Tradition and honor

Michael went from a potential “terrible boyfriend” to the self-assured husband of Beth.

The couple met in Hoboken at a mutual friend’s Christmas Party in 2009 and, at first, Beth was not optimistic about Michael as boyfriend material.  She brazenly told Michael that, “Italians make great dresses, awesome shoes, but terrible boyfriends.” Michael was undeterred.  And, after spending hours talking that night, Beth wondered if she had been wrong. For their first date, Michael invited Beth out to dinner in “Little Italy” and took her to Ferrara Bakery & Cafe for dessert.  That same night, Michael unhesitatingly invited her out for a second date and, on date two, showed up with a single red rose.

Three and half years later, Michael asked Beth to marry him at Pier A in Hoboken and the plans for a vintage chic wedding were quickly underway. They found Shackamaxon Country Club to be the perfect setting for the celebration of their union.

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The venue

“We were initially drawn to Shackamaxon because of the food,” said Beth. “ Ome Catering’s menu looked amazing and we read great reviews. When we visited Shackamaxon in October we were struck by the beautiful grounds. The course was amazing and the foliage was breathtaking. We also loved the facilities, especially the ballroom with the huge dance-floor and the patio areas for cocktail hour.”

Ultimately, the service level of the staff at Shackamaxon swayed our venue in the couple’s favor. In her review of The Knot’s Wedding Channel, Beth commented “The staff was amazing from the start of the process through to our communications with them after the wedding.”  They were “flexible,” “thoughtful,” and made the day “seamless.”  The couple was happy to hear from guests that our staff even fielded international calls to make sure all dietary needs were taken care of.

On the day of the wedding, Beth and Michael were confident that they made the perfect choice.   “Our guests had a great time on the patio during the cocktail hour and dancing in the ballroom,” Beth wrote in her review. “We chose the place principally because we were excited about the menu and we were not disappointed. Everyone could not stop talking about how great the food was. The couple found the grounds to be just as beautiful in August as they were during their first visit in the autumn.  Beth’s review commented, “Our pictures on the grounds came out amazing.”

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The style

The couple’s cohesive wedding style was vintage chic, incorporating a blend of old and new.

The vintage look was captured in several elements of the wedding esthetics including Beth’s dress, which featured stones around the waist and skirt. She wore oversized drop crystal earrings and bracelet to accentuate the Old World feel. In addition, 30 framed photos from the weddings of the couple’s parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents adorned the cocktail area and ballroom to set off the vintage vibe.

The overall color palette was muted with grey groom’s party suits and lilac-colored dresses for the bridesmaids. These colors served as a fitting complement to Shackamaxon’s vibrant natural setting.  The Green Room florists created arrangements to match everything perfectly.  “My bouquet was made with white and ivory roses, ranunculus, freesia and gray brunia berries,” recalled Beth. “I had a broach from my maternal grandmother and an earring from my paternal grandmother clipped to my bouquet. My bridesmaids had pale lavender and pink roses, as well as gray brunia berries and dusty miller foliage.”

In order to honor the bride’s father, who passed away in 2011, the couple kicked-off the reception with the traditional Jewish Hora.  In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to cancer-related charities.  Beth’s Mom is from Ireland and, in place of the father-daughter dance, Beth and several members of the Irish side of her family performed an upbeat Irish jig that had the whole room clapping along.  And, of course, the couple made sure to honor Michael’s Italian heritage as well.  The couple told us that they were thrilled that Shackamaxon’s broad menu allowed them to include delicious food from their cultural backgrounds to further honor their heritage.

Beth and Michael celebrated their wedding day by incorporating the styles and traditions of the new extended family that was joined together. The vintage details celebrated both the past and present, adding both beauty and meaning to their big day.