In 1969, Elaine and Dexter had a very small ceremony to celebrate their love for one another. It would be another 50 years until Elaine had the wedding of her dreams. Can anyone relate to this right now? I think many can. Elaine and Dexter sat in my office in Gladstone to tell me their story, their dream of one day having the wedding they always hoped for someday. That dream was about to come true in the form of an intimate wedding at Peapack’s Ninety Acres restaurant.
Elaine was stunning. She wore the most beautiful gown (having never worn one before) and Jardiniere created a stunning bouquet to match. As Elaine stood before her husband, Dexter, 50 years seemed to fade away as they renewed their vows to one another, as if for the first time. It was beautiful. Elaine blushed, and Dexter smiled from ear to ear. Their intimate wedding was full of family and friends, and their children. How special!
Their story gives hope. There are thousands of couples who are heartbroken over their wedding. Elopements, postponements, cancellations are being decided by the day. The change feels defeating. But, may we dare to hope? Can we instead focus on what can’t be taken from us? Love. Devotion. Commitment. No pandemic can take these treasures from us. Whether you’re eloping, or cancelling your wedding, take heart. This is not the end to your happily ever after. It’s the beginning, and makes for a great story 50 years from now.
Photographers: Lauren Kearns & Maggie DiVirgilio
Venue: Ninety Acres, Peapack, NJ
Florist: Jardiniere Fine Flowers