Spring is in full bloom here in New Jersey and we couldn’t be more excited. Our days are finally filled with warm sunshine, along with beautiful foliage and florals at every turn of the corner. The details of this English garden wedding at the Shadowbrook is no exception to the refreshing weather we’ve been having. It’s a celebration in which its beauty can be found through the simplicity of the style and soft color palette, amid an intimate, botanical setting. Not only is every picture flawlessly captured by Annette Jenkins Photography, but we love how Meredith and Thomas incorporated vintage travel decor within their wedding that told their love story in a subdued approach.
The Shadowbrook offered the Old English Manor feel that Meredith and Thomas were searching for. They loved the outdoor gardens, dark wood accents, and the warm ambiance that prevailed throughout. “The oak accents and pub-style horseshoe-shaped bar gave [the facility] a country estate-like vibe,” noted Thomas. Meredith and Thomas were equally impressed by the accommodating, friendly, and respectful staff. “We felt as though we were the only wedding they were preparing for. There were never any moments of confusion or disorganization throughout the planning period,” Thomas added.
Coincidentally, Meredith and Thomas’s families gave their deceased grandfathers a butterfly as their symbol. As a way to honor them and their grandmothers, a butterfly was attached to each of their corsages. “They were very touched by this gesture, and we both felt that our grandfathers were with them and us on our special day,” shared Meredith.
Sharing their first dance to “Home To Me” by Josh Kelley was a special intimate moment for Meredith and Thomas. “Normally having all eyes on me would make me very uncomfortable, but I truly felt we were surrounded by people who love us,” recalled Meredith.
The Proposal: Since the two graduated college, they’ve been teaching abroad in England during the summer. Every January, the school flies the administrator team over to discuss potential improvements, and, during this particular trip, the two had already been dating for eight years. On the last night before their return home, Meredith, Thomas, and the other administrators went out in London for dinner and a show. Upon crossing over the Jubilee Bridge, with the London Eye, Big Ben, and Parliament in the background, the group stopped to take a photo: one of the group and one of just Meredith and Thomas. It was at that exact moment Thomas got down on one knee and proposed. They celebrated with their friends and coworkers by toasting with a bottle of champagne. “It was so exciting,” Meredith shared.
Bride’s favorite memory of the day: Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Thomas waiting for me at the end of the aisle. It’s a surreal moment and the walk down feels like forever.
Groom’s favorite memory of the day: Taking a step back and watching our families and friends have a great time together, and feeling the love in the room knowing they were there to celebrate our marriage.
Do you have any advice for couples that are planning their wedding? This advice was given to me for our wedding: At some point during the night, find each other and stop and look around. Realize that all of these people are here for you and love you both very much. The night goes by so fast and you want to remember everything that you can.
Ceremony & Reception Location: Shadowbrook / Officiant: The Honorable Judge James P. Courtney, Jr. / Photographer: Annette Jenkins Photography / Harpist: Susan Gill / Entertainment: Noble Productions / Florist: Dayton Florist / Limousine Service: Loori Bus Company / Cake Designer: Shadowbrook / Bridal Salon: Castle Couture / Veil: Anson / Headpiece: Bel Aire Bridal / Shoes: Call It Spring / Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Invitations: Village Ink / Favors: Photobooth Favors / Hair Stylist: Michelle Hynes / Makeup Artist: Tina Gould / Jeweler: Regency Jewelers / Honeymoon Location: France