A Nautical Wedding at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, New Jersey

Enamored of the marina and waterfront space at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, New Jersey, Pam Lipnicky (28 and a regional consultant) and Sean Hal

Enamored of the marina and waterfront space at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, New Jersey, Pam Lipnicky (28 and a regional consultant) and Sean Halayko (28 and an account manager) used the venue as inspiration for their nautical wedding. Every detail, from the natural ceremony decor to the groomsmen suits and centerpieces, put a chic twist on the sea-worthy theme. Guests took in a clear view of the Navesink River marina as they walked into Pam and Sean’s natural ceremony. Thick garlands of eucalyptus along the back rows of guest chairs and a matching birchwood wedding arch created a light and airy atmosphere. This way, the location itself served as the focal point. Sean and his groomsmen further captured the nautical theme as they started the processional in blue and white. Dressed in blue Calvin Klein suits, matching ties and white shirts, they highlighted the river’s cool blue water as well as the matching blue and white ribbons on every arrangement. After the couple said “I do,” their reception took things to a new level. Blue-and-white-striped runners lined every table below rope-wrapped arrangements of yellow and white flowers. A clear-glass vase filled with candlelight and surrounded by rope also resembled lanterns on a few tables. Mikkel Paige Photography caught every yellow, white and blue detail, and the images make us want to charter a nautical adventure.

Pam did a ton of research to ensure their invitation set the day's tone and found this suite on Zazzle.com. Origami Prints designed each one with just navy and white accents and a striped border. “We added our own touch to the invitations by tying a knot around them with hemp rope and mailing them with a nautical-themed Edward Hopper 'The Long Leg' postage stamp painting of sailboat,” Pam says. Their monogram and calligraphy addresses also fit the color scheme with a matching navy font or backdrop.
Their wedding party looks put a soft, modern twist on the couple’s nautical theme. Each bridesmaid wore a floor-length pale yellow dress by Bari Jay with her favorite neckline and hairstyle. Their white-and-blue-striped bouquet wraps hinted at the day’s motif. The couple’s groomsmen, however, took a more literal approach. Each man donned blue and white apparel, including a blue Calvin Klein suit, white monogramed shirt and matching blue tie.
While they wanted an aisle covered in flower petals and hanging arrangements, the day’s strong winds forced Pam and Sean to choose a simpler design. Twisted Willow Flowers lined the ceremony with mason jars of yellow delphiniums, white veronica, greenery and white lisianthus held by shepherd’s hooks. Each one brought out the theme with a striped navy and white ribbon along the top.
The flower girl was covered in blooms! Pam's niece match her white David’s Bridal dress with a pomander of flowers, and also wore similar blooms on her head. Designed by Twisted Willow Flowers, the sweet flower crown included blueberries, white carnations, yellow stock flowers, baby’s breath and greenery. (Now that’s a fresh way to include a color scheme!)
“We liked that the Molly Pitcher Inn was close to where we lived and had a gorgeous outdoor area for our ceremony,” Pam says. “The view from the promenade is breathtaking.” Together, they kept the decor simple, so everyone could enjoy the waterfront setting. Garlands of eucalyptus covered the back row of folding chairs while matching natural decor highlighted the aisle and arch from Twisted Willow Flowers.
Her bridesmaids held mini versions of Pam’s arrangement during the ceremony. Twisted Willow Flowers crafted each one with yellow roses, pale yellow delphiniums, white hydrangeas, white lisianthus, eucalyptus and more greenery gathered in a nautical wrap. Each stem matched the woman’s classic yellow dress with a pop of natural flair.
Looking for something casual and comfortable, Pam went shopping with her mother and found her dress in just one night. She sported a classic ivory Justin Alexander dress from Castle Couture. The mermaid-style skirt flared from her knees, creating a chic silhouette during the outdoor processional. “I fell in love with the buttons going down the back and the chapel-length train,” Pam says. “It made me feel like a classic bride.”
“The day we decided to have the Molly Pitcher Inn as our venue, we stepped outside on the promenade and were stunned by the beauty of all the boats on the river,” Pam says. She and Sean were surrounded by the same view, as they shared their first kiss. Highlighting the location, they chose only natural decor. A chic garland-wrapped birchwood arch marked the ceremony space.
Sean’s boutonniere brought out their nautical theme with a natural touch. Wrapped in white-and-navy-striped ribbon, a white ranunculus, eucalyptus leaves, white astilbe and yellow craspedia arrangement from Twisted Willow Flowers topped his notched lapel.
Finding a chic yellow bridesmaid dress wasn’t easy, but once Pam found Bari Jay’s Daffodil fabric, she knew they had the right designer and hue. Each woman picked out her favorite pale yellow, floor-length dress from RK Bridal and looked absolutely stunning for the summer fete. To show a little personality, they picked different styles, shoes and hairstyles. White and yellow bouquets and crystal Nadri earrings tied the looks together.
Pam’s shoes served as her something old. She walked down the aisle in a pair of crystal-lined shoes by Rainbow Sandals. Each jeweled cluster added a personalized touch and matched her silver wedding jewelry.
Pam’s bouquet was the ideal match for their natural arrangements and neutral color scheme. Twisted Willow Flowers filled its navy-and-white-striped wrap with yellow roses, white delphiniums, white tulips, white veronica, leaves and actual rope knots. It also had a personal accent. “I included a charm that was a picture of my father, who had passed away, as well as a locket with a swatch of one of his ties as my something blue,” Pam says.
“The food was inside, but the party was outside with the band,” Pam says. Every guest enjoyed a cocktail hour complete with live music from Guns 4 Hire Trio guitarists, plus Sean! When they weren’t rocking out, guests played cornhole along the promenade. The game featured Pam and Sean’s signature yellow and navy hues and the couple’s monogram in white.
The couple welcomed guests into their reception with a chic entrance table. Surrounded by overflowing arrangements in mason jars and trumpet vases, a navy and white sign from Paper and Lace Collections pointed guests to their seats. Pam and Sean’s guest book—a wooden oar—stood out in front of it so guests could leave well wishes before entering the party.
As with the outdoor ceremony, Pam and Sean picked decor that highlighted their setting. They covered each table in white linens, white napkins and low centerpieces to fit the room’s color scheme. Rope-wrapped arrangements of hydrangeas, roses and greenery marked every table alongside a blue and white table number.
Each table highlighted the couple’s nautical style with an understated design. Rope wrapped around every breakaway vase. Greenery, blueberries, yellow delphiniums, white lisianthus, white veronica and yellow roses overflowed from the accents. Surrounding yellow and white flower petals made it look even more natural.
Pam and Sean's centerpieces had much more than flowers. Some round tables included white candlesticks within a clear glass vase and rope coils wrapped around it, resembling a rustic lantern. Mini versions of their other centerpieces surrounded the details with yellow roses, yellow delphiniums, white hydrangeas and greenery held in rope-wrapped vases. The standout navy-and-white-striped runners added to their nautical atmosphere.
Their card and gift display hinted at the nautical theme with a few understated accents. A shabby-chic white lantern and duo of glass lanterns surrounded its chalkboard sign along the table. A wooden ship wheel also marked the back. If that wasn't enough, rope coiled around the couple’s other framed sign.
Pam and Sean’s cake was far less simple than it looked. Sugarush baked each layer with a different flavor, ranging from confetti to vanilla with raspberry filling, chocolate or vanilla. White buttercream frosting covered each layer below white roses, yellow delphiniums, blueberries and white veronica. The couple also served Italian cookies baked by J & M Bakery.
After Pam and Sean took a few bites of their cake, the pair also shared a kiss. Sean stood behind her in a modern, slim-fit suit by Calvin Klein. Matching his groomsmen, he wore a white monogrammed shirt, patterned blue tie and a white boutonniere. Their florist wrapped each stem in the couple’s nautical blue-and-white-striped pattern.