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A Vintage, 'Alice in Wonderland'-Inspired Wedding at Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Falling down the rabbit hole is entirely possible with Sarah Rylick (25 and a third grade teacher) and Steve Kupryk’s (27 and a professional wrestler)

Falling down the rabbit hole is entirely possible with Sarah Rylick (25 and a third grade teacher) and Steve Kupryk’s (27 and a professional wrestler) “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired wedding. Between the “drink me” tags, vintage keys and Mad Hatter-worthy tea sets, the couple transported all 125 guests to their own version of the whimsical world in Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. Of course, it all started with a sip. Before entering “Wonderland,” friends and family members grabbed their own “drink me”-tagged glass. Fittingly named “The White Rabbit,” the signature white sangria cocktails swapped out shrinking potion for fresh fruit. A gold skeleton key, reminiscent of Alice’s trinket, waited for them by each DIY black and gold escort card, adding to the fun. Inside Ryland Inn's ballroom, every reception table had handpicked vintage cups ideal for the rabbit’s “unbirthday” party. Instead of tea, Anna Rose Floral and Event Design filled them with a bold peony, Queen Anne's lace and other flowers worthy of the Queen of Hearts garden. It didn’t end there. Michelle Lange Photography captured every pink, mauve and black detail. See a nod to the book's playing card henchmen and much more, below. 

Sarah and Steve's invitation suite was a little DIY and completely chic. She found each black and ecru piece online though Ashley Buzzy Lettering and Press. She mirrored its classic calligraphy with each handwritten gold address, then personally lined the matching black envelopes. Its raspberry peony print even matched the flowers in her bouquet.
While the bridesmaids dressed from head-to-toe in romantic mauve looks, the groomsmen suited up in more conservative outfits. They donned formal charcoal tuxedos from the Black by Vera Wang collection at Men’s Wearhouse. The darker hue provided a welcome, dapper contrast against the bridesmaids. Steve stood out among them with a black bow tie. Sara, however, matched her flower girls with a chic white dress and off-the-shoulder sleeves.
Sarah’s love for vintage and glamorous styles definitely came out in her dress. That morning, she slipped on a chic Justin Alexander mermaid-style gown with intricate beading throughout its off-the-shoulder neckline. “The beading also cascaded down the back of the dress, which then trailed off with buttons all the way down the train,” she says. “It screamed old Hollywood.” To highlight the ornate look, she paired it with a simple floor-length veil trimmed in similar beading and a bold, curled faux bob worthy of the 1940s.
Given the glamorous beading on her dress, Sarah chose accessories with a similar style. She sported a pair of peep-toe Badgley Mischka heels with art deco crystals along the ankle strap. The rest of her accessories included a jeweled bracelet and crystal stud earrings.
Both Sarah and Steve's flower girls stood out during the wedding with dramatic accessories. Their cousins each carried a mini raspberry peony bouquet and wore the same accent in her flower crown. Surrounded by greenery and eucalyptus, the color popped against their white lace dresses.
“When Steve and I saw the Ryland Inn, the ballroom wasn’t even built yet,” Sarah says. “From the minute we walked into the restaurant and took a tour of the grounds, we knew that we'd found the perfect space to host our wedding.” Their all-white ceremony decor only accented the venue's classic columns and grand windows. The couple paired rows of white folding chairs with modern silver lanterns and a festive birchwood wedding arch.
Their ring bearer's look matched each groomsmen to a T. Like the rest of their wedding party, he wore a charcoal gray tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse with a formal black tie, black dress shoes and matching pocket square. His pink astilbe boutonniere brought a hint of color and vintage style to the outfit.
“I knew I wanted to incorporate peonies into my bouquet, as well as blush astilbes once I saw them on Pinterest,” Sarah says. Keeping this in mind, Anna Rose Floral and Event Design crafted her dramatic arrangement with both flowers and more in their color scheme. A white ribbon wrap gathered organic burgundy ranunculus, black hellebores, white peonies, sprigs of Queen Anne’s lace and pink astilbes.
Surrounding trees along Ryland Inn’s garden patio set the scene for the sweet outdoor ceremony in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. "It was so emotional," Sarah says. "My husband cried as I came down the aisle, which was such an unexpected yet sweet moment. It brought the house to tears." A birchwood arch from Anna Rose Floral and Event Design framed the entire service, matching their setting. Bunches of classic white Queen Anne's lace, pink astilbes and greenery accented each corner. (The same flowers also appeared in their bouquets and the groomsmen boutonnieres.)
As soon as her bridesmaids tried on the floor-length Bari Jay bridesmaid dresses, Sarah knew she found the perfect style. The geometric pleating along the strapless bodices added an unexpected, modern detail to the mauve dresses. The long, pleated skirts also gave them a more romantic flair. For Sarah’s twin sister and maid of honor, they picked out the same chiffon dress in magenta.
The bridesmaids bouquets captured their romantic looks with a simple arrangement. Anna Rose Floral and Event Design filled each arrangement with blush and pink astilbes and greenery for texture. The lighter-hue flowers went nicely with their dresses.
“I have had an affinity for all things vintage glam, so I knew that I wanted my dress to reflect this style,” Sarah says. As she and Steve walked into the reception at Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, her Justin Alexander dress represented old Hollywood glamour. The mermaid-style train cascaded along the pavement with sleek curves of satin fabric. Ornate beading along its illusion back made the dress even more stunning.
Named “The White Rabbit,” the signature cocktails mixed white sangria with seasonal fruit. Keeping with the theme, they marked each one with a gold chevron straw and matching “drink me” tag. (No shrinking required.)
Sarah ordered black escort cards from Paper Source and wrote each guest’s name in gold calligraphy. Of course, no one can get into Wonderland without a key. So she paired the notes with matching, gold vintage-style keys.
Sarah and Steve also wanted to acknowledge the Queen of Hearts and her henchmen. They marked each reception table with a black-and-white playing card worthy of the “Alice in Wonderland” army. (It even had a vintage-style border.)
Capturing the spirit of “Alice in Wonderland,” the couple chose organic centerpieces that overflowed with bold flowers. They had Anna Rose Floral and Event Design top each silver pedestal vase with stunning raspberry peonies, black hellebores, white hydrangeas, pink roses and Queen Anne’s lace for a striking contrast. Each was surrounded by silver votives and teacups filled with the same flowers.
As soon as Sarah and Steve decided on an “Alice in Wonderland” inspiration, she knew she wanted teacups and teapots throughout the decor. Alluding to the Mad Hatter’s tea party, she had pieces of vintage-style tea sets throughout their centerpieces. Anna Rose Floral and Event Design filled them with Queen Anne’s lace and dramatic raspberry peonies to match the other arrangements.
The White Rabbit would be happy with this centerpiece. Sarah and Steve marked their reception tables with a series of vintage accents, including a pocket-watch-inspired black clock and their own copy of “Alice in Wonderland.” Its ivory and pink binding even matched their color scheme.
Their reception decor also included a few personal references to “Alice in Wonderland.” Sarah and Steve call their entire relationship an adventure. So this quote, which is often tied to the book, connected the couple’s sweet wedding day with their theme.
While their wedding cake had four tiers, Sarah and Steve accented each one with a special quote. The gold topper read “You’re my greatest adventure.” “This was a sentiment echoed in our vows,” Sarah says. “Our journey together has been quite an adventure.”
For Sarah and Steve, the best part of their menu was the desserts. The couple served round, single-tier cakes in two flavors: chocolate cake with raspberry filling as well as vanilla cake with strawberry and vanilla custard. “Aside from wedding cake we had s’mores roasting by the fire pits outdoors and mini treats passed on trays,” Sarah says says. “There were milkshake shooters, root beer floats, mini cupcakes and seasonal creme brulee and cheesecake lollipops.”
“Choosing our first song was one of the most difficult decisions,” Sarah says. “You would think that after 10 years together we would certainly have a meaningful song or two up our sleeves. There just wasn’t one that we could agree on and that really summed up our relationship. That was until I heard the song ‘Together’ by Brandon and Leah. The hairs on my neck stood at attention, and when Steve had the same reaction, we were sold. We had found our song.”