Patricia & Michael
Photography | Idalia Photography
Floral Design | Faye and Renee
Reception Venue | Sandy Hook Chapel
Bridal Salon | Kleinfeld
Officiant | Michele Kiernan
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Transportation | Long Branch Trolley Company
Formalwear | JoS. A. Bank
Makeup | Make Me Up Eva
Invitations | Minted
Hair | Bridesmade by Lea Claire
Videography | Todd Juliano Productions
Catering | Falco’s Catering
Cake | Chocolate Carousel
Bridesmaid Dresses | Brideside
Entertainment | Brian Kirk and the Jirks
FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER After photographing hundreds of weddings, I know that it’s easy to get caught up in all the details of the day and the desire for everything to be perfect. I remember being a bride and obsessing over the florals and other wedding items, too. But sometimes wedding days don’t go as planned, as was the case for Trish and Mike. After designing a stunning outdoor ceremony and reception complete with stunning decor and rentals, Mother Nature made it known that she had other plans for this day. The threat of rain became very real right at the exact time we were supposed to begin the ceremony so it was decided to try to squeeze in the ceremony before it started to rain too hard, but once Mike had made it down the aisle and the bridesmaids started processing, we all knew that this rain felt very different. It was accompanied by winds that were getting stronger and stronger by the second. Family and friends weren’t sure what to do and started to help keep the ceremony decor in place but everyone’s efforts seemed futile and Mike made the spontaneous and correct decision to move into the chapel.
The winds that day were so strong that they literally blew away Trish and Mike’s beautiful ceremony and reception. Their tent collapsed and the ovens containing all of their guests’ food blew over, destroying all of the dishes that were inside. We are so fortunate that no one got hurt during the storm. When I went into the chapel, I had no idea how the rest of the night would go, but I should’ve known that it would go on as planned – the sweetness of the ceremony, the joy of the celebration – were no different than if they had taken place outdoors as initially planned. Trish and Mike’s spirits were intact and rather than be angry at what had transpired, they focused on what had inspired them in the first place – their loved ones. They celebrated in one of the liveliest receptions I’ve seen this year and were just a joy to be around.
Everyone at this wedding was so amazing. The guests and vendors alike re-located the reception to the chapel by bringing in tables, chairs, and even re-creating centerpieces from what remained from the outdoor reception. The caterer quickly came up with a Plan B for dinner. The band set up in the new space as quickly as they could. What an amazing sight it was!
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