The River House at Rumson Country Club Wedding :: New Jersey Wedding Photographer
The River House at Rumson Country Club Wedding Vendors:
New Jersey Wedding Photographer: Susan Elizabeth Photography
Venue: The River House at Rumson Country Club
Videographer: NJ Videography
Entertainment: The Ever-After Band
Florist: Boxwood Gardens
Hair & Makeup: Boho Hair Salon
Wedding Gown: Adriennes Since 1950
Bridesmaids Gowns: Belle Bridals
Bridal Shoes: Nina Shoes
Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse by Calvin Klein
Photo Booth: Sounds to go DJs
Favors: Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe
Etsy Shops: (Veil) Noon on the Moon
Bakery: Ye Olde Pie Shoppe
Calligrapher/Signs: DIY by Nick’s sister, Rachel Mazza
Photographed by : Susan Elizabeth and Ashley
How did you meet?
Officially, our story began in May 2012, although it could have been much earlier. There were more than a few opportunities. We grew up only two miles apart, were both active in sports, attended rival high schools, and went to Penn State as undergrads. We must’ve crossed paths during that time, only to just miss each other. (Although, the earliest, verifiable date where we were in the same place at the same time is February 22, 2011, listening to Herman Boone speak in the Eisenhower Auditorium at Penn State.) Thankfully, we didn’t miss each other on May 12, 2012. Nick’s mom was getting married, and Kelly was there as best friend to Nick’s soon-to-be step-sister, Alyssa. We “met on the dance floor,” which isn’t all that unusual, but we danced a waltz, which certainly is all that unusual (mostly because Nick had taken a few ballroom dancing lessons at Penn State, and the waltz was the only dance he was not downright awful at performing). Since then we’ve spent as much time together as we can—loving every minute of it. We’re so thankful for our loved ones here and in heaven for the role they played in bringing us together.
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, we stopped at Nick’s mom’s house. We were headed to a friend’s party afterwards (or so I thought). As Nick got ready, I went outside to play with Tyson, the family dog. After a few minutes, Nick asked his mom where his sister was. Donna said that Rachel was down by the creek taking photos of deer that had passed through the backyard. With this news, Nick suggested we say goodbye before heading out. Although I expressed my worry that we’d ruin her photos, Nick insisted we go towards the creek. He took my hand and we headed down the hill in the backyard and into the woods, slowly and quietly.
We found Rachel and after talking about the deer that had run off, Nick asked if I wanted to go on the fallen tree that lay across the creek. Without thinking twice, I said, “of course.” Nick helped me up then began singing, “I’ve Had the Time of my Life.” Naturally, we both started dancing as Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey do in Dirty Dancing (still, I had no idea what was happening as singing/dancing spontaneously is pretty normal for us).
Suddenly, Nick shared that he had something in his pocket and stopped dancing. Afraid he was about to drop his phone, I told him to be careful (I was clueless). With a look of determination, Nick slowly knelt down on one knee and pulled out a white box. His eyes then gazed up at me and he said, “I’m so happy, so lucky, and so in love with you, Kelly. And I’m so excited to finally be able to ask, will you marry me?” I shrieked, “Is this for real?” While my heart beat fast through my chest, I looked at Nick again for confirmation, and said a resounding, “YES!” We kissed, hugged, and he told me to look to my left. The whole time Rachel had been taking photos of us! It was already the happiest moment of my life and it got even sweeter when I learned that my family was on their way to celebrate.
Why did you pick your venue?
Originally we were scheduled to get married at Edel Haus Farm, a beautiful barn and alpaca farm in Wall in May of 2018, but after the farm was no longer allowed to host weddings, we decided that the Riverhouse at the Rumson Country Club had the exact rustic, yet chic charm we were looking!
Tell us about all the details of the wedding!
Ah, where to begin! Well, overall, there was so much thought that went into our wedding and with the help of some amazing family, friends, and vendors our wedding was more gorgeous and more meaningful than we could have ever imagined. From the decor to the heartfelt speeches and guests on the dance floor all night long–our vision and dreams came to life. It was a team effort which we’ll forever be grateful for and forever cherish all the memories. For more details – check out the beautiful photos. The pictures really do say a thousand words and no-one has time to write or read all that 🙂
Favorite moment of the day?
What a tough question..
- My Dad turning to sarcastically tell me “You’re doing great” as he walked me down the aisle. Until that moment I was crying uncontrollably and although they were happy tears, I am thankful his words brought a huge smile to my face.
- My three brothers walking my mom down the aisle, one at a time until they reached the next brother
- Nick and I not being able to get our wedding bands on each other’s swollen ring fingers (still makes me laugh).
- Looking up at my younger cousin Shannon as she sang the Ave Maria during our ceremony.
- My godfather, Uncle John, dancing on his back on the floor to “Shout.”
- Standing at the alter before the ceremony, seeing all of our friends and family together, and anxiously awaiting Kelly’s walk down the aisle.
- The trolley ride from the ceremony to the reception; finally able to relax, Kelly and I were finally together, the sun came out and blue skies with it–it was perfect.
- Being with Kelly on the dance floor, where we first met more than 6 years before.
Where are you going on your honeymoon?
Nick and I are headed to Italy this May where we will be flying into Milan then stopping at Bellagio, Venice, Tuscany, Rome, and Positano!
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