A Romantic Garden Wedding With The Perfect Homemade Touch

Though Amanda and Daniel met in elementary school, they didn’t begin dating until high school. The pair stayed together through college, and after a year-long break, they reunited and moved to Philadelphia, where they later got engaged. Their June 1, 2012, wedding — held at a bed and breakfast in Hope, New Jersey, was a simple and elegant garden-party celebration filled with many DIY touches and flowers galore.
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The couple designed the invitations themselves, opting for a one-piece suite that didn’t require an envelope. They used a perforator so that recipients could detach the map and response card.
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Amanda carried a clutch of peonies, roses, ranunculus, and sweet peas in soft pink tones. Florist: Days Gone By Florists.
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Amanda complemented her gown (designed and made by her aunt) with her great grandmother’s pearl necklace. The groom looked sharp in a suit from Topshop. He wore the same tie as his groomsmen but had it refashioned into a bow tie.
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Amanda's 'maids wore pink J.Crew frocks. Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew.
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The bridesmaids carried bouquets of various roses.
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The groomsmen paired their suits with Steven Alan neckties and pocket squares from The Tie Bar.
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The couple’s service was filled with personal touches like hand-written vows and readings from family members, including an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit — a book that the bride’s late grandmother read to her growing up — and a poem that Amanda’s aunt and uncle wrote for the big day. Venue: The Inn at Millrace Pond.
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Teal, pink, and white streamers pinned to painted dowels were on hand for guests to wave as the newlyweds made their way back up the aisle.
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Coral and gray paper fans kept attendees cool at the ceremony. Stationery and Calligraphy: Daniel Cantada.
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The bride’s four-year-old nephew served as the ring bearer. His pillow was made out of leftover fabric from Amanda’s wedding dress.
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The escort cards were tied to old keys from a building that Amanda’s aunt manages. Vines from the mother of the bride’s garden completed the display.
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Guests sipped on Kir Royales and blood orange Manhattans.
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Before the big day, the bride held a craft party where bridesmaids, friends, and family members dyed large coffee filters in different shades of pink and strung them together to serve as décor.
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Single pink blooms in white vases were displayed in clusters on the tables.
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The menus, which the couple designed, were gussied up with a Martha Stewart scalloped border paper punch. Amanda, who has her own online pastry shop, was able to use Classic Cake’s kitchen to make blueberry jam and peach butter for takeaway treats at the reception’s conclusion. The couple canned them and Daniel created the labels.
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The couple asked Nic Endicrat of Classic Cake to create a vanilla sponge cake with a layer of lemon curd, mousseline, and fresh raspberries. Cake: Nic Endrikat of Classic Cake.
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Also on the dessert menu was a croquembouche, a nod to the bride’s love of French culture.
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Guests posed in front of a photobooth that the couple made themselves from an Ikea sheet attached to stakes and hay bales.
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Photographer: Shannen Natasha Weddings; Catering and Rentals: Frungillo Caterers; Music: CJ the DJ.

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