I am so very excited to share this classic and eclectic New Jersey wedding from Cyn Kain Photography with you today! Kathleen and Brian had a windy day but even with the weather being a bit unpredictable, they were still all smiles on their gorgeous wedding day!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Blogs like ELD! I planned and handled everything by myself, so I relied heavily on blogs and pinterest for inspiration, advice, or tracking down where to find items/vendors.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
Right away my then fiance and I thought about the most important things we would want our guests to remember about the day. Those were a good band/music and food! I’m a big believer in music makes or breaks a fun/memorable wedding, so for me I started emailing with my band even before I was engaged to see what dates they had available! The same holds true for my photographer, Cyn Kain. After seeing her work I knew instantly it was the style I wanted capture on my wedding day. Don’t get me wrong, finding my amazing band and photographer took a lot of research. However, that’s because I wasn’t willing to settle with what was important to us to create a memorable occasion.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I grew up on the Jersey Shore and always knew I wanted to get married there. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just another “beachy themed nautical wedding”, so from the beginning I put a pinterest board together that I thought represented “Seaside Elegance”. I also think that your wedding dress helps determine the style you set for your wedding. It is one of the first things you purchase, and from there you know whether the details will be more formal or simplistic.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
I literally just sat here for 5 minutes trying to decide on one aspect. There’s never just one, is there? From a personal standpoint, all the paper products. I’m a graphic designer and designed the invitation suite, menus, programs, coasters, you name it! Your wedding invitation is the one thing that doesn’t ever disappear from that day. To have that invitation framed in my home and know that I designed it is very special and I look forward to handing that down to the little lady that is currently due around our 1 year anniversary.
From the standpoint of the wedding as a whole, dancing to the songs you love with the ones you love. The personal touches you put into your wedding that reflect you as a couple are important and make the day unique to all other weddings, however I know I won’t forget dancing to my favorite songs with the guy I love the entire night surrounded by our family and friends.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
There are going to be moments during the planning you’re going to want to give up and not do it anymore and just elope! For those of you that love it all and never feel this way, stop lying to yourself – wedding planning is A LOT of work. Therefore, my best piece of advice is take a honeymoon if you can right away! It’s the light at the end of the tunnel that will get you through. Having that to look forward to made me wipe away the blood, sweat, and tears. When it’s all said and done, you won’t even remember those tough parts because you’ll be reliving the memory of the most fun day ever while on a magical beach somewhere, fruity drink in hand with the one you love the most in all the world.
Wasn’t that gorgeous!? I love her advice to brides too! Is the honeymoon your “light at the end of the tunnel” your vacation from wedding planning? Where are you going?
I can’t wait to hear all about it!