Formal Garden Party Wedding in New Jersey

Formal Garden Party Wedding in New Jersey

We recently installed a wedding with a Formal Garden Party brief in whites, pastels, and pops of color at Temple Emanuel in Closter, NJ. The ceremony was supposed to be outdoors followed by a tented reception, but that afternoon reports of possible lightning storms caused a need to bring things indoors. We quickly adjusted and set up a gorgeous Chuppah in the Temple, and a Bedeken in an atrium. 

garden party peony chuppah closter

(this image taken by outstanding freelancer John Shepard)

A few notes on the design:

  • This wedding was 100% foam-free. Instead, we used all reusable mechanics
  • Because the wedding party was flexible about varieties and colors of the flowers, we were able to source over 90% of the flowers from local farms. This is always something we stress with parties because it makes a huge environmental impact!
  • All flowers were composted after the event, or sent home with guests. Ask us how we can facilitate that for you! 

Then, after the photos were taken with the Bedeken, we moved the Bedeken urns to the cocktail area. Can you find the single branch of dogwood? This urn also has campanula (a favorite bell-shaped flower of mine), peonies, fragrant stock, and blueberry branches.

garden party urn peonies

Finally, once the venue staff re-set the tables to an interior ballroom, we were able to place the centerpieces. The wedding party hadn't told us that the tablecloths would be lavender - that was a suprise! - but we had little touches of purple from limonium, sweetpea, and just-ripening blueberry branches throughout the centerpieces so it turned out really pretty and coordinated.

formal garden party centerpiece peonies garden roses

lush garden style pink peony centerpiece

It was a gorgeous venue that we hadn't worked in before, but would love doing more events there! Reach out if you have any questions or want to book a similar look with us via our inquiry form!

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