Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re so excited to share Maggie and Artur’s enchanted garden wedding submitted by Juliet Events. Not only does this wedding feature some breathtaking details, but the love these two share is exquisitely portrayed through the photos captured by Matthew Sowa Photography. Maggie and Artur met in 2004 while on a Lake George camping trip with a group of friends. The two hit it off and following the trip they exchanged phone numbers and went on their first date. Maggie and Artur were so head over heals for each other that Artur even told Maggie that she will be his wife. (Now that’s certainly love at first sight!) Blissfully agreeing, the couple dated for six years before Artur proposed with a custom-made two-carat cushion-cut engagement ring, which to this day, Maggie can’t stop admiring. The details of this wedding are so infectious you’ll want to tie the knot all over again.
“We had an elaborate three day wedding planned, with the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner on Friday, the wedding on Saturday and a tented “after party” for 130 guests on Sunday. We thought that a long weekend would work best for this and that people could still have Monday to recuperate after the weekend. We chose September because it is one of the most beautiful months of the year, has a small amount of rain and the weather is usually fair by then.”
Maggie’s Gucci wedding shoes is what began the overall inspiration for her wedding day. Navy blue and gold were the main colors of the wedding with accent shades of pink and blush.
The bridesmaids wore various style dresses in French blue luminescent chiffon, designed by Jim Hjelm Occasions. “I had eleven bridesmaids and quickly learned it was impossible to find just one dress to fit them well. I wanted them all to look beautiful individually. As a thank you gift, I got the girls personalized 18k gold jewelry to wear on the day of the wedding and to keep as a memento. They all received a monogram necklace and a monogram bracelet from Marinette Jewelry and a pair of gold Swarovski crystal earrings with a golden shadow stone color.”
Artur sported a black Brooks Brothers fitted suit with white shirt, and dark gray tie with diagonal black stripes. He wore custom black and white converse sneakers with the word groom embroidered on the back, as well as custom sterling silver Iron Man cufflinks from MAVA Style Jewelry. “They were my gift to him on the wedding day and a total surprise. He loves Iron Man and he is the super hero in my life, so they were a perfect fit.”
To ensure their wedding vision would be implemented exactly how they wanted, the couple called upon Angela and Alida of Juliet Events to help with the planning. ” From the moment we met with them, they were always very professional, punctual, understanding, patient and so creative. They always listened to everything we said and always kept our wishes as a priority. The email reminders definitely helped keep me organized and on top of things. They introduced us to excellent vendors who were kept within our budget and our visions. We really had nothing to worry about at all during our planning since we knew we could count on them to help us through it all. It was a wonderful experience.”
After working with Matthew Sowa Photography in the past for a friend’s wedding, Maggie and Artur knew they wanted Mattew to capture their wedding day. “His photos really speak for themselves. Most importantly, to me, he made me feel really comfortable in front of the camera. I usually hate getting my photos taken and with him all my inhibitions went away and I was able to really show my true feelings,” commented the groom. The couple was equally pleased working with Sunnyville Films who caught the special and most exciting moments in a high action, well edited film.
The place card table was designed with various crystal candleholders, gold julep cups with coordinating floral arrangements, and a dramatic display of rose petals. Each escort card was attached by a navy ribbon to a Victorian key, with a framed sign that read, “Please find the key to our hearts.”
“We visited a lot of venues before finding the Skylands Manor. As faith would have it, we found this one totally by accident. One Sunday, we went hiking with a few friends and we left quite late. The original place we wanted to go hiking was at full capacity when we got there and we decided to google another place near us. We ended up in Ringwood. As soon as we walked past the beautiful gardens and saw the Manor, I wondered if they hosted weddings there. We thought it was breathtaking. As soon as I got home that night I researched the Skylands Manor and emailed them to make an appointment. We got an appointment on Thursday and booked on the spot. It was destiny.”
Tablescape designs consisted of two various styles of oval and round tables. On each oval table were three centerpieces of roses, dahlias, hydrangea, queen Anne’s lace, accents of dusty miller, and other seasonal coordinating blooms for fullness and texture. Cascading crystals, gold cylinder vases with floating candles, votive candles, and rose petals completed the tablescape for a romantic ambiance. Each place setting had a menu card enclosed within a navy taffeta napkin, which was placed on top of a gold charger plate.
Since the couple opted for a weekend affair, guests were given edible breakfast parcel favors that they could enjoy the next morning. “Each navy gable box had a label on it that was designed by me to match the rest of the graphics of the wedding and said “breakfast was on us”. Inside were 6 mini cocktail rolls, each a different flavor, from the renowned Hudson Bread Bakery. They were preordered and ready for us the day before, so they were very fresh. Also included, were 2 mini jars of French Bonne Maman jellies and jams, in an assortment of flavors. The favors were a hit!”
Tell us about your wedding proposal: We were together for eight years before we got married, six at the point of the engagement. Truthfully, I knew I was going to marry him from the beginning and the engagement wasn’t too much of a shock. We talked about wanting to finish school and getting all our ducks in a row and then we would move forward with our engagement and wedding. I loved the way he proposed; it was exactly how I pictured it in my head. I happened to be helping his sister with her resume and as a thank you she really wanted to take me out for a drink. She took me to a local lounge, which also happened to be the place where Artur and I had our first date. As soon as we got our drinks, she went to the bathroom and I sat there waiting. From the corner of my eye I saw someone approach me, and all of the sudden, I realized it was him, dressed up really nice and holding a box. He knelt down and asked me if I would marry him (while his sister took pictures), it was really romantic. I said YES of course! We spent the rest of the night at the lounge, having dinner and drinks.
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: When the bridal party did a choreographed dance to the YMCA song, they really go the party started.
Groom’s favorite memory of the day: Seeing my bride for the first time as she walked down the aisle, I couldn’t stop smiling.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? We went to France (the love capital of the world) for our honeymoon.
What are you currently looking forward to as a couple? I am pregnant with our first child and we recently received the confirmation that it is a boy! I am 19 weeks pregnant as of January 1st, 2013. We got pregnant in Paris! We are very excited!
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? Make sure to look past anything anybody tells you you “should” do and do whatever YOUR dreams desire. You and your husband are the only two people whose opinion should matter when choosing what you want your wedding to look like. There are no rules.
Maggie & Artur
September 1, 2012
Skylands Manor • Ringwood, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church
Celebrant: Father Stanley Lesniowski
Reception Location: Skylands Manor
Wedding Coordinator: Juliet Events
Photographer & Photo Booth: Matthew Sowa Photography
Videographer: Sunnyville Films
Entertainment: Esteem Entertainment
Florist: A Touch of Elegance
Limousine Service: Diamond Limo
Cake Designer: Skylands Manor
Bridal Salon: Weddings by Wade
Veil: Michael Wade Bridal • Shoes: Gucci
Formal Attire: Brooks Brothers
Invitations: DIY by Bride
Favors: DIY Gable Boxes
Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Melissa D’Aloia & Co.
Jeweler: Golden Classics NYC
Cigars: La Rosa Cubana Cigars
Lighting: JB Lighting Design
Honeymoon Location: France