{Real Weddings} Annie & Steve's Nostalgic Jersey Shore Wedding

Today we are featuring this beautiful couple's wedding, submitted to us by Ashley Bartoletti Photography. Annie & Steve's wedding is chalk full of Jersey Shore nostalgia, including the famous Asbury Park Boardwalk, and a revised Howard Johnson's!  

Everything was thoughtfully done and created, making their wedding a treat to view, and read through, as Annie shares with us all that went into the planning and executing of their beautiful wedding.

Please enjoy Annie & Steve's Nostalgic Jersey Shore wedding, by Ashley Bartoletti Photography:

My husband and I grew up on the jersey shore and love all the history that is there. After our families and friends weathered hurricane Sandy we knew we wanted our day to celebrate how and why the Jersey Shore area is so strong and something we love so much.

I did all the planning in Cary, NC for the wedding in Asbury Park, NJ on my own . My husband was amazing and helped with the graphic design for our reception cards, the menu, our wedding programs, and Steve and I made all our favors which were 91 jars of jalapeno jelly. This was a team effort!

The dress was my mother's, she wore it in 1975 and the dress fit me perfectly.  However, she got married in October and her dress had long sleeves, so i took the dress to Olga of Olga's Bridal and Formal Couture in Raleigh NC and she deconstructed and reconstructed a custom bodice for me putting a modern feel on a truly vintage gown.

Our ladies were all over the country and some in China, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for them, and with the current economy as affordable as possible, so I picked Davids Bridal with the idea that each girl could choose any dress that suited them best monetarily and for their body type.

I love sunflowers and even though I think of that more as a fall flower, I wanted hydrangea and white roses to offset the flowers making the bouquets summer ready light and fun.

Our programs were made to look like Broadway playbills. I grew up performing in community theater and the ceremony site was a beautiful theater.  Originally our ceremony was scheduled to be on the beach in Bradley beach NJ at the gazebo, however hurricane Sandy had other plans and left us stranded for a ceremony site. We found out it would not be rebuilt in time in January only 4 months before our wedding. We tried to book churches and other outdoor locations but they were full. 

Then we found the Jersey Shore Arts Center. We were excited to showcase the beauty, culture and history the shore had to offer when we chose the Jersey Shore Arts Center to be the site for our ceremony. We knew that Steve's grandfather had attended high school in this building and was the captain of the varsity football team in 1942. When we did the walk through, we mentioned Steve's grandfather and they told us about a room upstairs that is dedicated to the students who attended Neptune High School during the decade of the 1940's. The room was open the day of our wedding, and we invited family and friends to experience the family history and photos after the ceremony on the second floor. 

Our reception site was an old Howard Johnson's that had been re-purposed to be this beautiful supper club, Tim McCloone's Supper Club, and perfect location for our wedding reception. All of the items and places of importance in our wedding were enjoying a recycled life: an old Hojo's, a high school, grandparents jewelry, and the details were all so beautiful even on their second time around!

I scoured Craig's list for used decorations that could be re-purposed and made to be uniquely ours. I was lucky enough to find exactly that, bulk shells and naked lanterns that i touched up with ribbon to finish them and make them new for us. The vintage train case I found on Etsy, it was a 1950's train case and I designed all the embellishments to transform it into a card box . The coke bottle center pieces were dug up at an old antique store. 

The menu design was inspired by the actual HoJo's menu before it was renovated. The image on the front is the same room we had the reception only about 30 years earlier. The escort cards were designed to look like skeeball tickets for a well known, old time amusement park from the heyday of Asbury Park NJ. 

The all the love and thought that went into Annie & Steve's beautiful day! From the bride wearing her mother's gown, to the fact the arts center had been a high school in the 1940's that Steve's grandfather had attended at that time, the Howard Johnson's inspired menu & vintage "Jersey Shore" postcards, its perfect, and so well done! 

Our thanks to Annie for taking the time to sharing all these fantastic details and facts with us.  And a big thanks to Ashley Bartoletti Photography for sending Annie & Steve's wedding our way! 

Photographer: Ashley Bartoletti Photography//Ceremony Venue: Jersey Shore Arts Center//Reception Venue: Tim McCloone's Supper Club//Hair & Makeup: Spa Bella//Seamstress: Olga's Bridal and Formal Couture//Band: Philadelphia Funk Authority
Submitted via Two Bright Lights