Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
Having a wedding at your family home is such a unique experience and it made Cassie and Luke's day even more special. The renovated barn in Pilesgrove, NJ was so picturesque it would be a surprise to anyone that it wasn't an actual wedding venue. We were here for Cassie's sister LeeAnn's wedding and couldn't wait to work with another member of the family! The weather was perfect and the party atmosphere didn't stop all night. Take a look at this amazing wedding!
The bouquets were a perfect match to the burgundy bridesmaids dresses.
The barn with the hanging greenery is everything!!
Thank you Cassie and Luke for letting us be a part of your special day!!
The view, the tent, the flowers, the house! Suzanne and Adam's wedding day was nothing less than perfect. Both the ceremony and the reception took place on June 7th at Suzanne's father's house, which he built himself in a small town in New Jersey, just off of the Delaware River. The pictures aren't exaggerating - Suzanne and Adam said their "I Do's" under a gorgeous flowered canopy set less than twenty feet from the water. The weather could not have been more beautiful for a June wedding; the day began with minimal clouds and ended with a truly incredible sunset.
Here comes the bride! When we first saw Suzanne's dress, our jaws dropped. The dress was made for a summer wedding, and it fit Suzanne's personality equally as well. While Suzanne was busy getting ready, her guests were being lead to her father's backyard to take their seats for the ceremony. The bridal parties were relatively small, with the bride's sister as the maid of honor and the groom's brother as the best man. However, the groom's father made a heartfelt speech halfway through the ceremony, at which the guests both laughed and cried. In between the music and the "I Do's," Suzanne, Adam, and all of their guests (including us!) were able to admire the beauty of the Delaware, making the ceremony even more romantic!
Once the reception ended, the guests were lead into Suzanne's father's house to enjoy the cocktail hour spread along with a few drinks. Meanwhile, the happy couple went down to the rocks of the river for their photo-shoot.
We often fall in love with our couples, it's true. And Carolyn and Francis were no exception.
From the moment we met them at their family's home in Cherry Hill, NJ we knew that Francis and Carolyn were a perfect fit for Kyle Michelle Weddings. With her beaming face and infectious laugh Carolyn told us that she wanted a lively backyard wedding for her big day and we were more than eager to make her dream a reality. Believe it or not, it all started with a Pinterest board and the rest is history!
Flowers and cocktails and tacos, oh my! While we loved the process of planning the entire wedding, we were ecstatic to watch the entire day unfold in front of our eyes. The backyard tent provided a perfectly romantic setting for Carolyn and Francis to recite their vows in front of their friends and family and the invitations even doubled as fans - although, the last-minute fans we ordered helped a lot with the heat as well!
After the charming ceremony commenced with kisses and clapping, the guests were lead to the front yard for a fun cocktail hour to enjoy each other's company and, of course, munch on some tacos. Totally cool and totally tasty!
Carolyn was blessed with a big family - just look at that taco line!
We couldn't have been more excited to reveal the reception decorations to Carolyn, Francis, and their guests. While everyone else was busy enjoying the spirits and tacos, the Kyle Michelle team was hard at work in the backyard transforming the ceremony site into a proper place to dine and party.
In the weeks leading up to her wedding, Carolyn was hard at work completing numerous DYI wedding projects that worked perfectly with our plan for the reception's set-up. Check out the colorful banner pictured below as well as the table numbers!
And of course no wedding is complete without a ... donut? Yes, a donut! Instead of taking the traditional route in their choice of wedding dessert, Carolyn and Francis opted for a fun pastry that would compliment the backyard theme of their wedding. If you look long enough, you'll be able to spot the infamous bacon donut - don't knock it till you try it!
While the wedding guests were on their way back for their second (or third) helpings of donuts, Little Baby's Ice showed up and pretty much knocked all of us off our feet with their flavors. With chocolate salt malt, bourbon bourbon vanilla, and cherry hibiscus, our only problem was picking which one to try first.
Once the party started there was no stopping it! After dinner, the pattern for many of the guests became dance, donut, ice cream, dance, drink, donut, ice cream, and repeat. Carolyn's father put a number of hours into stringing lights throughout the tent and once the sun began to go down the lights allowed the party to keep going!
We are so grateful to have been able to spend such a glorious night with a truly amazing couple - we love you Carolyn and Francis and we wish you a lifetime of happiness!
Kristin and I fell in love with Ingrid and Sean-as everyone does when they meet them. We also fell in love with their families. We started working with Ingrid a year before she and Sean married. In that year’s time, we couldn’t get enough of them. Throughout the year we met several times at Ingrid’s grandparents house on Harvey Cedars -Long Beach Island, New Jersey. It was where the ceremony was to be held and it was breath taking. A view that only pictures do justice. It was a blank slate and we were so excited to get our hands on it.
Ingrid wanted a French/English vintage feel, while still keeping it relevant to the space-the beach. Their reception was booked at the Brant Beach Yacht Club on LBI, NJ-another space we could dive into.
This was one of those weddings where you just can’t wait for it to arrive, yet you really don’t want it to be over because then you have to say goodbye. On their day everything was perfection: the weather, the views, the details, the bridal party, their families and especially the bride and groom.
As guests arrived to the ceremony, they entered a pre-ceremony cocktail party-this was a must! With the views and the gorgeous ambience there was no way we were going to just have Ingrid and Sean’s guest get straight to the ceremony. It was a necessity that they got the chance to take it all in.
The pre-ceremony cocktail hour was furnished with an old dresser without drawers. Inset in the drawer openings were mason jars, adorned with stripped straws, for the guests to get a drink-a choice of tea or flavored water. In an old Sunfish Sailboat was a galvanized bucket flush with beer and bottled water. A driftwood sign pointed guests in the right direction and twine balls pinned with pictures of family and friends hung from a tree.
Incase guests didn’t want to trek through the stone in heels-flip flips were offered
As it was time for the ceremony to start the guests made their way towards the back of the house where the ceremony was being held
It doesn’t get more gorgeous than this.
People always ask you the question of whether you look at the Bride as she is walking down the aisle to see her face or if you look at the expecting groom to see his reaction…my favorite is watching the groom. As Sean saw Ingrid step around the side of the house with her father his reaction was the best we have seen so far.
He didn't cry, he couldn't do anything-he was completely in awe!
We truly enjoy when the wedding parties are just as much fun as the bride and groom. We are pretty sure Ingrid and Sean do not have any family or friends who aren’t stunning!
When we saw Ingrid and Sean’s pictures, everyone in the office almost fell out of their seats. We knew Ingrid and Sean were a beautiful couple but in these pictures they brought it!
The yacht club was gorgeous with the fall sun setting during cocktail hour. The tables were perfect with centerpieces of assorted mercury glass vases, candles and dahlias. The food, catered by Fleur de Lys, was delicious and picturesque. Each table was given monkey bread-a favorite of the groom (also his groom cake-made by his Mother-In-Law). And the party was lead by the most incredible band from EBE-Amsterdam!
To Ingrid and Sean, we can not thank you enough for allowing us to be part of your lives and your big day! We wish you the best and hope our paths cross again (that means you Katy!)! To your family and friends, thank you for making this day so special for Ingrid and Sean-we loved getting to know all of you too.
Venue: Brant Beach Yacht Club
Photographer: LindseyK Photography
Caterer: Fleur de Lys
Band: EBE's Amsterdam
Decorators/Coordinators: Kyle Michelle Weddings
A backyard wedding is one of my favorites, a big reason, I had a backyard wedding too! A wedding hosted in the backyard of someones home is special, unique and never duplicated. Amy and Doc's wedding was nothing short of special & unique. With over 200 guests Amy's Aunt and Uncle offered their home for this memorable occasion.
A beautiful gown embellished with a simple black sash-stunning!
This family was nothing short of loving and supportive, fun and fabulous!
And quite funny!
Not to mention beautiful!
Simple aisle decor to accent the beautiful property!
So happy and in love, you can't fake that smile-even if you tried!
This little guy was adorable and the most perfect ring bearer!
Although I am from the south, I was shamefully unaware of this most southern tradition or rather folklore, that states; if you bury a bottle of bourbon, upside down and exactly one month from the day you are to be married at the side of the ceremony, it won't rain on your wedding day. Let's just say...it worked!
We absolutely enjoyed working with Amy and Doc, making sure their backyard ceremony went off without a hitch. From flower delivery, chair set up, aisle decor, timing, transportation and ceremony guidance we were honored to make it all happen for Amy & Doc.
My little ring bearer helper-such a cutie! I'm pretty sure he was flirting with me ;)
Ceremony Venue: The Bride's Aunt & Uncles Home
Design: Kyle Michelle Weddings
Photographer: Love Shack Photography
Reception Venue: Tavistock