The Wedding of ...
Jacqueline Pietri & Jae Lee
Ceremony & Reception: The Skylands Manor,
Gown: Kitty Chen
Bridesmaids: Jenny Packham
Tux: Tommy Hilfiger
Photographer: Ulysses Photography
Cinematographer: Color Room Films
Makeup & Hair: 5 Salon Spa
Florist: Decor Galore
Cake: Skylands Manor
DJ: Posh Entertainment
Jae and I met while training at the same martial arts academy. It was love at first armbar! Our first date was a movie and dinner. We were both impressed with each other because I was actually ready early and he opened the car door for me!
Six years later, I was begging Jae to open our Christmas presents early because I wanted to give him the watch I got him. He finally agreed and told me to look at the Christmas tree, which had the ring hanging from one of the branches! And I said yes!
We have always loved going to Ringwood State Park to mountain bike and hike on the beautiful trails. The park has a special meaning to us. One time when we were biking, we saw a bride taking photos by the beautiful chapel on the lake and I immediately knew I wanted to get married there. The Skylands Manor was the perfect venue for us and I loved that we could have the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all in one location.
The staff was incredible and so accommodating! Linda Pergola, the catering director, helped us plan every step of the way. As we were all getting ready on the morning of the wedding, we realized my father’s suit still had the sensor from the department store on it. One of the staff member’s drove to the nearest department store with the receipt to get it removed! Another staff member helped escort my grandparents down the aisle. The whole Skylands staff felt like part of the family.
Our ceremony was held outside on the beautiful grounds of Skylands, overlooking the autumn horizon. Our dog walked down the aisle too and even stood up there with us for one of the readings!
Cocktail hour was held in the stunning library room. I did not want to be revealed until the reception, so Jae and I enjoyed some of the foods and drinks together in a private room for the first time as husband and wife. Guests were greeted with champagne and butler-passed hors d’oeuvres such as guajillo chicken, lobster risotto balls, grilled shrimp skewers, and more. We also had a carving station with flank steak and stuffed pork loin, a pasta station with penne alla vodka and broccoli rabe, and a seafood fare station with oysters, clams, and shrimp scampi. The fan favorite was the mashed potato bar, where the potatoes were served in martini glasses and then guests chose from a variety of toppings.
Our ballroom had a natural rustic décor, which reflected our love of the outdoors and our personalities. We incorporated natural elements such as wood, stone, and moss into our centerpieces. Our DJ did a great job of getting everyone laughing, dancing, and having fun!
First course for dinner was a salad with walnuts, cranberries, and shaved parmesan cheese. For the entrée, guests had an option of filet mignon with port wine, grilled salmon with citrus beurre blanc, or chicken pietro stuffed with mozzarella, prosciutto, and tomatoes. Our four-tier wedding cake, filled with custard and berries, was delicious! While guests were eating their cake, waiters also put pastries, tea, and coffee at each table.
Thank you to Linda and the staff at Skylands Manor and to all our vendors, especially our photographer, for the exceptional work they did in putting together this beautiful day. Thank you to our parents, friends, and family for bringing love and laughter into our wedding day.