The Wedding of ...
Annie Boig & Justin McMullen
Ceremony & Reception: The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville, NJ,
Gown: Tara Keely
Bridesmaids: Noir by Lazaro
Tux: Jos. A Bank
Makeup & Hair: The Vanity Room
Florist: Emerald Garden Design
Cake: The Bernards Inn
Photographer: Ein Photography + Design
Cinematographer: Generic Brand Human
DJ: Unforgettable DJS
Invitations: Little Black Dress Paperie
An Intimate Wine Cellar
On vacation at our beach houses on the Jersey Shore, Justin and I met through mutual friends. I work in university relations at an investment banking firm and Justin is a technical litigation analyst.I was living in DC and he was in New Jersey, so we dated long distance for over a year until moving to Hoboken to live together.
While spending an early Thanksgiving with Justin’s family in Holmdel, NJ, Justin proposed in an old barn that I found to be romantic. After celebrating with both our families that day, Justin threw a surprise engagement party for us at our apartment and had previously invited all our closest friends!
When we walked into The Bernards Inn, I knew immediately I wanted to get married there. The fireplace in the lobby, the exposed brick in the lounge area downstairs, and the dark wood had the warm, comfortable feeling of a living room. I loved that we could have the ceremony, reception, and overnight accommodations for our guests all at the same place.
I clicked immediately with Bonnie Schleimer, director of catering. She is very attentive, approachable, and fun to work with. Bonnie truly understood my vision of a warm and elegant, but homey American wedding and helped execute it flawlessly!
A guitarist and violinist duet played during our ceremony and then into the cocktail hour. The ceremony room was decorated with lovely candelabras, lanterns, and roses. Justin’s groomsmen wore American flag socks for our theme! During our ceremony, our best friends read special passages; mine read an Irish blessing and Justin’s read a poem about building the foundation for a strong relationship. Then the minister incorporated my grandmother’s favorite bible verse (6: 24-25) into the sermon. At the end, we turned to face our guests and had them make a vow to support and love us.
The exposed brick and hardwood in the intimate and cozy wine cellar gave it a traditional “homey” feeling. It was just what we wanted for our cocktail hour. Justin and I incorporated our patriotic theme with an “America” station, serving classics like mac and cheese, turkey with gravy, and mini hot dogs. We also loved the sweet and spicy combination of the lobster and corn fritters with jalapeño-cilantro remoulade and scallop ceviche.
At the reception upstairs in the ballroom, the tables were decorated with all-candle centerpieces, featuring votives, tapers, and hurricanes of varying heights. The music began with classic oldies and we ended the night with a great dance party! Everyone raved about the dinner, which began with a dish of russet potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms, brussel sprouts, bacon, and parmesan cream. For the entrée, guests chose between filet mignon or Chilean sea bass, which just melted in your mouth. For dessert, we of course had an American flag wedding cake!