Thursday, November 24, 2011

Aidan & Jonathan: Enchanted Forest

We shared snapshots of our Enchanted Forest wedding just four days ago and somehow, SOMEWAY, professional photos became available last night!  (an unbelievable world record ... calling Guinness after the holiday)

As mentioned before, we were brought on to plan and execute this wedding just 3 months out, at which time 90% of the vendors and service providers had not been selected.  But I must say, we couldn't have had a better team of professionals bring this event to life if we'd started a year ago.  

The ceremony was held in the evening on the outdoor patio of Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, NJ.  On this brisk mid-November night, our teams successfully achieved a loving and warm ambiance by having clear tent wall covered by swags of 21-foot long fabric hung on the outer perimeter of the space.  This treatment allowed for the bride's dream of being married near nature but also kept the couple's beloved friends and family comfortable.  A blooming birch-branch chuppa was constructed, both uplit and downlit, and placed among hundreds of candles.  Clusters of antique lanterns sat on both sides of the chuppa as well as lined the aisle, and the bride was stunningly beautiful as she entered wearing a couture Romona Keveza gown.

The cocktail hour truly set the tone for the reception as a live quintet played a mix of jazz, blues, pop and funk.  And finally, when the enchanted forest themed ballroom was revealed, guests gasped!  10-foot trees, accented with white orchids and hanging candles, lined the perimeter of the ballroom ... 3 uniquely designed centerpieces, which featured moss covered cylinder vases, birch pedestals, clusters of lush white blooms, hanging candles and river rocks, adorned the dinner tables ... specialty lighting featuring forest gobos sprayed the dancefloor and walls ... sprigs of baby's breath lay delicately atop each personalized menu card ... shimmering pewter pintuck linens ... and surprise gourmet caramel apple favors (guests' sweet for being so sweet to join the celebration).  All expectations were exceeded, and most importantly everyone had FUN!

It was such a pleasure working with Aidan, Jon and their families.  We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness as we share some of the best moments of their wedding day below, thanks to dp Studio Ting Yi Photo & Cinema.

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

  We send you and your family
our warmest Thanksgiving greetings, 
good blessings and thanks!

 - The staff of 

(photo courtesy of Meredith Perdue)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Quick Look: Enchanted Forest

The Bridal Party's Enchanted Forest couple were married on November 19th at The Stone House at Stirling Ridge.  We were brought on to plan and execute this wedding about 3 months ago, at which time ONLY the venue and DJ had been formally selected.  Needless to say, we hit the ground running and are so proud to report every aspect went off without a hitch

About 160 of the couple's family and friends traveled from far and wide to attend the nuptials.  So much so that we designed, prepared and delivered welcome packages and weekend itineraries for over 100 guests staying at the Short Hills Hilton hotel earlier in the week.  Prep and installations for this Saturday evening celebration began on the Thursday before, so our team was really excited to see it all finally come together.  Plus, each and every person in attendance was truly WOW'd by the intimate aesthetic abounding throughout, which was felt during the outdoor, candlelit ceremony ... anticipated amid the cocktail hour accompanied by a magnificent jazz quartet ... and celebrated throughout the enchanted forest themed reception, as guest sat amongst 10-foot blooming trees. 

We eagerly anticipate sharing professional photos once they're available, but are glad to provide a quick look via a few amateur snapshots:


Last but not least, we must mention and thank our fabulous day-of team:  Jocelyn, Jennifer, Kiran, Alexandra and Termerra.  As always, you rock!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

Monday, November 14, 2011

Celebrate With Us on Nov. 26th: Small Business Saturday

November 26 is a big day for everyone at THE BRIDAL PARTY LLC.  Why?  It’s the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday®, when people across the country come out and shop to support their favorite local businesses!  And as an extremely proud small wedding planning business in the great state of New Jersey, we are thrilled to spread the word and rally support.  

Plus, in honor of all the wonderful small businesses we adore working with, we're offering an extra special promotion of  50% OFF to all prospective clients who submit inquiries on Small Business Saturday® and decide to invite our participation in their upcoming weddings and events.

We are excited to offer such an exclusive offer in support of Small Business Saturday® and hope, overall, you're sure to frequent your favorite local, non-chain businesses on this special day.  Show them your appreciation and support your local economy ... they deserve it!

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by Rashana Anderson
Founder & Managing Director, THE BRIDAL PARTY

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