We’re bringing a little sunshine your way on this gloomy Monday afternoon with a bright and beautiful New Jersey wedding held at The English Manor. There’s nothing we love more than a down to earth couple that likes to have fun! Jessica and John’s celebration is full of sweet details (plus a little southern charm) all captured effortlessly by Contemporary Image. One look at these fabulously cheerful photos and you’ll forget it’s raining out today!
Chosen for its beautiful grounds, with panoramic views of the Colonial Terrace Golf Course and intimate setting providing an inviting ambiance, the ceremony and reception were held at The English Manor. Upon visiting the facility for the first time, Jessica and John were warmly welcomed and felt as though the staff cared about what they wanted on their wedding day [rather than just reviewing what the facility had to offer].
“My bridesmaids and I wore the same shoes. They were bright pink peep toe pumps with a bow. I wanted to wear a pop of color in my shoes and it just happened to be just the shoe I had in mind for my bridesmaids.”
The ceremony was held outside at The English Manor under the white gazebo. “It is so beautifully decorated with vines and white flowers and our florist added a single bright pink Gerber daisy to each side which really made it pop.”
“Our ceremony was traditional. We did the blessing of the rings and did incorporate the Traditional Irish Blessing. Since I am not religious we chose to do a fairly traditional and simple ceremony. “
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the outdoor deck as they mingled and enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather. Rather than a traditional sit-down dinner, Jessica and John opted for a buffet-style dinner, which allowed guests to socialize and eat in a more relaxed environment.
“Emil and Michelle of Contemporary Image were incredibly helpful and did an amazing job with pictures on our wedding day. They were there for every aspect, even meeting me and the girls at the salon when we got there at the early hour of 7am. We chose Contemporary Image because we wanted to make sure we did not break our budget but we also wanted a photographer who would give us artistic photos. We loved Emil’s style and his pictures really are what made us want him to be there to capture our day. It was so important to us that our wedding be bright and fun we wanted pictures that reflected this same feeling. Emil’s style is definitely an amazing mix of traditional with a fun artistic flare.”
The newlyweds held the spotlight to “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait for their first dance as husband and wife.
In addition to the three-tiered wedding cake, guests were treated to bananas Foster, passed ice-cream cones on a bed of sprinkles, and a variety of cakes and cookies. Jessica also surprised her groom with a custom two-tiered groom’s cake that incorporated all of John’s favorite things, including their Chesapeake Bay retriever, Luke.
The Proposal: I definitely had no idea the proposal was coming. We were at Alodia’s―a local restaurant in South Carolina―for dinner. For dessert, a plate with one cannoli, a heart made out of chocolate syrup, along with an open ring box was placed on the table. I knew John was “the one” after just a few months of knowing him and countless hours of conversation on the phone. I went back to New Jersey after my trip to South Carolina and we dated long distance for about nine months before I moved there.
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: My favorite moment was by far the moments John and I had together with our bridal party out front of the English Manor in between the ceremony and cocktail hour. We were so excited to get a moment to enjoy the food and have some laughs before going to greet our guests. We got to take some amazing pictures and everyone was able to relax and really have a fun day. That moment was everything John and I could have ever asked for and we didn’t even know it was being set up for us. It just showed how much Lisa Truesdale understood us and what was important to us. It something that I felt was unique and so very special.
Groom’s favorite memory of the day: When everyone went back inside to leave me alone at the end of the bridge. I had my back to the building and was told me not to turn around until Jessica tapped me on the shoulder. My heart started pounding as I heard Jessica’s footsteps coming down the bridge. When she tapped me on the shoulder and I turned around it was like slow motion. For that moment everything was invisible and the stunning woman that stood in front of me was my entire world. I was the luckiest man in the world and nothing mattered but the stunning woman I was about to say “I do” to.
What was the most exciting part of planning your wedding? The moment I found my dress was really special because my mom, maid of honor and I just knew it was the right one. We actually shopped down here in South Carolina, so my mom and maid of honor made a special trip and it was such a fun day.
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? When planning the events of the [wedding] day, make sure scheduling allows you time to relax and take in what’s going on around you.
What are you currently enjoying or looking forward to as a couple? We recently purchased our first home in South Carolina. We are enjoying being homeowners and working on our new home together.
Ceremony & Reception Location: The English Manor / Officiant: Father John Michael O’Sullivan / Photographer: Contemporary Image / Videographer: Joe Minnella Cinematography / Ceremony Music: Flora Duo / Entertainment: Unforgettable DJ’s / Florist: Narcissus Florals / Limousine Service: Lacey Limousine / Cake Designer: The English Manor / Groom’s Cake: Jenni Cakes / Bridal Salon & Veil: David’s Bridal / Headpiece: Etsy.com / Shoes: Michelangelo / Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Invitations: DIY by Bride / Favors: CW Distinctive Designs / Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: Milagro Salon & Spa / Jeweler: Kay Jewelers / Photo Booth: Premier Event Rentals LLC