Heartfelt Waterloo Village Wedding

Waterloo Village is a special place. It was my first time designing the florals for a wedding at Waterloo, and I left wanting to design there again and again. Waterloo Village is a beautifully restored 19th Century canal town on the edge of the Musconetcong River within the heart of New Jersey’s Allamuchy Mountain State Park. It has a working mill, a general store, blacksmith shop, active church, and several beautiful historic houses - and of course, beautiful event spaces.

Adena and Greg knew this was the perfect place for their families and friends to gather and support them as they said “I do.” Adena and Greg met here on the east coast, but Greg’s job took him to San Francisco - so Adena followed her guy across the country. But they knew how special Waterloo Village was, so they chose to marry here, closer to their families.

Seth and Nicole of Hyde Photography captured the most heartfelt aspects of the day in their photographs. I’ve selected a few to feature here.

I’ll give you a little background on one of the photos you will see. There was only a small chance of rain that day, but we proceeded with setting up for an outside ceremony anyway. Sometimes, you just have to make the best call at the time and go with it. My team and I had finished designing the flowers on the chuppah when the clouds rolled in. It’s all good, we thought. It will pass. I mean, it’s thirty minutes until Go-Time. All good. We walked back up to where family, friends and the bride and groom had gathered so we could wish the bride and groom our best and say our goodbyes. But those clouds in the sky had other plans for us. It began to rain. Don’t worry, Adena and Greg. We got this. With the best man in charge, the groomsmen stepped in and ran down to the ceremony location with me and my team. The arch itself belonged to the venue, but I knew it was light enough, even with the chuppah and flowers, to be carried by a few strong groomsmen to the new indoor ceremony location. But could it be moved with the chuppah and the flowers staying intact??

Here it was. The moment any floral designer - including myself - dreads but always plans for - that moment that tests my skills - the mechanics of how well I attached the flowers to the arch.

With equal feelings of terror, excitement, and heartfelt admiration for Adena and Greg, the best man and four groomsmen carefully picked up the arch and carried it over the dirt road, through the field, and down the hill to the new ceremony location. I held my breath each step of the way but I really didn’t need to. Not one flower nor sprig of greenery was lost in transit. With tears in my eyes and an overwhelming feeling of gratefulness, I fluffed the flowers, made sure the arch looked perfect in its new location, bid adieu and snuck away so Adena and Greg could have the wedding they deserved.

PS I’ve also included a photograph of the sweetest embrace of Adena and her dad, when he saw her for the first time in her wedding dress. So special.

Floral Design: Kerry Patel Designs

Dress: Made with Love at Lovely Bride

Suits: Generation Tux

Bow Tie/Ties: Arsenic and Old Lace UK

Bridesmaid Robes: Le Rose 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

Rings: Lauren O. Walter

Caterer: Jeffery A Miller Catering

Videography: Nadine Anderson for Compendium Wedding Films

Photobooth: Matt and Jen Woolston for vwboothbus

Makeup Artist: Mariel Lajterman for The Bridal Artistry Co.

Band: Robert Mitchell Music