Madelyn and Zachary eloped in California, where they currently live, but they also celebrated on the East Coast with friends and family. Susan, Madelyn's mom, planned to use their gorgeous historic home in the New Jersey countryside for a backyard celebration in a palette of blood orange, morning gray, petal pink, mauve, lavender, desert sand, meadow green, rich charcoal and mint! Madelyn's dad went to Philadelphia to get fresh seafood, meats and baguettes, and together, the bride's parents prepped the food and hired a chef and servers. Kelli Wilke Photography captured their lovely wedding celebration!
A romantic backyard wedding in New Jersey
About The Wedding
“We decided to get married in California, but have our wedding party and photos done in South Jersey where my family is from. We decided to have the wedding party and photos done at my parent's house so the event would have a country and wholesome feel to it. My parents hired people to help out with food and bartending so the guests were well taken care of.
We both had so much fun with Kelli taking our wedding photos. It really gave us a chance to be in the moment together. We loved how creative Kelli was and how open she was to try new ideas for the shoot.
It was also lovely seeing my friends and family from back east who I hadn't seen in a while. Also having both my husband's and my family together was very special, since his family is from California.”
The Flowers & Cake
“Our wedding flowers were done by Triple Oaks Nursery in Franklinville, New Jersey. The owners also happen to be very close family friends. The flowers were one of my favorite aspects of the wedding party visually and really added to the finished look and the photos.
Our wedding cake was done by Century Bakery in Bridgeton, New Jersey. This is also the same bakery that my Mom and Dad used for their wedding cake, and we even had the same baker who made theirs 29 years ago. The flowers on the cake were done by Triple Oaks Nursey. The cake was a vanilla pound cake, four layers, and we added the flowers right before the party to tie everything together.”