A Classic and Romantic Wedding at Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Sweet romance with subtle fairy-tale stylistic details ran throughout Erin Miller (28 and a middle-school teacher and freelance writer) and Christophe

Sweet romance with subtle fairy-tale stylistic details ran throughout Erin Miller (28 and a middle-school teacher and freelance writer) and Christopher Celletti's (28 and an associate editor) fall wedding. The couple met in eighth grade and maintained a close friendship all through high school before finally making it official sophomore year of college. They chose their venue in order to keep the entire celebration on the same site, "We have a large family that love to party, so the concept of having everyone under one roof for the entire weekend was so exciting to us," Erin says. Through warm wine and gold hues, the ballroom of Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was transformed into an elegant ceremony and a gilded reception with romantic touches of purple. "I’ve grown up loving fairy tales, but I didn’t want our wedding to scream that, or to be too fluffy, so we opted for what we called 'MidFall Night's Dream,' ” Erin says. Twinkling string lights, mercury glass and gold vases accented the room, which was flooded with warm light, adding a golden hue to the ivory reception tablecloths paired with lustrous gold dinnerware. "We wanted our reception to look and feel like one huge party but be beautiful too," she says. "We had candles everywhere and mercury-glass votives in silver and gold." Erin's dress ended up being the first one she tried on, despite her original hesitations about the off-white, ivory color. "I tried on many others, but I kept going back to it," she says. As for her accessories, Erin even kept on her lace veil for her first few dances because she loved it so much. As for the groom, Chris donned a custom Indochino suit and socks decorated with Henrik Lundqvist's photo, in honor of his love for the New York Rangers. —Allie Volpe

Drolet Paperie created a gold letterpress design for the invitation suite. "I wanted classic foil letterpress—there’s something so romantic and official about it," Erin says.
Ceremony decor featured large white vases bursting with green hydrangeas, deep purple petals, ivory blooms, greenery and whimsical branches. The aisle was lined with champagne and blush rose petals and accented with white candles.
The custom-made ceremony aisle runner from Starry Night Designs featured Erin and Christopher's initials in gold script.
Erin’s engagement ring features a center pear-cut diamond from her grandmother. Chris worked with jeweler Norman Landsberg to place it in a unique setting. For wedding bands, Chris wanted a simple design, while Erin opted for a half-eternity band to complement the engagement ring.
Each bridesmaid wore a flowing floor-length dress from BHLDN in varying shades of deep purple, blush and ivory. "At first everyone I told thought different colors were crazy," Erin says, "but it was one of the best decisions I made throughout wedding planning."
At the base of Erin's bridal bouquet were photo charms featuring images of her late grandparents "as a way to have them with me on my walk down the aisle. It was perfect," she says.
Bridesmaids carried small bouquets of white, ivory and champagne roses, mini green hydrangeas, dahlias and green foliage.
Reception centerpieces alternated between high and low arrangements with the latter featuring a long display of ivory, blush and pink florals and greenery paired with floating votive candles in clear glass vases.
In order to dance comfortably all night, Erin opted for glittery Kate Spade sneakers as her bridal footwear. "I’m 5-10 and so is Chris, so I didn’t want to be taller than him on our wedding day. I’m so happy with that decision. Plus, growing up, 'Father of the Bride' was one of my favorite movies and it was a bit of a tribute to that," she says.
The taller of the two centerpiece options featured a lush arrangement of green, pink and ivory florals in gold vases paired with votive candles in mercury glass.
The white buttercream-frosted cake featured alternating layers of cannoli and cookies and cream. The "happily ever after" cake topper played into the subtle fairy-tale theme, complemented by the deep wine floral accents.