The Knot New Jersey Weddings Magazine Spring/Summer 2020

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get the look

PHOTOGRAPHY Cathrine Wessel FASHION STYLING Shelley Brown HAIR John Ruidant for Evo Haircare/See Management MAKEUP Deanna Melluso for Dior/See Management PROP STYLING Nassimos Studio Brookfields Farm a note about our shoot location For an authentic country-themed shoot, we went for the real deal—taking over a family farm in Hudson Valley, New York. Brookfields Farm’s scenic 160 acres is home to herds of horses, cows, goats—and more. COURTESY OF SARAH EVANS; BARN ICON: ANDREJS KIRMA NOUN PROJECT…

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the knot digital download

Real Weddings GET INSPIRED Mary and Robert headed to Atlantic City for their wedding, and decided to let the ocean of the city’s namesake lead their day’s design. “We didn’t want to overdo it and distract from the ocean,” Mary says. The couple took a minimalist approach, choosing organic elements like driftwood and dune grasses for the décor. One thing Mary and Robert did choose to go colorful with: funfetti cupcakes. LOCAL LOWDOWN Gather your dream team of local wedding vendors with the help of our Ultimate Wedding Guides at You can connect with planners, photographers and other vendors by searching by region and price in our local Marketplace. Your state directory has everything you need to know to get married, even where and how to secure a marriage license. You’ll also…

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congrats, you’re engaged

Before you jump into the planning, take some time to really enjoy and reflect on your engagement—because this is a huge moment. You’ve found your person. And on the journey to find them, there was likely a slew of circumstances and chance that helped you navigate the almost eight billion people in this world and bring you two together. In other words, this is big. Now take a deep breath because the hardest part is over! What’s up next? Celebrating your unique love story with all of your friends and family. If you’re not sure where to begin (trust me, I’ve been there!) then you’ve come to the right place. These pages are chock-full of tips, tricks and advice for everything from finding your perfect wedding venue to deciding on…

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what’s in a name? you decide

Kerry Sullivan Smith + Dennis Smith NEW JERSEY Kerry Sullivan Smith “always felt a stronger connection to the name Kerry than to Allison,” her legal first name. Her parents chose the middle name to honor their ancestors’ roots to County Kerry in Ireland. “When I’ve told people that my legal first name is actually Allison, they’re always a little surprised and, more often than not, their reaction is ‘oh, but you’re SUCH a Kerry,’” Kerry says. “Your name kind of becomes you, and you kind of become your name.” When she got married, Kerry legally dropped Allison, and took her maiden name of Sullivan as her new middle name. The final step: taking on her husband Dennis’s last name, Smith. “In regard to changing my last name, my view of feminism is…

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plan your wedding on your phone

FIND YOUR WEDDING STYLE We know—you’re probably figuring out where you should even start. We’ve got you covered. Once you download the app, the first thing you’ll do is swipe on images you love in our Style Quiz. It’s a fun way to help zero in on your vibe. Once complete, you’ll have your very own Wedding Vision (more on that on the next page). KEEP ORGANIZED Not sure what to do when? No sweat—we’ve put together a checklist for you, and it’s totally customizable. So if Uncle Jeff is officiating, we’ll take “find an officiant” off your list. Plus, our budgeter will help you track your overall spending and how much you’ve put toward each detail. COMPILE YOUR TEAM After sharing all your info (budget, location, guest count) we’ll help you…

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their wedding, their way back to school