A Timeless, Black-Tie Wedding at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey


                    Black and white are striking on their own, but when Mariel Healy (29 and an investment banker) and Colin Breslin (30 and an engi

Black and white are striking on their own, but when Mariel Healy (29 and an investment banker) and Colin Breslin (30 and an engineer) added gold, it brought a new spice to the mix. Together with Pretty Little Details, they covered their church and Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, with standout decor in nothing but those hues. As 160 guests poured into Our Lady of Mount Carmel church, the couple made sure its ornate gold altar served as the focal point. Lines of white lilies from Karma Floral and Event Design along the aisle pointed toward the massive metallic structure. During the reception, Mariel and Colin's wedding party stole everyone’s attention in chic black Monique Lhuillier dresses and dapper black shawl collar tuxedos. (We would definitely wear those floor-length looks!) But what tied everything together were their favors. Mariel and Colin showed their New York pride and sent guests home with black-and-white cookies from a Brooklyn, New York, sweet shop. Catch every timeless detail (including a chic chevron backdrop), shot by Angela Newton Roy Photography, below. 

Each piece of their invitation suite matched the couple's timeless style to a T. Designed by the Village Invites, it stood out with regal gold script against a solid-white card stock. We love how Angela Newton Roy Photography strategically placed it on a modern, matching chevron backdrop!
Mariel and Colin’s wedding party looked nothing short of timeless in their all-black-and-white ensembles. The bridesmaids stood beside them in chic floor-length dresses by Monique Lhuillier. Each one held a classic white rose and hydrangea bouquet for some added color contrast. Their groomsmen carried on the same hues in formal black, shawl collar tuxedos from Biltmore Tuxedos of Ridgewood, New Jersey. The men paired it with crisp white shirts, black bow ties and black cummerbunds for that classic look.
Adding some contrast to their all-black looks, each bridesmaid carried a classic bouquet from Karma Floral and Event Design. The pros filled each one with white roses between bunches of hydrangeas. Its thin wrap made the arrangements look even more organic.
With such a chic white dress, Mariel chose only timeless accessories. Her beaded and sequin belt added a vintage feel to the all-lace gown, which she loved. Her white Jimmy Choo peep-toe shoes elevated the look with even more sophistication. “I knew I could wear them all day in the office, so it was a trusted brand for the big day,” Mariel says.
Leah DeMent knew exactly the look Mariel wanted for her wedding hair. She styled it into loose, chic curls that added volume and stayed off of her face. The rest of her look was just as timeless. “Colin isn’t a fan of too much makeup, and Julie perfected the natural but special look I was going for,” Mariel says. “She made me feel beautiful, but most important, still like myself.” A light pink lip and black eyeliner enhanced her look.
“Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a beautiful church with an incredible, lavish gold altar, so it hardly needed any decoration,” Mariel says. Keeping this in mind, the couple simply marked their ceremony space with vases of long-stem white calla lilies along the altar and aisle. Mariel also made the day a little more personalized with one sweet tradition. “I’m an only child and extremely close to my parents, so they both escorted me down the aisle,” she says.
After trying on several dresses, including multiple silhouettes, Mariel’s bridal consultant at Monique Lhuillier showed Mariel her ideal look, aptly named Perfection. “It didn’t fall short. I ordered it on the spot,” Mariel says. During the ceremony, she sported a mermaid-style dress covered in classic lace detailing. Her strapless sweetheart neckline only enhanced the romantic gown.
Talk about timeless: Even their exit car matched the couple’s color scheme. After they exchanged vows, Mariel and Colin made their way to a classic white Rolls-Royce. The ride gave them a few moments alone before reaching the reception at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.
Each bridesmaid highlighted the couple’s elegant style with a classic black dress by Monique Lhuillier. Its V-neck and ruching flowed into a slightly pleated chiffon skirt. Combined with delicate jewelry and a romantic hairstyle, they were set for the classic, black-tie fete. (Mariel even tried on the bridesmaid dress herself and said “I would wear this again.”)
Before they went inside the reception, Mariel and Colin soaked in the day and walked around the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. Her timeless floor-length white veil cascaded behind them as they stepped. Colin mirrored her sophistication in a dapper, black, shawl collar tuxedo from Biltmore Tuxedos of Ridgewood, New Jersey. His crisp white shirt, matching pocket square and black bow tie served as chic finishing touches.
While Mariel envisioned what their wedding day would look like, she didn't have a location in mind. That is, until her father suggested a golf club. “I'd never been to the Ridgewood Country Club," Mariel says. "Didn’t see it in a magazine, either. It was just a feeling.” When she first peaked inside the venue, Mariel knew it was the ideal spot for her and Colin. She loved its stone architecture and natural landscapes. In fact, it later became the backdrop for a few shots with Angela Newton Roy Photography.
As a jazz trio played in the background, each guest sipped on the couple’s aptly named bride and groom cocktails. Both their vodka martini and framboise bellini drinks came with black-and-white-striped straws to tie in the wedding colors.  “MC,” “Cheers” or “M+C” tags stood out from the accents.
Instead of pages or posters, Mariel and Colin asked guests to show their love on a custom, wooden board. Each person surrounded the couple’s new last name, Breslin, and “Est. 2014”  with well-wishes, advice and names in matching black text.
Guests found their place cards surrounded by all-white and gold accents. Capturing the couple’s color scheme, Karma Floral and Event Design decorated their entrance table with an overflowing arrangement of white stock flowers in a trumpet vase. Low, white calla lilies in a clear glass base highlighted the rows of black cards from Tie That Binds Weddings. “Mekala Tinnin from ‘Tie That Binds’ made the exact font and look I imagined come to life,” Mariel says. Each one stood out with white font against a black background and gold infinity sign-shaped holder.
Every detail captured their elegant style in shades of white and gold. Low white hydrangea centerpieces marked every table alongside gold votives and a mirror accent to enhance the romantic lighting. White linens and gold and ivory chiavari chairs set each one apart.
The table numbers were just as elegant as the rest of their decor. Carved into a 3-D shape, each gold table marker popped from the couple’s white roses and dusty miller centerpieces. The script designs even resembled their regal font from the day's invitation suite.
Building on the room’s rustic amber walls and golden curtains, the couple highlighted every reception table in gold and white decor. White hydrangea centerpieces and gold votives stood out atop a mirror charger and white linens with scroll detailing. Gold chiavari chairs surrounded every one for a dramatic contrast.
Their wedding cake featured the couple’s signature style with some unexpected piping. The team at Palermo’s Custom Cakes and Bakery covered every layer in classic white fondant and Swiss dots. Mariel and Colin's event planner from Ridgewood Country Club even had a hand in the design. She finished it with a bunch of white hydrangeas as the topper.
Of course, with a room covered in gold and white, Mariel and Colin made room for their darkest hue. Together they brought out their black wedding color with dual signs: “Mr.” and “Mrs.” in black-and-white marked their gold chiavari chairs at the reception at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.