It’s always nice as a wedding photographer to have a change of pace. I’m sure there are destination photographers that are dying for some variety and would kill (well, not kill…that’s a bit dramatic, but maybe severely maim?) to photograph a quaint and intimate New Jersey courthouse wedding like this one!
So a little backstory, I’m pretty biased about this couple because I love them dearly and can call them my friends! Evelyn and Eder are perfect for each other and, of course, they would want a small low-key ceremony with just their closest friends and family!
Just because a wedding is going to be small doesn’t mean that it can’t feel big and have all the little details of a big wedding. So without further ado, a preview of Ev & Eder’s adorable New Jersey courthouse wedding ceremony and bistro reception.
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Only mom would think to deploy an “Oh $h!t Kit” for the day. How is it that moms just know? Super glue? She literally thought of everything!
A little shout out to the hair and make-up ladies: Tiffany Jocilyn for make up and Becky Backes on hair! Ev looked so stunning and always a pleasure to work with you.
So funny story, but you know how people say “I’ve been dreaming of my wedding day since I was little.” Well, oftentimes people say that just as an expression. But for Ev, this is real life and we have the pictures to prove it. Here she is dressed up as a bride that her brother saved for her all these years.
Ev and Eder’s wedding wouldn’t be complete if Aunt Honey wasn’t there on their wedding day. Such a beautiful way to make sure she was with you.
For brides not really sure how to commemorate those extra special loved ones, here’s another idea to add to your options. Ev got a bracelet made with her Aunt’s handwriting, in addition to keeping a photo close by at all times.
You would think the bride would be the most excited person on the wedding day. Nope, Eder all the way!
So if you are going to get married in a courthouse, might I suggest this historical one of Burlington NJ. It has a prison that was converted into a museum. How cool?!
You might think kids crashing a portrait would ruin the shot, but you would be totally wrong. Field trips to the museum, though I think their buddy system formation is falling apart!
Wedding photographers of New Jersey, I have experienced the impossible. I have experienced a wedding that started at exactly when it was supposed to. This is what happens when the bride is a photographer. If she says 4pm then the wedding is starting at 4pm precisely.
You always hear of these horror stories where the guest list for weddings ballooned out of control. Before you know it you’re inviting 300 people and where you draw the line just keeps getting pushed back farther and farther.
Ev and Eder didn’t want that to happen and so what you see below is the full guest list (including Aunt Honey!). If you don’t think a big wedding is your type of bag, don’t have one. Do Ev and Eder look upset about the decision? Nope.
Another vendor shout-out to Carousel of Flowers in Somerville NJ. Jill always knows how to make a bridal bouquet look unique and stunning, whether it be big or small!
And a shout out to Sophie’s Bistro for having us – the nommiest French food I’ve ever had.
Silhouette toppers are adorable and literally everywhere on Etsy, amiright? But if you want to incorporate your fur babies and your venue and reception put the kibosh on their attendance then try this. You should totally have them join you in your wedding cake topper, like Gus and Fiona flanking Ev and Eder in theirs.
Weddings with personalized touches are the best weddings. It’s always nice to bring things that have significant meaning wherever you can. Ev and Eder decided to swap out the typical champagne toast for some amazingly nommy bubbly-alternative: Twisted Limb cider. It doesn’t have to be fall to enjoy cider, trust us!
And that’s all for Ev and Eder’s adorable and intimate New Jersey courthouse wedding and bistro wedding reception. So glad that I was part of the select few invited to witness it and super jealous of that amazing honeymoon you opted for instead of the ‘big wedding.’