High school sweethearts, Erin and Kevin began dating in 2003 and although Kevin “fell for her instantly”, the two dated for six years before he proposed. Today’s “throwback” real wedding encompasses a beach-themed affair combining nautical details throughout the Beachfront North ceremony and reception, which was held at Branches Catering. Kevin reminisced, “When I saw my bride for the first time she looked breathtaking.” Erin wore a beautiful Amsale gown that featured a sweetheart neckline, a-line skirt, and sash adorned with a gray satin ribbon with handmade, chiffon flowers. Rather than providing a traditional sit down meal, the couple opted for cocktail reception, which allowed guests to socialize, eat, and dance in a more relaxed setting. The newlyweds, along with their guests were impressed by the extensive food options available throughout the evening, as well as the accommodating staff who went above and beyond to make sure everyone’s needs were met. Are you planning a traditional sit down meal or extended cocktail hour for your reception? Tell us by leaving a comment below!
Erin and Kevin
July 9, 2010
Branches Catering • West Long Branch, NJ
Ceremony Location: Beachfront North • Officiant: Reverend Jesse Dow
Reception Location: Branches Catering
Photographer & Invitations: Sean Patrick Photography
Entertainment: WeddingSetGo DJ Entertainment
Florist: F J Foggia Florist Inc • Limousine Service: Arrow Limousine
Cake Designer: Ye Olde Pie Shoppe
Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld’s • Headpiece: Shore Chic
Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair Stylist: Pamela Schmitt
Favors: Made by Bride • Jeweler: Nordstrom’s
Honeymoon Location: Oahu, Hawaii
One of the premier New Jersey caterers and reception halls, Branches Catering specializes in NJ shore weddings and beachfront ceremonies, fundraisers, corporate parties and events, bar and bat mitzvahs, birthday parties and more. Whether you’re throwing an intimate surprise birthday gathering, a lavish party, a bat mitzvah party or a tightly choreographed New Jersey corporate event, Branches can plan and execute every detail. With our chef-inspired menus, breathtaking outdoor waterfall garden, and an amenity-filled bridal suite, you’ll celebrate in unparalleled elegance and style. Branches also caters to many off-site locations including Laurita Winery! Join us for Sunday Brunch or host your event at Laurita Winery with Off-The Branch, Branches off-site catering!
As sumptuous and sophisticated as it is down-to-earth and friendly, Branches offers the best of all worlds. Competitively priced, centrally located and versatile enough for nearly any size affair, we’ve earned a reputation as one of the best reception halls in New Jersey.If you are planning a wedding, bar or bat mitzvah party, New Jersey corporate event, anniversary celebration or any other gala on the calendar, be sure to reserve Branches today and see for yourself why we’re ranked among the best of New Jersey reception halls and New Jersey caterers.
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Rachel & Matt
August 28, 2010
Branches Catering • West Long Branch, NJ
Rachel was about to nap before her night class when Matt walked over to her and put a piece of paper on her bed. While she read the names, “Mom, Dad, Ashley, Marlena, Samantha,” Matt announced that she had to call these people. As she rolled over asking why, Matt was down on one knee and responded, “Because you have to tell them you just got engaged.” The couple began planning their beach-themed celebration.
Following a beautiful ceremony held overlooking the beach and ocean on the grand stage, the newlyweds, their bridal party, and guests headed to Branches Catering for an exceptional reception. Two years prior to becoming engaged, Rachel attended her grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary at Branches Catering and was so happy with the outcome that she knew they had to consider this facility to host their wedding.
The wedding was wonderfully captured in photographs by Darren and Nino of Darren LeBlanc Photography. They took many classic pictures from morning preparations, on the stage after the ceremony, and beach photographs. “Nino took such an amazing picture of me dipping Rachel on the stage and kissing her.”
A Viennese table, a chocolate dipping fountain, and an international coffee bar were served for dessert, in addition to three-tiered platters of pastries and cookies placed on each table. The four-tiered wedding cake, designed by Rachel’s maid of honor, was a chocolate cake with Kahlua filling and marshmallow icing.
Ceremony Location: Beachfront North • Officiant: Buddy Ellison • Reception Location: Branches Catering • Photographer: Darren LeBlanc Photography • Videographer: Dan Zambrano Productions • Entertainment: Simply Professional DJs • Limousine Service: Driven by Excellence • Florist: Flowers By Elizabeth of Long Branch, Inc. • Cake Designer: Ashley Daetz • Bridal Salon: Mustillo’s Town & Country • Veil: I Do I Do • Headpiece: Mustillo’s Town & Country • Formal Attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Invitations: Jamm Printing • Favors: Stelair Design Corporation • Hair Salon: My Cinderella’s Dream • Makeup Artist: Glenda D’Ambrisi • Jeweler: The Stone Hut
To read more about Rachel & Matt’s big day, pick up the New Jersey Edition of Contemporary Bride Magazine today!!