by Amy Serrago
Michelle and Chris are an outdoorsy couple that share a true love of nature. They chose to tie the knot at the Crystal Springs Resort in New Jersey’s Sussex County because it offers the amenities of a world class resort with a pastoral feel, boasting sweeping views of the Ramapo Mountains. Their day started with first looks before their outdoor ceremony where they exchanged vows under a wooden arbor surrounded by lush trees. Their photographer, Tina from Tina Elizabeth Photography, says the happy couple “smiled from the minute they held each other’s hands” and those smiles lasted all night!
Michelle was gorgeous in her strapless sheath gown with its sweetheart neckline and chapel train. She finished her look with blue satin pumps, a fingertip veil and a pop of colorful flowers in her hair. Her maid of honor was elegant in her burgundy gown and both of the ladies carried show stopping bouquets in vibrant autumn oranges and yellows. Michelle’s arrangement featured lilies and blue thistle alongside Gerbera daisies and mums. Chris and his best men were handsome in navy blue suits with burgundy ties, the perfect compliment to the day’s fall color scheme.
The navy blue and burgundy theme carried into the reception where tables were set with navy blue linens, gold chargers and burgundy accents. Rustic wood-slice pedestals held the floral centerpieces which featured the same stunning motif as Michelle’s bouquet and autumn touches like pumpkins and hardy mums completed the decor. Michelle and Chris got the party started with their first dance as husband and wife, Michelle taking a moment to show off her dancing boots. The wedding cake was just perfect for a couple of nature lovers, four-tiered, birchwood styled deliciousness with an adorable hiking-themed topper. As favors, guests received mini S’mores kits that they could use by the fire and when it was time to say goodnight, they did it with sparklers in hand. Congratulations Michelle and Chris!
Ceremony Location: Minerals Resort and Spa//Floral Designer: Kim Auriemma Designs//Beauty: Elements Spa & Salon//Other: Bleu de Toi - Guestbook Tree//Heirlooms and extras: Resin Designs//Dress Store: Arlene's Bridals//Jewelry: Venus Creations//Etsy Designer: Cake toppers by Mudcards//Bakery:Palermo's Bakery//Bridesmaid Dresses:Bella Bridesmaid//Invitation Designer: Minted//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: JoS A Bank//Photographer: Tina Elizabeth Photography