Looking at these Tatiana Breslow images puts us in our happy place. The only bad thing about working with Sara was that she will only have one wedding for us to design! This couple were a total joy, and its shows SO clearly in these photos...you can't help but smile as you scroll through. Taking place at the Stockton Seaview Hotel in Atlantic City, Sara and Jared's fall wedding was full of color and had a ton of variety. Our girl wanted in season and local flowers, so of course we knew it would be a match made in heaven. After a long winter of staring wistfully out at our bare gardens, it is so refreshing to have such a elegantly cheerful wedding to blog about!
This reaction right here is the best part of our day - it makes all the sweat and hard work worth it!
The groom! Here's Jared with the couple's adorable chocolate lab. Jared's bout was made of some seeded euc, bullet allium, and yellow ranunculus.
Have you ever seen a couple look like they're having more fun than these two? What a great vibe for a wedding!
Sara and Jared's ceremony space was the perfect set up, with a nice flat aisle (no tripping hazards here!) and this beautiful gazebo we couldn't wait to get our hands on.
Now for the fun part! For the gazebo, we added this gorgeous garland of seeded eucalyptus, with pops of color in the form of Gerber daisies, zinnias and dahlias. Having the piece trail down to the ground and sweep around the sides really enhanced the theme for the ceremony. For the sides, we hung two "living walls," made up of moss and succulents to create even more of a complete surrounding as the couple said their vows.
For the place card table, we used some wildflower touches, filling wooden boxes with bright mixtures of purples, blues, and yellows. They looked great against the bright pop of the purple linen from Let's Do Linens!
Such a lovely display of Sara and Jared's relationship! For this card table, we used some of our purple votives, and a few flower heads to spruce it up a bit.
We love the dimension that is created when brides choose to have both high and low styled centerpieces, and add it to the list of reasons of why we loved Sara so much. These stunning candelabras always add a capitalized "Wow" factor to any room. The fullness of the arrangements is a great fit for enhancing a space, and the elevated height keeps them from blocking guests' view.
For the candelabra arrangements, we used a mix of silver dollar eucalyptus, larkspur, coxcomb, geronda Gerber daisies, and lisianthus. The elevated votives were a great touch, with some scattered bud vases and mercury votives.
The lower centerpieces were silver compotes filled to the brim with dusty miller, fuchsia stock, purple lisianthus, gerondo Gerber daisies, succulents and coxcomb.
We usually recommend a bride to have a vase for her bouquet at the sweetheart table, but having a few more purple votives and a eucalyptus garland certainly added to the decor!
We dressed up the couple's elegant wedding cake with a few clusters of succulents, and the bridesmaids placed their bouquets along the sides.
Congratulations to this wonderful couple! May your years together continue to be filled with laughter and love!
Sara's Bride Diaries
What was the most standout, "Wow!" moment of your wedding day?
It’s so hard to pick out just one! I’d have to say it was taking in all that was before me as I descended the stairs before making my way down the aisle with my parents. I saw my amazing soon-to-be husband waiting for me amidst a sea of our dearest friends and family. This was also the first time I’d seen the ceremony space fully decorated with all our bright flowers and decorations and the combination of all of these things was very overwhelming… in the best way possible.
We know things don't always go as planned...Were there any entertaining wedding bloopers?
You know, there really weren’t any! The day was everything we had hoped for although I will say that it was extremely hot on our wedding day, unexpectedly so! We managed just fine and we were so grateful that the impending thunderstorm held off until much later in the evening.
Any wedding toasts that made you laugh til you cried? Cry your eyes out? Gasp in shock?
All of the speeches at our rehearsal dinner and wedding day given by our family and friends were spectacular; we’ll never forget them. One highlight was learning that both my husband and I adored the Bedazzler growing up. When my dad shared that (even though he was given strict instructions to keep it a secret) he had the whole room in hysterics.
We don't judge! Did you have any Bridezilla moments of weakness?
I really didn't, thankfully. All of our vendors showed up on time, did their thing, and kept us on schedule, so it made my life very easy!
Did you have a wedding planner? If so, what did he/she do to make your day run smoother? Did they fulfill your expectations?
Seaview gave us a day of coordinator (Jennifer Trass) and she was extremely helpful. She assisted all of our vendors that day, kept us (and our chocolate lab) hydrated during our marathon picture sessions, and made herself available to help with anything that popped up throughout the day. We appreciated her help so much!
Cake or cupcakes? What was the flavor and theme?
We had a cake. We wanted it simple so we went with a white frosted cake with dots, and incorporated our main color (purple) with our theme (nautical) by including a twisted purple rope around the bottom of each tier. Mary dressed up our cake with a few succulents too; they added the perfect touch!
We always try to bring your floral dreams to life...did we succeed? In what ways? Is there any room for improvement?
You did in EVERY possible way. The bouquets were everything I could have EVER dreamed of. They truly were more beautiful than anything I could have imagined. The living walls and decorations around the gazebo were perfection (and made our pictures stunning) as were all of our centerpieces, linens, and place settings. The Garden Party team went above and beyond in every way and we all noticed. For example, we so appreciated the addition of a few extra flowers here and there; Mary trimming the leaves from my dress following the ceremony (my sister still talks about how incredible it was that she swooped in out of left field when she saw me trying to pull them out of the very delicate overlay on my dress, which was NOT a good idea); and the team’s help re-purposing the ceremony flowers for the reception (bringing in the lanterns, etc.) and then doing the same with the reception flowers for brunch the next morning. Everything was just awesome.
What song really got the party started?
I’d have to say it was Justin Beiber’s Beauty and a Beat, which is the song we had playing when Jared and I entered our reception. We intentionally chose that song to get people up and onto to the dance floor before anyone got too comfortable in their seats!
Who were your vendors?
Hair and Makeup-Creations by Mia
Any other vendors you would like to credit?
I hope your wedding was exactly as you imagined it would be, but are there any details that went above and beyond your expectations? Anything you wish you would've done differently?
Jared and I both felt like we hit the lottery in selecting our vendors. They all went above and beyond, which made our day relaxing for us both and so memorable.