Roaring Romance: Lisamarie & James' Gatsby-Inspired Wedding at Addison Park
- Author: Natali Grace Levine
- Wedding date: 05/07/2023
- City: New Jersey
Lisamarie and James' whirlwind romance took root seven years ago at a summer house in Belmar, New Jersey, igniting a bond unbreakable and profound. Their anniversary trip to Jamaica was laden with expectations of a proposal. Yet, it was their friend who popped the question, casting a shroud of mystery around James' intentions.
The suspense continued until one unsuspecting evening back home in Freehold, New Jersey. Lisamarie walked into 618 restaurant, expecting a casual dinner with parents, only to be swept off her feet by James' dazzling surprise proposal. With tears of joy, she exclaimed a heartfelt 'yes'. But the thrills didn't end there. Their closest loved ones, waiting downstairs, erupted in cheers to celebrate this joyous surprise. This thrilling chapter of their love story, from a summer house encounter to an unexpected proposal, reflects the invigorating journey of love always finding its way, often in the most exhilarating ways
From the start, Lisamarie and James' focus for their wedding was all about celebrating love with their family and friends. However, as they delved into the planning, a Roaring 20s theme resonated with them.
The couple gathered ideas from their friends, family, and clients. The inspiration they gleaned from these conversations transformed into a celebration reminiscent of a scene from "The Great Gatsby". The atmosphere was intoxicating with vibrant hues of gold and black, art deco patterns, and jazz music filling the air.
Lisamarie and James, embodying the 1920s elegance, stepped into their new chapter of life amidst laughter, dance, and the clinking of champagne glasses. Their unique, joyous, and timeless celebration turned out to be a perfect mirror to their love story.
The morning of Lisamarie and James' wedding was filled with personalized details. The wedding invitations, embodying the Roaring 20s theme, were masterfully designed by an Etsy artist.
Their ring selection journey reflected their unique tastes, with Lisamarie's custom black and white diamond ring adding a personal touch. Lisamarie also wore a sentimental piece of jewelry – earrings, a gift from her grandfather to her grandmother. Lastly, the rest of the wedding stationery, a mix of Etsy finds and Lisamarie's creativity, harmoniously completed the theme of their special day.
Lisamarie's bridal preparations were a blend of unique elements. Her dress, custom-designed by NYC Couture Boutique in Astoria, Queens, was chosen effortlessly.
The getting ready photoshoot occurred at their venue, Addison Park, and included her bridesmaids, mother, mother of the groom, and grandmother. Lisamarie complemented her bridal look with a veil, headpiece, shoes, and a unique black floral arrangement from Etsy.
Her bridesmaids' dresses were the creations of Bella Bridesmaids, tying in perfectly with the overall elegance of their 20s-themed celebration.
James, the groom, looked dashing in his tuxedo designed by Suit Supply, fitting perfectly into the theme of their 20s-inspired wedding.
His getting-ready photoshoot took place at the Mariott Courtyard Edison/Woodbridge, capturing the essence of his anticipation and joy. He was surrounded by his groomsmen, his father, the father of the bride, and the bride's brothers, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and excitement. This band of important men in his life shared in the significance of the day, making his preparation time both special and memorable.
The first look took place on the grand staircase at Addison Park, setting a dramatic and romantic backdrop for this unforgettable moment.
When James first laid his eyes on Lisamarie, he was rendered speechless, utterly captivated by her beauty and the realization of the monumental occasion. The sight of her walking down the staircase towards him marked the beginning of their lifelong journey together.
On the other hand, Lisamarie was a bundle of emotions. Her heart was pounding with excitement and nerves, a whirlwind of feelings that encapsulated the significance of the day. Despite the nerves, her anticipation to begin her forever with James was evident in her glowing smile. This first look was a true reflection of their journey, filled with love, excitement, and a dash of nervous anticipation.
The ceremony took place at Addison Park, a venue that was now familiar and had become a character in their love story. As Lisamarie gracefully walked down the aisle, the soulful strains of "Forever" by Labrinth from Euphoria filled the air, encapsulating the emotions of the moment.
The role of the flower girl was sweetly carried out by James's niece, who sprinkled petals along the aisle. Following her, bearing the symbols of their commitment – the rings, was James's nephew, their chosen ring bearer.
“A key moment I will forever remember will be James’s vows to me.. I didn’t think he had it in him but he sure did!”
The color palette of Lisamarie and James's wedding was an elegant combination of black and white. This classic duo echoed throughout the venue and every detail of the decor, creating a harmonious visual continuity that further accentuated their Roaring 20s theme.
In line with the personalized touches that marked their special day, the couple had a custom-made arch. This beautiful addition was crafted with love by Lisamarie's father and brother, adding a familial and heartwarming touch to the celebration.
As for the venue, Addison Park, it was a local find. The couple stumbled upon it, and just like their love story, it was love at first sight. The venue had everything they were looking for – it was close to home, and its beauty and charm resonated with them, making it the perfect place for their big day.
For their first dance as husband and wife, Lisamarie and James chose "Forever Ever and Always" by Ryan Mack. This song, encapsulating their love and commitment, provided the perfect soundtrack as they swayed together, marking the beginning of their journey in this new chapter of their lives.