A Romantic, Garden-Inspired Wedding at Jack Baker's Sunset Ballroom in Toms River, New Jersey

Katie Mallet (28 and a teacher) and Erik Olsen (35 and a fisherman) were matched on an online dating site and while the two would talk on and off, it

Katie Mallet (28 and a teacher) and Erik Olsen (35 and a fisherman) were matched on an online dating site and while the two would talk on and off, it wasn’t until they both spotted each other out at a local bar one night that they decided to give a date a try. They hit it off and after a few months together; Katie took the plunge and moved in with Erik. A year-and-a-half later, Erik proposed on a trip to Myrtle Beach on the top of a Ferris wheel. “He had them stop at the top. Then he got down on one knee and asked me. It was perfect,” says Katie.For their wedding, the couple planned a garden-inspired affair at the Jack Baker Sunset Ballroom in Toms River, NJ. A pale pink, white and gold color palette was key in setting the wedding’s romantic tone, while details like birdcage centerpieces with cascading ivy and blush blooms brought Katie and Erik’s vision to life. While the decor was all elegant, romance, the couple made sure to fill the day with playful touches like a knot tying tradition during the ceremony, festive ribbons wands, a confetti-filled reception entrance, a photo scavenger hunt and a photo booth stocked with silly props.

Pear-Shaped Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
The wedding's theme was "Garden Romance," spurring Katie and Erik to choose whimsical, garden-inspired invitations decorated with pretty pink blooms.
Katie walked down the aisle in a pair of  sky-high Christian Louboutin stilettos in a soft neutral shade.
Pink Rose Bridesmaid Bouquets
The bridesmaids wore matching strapless, chiffon dresses with sheer overlays in an asymmetric cut.
Katie gifted each of the girls a pink statement necklace to wear with their blush chiffon dresses.
Getting their pup in on the wedding action, Katie and Erik dressed him in a pinstriped tuxedo and shimmery gold bowtie.
Erik gifted his groomsmen personalized, metal flasks.
To add a casual touch to his classic neutral-hued suit, Erik wore a pair of flip flops instead of traditional dress shoes.
Ivory Calla Lily Boutonniere
Neutral Three-Piece Ring Bearer Suit
As the newlyweds made their exit from the ceremony, their family and friends waved festive pink and purple ribbons wands instead of tossing grains of rice.
A harpist played softly in the background as guests arrived to the ceremony.
Traditional Father of the Bride Veil Lifting
Traditional Chapel Wedding Ceremony
Katie and Erik Exchange Vows
Instead of lighting a candle to symbolize their union, Katie and Erik opted to incorporate a knot tying tradition into the ceremony.
Katie and Erik's Ceremony Recessional
Sunset Ballroom at the Lobster Shanty Reception
Handmade Soap Wedding Favors
Garden-Inspired Reception Centerpieces
Table Number Guest Books
Fabric-Wrapped Reception Chairs
Reception Photo Scavenger Hunt
Confetti Reception Entrance
Four-Tier Cake with Pink Flowers
Norwegian Groom's Cake
Katie and Erik's First Dance
Katie and Erik's Cake Cutting