Today’s real wedding feature is of my friend Joanna and her amazing husband Mike. I have such beautiful friends inside and out who have impeccable elegant taste and I just love showcasing them off to everybody. :) Joanna and Mike said “I-do” this past summer in August at the Palisadium in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. It was such a fun wedding to be apart of! I am still trying to find somewhere to wear my bridesmaid dress again because it was so pretty! Since they already received their wedding album, I of course, talk them into sharing that beautiful day with my blog friends. Lol. Joanna gave me a little personal snip-it of their trip down wedding lane. I hope you enjoy! :)
“Mike and I met through a mutual friend at work, he used to work on her team a few floors below from mine. We got engaged on August 12, 2013 while vacationing in Jamaica. Mike planned a private dinner on the pier the second night we were there. I was so surprised! Right before dessert came out I remember talking and all of a sudden he got up from his chair and got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. I felt my face go blank, I couldn’t believe the moment I had been waiting for was really happening. The night was perfect and I could not have asked for anything better.”
“My favorite part of the planning process was scouting for venues- I loved driving around going to see different places. I loved planning my wedding and did not mind all the tasks that needed to be done, but one of the most stressful parts I would say is the guest list. Trying to plan an intimate wedding with just your closest family and friends is ideal but you also want to please your family when they ask if that co-worker of theirs you’ve never met or that cousin you have not seen or spoken to in the last ten years is going to be invited. Chances are they won’t come because you guys have not been in contact, but rather than have an argument over it (which becomes even more stressful), you send an invitation and call it a day. They may even just mail you a gift!”
Joanna has always been one of my crafty friends so it was no surprise she opting as a DIY for certain things! “I did a few things myself to keep cost down, I ordered my invitations via Etsy but I did all the gluing and assembling. I also put the menus for the reception, and wedding programs together. I bought a digital file via Etsy for about $10 each and printed, cut and glued them myself.”
“Our wedding theme I would say was modern vintage, we knew we wanted to have our ceremony outdoors so that kind of was the first thing I looked for when we were scouting venues. We picked The Palisadium in Cliffside Park, NJ because it was on The Hudson River overlooking the New York City Skyline. I wore a lace wedding dress by Maggie Sottero and my Bridesmaids a Mint colored one shoulder chiffon dress by Sorella Vita.”
“I think my wedding differed from other weddings I’ve been to because we didn’t do too many traditional things, Mike wore a custom made suit from Brooks Brothers and the guys all wore Grey suits instead of renting tuxedos. We also had an After Party in the old restaurant side of the venue with open bar and finger foods. Our DJ was also playing during that time!”
“My advice to all future Brides is to not fight about stupid things with your fiancé, believe me you will fight! Also, remember to do what makes you happy! This is the most important day of your life , the day is not about anyone else only the two of you! There is no re-do of this day (hopefully not..lol) do what makes YOU happy!!”
Thank you so much to Joanna and Mike for sharing their beautiful wedding photos [ South Street Photography, Freehold New Jersey] with our blog.