RED + NAVY | HANDMADE SOLA FLOWERS |NEW JERSEY CHURCH CEREMONY | CORK DECOR DETAILS | RED BRIDESMAIDS | NAVY SUITS & COGNAC SHOES|
Childhood sweethearts Jaqueline and Brock went to their high school prom together for their first date in 2006. “It was wildly romantic,” says Jaqueline. “I remember having butterflies in my stomach all night long!”
Every year since, Brock has planned a secret romantic trip to celebrate the couple’s dating anniversary. He whisked Jaqueline away to Niagara Falls in 2013 and proposed while the couple watched a rework show from their hotel balcony. “I was blown
away by the effort he’d made and said ‘yes’ immediately,” says Jaqueline.
The bride’s beautiful beaded and lace applique Maggie Sottero dress featured slim shoulder straps and a train. Her sister picked it out for her to try on and she loved it. “I had eight bridesmaids and one flower girl,” says Jaqueline. “The two junior bridesmaids and flower girl, Brock’s little sisters, looked adorable in their outfits. Each bridesmaid picked her own style of dress from Alfred Angelo, all in the same shade of red, and teamed them up with nude heels. Brock looked so handsome in his navy blue suit with cognac shoes and a blue and orange bowtie all bought in the US.”
The beautiful Universal Life Church ceremony was ministered by Jaqueline’s cousin and took place outside at the Ram’s Head Inn in New Jersey, USA. The bride
was walked down the aisle by her father. Jacqueline made all of the bouquets, table centres and buttonholes using handmade sola flowers made from tapioca plants she sourced on Etsy. “I used individual Sola flowers and cork to make buttonholes for the men and a single flower as corsages for the mothers and grandmothers,” says Jaqueline.
Jacqueline’s father welcomed the couple’s guests from all over the country, including 11 states! He welcomed Brock into our family and ended with a toast by saying “Cheers” in every language of their heritage. Her sister gave the next speech, which was emotional! Brock’s best man, his friend from childhood, gave the last speech.
“We made or assembled all of the decorations ourselves,” says Jacqueline. “My father made lovely small wooden flower boxes for the centrepieces and I decorated the vases with Spanish moss and paper accent flowers. We had wine bottles with cork number tags as the table numbers and photos displayed in homemade cork frames as place names. Everybody took home mini bottles of homemade limoncello and five sugared almonds – an Italian tradition.” Jaqueline also made her own stationery and bought her supplies from cardsandpockets.com