Jennifer and Greg met during a sales training class in New York City, and although they were attracted to each other they remained friends before dating. “I found Jen attractive, but thought she was all business and slightly intimidating,” Greg shared. They spent more time together and shared many memories down the Jersey shore, making Long Branch, New Jersey the perfect proposal location. Jennifer and Greg enjoyed dinner at Sirena (one of their favorite restaurants overlooking the ocean), followed by a romantic walk on the beach where Greg got down on one knee and proposed.
The ceremony took place at St. Teresa of Avila Church where Jennifer walked down the aisle wearing a beautiful Jim Hjelm gown embellished with a white vintage sash. The groom sported a black tuxedo with white shirt and vest, while the groomsmen coordinated with the bridesmaids short black dresses from J. Crew Bridal.
Throughout the ceremony and reception, Dean Michaels Studio captured the special moments in photography and on video. When Jennifer and Greg first met with Dean, they were impressed by his artistic style, as well as the prints and albums. “Dean made some great suggestions on photos before and after the wedding,” noted the groom.
After attending a wedding at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge, Jennifer and Greg knew this was the perfect locale to host their wedding celebration. Not only did the couple love the overall modern decor with open ballrooms and beautiful large windows, but they also enjoyed working with the staff. “They were great to work with and following a tasting, we were blown away,” noted Greg. Cocktail hour began with a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres, a Mediterranean and pasta station, and a taste of Tuscany antipasto table. For dinner, guests had a choice of Porcini crusted Chilean sea bass or a grilled filet mignon. “The food was delicious and guests raved about the choices,” Jennifer noted.
The ballroom was decorated beautifully with high and low centerpieces of ranunculus, roses, orchids, and hydrangeas in various shades of pink, orange, and green. Phase One of Craig Scott Entertainment had guests dancing the entire night. The band played a variety of songs from 80s to today’s top hits including Lady Gaga. For their first dance as newlyweds, Jennifer and Greg danced to “Everything” by Michael Buble.
Following the reception, the newlyweds escaped to Hawaii for their honeymoon in paradise. Jennifer and Greg are currently enjoying time together and look forward to making new traditions and purchasing their first home. When asked if they have any advice for couples getting married, Jennifer said, “Enjoy every second. It goes by quickly so have fun with the planning.” Greg added, “Don’t get too consumed with stress and enjoy this time in your life.”
Jennifer & Gregory
June 29, 2012
Stone House at Stirling Ridge • Warren, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: St. Teresa of Avila Church
Celebrant: Father Peter
Reception Location: Stone House at Stirling Ridge
Photographer & Videographer: Dean Michaels Studio
Entertainment: Phase One of Craig Scott Entertainment
Florist: Schweinfurth Flowers
Limousine Service: Bergen Limo
Cake Designer: Rudys Pastry Shop
Bridal Salon: Something Special • Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Formal Attire: Calvin Klein
Invitations: Greetings From Hoboken
Hair Salon & Makeup Studio: Davida Hair
Jeweler: Very Best Diamond
Honeymoon Location: Hawaii