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A Casual Wedding in Old Bridge, NJ

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Lisa & John in Old Bridge, NJ
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The bridesmaids carried bright bouquets of red, coral, and orange ranunculus. The matron of honor’s blooms stood out with bursts of green mini hydrangeas.
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The groomsmen wore orange-and-black argyle knee socks (John’s were ivory and black) as a wacky nod to the bride’s time spent in Glasgow during graduate school.
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An assortment of red, honeydew green, coral, and orange ribbons bound the homemade programs. The first page featured a lyric from the band Sigur Rós, which was also included in the couples’ vows. On the last page, Lisa and John dedicated the altar arrangements to their late grandfathers.
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The ceremony site would not allow guests to toss anything as the couple exited, so Lisa hand-dyed and screen-printed 150 flags with the word “YAY!” for them to wave and take home as keepsakes.
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Guests sipped on “Lisatinis” (Chambord, pineapple juice, and vodka) and “Johnitos” (a traditional mojito) during the cocktail hour. Each drink came with stirrers printed with the couple’s names, logo, and wedding date.
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Handmade crepe paper poppies in eight different colors were “planted” in three flats of wheat grass. A paper ribbon tied around each stem was printed with guests’ names and table assignments.
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Ten versions of cocktail napkins were printed with a fun fact about the couple or a detail of their wedding planning.
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An extra-tall tier gave room for fresh white tulips. The yellow cake was covered in ivory fondant, had a key lime filling, and was finished off with a topper designed by the bride.
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Guests took home jelly beans in assorted colors that matched the wedding palette. The clear acrylic boxes were adorned with a label that read, “Thanks for BEAN here with us!”
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Lisa & John in Old Bridge, NJ

Lisa and John met briefly at a mutual friend’s birthday party. A few months later, they bonded at a New Year’s Eve over a love of Pulp Fiction. Their first date happened accidentally: John invited a handful of friends to see a movie but only Lisa was free to join him. The Bride Lisa Gadaleta, 29, a graphic designer The Groom John Bihuniak, 27, a distribution supervisor The Date May 9 Almost three years later, they returned to that same theater and John asked Lisa to take a seat on a nearby bench. He leaned in toward her (she thought he was going in for a kiss on the cheek!), reached into his pocket for a princess-cut diamond ring and proposed.
- Mallory Gelert
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