Like we've found with so many couples we've had the pleasure of filming over the years, Liz and Ray met each other through mutual friends. The two hit it off immediately, locking eyes when they were introduced, and talked with each other all evening long. Before they parted ways for the night, they exchanged phone numbers, promising to reach out again right away. They were surprised at how much they had in common, so much so that Ray even jokingly proposed to Liz that first evening!
The real proposal came one evening after Liz came home from work. Little did she know that Ray had been practicing his proposal speech with her father all day! They went for a walk in the park across the street from them and Ray began to reminisce about how they met and about his fake proposal. Then, Ray told Liz, "If I were to do it again, I would do it like this..." as he got down on one knee and asked Liz to be his wife! And this time she said 'yes'!
Liz got ready for the day with her bridal party at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Salon Muse styled the party's gorgeous hair, then their makeup was perfected by Make Me Sparkle. As her bridesmaids dressed into their beautiful long, red gowns, Ray and his groomsmen and groomsmaids were also getting ready at the hotel, dressing into their modern black suits with red neckties and long, black gowns.
Later at her venue, Liz put on her amazing Maggie Sottero wedding gown. It featured three-quarter length sleeves and a gorgeous lace illusion bateau neckline. The beautiful lace overlay covered the entire gown from top to train. And she accessorized her short hair with a mid-length veil attached with a sparkling headband that coordinated perfectly with her dress. Liz was such a stunning bride! The couple chose the timeless and very formal color scheme of red, black, gold and ivory for their event, and we loved how that vivid red on Liz's shoes really popped against her white dress!
Liz and Ray decided to have an exciting first look before their ceremony was set to begin. So there in the chapel at Lucien's Manor in Berlin, NJ where their ceremony would soon take place, the two saw each other for the first time on this special day. Their ear-to-ear smiles were so sweet!
After the first look, the couple and their bridal party enjoyed a fun and creative photo shoot outside at Lucien's Manor, where the couple even practiced their first dance! We were so happy that Liz and Ray's photographer was none other than Serena Star Photography! We filmed Serena's own wedding with our sister company, Cord 3 Films and then later filmed another wedding where she and her husband, Dave, were also guests! It was so fantastic to be working with Serena, Dave and her team!
Beautiful music by Party of Three announced the start of Liz and Ray's marriage ceremony at Lucien's Manor. It was a wonderful ceremony, filled with such special, personal touches, which included their lovely, custom-made vows to each other. Before long, they were pronounced 'husband and wife' and shared that momentous first kiss!
Always glamorous, Lucien's Manor was decorated so beautifully for this wedding event and included masks and other décor for a masquerade party theme. Rosebud Floral Art provided such amazing floral centerpieces overflowing in luscious shades of red. Their fabulous wedding cake from Lucien's was a masterpiece and Liz and Ray's cake topper featuring characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas was so unique and so much fun! This entire wedding was planned and executed perfectly with the professional help of Alissa at Kiss of Bliss!
After the newest Mr. and Mrs. were introduced at the top of the staircase, Liz and Ray danced their first dance together on Lucien's dance floor. Then, we heard some truly fantastic toasts from their family and wedding party. We especially loved how their wedding day was described as the beginning of their new story, with this day marked as "page one, chapter one".
DJ services from East Coast Event Group brought the music that kept the party rockin' all night long! And the packed dance floor proved everyone was having a ball!
Congratulations to Elizabeth and Ray! We wish you all the best as you begin this new chapter in your life together!
Photographer: Serena Star Photography - Pittsgrove Township, NJ
Floral Design: Rosebud Floral Art - Pitman, NJ
Hair Stylist: Salon Muse - Mt. Holly, NJ
Makeup Artist: Make Me Sparkle - Lumberton, NJ
Wedding Coordinator: Kiss of Bliss - Alissa - Marlton, NJ
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Entertainment: East Coast Event Group - Langhorne, PA
Ceremony Music: Party of Three - Williamstown, NJ
Cake: Lucien's Manor - Berlin, NJ
Venue: Lucien's Manor - Berlin, NJ
Accomodations: Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Mt. Laurel, NJ