Jamie and Melvin met in August of 2005 through a mutual friend. After enjoying a night out in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the two became friends and began dating six months later. “I believe our strong bond that began as friendship is what really made me fall for Melvin. We always have the greatest time together, and his sense of humor totally got me,” Jamie reminisced. Five years later Jamie and Melvin decided to spend the day together on May 7, 2010. After walking the Point Pleasant boardwalk, they stopped at Fletcher Lake in Bradley Beach. As the two were enjoying their picnic dinner, Melvin got down on one knee and proposed. “I was shocked and had no idea he had a ring,” Jamie shared. The wedding date was set for August 26, 2011.
The wedding day began early for the bride and her bridesmaids when they woke up to a delicious breakfast put together by Jamie’s parents. The girls were pampered to perfection with the help of Annamarie Martone and MAC makeup artist Evelyn Morales. Jamie’s hair was styled half up with beautiful curls, while her makeup was applied in a smoky-eye technique and neutral lip color. The groom enjoyed his morning with a run followed by a relaxing afternoon before getting ready.
Choosing the ceremony location was an easy decision for Jamie and Melvin, as they wanted to have a traditional church wedding service. The bride walked down the aisle at Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church donning an ivory Casablanca gown with dropped waist and A-line skirt with slight pickups. It was beautifully embellished with embroidery and beadwork, as well as an accented belt. Melvin waited for his bride at the altar sporting a black, two-button tuxedo with ivory shirt and vest.
While the newlyweds and bridal party took their formal photographs with the help of Jason of Jason Rhee Photography, guests headed to the Sterling Ballroom at the Doubletree Hotel of Tinton Falls for the reception. Upon visiting the facility for the first time, Jamie and Melvin were greeted by a warm and welcoming staff. They were immediately impressed with the setup of the ballroom, including a large dance floor and crystal chandeliers. Having accommodations available at the same location also factored into Jamie and Melvin’s decision.
Cocktail hour began with 15 passed hors d’oeuvres, six chafing dishes, a sushi display, raw bar, and various attended stations. Guests had a choice of chicken, filet mignon, or fish accompanied with steamed broccoli and garlic mashed potatoes for their main entrée. “The food was absolutely incredible. There was so much of it, and our guests were definitely shocked at the amount and quality of the food,” Jamie raved. In addition to a three-tiered wedding cake, guests indulged in a Viennese display featuring assorted pastries, cakes, and chocolate fountain.
Jamie surprised Melvin with a custom groom’s cake showcasing his favorite basketball team, last name and the number 26 for their wedding day.
Dave Nase from NJ’s Best DJ’s had guests dancing to a variety of music from current dance hits to old classics. “Our DJ listened to what we wanted and added suggestions of his own that really worked well,” noted Jamie. Walking into their reception for the first time as husband and wife was Melvin’s favorite memory of the day. “Along with our bridal party, we were introduced with a basketball lineup theme that really surprised our guests,” noted the groom.
From the preparations throughout the ceremony and reception, Jason Rhee Photography captured the special moments in a photojournalistic approach. The couple agreed that Jason not only offered a variety of packages, but worked well with taking photographs of their guests in a nonintrusive way. Jamie and Melvin were equally pleased working with Jack Hensley Productions, who captured their wedding day on film. Rather than traditional favors, Jamie and Melvin opted for a candy buffet. Guests were able to choose various sweet treats to enjoy for their ride home. Following their big day, the newlyweds traveled to California for ten days.
Jamie & Melvin
August 26, 2011
DoubleTree by Hilton • Tinton Falls, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church
Celebrant: Deacon Ed Buecker
Reception Location: DoubleTree by Hilton
Photographer: Jason Rhee Photography
Videographer: Jack Hensley Productions
Entertainment: NJ’s Best DJ’s
Florist: Betty Smith
Limousine Service: First Class Limousine
Cake Designer: Chocolate Carousel
Bridal Salon: True Love Bridal
Veil: David’s Bridal • Shoes: Enzo Angiolini
Formal Attire: ChazMaTazz Formalwear
Invitations: MagnetStreet • Favors: Candy Bar
Hair Stylist: Annamarie Martone • Makeup Artist: Evelyn Morales
Earth Treasures Fine Jewelers, Blaine’s Jewelry Box, & Kohl’s Wedding Collection
Honeymoon Location: California Coastal Trip