I’m really not good at “less is more.” I’m always thinking flashy and in your face obvious, so I don’t even try to tackle decorating my home or buying my own clothes. It’s always a fail.
Jenn and Brian, on the other hand? Nothing about their wedding details was “less,” but certainly made a simple, elegant statement! Jenn’s Monique Lhuillier dress was simply stunning with a trail of pearls down the back and the matching pearl pins in her bouquet, the calla lilies competed with no other flower and suited her entire look so well!
So, I followed suit with her pictures! There are so many various aspects of Natirar that each wedding looks so different! I decided we would take all the details to the entrance hall with the beautiful natural marble, and love how they stand out!
Jenn decided to get ready with her sister, so the room was quiet and peaceful as they finished up their hair and makeup and sipped tea before getting dressed. I always feel like this is the calm before the realization that it’s even a wedding day, and Jenn said so too. It wasn’t until we were helping her out of the car to go greet her dapper groom, Brian, that reality set in.
The wind picked up and the two laughed as they greeted each other down at Natirar Park. Brian made sure he looked as amazing as Jenn, which he did, and we assured him regularly. It’s pretty easy to make sure everyone is having a good time and lighthearted when working with such an awesome couple. We laughed just as much as they did the entire day! We strolled over to the gates that lead up to the mansion, and then they set off to go see their families.
At this point, we realized it was Spring, and that rain clouds were headed our way. Having amazing family members and friends, everyone was prompt in their arrival and they decided to start the ceremony a little early! As soon as they were pronounced husband and wife, the rain drops started!
The reception did not disappoint. The feeling of simple, yet grand elegance carried into the display that Jardiniere created in the ballroom for the reception. All white flowers, a combination of table sizes, and all white tapers dressed each table. One of my favorite parts of the wedding day is when the bride and groom see their reception room before the guests arrive. There’s something so memorable about the culmination of so many months of hard work coming together! So what better way to memorialize it than a quick dance rehearsal in the middle of the ballroom?
Once dancing started, we quickly realized who our key players were. I have not seen the train at a wedding in YEARS! But there was one at this wedding! My favorite moment was when their band, Hank Lane sang “Jenny” and Brian got so excited and dragged her on the dance floor! The song is stuck in my head every time I see the pictures!
To end the night, Jenn and Brian decided to take sparklers into their own hands (literally) and sneak away from their guests, leaving them to end their wonderful day as quietly as it began.
Thank you Jenn & Brian for being “F***ing Fabulous” and I can’t wait for you to see the rest of your images! Thank you Barb for your awesome assistance!
Photographers: Lauren Kearns and Barbara Wentzel
Venue: Natirar, Peapack, NJ
Wedding Planner: Allison Sargeant
Hair/Makeup: Tres Chic
Band: Hank Lane