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 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.”