A Garden-Inspired Wedding at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, New Jersey

Alexandra Rice (26 and a speech-language pathologist) and Thomas Dalton (28 and a captain in the US Army) pulled of a classic summer affair with garde

Alexandra Rice (26 and a speech-language pathologist) and Thomas Dalton (28 and a captain in the US Army) pulled of a classic summer affair with garden-inspired flair for their July 4 weekend wedding in Gladstone, New Jersey. “It was important to us that we got married in a place that fit our personalities,” Alexandra says. Having grown up in and spending summers in the Garden State, New Jersey seemed like the perfect spot to say their “I dos.” With its lush greenery, traditional gardens and sense of understated elegance, Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, New Jersey, offered the perfect backdrop for the fete. “Tom loves to golf and was excited about the idea of having the golf course as a backdrop for the day and enjoying quality time with his groomsmen and family on the course the day of the rehearsal festivities,” Alexandra says. After a traditional ceremony at a nearby church, Alexandra and Thomas and their wedding party hopped aboard a trolley and headed to the reception. A soft palette of blush, ivory, pale gray and green paired with bouquets of lush, full blooms and mercury-glass accents infused the expansive reception tent with a refined, garden-party-inspired vibe. Paying tribute to the locale and the holiday weekend, the couple wove in festive touches throughout, including a Star Spangled Smash cocktail, sweets and snacks from their favorite local spots and Stars and Stripes-themed attire donned by groomsmen. The postdinner dance party was one of the evening’s highlights, with the Sultans of Swing keeping guests on to the dance floor with their lively set list. A tip from Alexandra: “Don’t sweat the small stuff. Try to remind yourself what the day is truly about and that all the pieces will fall into place. Take a moment to soak everything up and enjoy having all the people you love in one room together for the first time.” —Libby MacCarthy

Alexandra and Thomas worked with Anticipate Invitations to create a custom invitation suite that captured the elegant, garden-inspired feel they were after. Gold letterpress script and classic ivory card stock gave the stationery a refined, traditional feel, while a custom floral motif infused the suite with a note of whimsy.
The couple’s garden theme was in full swing for the reception, with the florists at Rye Workshop creating striking arrangements of full, fragrant blooms to adorn the elegant interiors of Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, New Jersey. As guests entered the venue, they were greeted by an opulent garland laced with eucalyptus, garden roses and ivy adorning the stately staircase.
Adding an unconventional yet festive touch to their traditional wedding day duds, Thomas and his groomsmen sported American-flag-inspired shirts under their service uniforms and tuxedos, which were revealed to guests during the reception.
Rye Workshop took the lead on all the wedding’s flowers, creating loosely tied arrangements of full garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, greenery and astilbes for Alexandra’s 10 bridesmaids to carry down the aisle.
When it came to choosing a dress for her 10 bridesmaids, Alexandra knew she wanted a long ethereal style in a soft shade of gray. She found the perfect fit at Jenny Yoo in New York City, which the girls glammed up with belts, loose romantic hairstyles and understated drop earrings.
As members of the Army, Thomas and five of his groomsmen wore their Class A uniforms for their walk down the aisle, which they jazzed up with American-flag-printed dress shirts. The remaining three groomsmen wore navy blue tuxedos with their own cuff links and red, white and blue suspenders.
Alexandra and Thomas gathered their guests at nearby Our Lady of Perpetual Help for a traditional Catholic ceremony. Allowing the church’s architectural features to take center stage, Alexandra and Thomas decided to forgo the extras. “We let the church’s beauty speak for itself,” Alexandra says. “The ceiling had wooden beams and was painted blue with gold stars. My mom did, however, surprise me with fresh greenery tied with white ribbon on some of the pews. It looked lovely.”
After exchanging vows at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the newlyweds and their wedding party hopped aboard old-school trolleys, which shuttled them to the Hamilton Farm Golf Course in Gladstone, New Jersey, for the reception. Keeping with the subtle Fourth of July theme, the couple and their wedding party popped on American-flag-printed shades.
After exiting the church, Alexandra and Thomas passed through a traditional saber arch. “As we approached the end of the arch, Tom kissed and dipped me in what made a perfect picture. After the kiss, we walked directly onto the trolley and headed to the reception,” Alexandra says.
Alexandra and Thomas let no detail go unnoticed. For cocktail hour, elements such as printed cocktail napkins and signature sips such like the Star Spangled Smash set a playful tone for the evening’s festivities.
Before heading inside to the reception, guests stopped at the couple’s lush escort card display, where hand-lettered cards tucked into petite green envelopes  helped everyone find their seats.
Dinner and dancing unfolded under a spacious tent overlooking the golf course, with panels of ethereal fabric giving the space a sense of whimsy and romance. Weaving in the evening’s garden theme, Rye Workshop draped the classic chandeliers with ivy and bright pink blooms.
Rye Workshop created two different centerpieces for the reception, a mix of small and large floral arrangements featuring blush, pink, white and ivory blooms styled alongside candlesticks, and mercury-glass votives that popped against a sea of refined white linens.
After dinner, Alexandra and Thomas treated their guests to a spread of desserts. Honey lemon cake with blood orange Italian buttercream and hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting gave guests their wedding cake fix, while miniature pies and root beer float shooters were also offered.
In celebration of the Fourth of July, Alexandra and Thomas treated their guests to chocolate covered pretzel sticks trimmed in ] red, white and blue sprinkles. The individually wrapped sweets were adorned with custom labels and white ribbons for a personalized feel.