a wonderful couple!
Candice and Leah