A beautiful intimate New Jersey backyard wedding with pretty dusty blue details and accents of greenery and white

Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful intimate New Jersey backyard wedding with pretty dusty blue details and accents of greenery and white.

Images were captured by The Fox And The Hare Photography.

The Fox & The Hare Photography is based in the Northern New Jersey area and embraces the East Coast of the USA and beyond.

Each of the team have backgrounds in fine art photography, Jen has a B.A. in Studio Art with concentrations in Photography & Art History from Drew University.

Steven has a B.F.A. in Photography from Ramapo College, and they have been photographing weddings together for nearly a decade.

Wedding photography is special to them because traditions and memories are incredibly important in all of our lives.

 

They say of the couples special day…

 

Lauren & Justin had to change plans after Covid hit, and hold an intimate, backyard ceremony in Robbinsville, NJ but as it turned out, they had everything they needed and more.

The ceremony was performed in the garden of Lauren’s in-laws, by officiant, Rev. Maureen Jeffries.

Before the ceremony, the bride had a “first look” with her father, and then her husband-to-be.

Justin’s mother created a lovely tented space at their home in Robbinsville for the guests (6 ft. apart of course!) with the “aisle” lined with hanging mason jars filled with baby’s breath and a heart-shaped pergola decorated for the couple to be married under.

It was the most gorgeous August day, not too hot, and everyone was incredibly comfortable. For those who couldn’t attend, a laptop was set up in the back of the ceremony to stream for their friends and family!

After the ceremony, dinner was catered, a cake was served (made lovingly by the bride’s own mother), and they shared a “first dance” song.

The vibe the couple were going for was whimsical with a baby’s breath & twinkle lights, and the Bride was especially thankful for her Mother-in-Law for making the day so special.

 

I hand over to beautiful Bride Lauren to share the couples love story, and tell us about their New Jersey backyard wedding….

 

How did you meet?

Justin and I met in college! We had mutual friend groups, but our paths never crossed until later once Justin already graduated and I was in my last semester.

We kept bumping into each other at bar crawls in Hoboken but  the first time I met Justin he was dressed as Ellen Degeneres in a blonde wig!!

We kept seeing each other around for 6 months after that, and Justin finally got my phone number from a friend.

He took me on our first date at a rooftop bar in New York City. I met him after my internship and he was already working.

We had such a fun time talking about similar music interests, our personalities meshed so well. I had to leave to catch my commuter bus back to campus, but we didn’t want the date to end.

Justin offered to drive me back to campus if I took the train down with him back home. Looking back it sounds crazy but our casual first date drinks turned into a 5+ hour date of commuting on NJ Transit, meeting my now in-laws, and driving two more hours back up to campus.

All because we didn’t want to say goodbye – I still have that train ticket in my wallet. The conductor never took it that night.

Justin and I moved in together into Hoboken a year and a half after dating.

Tell us about the proposal…

After four years of dating, Justin planned an incredibly special proposal at our favourite pier along the Hoboken waterfront.

When we got back to our apartment we had a surprise engagement party with all of our close friends and family.

It was such a thoughtful and beautiful celebration!

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day?

We wanted to keep things simple, intimate and elegant. At the time, we still had no idea if we would continue with our larger venue wedding the next year.

We kept our colour palette the same, with dusty blue and accents of greenery and white.

Justin and I are spiritual, but not heavily religious. Having Reverend Maureen as our officiant set the tone for the entire wedding – she took the time to get to know us prior (we didn’t talk until 2 weeks leading up when our original officiant cancelled!).

Reverend Maureen was so warm and kind, she captured us as a couple and as people perfectly. We love to look back at our vows and hear how much personalization went into them.

Let’s talk wedding decor…

I need to credit my mother in law for our decor, she went above and beyond!

We had a backyard wedding with under 20 people and she turned the space into a fairytale. Everything was DIY, and put together with such care and attention to detail.

We did small mason jars filled with baby’s breath, and dusty blue ribbons tied around the jars.

They hung and lined our aisle, while also being the focus of our centrepieces along with greenery garland and tea light candles.

We kept the tables simple, with a seating chart printed out from a Word Document, and frames from Amazon!

Our guestbook was very special to Justin and I. We met, fell in love, got engaged and lived together in Hoboken, New Jersey. We bond over our love for all types of music.

We had our guestbook be an old Frank Sinatra record that we’d play in our apartment, and our first dance song was on this same album! We now have it framed, it’s so special to have. We also setup a small whiskey and cigar station, and a dessert table.

My in-laws have a beautifully landscaped backyard that already added so much beauty to our wedding canvas, so we just popped in special details for our wedding.

Tell us about the Wedding florals…

Truthfully flowers were the last thing on my mind. I was originally going to do simple baby’s breath for everything and call it all day.

My maid of honour wanted to gift us our wedding flowers and went above and beyond.

She asked me to send her some dream/inspiration bouquets, and she handled the design from there!

She had the floral shop deliver an absolutely gorgeous and massive bouquet for myself, boutonnières for my husband, father, and father in law. Along with corsages for my mother and mother in law. The bouquet truly made my photos pop, it was a gorgeous detail!

Tell us about any special touches…

This aspect was so important to us, since we couldn’t have the wedding we originally planned we really wanted it to be special.

My mom made our wedding cake, she’s an excellent baker! She managed to create a delicious gluten free and dairy free wedding cake.

Our guestbook was an old record we always play, that has our first dance song.

I wore my pearl bracelet from my communion as something old, my mom’s pearl earrings as something borrowed.

We also had my phone setup to stream the wedding for our family members that couldn’t be there.

It was the BEST decision to go with event.live.

. You pay a small fee, but the streaming is crystal clear and they give you a URL to send to family making it very easy to stream.

We have our entire wedding ceremony saved, and a virtual guestbook from the app – we had over 100 guests watching us at home!

One of my favourite moments from our wedding was when the sun went down and we had music playing and everyone was talking and socializing around the fire.

It was so simple, but a piece of normalcy and pure happiness we haven’t had that year.

It was a major warm and fuzzy moment to look around and see our closest family and friends there for us and our future.

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look?

When I say we went for simple, we really did.

Justin wore the only suit he owns from H&M, his Daniel Wellington watch I got him for his birthday and shoes he already owned.

I ordered a white dress from ASOS for like $85, and I did wear my original veil that I picked out with my mom, aunt and cousins (pre-pandemic).

My shoes were from TJ Maxx. I opted to do my hair up, fearing for that august heat.

I had beautiful blue hair clips I ordered from Etsy, and the makeup I went with was a soft glam look!

We both wanted to be comfortable and still feel elegant. It was an August backyard wedding, I had heat on my mind!

Of course we ended up having a gorgeous day, no humidity and the perfect temperature. But we were more concerned on safety and comfortable than going all out for our wedding look.

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

We both were really excited for our first look!

All the stress and buzz of planning our wedding during the middle of this crazy pandemic went away, and it was just a moment for my husband and I.

I also was really emotional and happy during our ceremony, it all felt so intimate and special. You can’t fabricate that, it just felt so authentic.

I can still remember that butterfly feeling holding Justin’s hands and looking out to see our loved ones on our wedding day.

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Don’t stress!!!! Easier said than done I know, I know. But it will all come together in the end.

Our wedding was more than I could’ve ever imagined, and plenty still went “wrong” and in the end it was all such minor details.

The only thing that matters is you and your significant other, and the future you’re creating!

Wedding Vendors

Reception Venue: Private Residence

Photographer: The Fox And The Hare Photography

Officiant: Reverend Maureen Jeffries

Dress Store: Asos

Bridal Shoes: TJ Maxx

Hairpiece: (Blue hair clips) – Etsy

Grooms Suit: H&M

Cake: Brides Mom

Floral Designer: Pink Dahlia Floral & Event Design

Beauty: Verve On Location Hair & Makeup Artistry

Ceremony Live Stream: Event Live

 

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UK Wedding Blogger with an eclectic style based in Glasgow

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