Featured Bride Friday

Today's featured bride is one of our own coordinators, Annemarie! She is getting married tomorrow to Jimmy, a friend of Erin's since kindergarten. We love Annemarie (and Jimmy!) so much and are beyond thrilled to be coordinating their wedding with a FABULOUS group of vendors. We'll be back on Tuesday with some teasers from their awesome wedding but for now, read on below to get to know Annemarie and Jimmy and the plans for their big day!

Names of Bride & Groom: Annemarie and Jimmy

Wedding Date: November 26th

Ceremony and Reception Location: Abbie Holmes Estate

How did you and your fiance meet?: He was a bouncer at a college bar, I was trying to get into the bar and I got in- about a year before I should have ;) We saw each other around campus periodically and always said hi. On a random Thursday night (about 2 years after we first met) he came to my sorority house and we began talking. About a month after that night we were officially boyfriend and girlfriend.

Tell us about the proposal: Jimmy contacted our family and friends and organized a surprise dinner. I was told we were going to dinner to celebrate what would have been his grandfather's 92nd birthday. When we arrived to the restaurant he ran in front of me and then showed me to the banquet room. I was a little confused as to why we would be in a banquet room but didn't think much more of it. Jimmy opened the door to the room and while I was looking around the room seeing family and friends (people who would not have been celebrating his grandfather's birthday) he was already down on one knee. By the time my eyes made it back around the room, I was in shock and he asked me to marry him in front of all our family and friends. It was the most amazing night and so special because we were able to celebrate with everyone right away! We even went back to his mom's house with our immediate family and close friends and continued celebrating into the night and next morning. Our families organized a beautiful breakfast to help continue celebrating.

What is the overall theme of your wedding?: To have a party! The decor will be black and white with hints of purple. Centerpieces will be orchids and lots of candles. We wanted simple but classy. 

What has been your favorite part of planning?: Being able to work with the best in the industry. 

What has been your favorite part of the planning?: Picking the venue and the food (we are both foodies).

What are you looking forward to most on the wedding day?: Jimmy to see me for the first time in my dress and our first dance together. 

What is your fiance most looking forward to on the wedding day?: To see the excitement on all of our guests' faces.

Which vendor has been your favorite to work with?: They are all our favorites because we have the dream team!!! Proud to Plan, Paper by Proud, Jennifer Childress Photography, Synergetic Sounds, Manic Botanic, OC Cake Studio, Andy Mahany (officiant) and our beautiful venue- Abbie Holmes Estate.

What is your biggest worry about the wedding day?: Making sure we take time to enjoy ourselves. 

What makes your wedding unique from all the others?: We have made it a point to focus on our family and friends in every aspect of the wedding. Friends and family have been invited to stay for the weekend in houses rented in Sea Isle City. Our moms will be included in our ceremony. Dinner will be served family style. Because it is during a holiday weekend, we are able to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends we normally wouldn't see. 

Give three words to describe what you imagine you'll feel like the day AFTER the wedding: Best. Party. Ever.

Where will you be spending your honeymoon?: Bora Bora for Christmas and New Years. 

Below is a picture of their invitation we created for Annemarie and Jimmy! We love the simple black pocketfold and the subtle pop of color with the purple belly band. We can't wait for this weekend!!

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