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November 4, 2014#

Megan & Dave: McLoone’s Pier House

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Even though Megan and Dave had a rainy day, it didn’t stop them from having a gorgeous beach wedding in July!! We squeezed in a first look on the beach before the rain came which Paul Francis Photography captured perfectly!! Megan’s wedding style was great for the beach with her J.Crew wedding gown that flowed perfectly in the wind.  The ceremony took place in the cutest little church in Monmouth Beach.  Guests then headed over to McLoone’s Pier House for a fun night of dancing.  We loved the color palette which Petal Beach did a great job incorporating into the bouquets and floral arrangements… how pretty are the white roses paired with the pretty blue hydrangea!  The couple also incorporated lots of subtle beach details including escort cards in a bed of sand and a seashell cake.  We had so much fun working with Megan and Dave, now you get to enjoy some of our favorite images from the day!

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Megan and Dave, we had such a wonderful time working with you!! Thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding, and to capture that perfect “rain” beach picture:)

We wish you all the best!

<3 Laura and Jenn

Vendors:

Venue: McLoone’s Pier House

Photography: Paul Francis Photography

Florals: Petal Beach

Wedding Gown: J.Crew J.Crew Verified Codes

 

 

 

September 17, 2014#

Laura & Danny: Reeves-Reed Arboretum

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We loved working with Laura and Danny to plan their intimate outdoor wedding at Reeves-Reed Arboretum back in the Summer of 2013.  We met about one year before and helped them find the perfect vendors including photographers Mary & Roy who captured all of the amazing details of the day!  You can tell from the pictures this wedding was filled with love and emotion!  Laura was a very artistic bride who incorporated many DIY details which included; a vintage broach bouquet (which was made with family heirloom’s) and cute escort card display!  Another favorite element was each guest had a paper placemat at their seat which they had the opportunity to color and draw on before dinner.  We then collected the placemats and they became the guest book!

PLD had the opportunity to do all the flowers for the wedding, the design included lots of baby’s breath which worked with the neutral color palette perfectly.  Emily’s Catering and Cafe provided a tasty family style dinner which rounded out the day perfectly.  Here are some of our favorite images!

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Laura and Danny, thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding!

Vendors:

Venue: Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Photography: Mary & Roy Creative Studio

Rentals: Prestige Party Rentals

Florals, Planning, Design: Pretty Little Details

Catering: Emily’s Catering & Cafe 

Gown: Lazaro

 

January 3, 2014#

Sheila & Raynor: Morris Arboretum Wedding

Sheila and Raynor are one of the sweetest couples we have ever worked with!  Thy were married on a beautiful May day at the Morris Arboretum in Pennsylvania.  Their wedding was filled with many memorable moments with their family and friends.  The Arboretum is such a fun place for a wedding, the cocktail hour even takes place in a giant treehouse…you can’t get anymore fun than that!!  Amie Schroeder Photography did an amazing job capturing the whole day, they are masters at taking the perfect wedding portrait!  We were also grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Love’n Fresh Flowers.  They are an urban flower farm and event floral design studio in Philadelphia working exclusively with locally grown elements.  Such amazing color and creativity, how stunning is Sheila’s bouquet??   Sheila and Raynor incorporated lots of fun natural elements into their wedding such as “leaf” escort cards and “tree” table numbers. Check out some of our favorite images from their awesome wedding!

Congratulations guys! It was such an honor to be a part of your wedding:)

<3 Jenn

Vendors:

Venue: Morris Arboretum

Photograohy: Amie Schroeder Photography

Floral Design: Love’n Fresh Florals

Catering: Jashua’s Catering

Band: The Seven Band

Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

Photo Booth: World’s Best Photo Booth

Hair and Makeup: Kelly Bruno

August 13, 2013#

Megan & Johnnie: Sheraton Eatontown Wedding

We knew the moment we met Megan and Johnnie they would be a lot of fun to work with!! They are both so much fun to be around and clearly love each other.  We worked with them to incorporate their love for theater throughout the wedding day…after all, that’s how they met!  Some of our favorite design elements included pink ombre and Boradway table names.

We had the opportunity to work with an amazing team of vendors.  As always, we had lots of fun working with Mary and Roy Creative Studio  who captured the couple beautifully!  The staff at the Sheraton Eatontown were a pleasure to work with.  Cris from Inclusive Ceremonies wrote a heartfelt and personal ceremony (we even overheard guests saying how special they thought the ceremony was!).  And of course, we loved the centerpieces and bouquet created by Peter James Floral…and how cute is the ombre cake!  Here are some of our favorite images from Megan and Johnnie’s wedding!

Megan and Johnnie, thank you so much for being such a wonderful couple to work with and for trusting us to help you create you vision!!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness:)

-Laura and Jenn

Vendors:

Venue: Sheraton Eatontown

Photography: Mary and Roy Creative Studio

Celebrant: Inclusive Ceremonies

Floral: Peter James Floral

Entertainment and Lighting: Elegant Engagements

July 9, 2013#

DIY Wedding with a Nautical Twist

 

One of our recent brides Krista incorporated lots of fun DIY elements into her Nautical themed wedding.  She was nice enough to write up some tips on creating the perfect DIY wedding!  Here is what she had to say…

Who doesn’t love a good DIY project?  I have unashamedly spent hours scouring Pinterest, exploring the hidden gems of twine, rope knots, and mason jar projects for my nautical-themed wedding. While Pinterest tried to convince me that I could redo my home bathroom or build a lantern from scratch, I had to buckle down and really visualize the simple but treasured DIY projects that would give my wedding a personal touch.  Here are some of my projects and tips for the ultimate DIY nautical wedding.

Small project success.  

After counting, I realized that I worked on about 20 projects for the wedding.  While these sound like a lot, most of these projects were extremely manageable and budget friendly, but they still added a personal touch to our wedding.

We purchased chipboard letters at Hobby Lobby, spray painted them white, and my husband (wood master that he is) created stands for the letters using old wood pieces.

I found these adorable paper straws that come 300 in a pack at Bed, Bath, & Beyond for only $5. To add to the nautical theme, I ordered navy paper flags from Etsy that come out to $1.25 for 25 flags.  With some glue dots, this was an easy DIY project. You could make your own flags too if you’re in the mood for more projects.

 

Streamline your paper projects.  

I spent weeks perusing Etsy for the graphic designer of my dreams, Bejoyfulpaper.  Customizing your wedding is strategic, not something to be thought of right before creating the ceremony programs.  I worked with Kate on creating a logo for my wedding, used on the save the dates, table numbers, water bottle labels, and more.

She helped me create an experience for my guests from start to finish through all of our paper projects. I was even able to create on my own by utilizing the same fonts, colors, and logos that she created.

Innovate your invites.

If you’re going the DIY route, I cannot encourage enough how important it is to give your invites special attention!  My invitation card was great, but I also requested a custom RSVP card and direction card, so that everything flowed together.

To top it off, I purchased navy colored envelopes and a coral paper sash from Paper Source and hand wrote the addresses for a real personal touch.  Friends and family loved having such a custom invitation delivered to their door.

Create a signature project. 

One project should take the cake (wedding humor!) for the most detail, time, and most prominent display at your wedding.  For me, it was my “message in a bottle” escort cards to complete the nautical theme.

I found a great and easy escort card DIY tutorial and set out on a quest to find the bottles. After multiple (and I mean multiple) trips over several seasons, I actually found them on clearance and traveled to a few local stores with the reduced price of $7.  You never know when you can find a good deal – and you always have to keep looking.  Inside the paper, I wrote a special “fun fact” about my groom and I.

Through over 20 DIY projects, there were only two casualties.  One was my bank account, though I did manage to stay on budget with all of these projects, with a little help from my mom!  The other was a knee injury I sustained on yet another trip to Michaels, tripping while reading my shopping list.  My best advice for the DIY brides out there?  Have fun, and wear knee pads.

-Krista

Photo Credit: Sarah Postma Photography