A Fun, Colorful Wedding at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey

rn                                        Talk about putting guests first! Everything about Michelle Nolan (27 and a technology consultant) and Bradle

rn Talk about putting guests first! Everything about Michelle Nolan (27 and a technology consultant) and Bradley Nolan’s (27 and a broadcaster) fall celebration at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey, had their family and friends in mind. “While our wedding day was about us, it was also about all of those who loved, supported and helped us become who we are today,” Michelle says. After a traditional ceremony complete with readings and services by loved ones, everyone went to the Crystal Plaza for an elaborate reception. Jaye Kogut Photography captured every detail, as a cigar roller made the guests favors to order and Flowers By Connie Reimer accented every place setting with a colorful rose-filled centerpiece. If that wasn’t enough, they had a "Venetian Hour" filled with sweets and take-home boxes. (Don’t miss the doughnut wall and bright rose-covered cake.) Catch these details and a surprise guest from Brad’s alma mater, below.

Monogrammed Wine-Colored Invitation Suite
Michelle and Brad’s wanted a dramatic wedding, and that definitely came out in the bridesmaid looks. The women wore chic wine-colored mermaid-style dresses by Jim Hjelm Occasions with strapless sweetheart necklines. Her maid of honor (and sister) took on a slightly different look with a black mermaid-style dress by Watters. Matching bright bouquets from Flowers by Connie Reimer tied everything together with orange roses and classic white hydrangeas.
Now this bouquet looks like a rainbow! Michelle had her favorite white hydrangeas paired with wine-colored calla lilies, yellow spray roses, mini green hydrangeas and tons of roses in red, orange and pink. To make it even more personal, each stem was gathered in a rosary from her godfather’s late wife.
For Brad’s groomsmen, they chose something that was formal and fun. Each looked  handsome in a classic black tuxedo with a white shirt, bold wine-colored vest and matching tie.
Since Brad’s alma mater is Seton Hall University, and and Michelle wanted to take advantage of the school’s gorgeous chapel. The church's Gothic vaulted ceilings and elaborate artistry served as their main decor. Michelle and Brad highlighted the space with only a few bunches of baby’s breath along the aisle and two arrangements by the altar.
Short, Elbow-Length White Veil
Colorful Rose Escort Card Display
While the American Wedding designed chic invitations in Michelle and Brad's wine wedding color, they wanted to add a personal touch to the rest of their stationery. Her maid of honor and sister, Alex, took inspiration from the invitations and did everything else—including these escort cards. Each one mimicked the invitations with a wine-colored font and a vine print in the background.
“We picked red wine as our primary color, but couldn’t choose a second or third color - so we thought, Why not use them all?” Michelle says. Their centerpiece did just that and brought out every hue! Each family-style table was accented with this tall silver candelabra topped with flowers. Orange, red, pink and ivory roses as well as purple delphiniums, yellow spray roses, white hydrangeas and mini green hydrangeas all decorated the elegant stands.
Elegant Gold Chiavari Chairs Under Pink Uplighting
Michelle and Brad had a station for hand-rolled cigars and cognac, and it was a hit with their guests. Each cigar was made right in front of their friends and family members before they were dipped in cognac.
During the Venetian hour, every spot was filled with sweets. On top of a station filled with Nutella goodies, Michelle and Brad had a chocolate fountain, ice cream and a doughnut wall. Chocolate and glazed treats were conveniently placed by custom-labeled to-go boxes for guests with an extra-large sweet tooth.
Their cake was Michelle’s favorite part. “I thought it was too pretty to cut,” she says. They made sure the four-tier confection was dripping with flowers to match the centerpieces. Cascading orange, red, pink and white roses touched every tier, and the base was surrounded with petals. If that wasn’t enough, a neutral ribbon and a bold fondant design circled every tier.
After getting married at Seton Hall University's chapel, it was only fitting that they brought the school's mascot to their reception, at Crystal Plaza in Livingston, New Jersey. The pirate made a grand, surprise entrance before he posed with Michelle and Brad.