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Real Wedding: Erin and Bill

A Romantic Waterfront Wedding in New Jersey

Real weddings are so inspiring! To get you in the mood to plan—and party!—we asked real brides to spill the details on everything from getting engaged to finding their wedding dresses to the special touches and surprising moments that made their celebrations completely one-of-a-kind. Read on for Erin and Bill’s romantic waterfront wedding in New Jersey.

Best advice:

Always kiss each other good morning and good night, and make sure to cherish all of your firsts as a married couple.

How did you meet?

Though we had lived in the same area for our entire lives and shared many mutual friends, it took us both signing up for to actually meet each other and fall in love.

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How did you get engaged?

In October of 2015, we took a trip to Key West, Florida. After a beautiful sunset dinner, Bill got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

Favorite memory:

It truly is an amazing feeling to look into a beautiful room and see everyone you love, and to see your circle of loved ones and family grow.

Tell us about your wedding day!

We wanted the fun we have together to shine through in our ceremony and reception. My maid of honor found a gorgeous patterned dress and the rest sort of fell into place. The ladies wore a dress of their choosing in a color from that pattern, and the men wore contrasting vests and ties. The flowers were all of the wildflower variety.

Bride gets ready in the room and puts on veil

How did you decide on your wedding dress?

I made the huge mistake of going to a small bridal boutique that only stocked size 8 bridal gowns. I left the boutique feeling absolutely defeated that my painfully average body was never going to get to try on a dress that made me tear up with happiness because I could not even get most of them on, which makes it very hard to envision what it will look like when it fits.

On a whim my lead bridesmaid said that we should go to David’s Bridal to see what they had, and it was the best choice I could have ever made. Not only were there tons of dresses that fit, but as soon as I walked upstairs to the bridal department, I saw a dress on the mannequin that I could not get out of my mind. I tried on 10 to 15 absolutely gorgeous dresses and could have bought any of them, but I could not get that dress on the mannequin out of my mind, so they took it off the model and put it on me. I looked in the mirror and just knew this was the dress I was meant to wear, from the fun of the ruffles to the gracefulness of the sweetheart neckline.

More Details:

  • Location: Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
  • Date: June 10, 2016
  • Photographer: George Street Photography
  • Wedding theme: Romantic

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