The Wedding of ...
Dori Strober & Samuel Morgan
Ceremony & Reception: The Olde Mill Inn, Basking Ridge, NJ
Gown: Melissa Sweet (ceremony), Sherri Hill (reception)
Bridesmaids: Mori Lee
Tux: Joseph Aboud
Makeup: Carolyn’s Makeup Artistry
Hair: Ciro’s Hair Pavilion
Florist: Flowers on the Ridge
Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
Photographer: Gary Flom Photography
DJ: Eclipse Events
Officiant: Personalized Ceremonies from the Heart
I first saw Sam when he was playing guitar in the courtyard behind Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse in Millburn, NJ. I introduced myself and requested a song. I am a costume shop manager and designer and he is the owner of a music education studio. We quickly became best friends and a few years later, he asked me on a date to a restaurant with live jazz. Trying to impress Sam, I embarrassingly pointed to the upright bass player and said, “Nice cello!” He must have thought it was cute because I got asked on a second date.
Sam planned to fill his living room with roses, serenade me with a song on the piano, and propose. However, I somehow kept accidentally crashing his plans that day. I even joked how it would be funny if he were planning to propose or something. At that point, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!
When you walk into The Olde Mill Inn, you feel the rustic comfort of a home combined with the elegance of a beautiful wedding venue. We had a lot of out-of-town guests, so it was important to us that they could stay overnight at the venue. The Inn was just what we were looking for. It offers delicious drinks and food, great service, and a comfortable place to enjoy the company of our most loved friends and family. The Grain House Restaurant, owned by the Inn and just across the parking lot, also had a very classy ambiance, perfect for our rehearsal dinner and wedding after-party.
The staff members at the Inn seem to truly love their jobs and are genuinely interested in making the wedding experience perfect. Marien Barken, the sales manager, really put me at ease during the whole planning process. She gave great advice for organizing the timing and flow of the night and always followed through with any request we made, no matter how big or small. I greatly appreciated and trusted her expertise.
We had an outdoor ceremony in the courtyard. Our officiant created a personalized ceremony to tell our story as a couple. One of my bridesmaids and two of the groomsmen sang “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran as a surprise to our guests.
Two bars were set up at our cocktail hour to keep the lines short. In addition, we had a “grab and go” station for our signature drink, which was a mix of whiskey and sweet tea named “I Do Brew.” Our guests raved about how delicious the food was! Butlers passed champagne and several hors d’oeuvres, like lamb chops and sea scallops wrapped in bacon. We also had several food stations, like a crepe station, an All-American slider station, and more.
The theme of our ballroom décor landed somewhere between “shabby-chic” and “white wedding.” I crafted the centerpieces for each table. I spray-painted various birdcages silver, draped them with pearls and ivory silk roses, and set them on top of silver candlesticks. Then I placed an LED candle in the middle of the biggest birdcage on each table for added light. Pearl and rhinestone mirrors, which matched the bridesmaids’ shoes, were used as table numbers. I donated all our table décor to the venue as a gift to any bride who might want to make use of it!
Dinner was delicious and being foodies, we wanted very high quality dishes. We offered a choice of French sautéed breast of locally farmed chicken in a sausage and cream sauce, filet of beef with a port glaze, salmon in an orange-ginger beurre blanc sauce, or mushroom and grilled vegetable seasoned with sherry pesto-vinaigrette. At the end of the day, the most important thing about a wedding is the support of family and friends. Thank you to our parents for hosting such a beautiful day for us.
Thank you to our bridesmaids, groomsmen, family, and friends for your love and most of all, your good company. And thank you to the staff at The Olde Mill Inn for making our day as stress-free and memorable as possible!