A Classic Blue and White Wedding at Bay Head Yacht Club in Bay Head, New Jersey

Erin Smith (32 and a product developer) and David Perini's (38 and an executive sous chef) wedding proves that a soft and romantic celebration doesn't

Erin Smith (32 and a product developer) and David Perini's (38 and an executive sous chef) wedding proves that a soft and romantic celebration doesn't have to come in blush. They put their own spin on the style with blue and white hand-painted florals, 3-D signage and live entertainment at Bay Head Yacht Club in Bay Head, New Jersey. It started with the flowers on their stationery. Using a Pinterest bouquet as inspiration, Behold Designz made every card or sign with an illustration of tulips, ranunculus, daisies and olive branches. The reception tables followed suit with matching floral centerpieces on alternating navy and white linens. Standout signs spelling "love," "just married" and "Mr." or "Mrs." captured the same calligraphy font as their white and gold cards. The sweet tokens expressed the couple's love throughout the room, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests. David expanded on this and even took the time to serenade everyone with a surprise song on the piano, "Jersey Girl." "It was his way of saying that as a born New Yorker, he fell in love with a Jersey girl," Erin says. Tina Jay Photography captured this and many more memories of their day, including a visit from the ice cream truck. "I chose our look as a reflection of David and me," Erin says. "We kept things simple and classic.”

Keeping with their simple and classic inspiration, the couple worked with Etsy designer Behold Designz to paint all their custom stationery, including this welcome sign. A garland of pink and white ranunculus as well as greenery from Something Nice Floral Designs highlighted every pink and blue floral detail on the accent.
Each bridesmaid brought the couple’s blue wedding color to new heights with a chic floor-length Jenny Yoo dress. The convertible gown gave each woman the opportunity to show off her personality with a different-style neckline against the classic, pleated skirt. For an even more customized look, each woman also chose her own hairstyle, jewelry and shoes.
Erin loves the combination of hydrangeas, peonies and ranunculus, so she worked with Something Nice Floral Designs to design a timeless bouquet with her favorite flowers. Silver brunia, blush peonies, dusty miller, blue sea holly, hydrangeas, white and blue anemones and white and blush ranunculus all filled her bouquet within a white satin wrap.
Although he wore the same black Joseph Abboud tuxedo as his groomsmen, David made sure to stand out with a few details. He showed off his "Star Wars" fandom with a pair of Stormtrooper-inspired cuff links. He also switched out the groomsmen’s black bow ties for a black-and-white polka-dot accent.
Etsy shop Behold Designz made all the stationery based on Erin’s favorite white and blue bouquet. A chic illustration of olive branches, blue and white tulips, blue anemones and other summer florals marked each card, setting the tone for their all-blue and white wedding.
Having grown up by the Jersey Shore, Erin knew she wanted to have their wedding nearby. She and David found the ideal spot to have their traditional ceremony: St. Catharine Church. “My parents got married at St. Catharine’s 38 years ago, so it was a sentimental and meaningful place for us,” Erin says. They left the church almost exactly as it was, with just the ornate stained glass windows and a few arrangements along the altar as decor.
Erin and David looked nothing short of classic as they ended the recessional at St. Catharine Church. She held his hand in a white A-line dress from Mustillo's Bridal Boutique. Designed by Jim Hjelm, the look had lace detailing along the bodice and a grand organza skirt that matched her cathedral-length veil. “My makeup was natural and reflective of what I wear every day, just slightly more special,” she says. David sported a dapper, formal tuxedo and fun polka-dot bow tie, giving his look a personal touch.
After they said “I do” in the same church as her parents, Erin and David celebrated with a festive exit. Guests surrounded the couple with cheers and blush ribbon wands as they walked down the stairs together. Each accent also brought out their romantic wedding color.
The couple also designed a natural display for the  fireplace at Bay Head Yacht Club in Bay Head, New Jersey. Two gold "just married" signs highlighted the wall while matching gold, teal and silver votive candles lined the mantel. A garland of greenery and pink ranunculus stood out behind the accents for a natural touch.
After snapping pictures in the photo booth and grabbing a few sweets from Erin and David’s ice cream truck, guests stopped to sign the couple’s guest book. Instead of a formal booklet, the couple personalized their keepsake with a blue illustration of New Jersey and a small heart in their pink wedding color.
Their reception entrance table truly looked like spring. Erin and David marked rows of hand-painted floral escort cards with a bright arrangement of white hydrangeas, pink peonies, dusty miller, blue sea holly and silver brunia. A 3-D wooden “love” sign also accented the arrangement with a sweet touch.
Designed by Behold Designz, Erin and David's place cards featured the same illustration as the couple’s invitations and wedding signs. A hand-painted emblem of white daisies, blue tulips, greenery and white tulips marked the corner of each one. Their guest names and table numbers stood out in a navy font.
Every detail at Bay Head Yacht Club in Bay Head, New Jersey, fit Erin and David's color scheme to a T. Navy and white linens alternated among every table. Navy cushions also marked each chiavari guest chair. For an added, bright touch, the couple even chose white hydrangea centerpieces with pink peonies, dusty miller and blue sea holly accents.
The couple left their guests with more than one “thank you” at the reception. On top of a sweet calligraphy note on every navy napkin, Erin and David sent friends and family members home with treats inside a matching bag. “We chose Mueller’s Bakery crumb cake as the favors because we both love this breakfast treat and it’s truly the best crumb cake around,” Erin says.
Erin and David's centerpieces even matched the bridesmaid bouquets. Something Nice Floral Designs accented the silver pedestal vases with white hydrangeas, pink peonies, lamb’s ears, greenery and blue sea holly. Each overflowing arrangement was placed behind a gold 3-D table number. “The table numbers were wood-block numbers that my dad spray-painted gold,” Erin says.
With dozens of dark chiavari chairs across their reception, the couple wanted to make sure their seating stood out. They found gold calligraphy-style signs on Etsy with 3-D cutouts of  “Mr.” and “Mrs.” The accents even matched the gold glitter frames around their wedding signs.
“David surprised me by playing the piano and singing 'Jersey Girl,' which is one of my favorites,” Erin says. “It was his way of saying that as a born New Yorker, he fell in love with a Jersey girl. David is a very talented pianist. It really was a wonderful surprise and absolutely made me fall in love with him more.”
While they wanted a simple wedding cake, Erin and David got creative with choosing the cake topper. They covered its three tiers of vanilla buttercream frosting, white cake and chocolate filling with bunches of romantic flowers. Blue and white anemones, blush ranunculus, blue sea holly and white ranunculus decorated the smallest tier around their wooden Han Solo and Princess Leia figurines. “It was a nod toward David’s love for the 'Star Wars' movies,” Erin says.
Before the night was over, Erin and David surprised every guest with a visit from Hoffman’s Ice Cream truck! “We both love ice cream and were so happy we could incorporate it in this way,” Erin says. "We had a signature 'Smerini Twist' (a play on our last names) that was a vanilla and chocolate twist with rainbow sprinkles and whipped cream. He loves vanilla and I love chocolate.”
Their formal wedding party sported a dramatic color contrast of black and blue. Each bridesmaid wore a chic blue Jenny Yoo dress with her favorite neckline. Their white anemone and hydrangea bouquets only made them stand out even more. The couple’s groomsmen stood beside them in dapper black Joseph Abboud tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse. Each attendant added a matching black bow tie and white pocket square to his look, while David distinguished himself with a polka-dot bow tie.