It is so nice to start off the 2021 wedding season with a couple like Amanda and Vinny! These two are so laid back and go with the flow, it made everything about their day so smooth and easy-going. I have never had a timeline flow perfectly on time before too. We literally started and ended every part of the day exactly when we were supposed to, without having to rush at all! I feel like that is a great sign for the way 2021’s wedding season will be!
Amanda and Vinny had their wedding ceremony at the beautiful Chapel at Allaire State Park. If you have never been to Allaire State Park and Allaire Village, you are greatly missing out! The buildings and history that Allaire State Park and Allaire Village have to offer are so beautiful! I have visited the park many times, especially for sessions because of how beautiful the grounds are. Allaire Village has a bunch of old rustic buildings and Allaire State Park has many walking trails and a long bike path for riders.
The Chapel at Allaire State Park is so cute and quaint, it really does make for a beautiful little chapel to get married in! With the old pews and originals hardwood floors, you almost feel as if you have traveled back in time! With the way 2020 was for us all, it is nice to feel like you can escape to a better time of the past. The lighting that the chapel offers is so beautiful too! Most churches or chapels do not have the best lighting or are very outdated, however, the Chapel at Allaire State Park is gorgeous with beautiful white walls, dark wood finishes, and large windows that line both sides of the chapel.
I met Amanda and Vinny for the first time during their engagement session, which you can check out their blog post here! When they originally booked me and when I shot their engagement session, the plan was for Amanda and Vinny to get married at The Mainland in LBI but due to the venue’s minimum headcounts and COVID, a lot of Amanda and Vinny’s family were not able to make it. So Amanda and Vinny ended up canceling their wedding with The Mainland and moving everything to The Chapel at Allaire State Park and Christie’s Italian Restaurant.
Christie’s Italian Restaurant had some amazing looking and smelling food! I say this because I did not have a chance to try their food as Jason was at home making me a glorious homemade dinner, so I had to turn down the offer of dinner at Christie’s Italian Restaurant. It is so rare that Jason will cook dinner for me so I have to soak up all the opportunities I can!
I can’t believe Amanda and Vinny’s wedding day has already come and gone! Despite it being so windy and cold, it turned out to be such a beautiful day! The trust they had in me through the whole process is more than I could ever ask for out of any of my couples! I am so happy for Amanda and Vinny and I want to thank them so much for allowing me to be a part of their day.
Look at how adorable the Chapel at Allaire State Park is!
I learned that it is tradition to ring the Chapel Bell 3 times once the couple are pronounced they are married for good luck!
The Chapel at Allaire offers such a beautiful backdrop for portraits!