In mid-November, we filmed a beautiful wedding at one of our favorite venues, the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, and with one of our favorite photographers, Drew Noel. But the best part for us was getting to work with this fantastic couple and their sweet family.
Erica and Kris met each other after being set up by mutual friends. And they had a very fun first date, roller skating! It wasn't too long before Kris knew he had found 'the one' and was excited to propose to Erica.
Kris's proposal to Erica was a total surprise to her! While they were enjoying a date, walking through a sunflower maze one afternoon, Kris had sprouted plants set up in window boxes on the ground to read, “Will you marry me?” He chose the little sprouts because a seed is a symbol of new life growing, and those sprouts were a poetic symbol of their lives sprouting and growing together. What a creative and thoughtful way to recognize the new life they're forming together and to ask the most important question to the love of his life.
Erica and Kris each got ready in separate cottages on the grounds of the Ryland Inn. Kris dressed into his classic black tuxedo, looking so very handsome with his dapper groomsmen by his side. After they were all primped and polished, they joyously toasted the groom outside! Meanwhile Erica had fun with her mother and bridal party in their matching or coordinating blue shirts, enjoying a drink and having photos taken as they readied for the day. Erica's mother made a beautiful shawl for her to wear over her gown for when the temperature was cool at her reception. And her gown was absolutely gorgeous too! Erica wore a strapless ball gown from Provonias that featured a sweetheart neckline and a beautiful lace overlay. She was such a stunning bride! And we were touched to see her father as he was treated to his first look at his beautiful daughter on her wedding day.
After they were all dressed, Erica and Kris met for their first look outside. It was so sweet to see their excitement and joy! Following their first sight, first kisses, first slow dance and first hugs on their wedding day, the couple enjoyed their wonderful photo shoot with the team at Drew Noel Photography. We're sure the entire wedding party had such a ball posing for those iconic formal photos and for all the fun and artistic candid shots too.
It was on to Erica and Kris's Catholic ceremony at Saint Luke Parish in Long Valley. Kris's sister played the violin beautifully, and during their traditional ceremony, Erica and Kris participated in the lighting of a unity candle and presented flowers to Mary. The couple recited their sacred vows, their promises to each other for their lifetime, and after being pronounced as 'husband and wife', they kissed to the applause of their family and friends.
Erica and Kris's reception at the Ryland Inn was absolutely perfect. Laura Clare Design layered the venue with gorgeous floral arrangements in deep burgundy, blue and green. And a live event painter, Amanda Hawthorne from Live Well Paint Often, created a portrait of the evening's events as they happened. Sweet and heartfelt toasts were given that evening from Erica's father, from Kris's best man and from Erica's matron of honor as the couple sat in front of the roaring and romantic fire. Then, RPM Entertainment got the party started with music to keep everyone out on that dance floor!
In the words of their officiant, Father Michael Drury, we were all there to celebrate an amazing moment in the lives of Erica and Kris, a moment that will never be the same because it's all moving forward wonderfully in a positive direction. Congratulations and best wishes to Erica and Kris!
Photographer: Drew Noel Photography - Ewing, NJ
Floral Design: Laura Clare Design - Bernardsville, NJ
Hair Stylist: Bloom Salon & Spa Morristown - Jessica Chapman - Morristown, NJ
Makeup Artist: Bloom Salon & Spa Morristown - Aline Rizzo - Morristown, NJ
Wedding Gown: Provonias
Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Entertainment: RPM Entertainment - Union, NJ
Live Event Painter: Live Well Paint Often - Amanda Hawthorne - New York, NY
Cake: La Bon Bake Shoppes - Edison, NJ
Officiants: Father Michael Drury - Clifton, NJ; Deacon Thomas Healy
Church: Saint Luke Parish - Long Valley, NJ
Venue: Ryland Inn - Whitehouse Station, NJ