A Shabby-Chic Wedding at Bonnet Island Estate in Manahawkin, New Jersey


                    From the location down to the mason-jar lighting display, every detail in Miriam Forkowitz (26 and a medical biller) and Mark Ve

From the location down to the mason-jar lighting display, every detail in Miriam Forkowitz (26 and a medical biller) and Mark Ventura’s (27 and a diesel mechanic) shabby-chic wedding had a personal touch. Miriam first visited their venue, Bonnet Island Estate, when she was 12 years old. “When we finally got engaged, we only went to look at Bonnet Island,” says Miriam. “It was just as beautiful as I'd remembered.” The couple started their wedding day with a simple chapel ceremony. Flower Cart Florist accented the entryway with curly willow and white blooms as lanterns and mason jars lined the aisle. A cobblestone fireplace filled with candles, tin pails and glass jars served as the backdrop. Miriam walked in wearing a whimsical A-line Martina Liana wedding dress from the I do… I do… bridal studio with a ruffled skirt and luxe beading along the bodice. (As she tried it on, the boutique started playing their song, so Miriam knew it was “the one!”) After the couple exchanged vows, all went inside for a simple reception under chandelier lighting. Each family-style table had a? exposed wood vase filled with white hydrangeas and greenery, and painted mason-jar table numbers pointed the guests to their seats. “We love mason jars!” says Miriam. Another standout detail: the lovebird wedding cake. The Bake Works made Miriam and Mark a three-tier pumpkin confection with two tiers covered in ivory swirls and a sweet wooden bird topper. Jaye Kogut Photography captured every navy and neutral detail, below. Miriam shares a tip: “Don’t take it too seriously. I was extremely stressed out the entire time and wish I would have taken it easy.”

“Our whole home is filled with distressed, rustic pieces of furniture and decorations," says Miriam. The couple channeled this  style into their wedding decor. Shabby-chic chalkboard signs, mason jars filled with candlelight and exposed wood vases were used throughout the couple's wedding day.
Flower Cart Florist set each family-style table with a rustic touch. Exposed-wood breakaway vases were filled with white hydrangeas, baby’s breath, greenery, white rosebuds and white lisianthus. Burlap runners lined the tables.
Blue Burlap and Lace-Wrapped Mason Jar
Miriam paired her eye-catching beaded and ruffled wedding dress with a classic all-white bouquet of white ranunculus, lisuanthus and hydrangeas, with greenery, dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus. To go with the rustic theme, it was wrapped in burlap.
Rather than a traditional altar,  Bonnet Island Estate's chapel had a cobblestone fireplace as its backdrop. Miriam and Mark filled the space with candlelit lanterns and mason jars along the aisle as well as candles in the fireplace itself.
Rustic Ceremony Fireplace Accent with Candlelight
Each bridesmaid wore a traditional floor-length navy dress by Bill Levkoff with a sweetheart neckline and an updo hairstyle. They carried bouquets of white hydrangeas that paired nicely the bride's all-white arrangement .
Miriam's bouquet complemented her bridesmaids' arrangements with a slight twist. Each bridesmaid paired her navy dress with a burlap-wrapped bouquet of white hydrangeas and dusty miller. To stand out against the group, Flower Cart Florist designed Miriam's arrangement with added white lisianthus, white ranunculus, greenery and seeded eucalyptus.
Shabby-Chic Reception Lighting in Ornate Tin
Miriam and Mark complemented their exposed wood venue with just the right amount of rustic flair. Flower Cart Florist designed each centerpiece with exposed wood breakaway vases, white hydrangeas and greenery. Gold chiavari chairs and white linens lent a classic air under the chandelier lighting.
Burlap and mason jars were popular throughout the couple's decor. Burlap and navy ribbon-lined signs decorated Miriam and Mark's seats at the reception. The remaining family-style tables were met with burlap runners and painted mason-jar table numbers.
The couple's wedding cake fit both their shabby-chic theme and fall wedding date! The Bake Works filled the confection with pumpkin cake and covered the tiers in piped ivory swirl accents or classic fondant. “It was a big hit!” says Miriam. They topped the confection with two exposed wood lovebirds.
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