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Echo Lake Country Club wedding reception of Katherine & Alex|Westfield, NJ

Katherine & Alex wanted a fun reception with lots of dancing – and there was LOTS of dancing! Before the party started we wandered the grounds of Echo Lake Country Club, where Katherine and her family have been members since she was two years old. It made a beautiful backdrop for photos and we were finished with plenty of time for Katherine & Alex to enjoy cocktail hour.

Their first dance was like a metaphor for their entire wedding day, which started with a beautiful, touching ceremony and turned into a fabulously crazy dance party. They kicked off the reception with a heartfelt, intimate first dance to Michael Bublé’s “Everything”, then surprised their guests by busting out into to “The Wobble” mid-dance. Yeah, it was awesome!

This was well into the night, but it might just be my favorite photo of the day…

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What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

Everyone says that your wedding day is such a blur and they are right! We both think our ceremony was the most memorable. We both enjoyed what Emily had to say and standing up in front of everyone saying our vows.

Now that you’ve planned a wedding together, what advice would you give to couples who are just starting the planning process?

Be organized! Having a binder or a planner made the process much easier and helped you know what steps to take next. And knowing mistakes will happen and just surrounding yourself with the right people to get it done. Weddings are a big job – you will need the help.

What would you have done differently in planning your wedding?

We really enjoyed our process and our wedding day but if I had to pick one thing it would be for us to have made another trip out to NJ together. We only went once together during the planning process and I think another trip would have calmed the nerves.

What’s next for you as a couple?

Well we just moved so that has taken the majority of our time. So we are getting settled in our new place and have a lot of thank you notes to write! And most of all enjoying married life.

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Ceremony venue: The Presbyterian Church in Westfield – Westfield, NJ

Officiant: Emily Wilmarth

Dress: Bliss Monique Lhuillier / Kleinfeld Bridal

Make up: Cindi Marrero

Reception venue: Echo Lake Country Club – Westfield, NJ

Venue coordinator: John Gomez

Cake: Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe – Westfield, NJ

Entertainment: Ultimate Entertainment  

Westfield New Jersey Wedding Photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Presbyterian Church of Westfield wedding of Katherine & Alex|Westfield, NJ

Getting married at The Presbyterian Church of Westfield in New Jersey was a no-brainer for Katherine & Alex. Katherine has been a member there since she was little and is even an ordained deacon at the church. Long-distance planning from their home in Colorado was a challenge but they pulled off their wedding perfectly with the help of friends and family.  The vision for their day was a “traditional and classic ceremony with a fun reception, lots of dancing, and purple everything.” Enjoy a few images from the ceremony and check back soon for photos from their awesome reception at Echo Lake Country Club…

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How did you meet?

Katherine: We met in college at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. We were set up by one of my bridesmaids, Sonali. Sonali chose Alex to be my date to Pi Phi’s My Tie event. After a few more hang outs, Alex finally asked me out on a proper date and we’ve been dating ever since!

Who proposed and how?

Alex: We took a trip to Napa to celebrate out three year anniversary. While at Castello di Amorosa winery on Katherine’s 25th birthday, I got down on one knee and proposed… and she said YES!

What was your favorite part of planning your wedding?

Our favorite part is knowing at the end we will be married! But I think incorporating classic and traditional style we both have, ie not seeing each other before the wedding. With a modern, fun twist to show our personalities.

Any advice for other couples who are planning their weddings?

Be organized! It will save the day when you feel like you have forgotten details. Like my 6th grade teacher always said: being organized is half the battle.

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Ceremony venue: The Presbyterian Church in Westfield – Westfield, NJ

Officiant: Emily Wilmarth

Dress: Bliss Monique Lhuillier / Kleinfeld Bridal

Make up: Cindi Marrero

Reception venue: Echo Lake Country Club – Westfield, NJ

Venue coordinator: John Gomez

Cake: Bovella’s Pastry Shoppe – Westfield, NJ

Entertainment: Ultimate Entertainment  

Westfield New Jersey Wedding Photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Wilmington, Delaware wedding of Bert & Walt

Bert and Walt were married 19 years to the day after they first met by chance while each was visiting Milwaukee. They now live in Colorado and chose a beautiful, rustic open-air chapel in Wilmington, Delaware for their intimate ceremony. According to Bert, an attorney, Delaware was one of the states that “got it right” with their same-sex marriage law. His family lives in the area and Walt’s family was on the East Coast for a family reunion in New England so the timing and location worked out perfectly. (Though I wouldn’t recommend most couples attend a giant family reunion then do a return 10-hour drive the day before their wedding!)

We started the day at the Inn at Montchanin Village…

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Rev. Ginny Wilder of Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington officiated the ceremony….

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The group traveled to Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, PA for lunch. Bert, the confection connoisseur that he is, chose a perfect dessert – the 1906 “flower pot” made with chocolate cake, espresso and cocoa soil was edible right down to the flowers…

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I love the moms…

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IN THEIR WORDS…

What was your favorite part of the wedding day? The ceremony! It was an incredibly awesome and emotionally uplifting experience to stand together and actually *get married*. All the more powerful to do it with our families present, on a glorius day, and in a simple yet beautiful setting.

How is it different being married? It’s hard to describe – but it is definitely a different feeling even though we have been together for 19 years. It’s really cool to think of and refer to each other as “husbands” now versus “partners”. We also really love our rings as a public and personal reminder of the new status of our relationship. We can still get that “floating on air” feeling be recalling the day and what it means.

Now that you’ve been through planning a wedding together, what advice would you give to other couples? Less is way more. We were so fortunate to find a simple location and to celebrate with just our immediate family present. We will share the event via pictures of the day with other family and friends as we see them over time and are able to spend time individually with them. We actively avoided a big elaborate ceremony and reception.

What’s next for the two of you? We don’t know the specifics, but we do know that it will be better because we will be experiencing the adventure together.

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Bert & Walt, many thanks for the opportunity to document your day. Wishing you many more years of adventure and happiness together!

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