A Rustic Winter Wedding at McLoone's Pier House in Long Branch, New Jersey
Jessica Nairn (29 and a project manager) and Mike Bruschini (29 and a vice president in client relations) initially met in high school through mutual friends, but it was only when they crossed paths in 2010 that Mike asked Jessica out to dinner. A few weeks later, the two began dating, and the rest is history. Too excited to wait after picking up the ring for a planned beach proposal, Mike got down on one knee when Jessica returned home from a business trip. With a mutual love of the beach and ocean, Jessica and Mike got married on November 30 at McLoone's Pier House in Long Branch, New Jersey, where their guests were able to enjoy a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean throughout the weekend getaway. To keep warm from the cold winds, Jessica and her bridesmaids wore boleros matching the soft neutral color palette of the rustic-themed wedding. Lace filigree lanterns paired with mercury votives were placed on tables throughout the reception venue, where friends and family were able to enjoy appetizers like sweet scallops wrapped in smoked bacon and mini franks rolled in puff pastry. DJ DiscoInferno started out the cocktail hour with Frank Sinatra and turned it into an '80s-themed party with some Michael Jackson dance moves. After the reception ended, Jessica and Mike booked all 26 rooms at the Bungalow Hotel across the street from McLoone's Pier House to keep the party going all night long. "Make a weekend out of the celebration! It is so nice sharing additional time with friends and family outside of the five hours that make up the reception," says Jessica.