“I knew Jennifer was out of my league from day one, but when she wanted to go out, I took it, ran, and still haven’t looked back,” reminisced Kenneth. Since their initial meeting, high school sweethearts Jennifer and Kenneth dated, and after succeeding their first year of college in a long-distance relationship, they knew they would one day wed. Six years from the day the two declared their love for each other, Kenneth took Jennifer to Lavallette and under the quaint gazebo he proposed. “After spending a few hours at the beach, we returned home and our families were waiting for us with a surprise party that Kenneth had planned. It was so nice that we had our alone time, but could also share in the excitement with both families,” shared Jennifer.
Watching Jennifer walk down the aisle of Holy Family Chapel was Kenneth’s favorite memory of the day. He commented, “It was such a special moment.” Jennifer wore a Paloma Blanca gown with sweetheart strapless neckline, A-line silhouette, and Swarovski crystal embellishments. A cathedral-length blusher veil and raspberry-colored shoes completed her look. Kenneth sported a traditional black tuxedo with black vest and white tie, while his groomsmen coordinated nicely with the bridesmaids’ sage green dresses.
When the couple began planning their June 24, 2011 wedding, they knew they wanted to have a June celebration at a facility that hosted one event at a time. Upon visiting Brooklake Country Club for the first time, Jennifer and Kenneth were impressed by the accommodating staff, beautiful grounds, and the facility’s ability to accommodate cocktail hour either indoors, outdoors, or both. “The staff exceeded our expectations. They paid attention to every detail and went out of their way to make sure every one of our guests’ needs were met,” Jennifer and Kenneth agreed. Guests enjoyed a lavish cocktail hour, including a seafood raw bar, carving station, and pasta station in addition to various hors d’oeuvres, a martini bar, and two signature drinks called “As Good as It Gets” and “Head Over Heels.” A choice of Chilean sea bass, filet mignon, or French-cut chicken breast was served for dinner.
In between dancing and socializing, guests were treated to wedding cake and an assorted combination plate of three miniature desserts, including New York style cheesecake, molten chocolate torte, tiramisu, apple cobbler à la mode, and chocolate-covered strawberries. An international coffee bar and after-dinner cordials were also available.
Following the couple’s first dance to “Amazed” by Lonestar, D’Amico Entertainment got the party started. Their emcee for the evening, Chris, provided Jennifer and Kenneth advice and helped them choose the right balance of music for their crowd. “D’Amico Entertainment was beyond our expectations, and we liked the DJ and band combination,” noted Jennifer.
Abacus Wedding Studios captured the wedding day flawlessly in photography and on video. Rennie caught Jennifer and Kenneth’s personalities through a photojournalistic style as well as traditional posed shots. The couple was equally pleased working with Robert, who blended in with their guests. Jennifer and Kenneth commented, “Robert took great footage for the transitional frames in our video and has a creative eye.”
In lieu of traditional wedding favors, donations were made to the Lustgarten Foundation in memory of loved family members. A small card was included at each guest’s table setting informing them of this donation. At the end of the celebration, Jennifer and Kenneth escaped on their honeymoon to Florida and set sail for seven days on the Carnival Legend cruise line.
Jennifer & Kenneth
June 24, 2011
Brooklake Country Club • Florham Park, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: Saint Elizabeth’s Chapel
Celebrant: Father Sean McDonnell
Reception Location: Brooklake Country Club
Photographer & Videographer: Abacus Wedding Studios
Entertainment: D’Amico Entertainment
Florist: Flowers by Candlelight
Limousine Service: My Limousine Service
Cake Designer: Le Promenade
Bridal Salon: The Wedding Shop
Formal Attire: Cozy Formalwear
Invitations: Made by Couple
Favors: Donations to the Lustgarten Foundation
Makeup Artist: My Makeup Artist Victoria
Jewelers: Helzberg Diamonds
Honeymoon Location: Orlando, Florida and Carnival Cruise Line