A Traditional Wedding at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey

Between the gorgeous wedding dress, purple uplighting and classic wedding cake,  Alex Edwards (30 and in marketing) and Jamel Powell’s (31 and a civil

Between the gorgeous wedding dress, purple uplighting and classic wedding cake, Alex Edwards (30 and in marketing) and Jamel Powell’s (31 and a civil engineer) wedding was just the right mix of traditional and fun. The couple started their celebration with a formal indoor ceremony at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey. Rows of gold chiavari chairs faced a view of New York City, as Alex walked down the aisle in a romantic white wedding dress by Pronovias. Rosette detailing along its voluminous organza skirt floated over each pink and white flower petal along the aisle. After the couple shared their first kiss and jumped over the broom, they finished the night with a colorful reception. Each round table was met with three floating pink tulip centerpieces designed by Go Fresh as Alex and Jamel took their seats at a tufted, ivory sweetheart table. All enjoyed dinner and a simple three-tier wedding cake by Palermo’s bakery before Solid Gold Entertainment’s DJ brought them onto the dance floor. Alex and her bridesmaids started things with a choreographed routine to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, as friends and family members joined in with a few moved of their own. “It was a blast,” Alex says. One detail we love: Each of the couple’s 180 guests left with a personalized book as their wedding favor. “Both Jamel and I love to cook; it truly reflects who we are,” Alex says. “During our one-year engagement, we made numerous recipes, so we compiled all these into a cookbook with photography by Jamel. It was a great takeaway.”

When it was time to pick out the bridesmaid dresses, Alex found just the right look at Dessy. "I wanted everyone to feel beautiful," she says. Each woman wore a floor-length navy dress with a sweetheart neckline and empire waist. Go Fresh designed white hydrangea bouquets for Alex and her multiple bridesmaids to finish the looks with a classic touch.
For their flower girl's dress, Alex and Jamel chose something simple and classic. She wore a white floor-length dress with a square neckline and sweet navy sash to match the bridesmaids' dresses.
"We were told there wasn't a dry eye in the house during our ceremony," Alex says. The couple shared personal vows in front of 180 members of their friends and family members. For a traditional touch, Alex paired her dress with a classic floor-length veil.
With a love for cooking, Alex and Jamel filled their wedding with food and sweets. The couple treated their guests to multiple action stations, a seated dinner and a s'mores station before bringing out a colorful candy bar. Guests with a sweet tooth could also take a slice of the couple's three-tier round wedding cake.
Palermo's Bakery made the couple a three-tier round confection that fit their traditional wedding style. Each layer was met with a silver ribbon and understated navy piping to matched their wedding colors. For a personal touch, a silver "P" topped the cake to represent Alex and Jamel's last name.
“I absolutely fell in love with my wedding dress," Alex says. She chose a romantic white Pronovias dress, with lush organza rosettes along the skirt  and delicate ruche detailing on the bodice. An updo hairstyle, Betsey Johnson shoes and simple jewelry finished the look with a classic touch.