When the great outdoors and hiking are the the heart of your relationship, it’s only natural to incorporate those elements into your wedding day. Christina and Jimmy did just that, starting with Skyview Golf Club offering picturesque mountain views. Not to mention the simple personalized details, wood slabs that the groom cut himself, lush florals, and the bride’s stunning Mikaela Bridal gown. Christina and Jimmy really stayed true to themselves and we just love how their wedding day turned out. See it all from Cherryville Photography below.
From Cherryville Photography…This beautiful wedding overlooked mountains and valleys at a gorgeous county club in Sparta. Somehow they’re able to combine an elegant hall with amazing rustic backdrops. The colors were just outstanding, and the natural beauty in contrast with the rustic barns the venue has onsite were just perfection!
Jimmy and I have been together for 8 years and we were dreaming about our big day for a long time. We both grew up in the same town in Northern New Jersey and we did not want to stray far from our hometown for our celebration. NJ is what we know, it’s a big part of who we are, and that was important to us when choosing a wedding location. We knew we wanted to get married outdoors, but we needed a venue with an amazing indoor option as well (just in case the weather did not cooperate). We wanted a rustic feel that also incorporated an elegant vibe. We are really simple people and everything about our day was simple, just like us. Nothing was overthought or over-planned, most of our answers came to us naturally. Sky View Golf Club was the first venue we looked at the only one we couldn’t get out of our minds. The country outdoor scenery fit our personalities and the indoor reception area felt like a fairytale ballroom. The entire venue brought together our wedding vision.
Our flowers added a classy touch to our rustic theme. Our close family friend, Leah Penkart, is a floral designer who created our wedding bouquets and centerpieces as our wedding gift to us. The one thing I really wanted was for our flowers to look abundant. I have been to weddings where the flowers looked so puny and undesirable. My bouquet and our centerpieces were all a mix of white and ivory colored flowers with true colored greens distributed throughout. The centerpieces were assembled in a single wooden planter for each table made up of hydrangea to give them a nice full look, along with stock, roses, lemon leaf and ruscus. My bouquet was full and round, made up of white and ivory roses, stock, astilbe, ruscus and green pitt. The girls’ bouquets had a touch of pink in them because their dresses were a very light ballet pink, and the colored flowers complemented them well. Their bouquets were a blend of white, ivory and pink roses, stock, pink astibe, ruscus and green pitt. We also hired Angela from Floriography Designs to decorate the birch arch that we were married under. Angela created our perfect arch; an authentic garland made of only greens and an ivory drapery to compliment it.
We used some personal things to decorate our venue. I put up photos of us that I had hanging in the house and our wooden engagement sign that said our names and wedding date on it. Jimmy cut up a tree a few months before the wedding and he sanded some wood slabs from that tree that we used for decor. We also created our seating chart by putting three wooden clothespin photo frames together with hinges. We had a calligraphist hand write the names for each table on card stock paper that we bought at Michaels and then pinned the card stock onto the open frames. The venue itself was so stunning that we did not need to go above and beyond for decorating. We honestly just added a personal touch here and there, that was all we needed. One thing we really wanted was favors that would not be wasted and people would actually use. We didn’t see a point in spending money on something that would just collect dust or be thrown away. We decided on honey jars, and it had to be NJ honey. Our favors were handmade by E+M Natural Honey Favors in Tinton Falls, NJ.
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Location: Skyview Golf Club / Officiant: Rev Michael D. Whalen / Photographer: Cherryville Photography / DJ: Fantasy Productions / Floral Designer: Floriography Designs / Gown Salon: i do… i do… / Wedding Gown Designer: Mikaella Bridal / Shoes: Adrianna Papell / Groom’s Suit: Custom Made / Favors: E+M Natural Honey Favors