Sweet New Jersey Backyard Wedding: Amanda + Alex

New Jersey wedding

We’re totally suckers for a sweet backyard wedding, and if we were to throw one ourselves right now, it might look something like Amanda + Alex’s charming homespun New Jersey nuptials. For these cuties, as much focus was placed on their guests as was on the two of them. And that turned their day into a celebration filled with so much love + meaning, it couldn’t not be a total success. Let’s hear a little bit more about all that from Amanda:

The most important focus for us was to make the day about our family and friends. My cousin married us and together with his wife, we all wrote our ceremony. My father started making wine a few years ago and bottled it for our favors. We had wedding pictures of our parents and grandparents throughout the space, as well as, special moments that belonged to our family. In terms of design, we wanted to bridge the whimsy that stems from vintage pieces with the pure, natural setting of the outdoors. We did not want to be too serious, but we did want to make sure our guests felt like they were celebrating the most special day of our lives.

Big thanks to Jessica OH Photography for sharing these gorgeous images from Amanda + Alex’s day with us! And fun news for GWS readers who are currently looking for a photographer to capture their wedding! Book Jessica for a wedding and mention you found her on GWS and you will receive a $500 discount on your wedding package! :)

wooded antler invitation

dress in the woods

bouquet on suitcases

Lovin’ the guys in their suspenders + bow ties!


bunting and vintage doors

bunting and vintage doors

New Jersey ceremony

New Jersey ceremony

New Jersey ceremony

New Jersey ceremony

New Jersey ceremony

Processional: Stoned Me – Van Morrison

Recessional: International Players Anthem – UGK (Instrumental)

First Dance: You and Me – Penny and the Quarters

New Jersey ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

And we’re absolutely swooning over Amanda’s unique Sarah Janks dress + her ‘maids decked out in their mismatched Adriana Papell!

maxi dress bridesmaids


tent wedding

texture layered tablecloths

vintage lanterns

wooden reception tables

moss table decor

rustic wooded tablescapes

These vintage-meets-woodland tablescapes are our fave! With natural elements like moss, pinecones, and branches, paired with thrift store finds + family heirlooms, it wouldn’t be too hard to achieve a similar look, which we think would be perfect for fall + winter weddings!

rustic wooded tablescapes

rustic wooded tablescapes


first dance

Do what makes you, as a couple, happy. Make choices that are representative of your life together. You will never forget this day - do YOU!

photography: Jessica OH Photography // venue: The bride’s childhood home in Kinnelon, New Jersey // event design + vintage rentals: Laurie Hudson and Matthew Halbert, stlaurie326@hotmail.com // event planner: Dara Castiglione, The Fruited Plain // floral design: Barbara Cotton – Barbarajeanflowers@yahoo.com // wedding dress: Sarah Janks // shoes: Chinese Laundry // bridesmaid dresses: Adriana Papell // hair + makeup: Kerri Lynn Mucci – kerr1234@gmail.com // groom suit: Topman // paper goods: Minted // catering: The Fruited Plain // cake: Nare Hamalian, Extraordinary Cakes – extraordinarecakes@gmail.com // music: DJ Jack Navin

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