A Preppy Wedding at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, New Jersey

A self-proclaimed simple couple, Caitlin (27 and a middle school teacher) and Brian (27 and an accountant) chose a clean and classic approach to their

A self-proclaimed simple couple, Caitlin (27 and a middle school teacher) and Brian (27 and an accountant) chose a clean and classic approach to their wedding at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, New Jersey. “We are not the ballroom, chandelier type of couple,” Caitlin says. The couple pulled off their "rustic preppy" theme with the help of dark wood details, seersucker accents and fun pops of coral. The day also honored Caitlin’s Irish heritage with a Celtic knot-tying performance during the ceremony, an Irish blessing read by Caitlin’s grandmother and Irish music that played during the cocktail hour. —Allie Volpe 

The custom-designed invitations featured bold coral stripes with navy details. Caitlin also designed the other stationery items, like the programs, menus, schedules and messages in frames.
Pink Seersucker Bow Tie
Blue Peep Toe Heels with Brooch
Caitlin’s ensemble included sentimental touches like her maternal grandmother’s satin-trimmed veil and her late paternal grandmother’s medal, which had been given to Cailtin’s mother shortly before her grandmother’s death. “My mom gave it to me as my something borrowed, blue and old,” she says. “Having my dad pin his mom’s medal into my pocket to wear down the aisle was a special moment.”
First Look with Father-of-the-Bride
Coral Bouquet with Roses and Hypericum Berries
Wood Escort Cards on Pink Seersucker Display
Custom Blue and White Paper Programs
The seven J.Crew bridesmaid dresses—navy and coral for the maid of honor—in varying styles were chosen in part by Brian. Caitlin knew she wanted each woman to pick her own dress style and that she wanted them to be short, but the fabric choice was still up in the air. Since the wedding was in August, Brian suggested chiffon might be comfortable for warmer temperatures.
Caitlin and Brian’s wedding favors were useful in addition to looking good. They gave guests coral custom beer koozies with their names and wedding date on it and flip-flops for maximum comfort.
Caitlin's bridal look stayed true to her everyday style: simple clothing with statement jewelry. "I loved my dress because of its details—the texture and quality of the fabric, how it looked when the train fell behind me, the box pleats around my waist and no rushing," she says. "Its pockets and the buttons down the back that we added were musts." She accessorized her strapless A-line ball gown with an oversize crystal necklace and a pair of classic pearl earrings.
Blue Seersucker Ring Bearer Outfit
Framed Wedding Hashtag Sign
Dark wood was a running theme throughout the decor, and the table numbers were no exception. Each table was surrounded by deep brown chairs and topped with low arrangements of movie star roses, free spirit garden roses, spray roses, silver brunia, white astilbe, coral godetia and green hydrangea.
Instead of cake, each table was outfitted with an apple and peach pie baked by Market Place at Roxbury in Flanders, New Jersey. Caitlin’s Grandma Joyce made the couple her special peach pie.
Mrs. Chair Sign with Pink Bow