Tracee and Rick met on eHarmony, and following their first date at Mahogany Grill in Manasquan, New Jersey, the two knew they would one day tie the knot. “I knew Tracee was the one when she easily accepted my faults and encouraged me in my goals,” reminisced Rick. After dating for several months and with Tracee’s birthday on the horizon, he wanted to make it a celebration she would never forget. On September 13, 2010, Rick took Tracee back to Sea Girt Beach―the location where they shared their first kiss―and presented her with a solitaire emerald-cut engagement ring. “I was completely shocked and excited,” exclaimed Tracee.
Guests were invited to the celebration with booklet-style invitations designed by the bride.
When the couple visited The English Manor for the first time, they were impressed by the well-maintained grounds, including the back patio, overall décor, marble dance floor, and Lisa Truesdale’s high energy. Additionally, they liked the warm and welcoming ambiance of the foyer room with the ability to add personal touches to it.
Tracee walked down the aisle at her family parish, Corpus Christi Church, wearing a simple satin A-line gown adorned with a sash. A large satin flower headpiece and a birdcage veil completed her look beautifully. Rick sported a traditional black tuxedo with charcoal vest, silver necktie, and pocket square. The two exchanged vows, wedding bands, and concluded the ceremony with their first kiss as husband and wife, which was the couple’s favorite memory of the day.
Following a heartfelt ceremony, the guests headed to The English Manor for the reception, while the newlyweds, along with their bridal party, went to Casino Pier in Asbury Park for pictures.
Emil from Contemporary Image captured each moment in a photojournalistic style. The couple liked his artistic eye and eagerness to provide ideas. Photographs were also taken at the carriage house and throughout the garden at The English Manor.
The outside cocktail hour took place on the back patio at The English Manor, where guests enjoyed a variety of food from miniature crab cakes and sweet potato puffs to several specialty tables. Guests had a choice of prime rib or sole stuffed with crabmeat for dinner. “The food was amazing,” Tracee commented. “There was such a variety at cocktail hour, and all of the main dishes were all very consistent and delicious.” In between dancing and socializing, guests were treated to miniature ice-cream cones and a three-tiered vanilla and chocolate wedding cake with cannoli filling. The bride commented, “The staff at The English Manor were excellent and were very accommodating.” The groom added, “They were professional and anticipated our needs before they occurred.”
Following their first dance as newlyweds to “Thank You” by Led Zeppelin, Hoi Polloi Band got the party started. Guests danced the night away to a variety of songs, including rock music. “They have a versatile set list and willingness to play what we asked, as well as the ability to play towards the crowd,” noted Rick. Following their wedding day, the newlyweds escaped on their European honeymoon. They spent three days in Barcelona, Spain, seven days sailing on the Silver Spirit cruise line, and concluded their honeymoon with two days in Lisbon, Portugal. Tracee and Rick are currently enjoying being married and look forward to starting a family.
Tracee & Rick
October 9, 2011
The English Manor • Ocean Township, NJ
In The Spotlight:
Ceremony Location: Corpus Christi Church
Celebrant: Reverend John L. Brundage
Reception Location: The English Manor
Photographer: Contemporary Image Photography
Ceremony Music: Reid Masters
Entertainment: Hoi Polloi Band
Florist: Whole Blossoms
Limousine Service: D&G Limousines
Cake Designer: The English Manor
Bridal Salon: Jenny Yoo Collections
Headpiece: Hearts For You • Shoes: Touch Ups
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Made by Bride
Favors: Broadway Photo Booths
Hair Salon: Makeup by Caramia
Makeup Studio: About Faces by Nicole
Honeymoon Location: Barcelona, Spain and Silversea Cruise