Le Club Avenue Wedding

Jun 21

Ashley and Jonathan

Black and white photo of the bride and groom strolling down the boardwalk with the grooms son in between them

A stunning bride and groom, a super cute dog in a white dress, an adorable son, a chill lounge vibe, and perfect weather at the beach: who could ask for anything more? Ashley and Jonathan’s wedding at Le Club Avenue in Long Branch was incredible from start to finish (I mean, I had my first pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwich at the end of the night because of them)! Read on to see what I mean…

There is only one word to describe Ashley and Jonathan: incredible. Together, along with Jonathan’s son, Beckett, who is the most adorable little boy ever (I am totally hooking him up with my niece), combined with both of their warm and welcoming families, made for one of the best weddings ever.

The day began with Ashley getting ready at the Bungalow Hotel, with her sweet sidekick pup Lucy by her side, while Jonathan got his groom prep on with Beckett by his side at the Ocean Place Resort. After popping champagne, lots of laughs, and super cute pics of Lucy, Beckett joined Ashley at the Bungalow Hotel with his eyes covered so he could be surprised by how gorgeous Ashley looked in her wedding gown. When he uncovered his eyes, and hugged her, it was simply adorable. From his “first look”, to his picking flowers he found while on his way to formal pictures to give to Ashley, to mentioning how she “looked like a Disney princess”, Beckett was the perfect little gentleman that simply melted my heart.

We truly had the best weather day a person could ask for: a little bit on the breezy side, but overall, perfection. We were able to capture so many amazing images: on the beach under the boardwalk for their first look (be sure to check out Jonathan’s face when he saw Ashley for the first time), on the boardwalk, and of course, on the rooftop for the ceremony and cocktail reception at the perfect lounge location. All of Ashley and Jonathan’s modern beach vibe wedding dreams came to fruition courtesy of Magnolia West Events. From the modern couches and weathered wood chairs with plush, glam pillows scattered about the venue, to the perfect amount of sparkle votives, and of course, the custom made wood and fresh floral bar, everything was full of detailed perfection.

Thank you Ashley, Jonathan, and Beckett, as well as both of your families for such a fantastic day! I am so grateful to have been able to capture your big day that was so fun, so full of artistic detail and had so many loving moments. I can’t wait to see the memories you all make as you grow together.


Vendors

Venue: Le Club Avenue //Event Planner: Magnolia West Events //  Wedding Gown Atelier: BHLDN // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Wedding Gown: Eddy K // Bridesmaid Gowns: David’s Bridal // Hair: Laura Dyer // Groom & Groomsmen attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Make up: Michelle Schwartz with Willow House Beauty  //  Floral Design: Magnolia West Events // DJ: SCE Event Group // Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. // Photobooth: GIF It Good // Cake: Chocolate Carousel // Stationery: Minted //

compliation photo of the details of the wedding including the invitation, florals, and the brides shoes
compliation photo of details of the wedding including the brides shoes and florals
full length photo of the brides lace gown hanging from a white silk hanger in front of sliding doors to a balcony in the bridal suite
close up photo of the brides lace gown with rhinestone belt hanging on a white silk hanger
close up of the brides round diamond engagement ring
brides round diamond engagement ring displayed in her bouquet
detailed close up of the crystals on the brides heels
brides drop earrings perched on a cream colored rose in her bouquet
three boutonnieres of light pink roses and orchids displayed in a row
The brides small dog, dressed in a white dress, on the white bed next to signage "my humans are getting married" with the date of the wedding

How did you two meet and fall in love?

“You had me at swipe right”

This “modern” love story started on a fateful night in New Jersey. Both Jon and Ashley found themselves curiously evaluating possible nearby romantic ‘matches’ in the most convenient way possible, from the comfort of home and on their phones… thirty miles apart. 

While visiting her mom, Ashley happened to open the Bumble app and came across a handsome gentleman named Jon. Ashley was instantly attracted to Jon’s studious photos along with the witty commentary in his description and – despite living in Annapolis at the time – decided to take a chance by swiping right.

Simultaneously, while at home, Jon also happened to open the Bumble app. He was immediately drawn to Ashley’s stunning beauty, but was even more drawn to the down-to-earth and fun images she felt captured her personality. Although the way people portray themselves on the internet is sometimes questionable, Jon couldn’t imagine not swiping right: “Did I just find a unicorn on the internet?” he thought.

From there a conversation started. Ashley mentioned the whole living in Annapolis thing, but fate had already decided that was not going to be a problem as Jon was going to be visiting Annapolis the following week for a friend’s wedding. So despite the distance, the two made plans to meet up for coffee in Ashley’s ocean town. 

When the fateful meeting day had arrived, things were not going in Ashley’s favor. It was the end of the sales quarter and numbers were slow to come in: Ashley contemplated cancelling the date as she feared she wouldn’t make the best first impression if she had to step away from the date to dial for dollars. Jon, on the other hand, being on vacation and seriously interested in beautiful internet unicorns was having quite a lovely day. Despite Ashley’s trials and tribulations, she had a feeling she would regret not following through with meeting for coffee and head out.

Ashley was taken aback by finding Jon more handsome in person and wishing she spent more time getting ready. Jon, however, saw Ashley walking down the street in a ‘devil wears Prada’ type red dress… Yikes. Ease was instant, laughter contagious, and connection undeniable. When asked “how did it go?” by his friends before the wedding, the only reply Jon could find to describe the meeting was: “I’m in trouble. I hope she wants to talk to me again.” It turns out she did.

Alternating weekends between Princeton and Annapolis, making up fake vacation words they are proud of like “work”-cation, moving in together, getting engaged in front of their Christmas tree, enjoying every chance to have a new experience with Beckett and Lucy, and simply not being able to imagine a life without one another – it seems that first coffee date will never end.

bride laughing while reading a letter from her groom while getting ready in a light color plaid shirt with graphic tshirt underneath
the bride and her friends casually sitting in the bridal suite drinking champagne
back full length view of the bride being buttoned into her gown by her mother while her maid of honor fixes the train on her gown in the bridal suite
the back of the bride being buttoned into her lace gown
black and white side view of the bride being buttoned into her lace bridal gown
the brides hands crossed over her waist, highlighting her round diamond engagement ring, the lace on her gown and the stone waist band of the gown
A black and white candid photo of the maid of honor holding the brides small dog, which is dressed in a white dress, while the bride plays and coos with the dog
portrait of the bride in her lace gown, holding her bridal bouquet of white, blush, pink and lavender florals in the bridal suite
The brides bouquet of light purple, pink, blush and white peonies and roses held at her waist, without her face in view
under veil portrait of the brides face
A bridal portrait of the bride under her veil, face partially peeking through
groom and his son in their tuxedo vests and white shirts standing in front of a mirror doing sons hair in preparation for the wedding
groom getting ready with assistance from his best man with the cuff links of his tuxedo
black and white photo of grooms son adjusting the grooms bowtie in the grooms suite
close up of groom in navy blue tuxedo adjusting his grey bowtie
black and white photo groom and his young son get ready for the wedding in the grooms suite
groom hugs his son
Groom read as note with hsis mother
black and white photo of the bride about to surprise her soon to be stepson, his back to her, hands over his face
the bride sees her soon to be step son in the bridal suite
a formal portrait of the groom on the beach under the boardwalk as he waits for his bride during their first look
capturing the grooms look of shock and awe as he sees his bride for the first time under the boardwalk on the beach during their first look
the groom sees his bride for the first time during their first look on the beach. his expression is priceless shock and awe
full length photo of the bride and groom on the beach for the first look, giggling at one another, palm tree in background
bride and groom on the beach for their first look, holding one another and the bridal bouquet, looking at one another
half shot of bride and groom during their first look on the beach, the groom sneaking a kiss on the brides cheek
close up of the brides round engagement ring while holding a piece of her lace gown
casual bridal portrait outide on the boardwalk
casual bridal portrait outide on the boardwalk
fun bridal portrait outide on the boardwalk
formal bridal portrait outside on the boardwalk with brides entire gown and train completely flowing out and she is holding her bouquet
close up of the details of the brides lace gown and rhinestone belt
bottom 3/4 shot of bride and groom looking at each other focusing on the back of her lace gown outside on the boardwalk
formal full length portrait of the bride and groom on the boardwalk, with the brides entire lace gown extended while she has her arm through her grooms arm, her other arm on his shoulder
Bride and groom looking at each other 3/4 shot outside on boardwalk with venue in background
black and white photo of the bride behind her groom, arms wrapped around him, looking off towards the ocean from the boardwalk
side view of the bride and groom smiling, noses together, outside on the boardwalk
black and white candid photo of the bride and groom
Portrait of bride and groom; bride looking off in the distance towards the camera, while the groom has his forehead to the side of her face
black and white close up of the bride and groom smiling, noses together
close up of the bottom 3/4 shot of bride and groom looking at each other focusing on the back of her lace gown outside on the boardwalk
the bride and groom walking down the boardwalk, groom carrying the brides bouquet
black and white photo of the bride and groom laughing at one another while holding hands, photo from behind
a photo from behind the bride and groom, the bride looking back at the camera while the groom nuzzles her head with his nose
The groom kisses his brides forehead as he is holding her in his arms in front of a palm tree
groom holding is bride while leaning against a rail outside in front of a palm tree making silly faces at the camera
close up of orange flowers the grooms son picked from a nearby plant that hes holding behind his back to "surprise" his new stepmom with
bride and groom candid photo accepting flowers from the grooms young son
A photo of the bride and groom on the boardwalk from the back, with the grooms young son in between them, he turning around to look at the camera
Formal portrait of the bride and groom with the grooms son. The groom is on a bent knee, the bride is at the same level, so both are the same height as the young boy
bride and her maid of honor in a pink vneck gown looking at each other outside on the boardwalk
close up of the bridal bouquet of white, cream and blush peonies with some greens next to the maid of honors bouquet with more pink and purple florals with some greens
Formal portrait of the groom with his best man outside on the boardwalk
Bride and groom portrait with maid of honor and best man
wide angle shot of the wedding location Le Club Avenue on the pier in Long Branch, NJ
custom floral altar of pink, blush, lavendar, cream and blue florals with greens created by Magnolia West Events
custom floral altar of pink, blush, lavendar, cream and blue florals with greens created by Magnolia West Events
the bride walks down the aisle to her groom on her mothers arm

What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?

Walking down the aisle was a pretty incredible moment. It was almost in slow motion.. all the memories of how our relationship grew to to this point coming to mind, the months of planning and seeing our friends and family surrounding us, the gravity of it was not lost on us. 

the groom and his best man look down the aisle at the bride as she makes her way to him at the floral altar
a candid photo of the grooms young son trying to take a peek at the bride as she comes down the aisle
The groom hugs the mother of the bride, who walked her down the aisle
A wide shot of the bride and groom taking their marriage vows under a gorgeous bright blue sky with a few stray clouds
funny moment for the bride and groom during their ceremony outdoors overlooking the beach in front of a custom floral altar
black and white photo of the bride and groom exchange vows overlooking the beach in front of custom floral altar pieces
the bride and groom exchange rings overlooking the beach in front of custom floral altar pieces
the bride and groom exchange vows overlooking the beach in front of custom floral altar pieces
the bride and groom seal their vows with a kiss overlooking the beach in front of custom floral altar pieces
the new mr and mrs walk down the aisle together under showers of rose petals
the new mr and mrs walk down the aisle together under showers of rose petals
acrylic signage throughout the lounge reception with a small floral piece of blush and white florals with greens
acrylic signage for the custom guestbook
a wide angle of a portion of the outdoor reception space with various patio furniture and lighting
custom floral and wood bar designed by Magnolia West Events

Was there a theme behind your wedding day? What colors did you choose? What ‘feeling’ were you going for?

We were aspiring for modern beach with the fabulous guidance of Magnolia West Events!

acrylic reserved sign in front of a small floral of lavendar, pink and white florals with greens
a wide angle of a portion of the outdoor reception space with various patio furniture and lighting
pillows used throughout the lounge reception space
patio furniture used in the outdoor area of the lounge reception
wide angle of the indoor lounge reception space
A variety of candles that are scattered throughout the lounge reception
A variety of candles that are scattered throughout the lounge reception
decor details from the space of various votives and small pink floral display
close up of the indoor lounge reception space with blue couches and many pillows in various shades of pink and silver
the bride and groom entering the reception as husband and wife, holding their arms in the air
wide angle photo of the bride and groom during their first dance on a tiled patio being watched by guests standing

What made you choose your specific venue for your wedding day?

We wanted a venue that would marry our love for the beach, modern take on a wedding setting and still allowed us to feel luxurious. 

black and white candid photo of the bride and groom during their first dance
black and white photo of bride and groom during their first dance
the bride and groom forehead to forehead during their first dance
black and white photo of the bride and groom during their first dance, including the grooms son in the dance
black and white photo of groom lifting bride and kissing her after first dance as husband and wife
a wide angle view of the groom dipping his bride during their first dance
black and white candid photo of the bride and her mother embracing
black and white photo of the groom and his mother dancing
The best man makes his speech in front of a large cream colored brick fireplace
A black and white candid photo of the bride and groom holding hands and laughing during the toasts and speeches

What piece of advice would you give to future couples planning their big day?

So many! To narrow it down to three – Choose vendors that feel like friends, enjoy every moment of the process because it goes so fast and stay true to what you want for the big day!

the maid of honor in a blush pink v neck gown making her speech in front of the cream and stone fireplace
A fun photo of the grooms sister and the grooms son sitting next to each other and clapping
black and white photo of the bride wrapped in her veil, receiving a kiss on her forehead from her groom
bride and groom portrait looking at the camera
groom dipping his bride in front of custom floral decorated bar outside overlooking the beach

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

With planning, it was important for us to have people around us we could trust and felt more like friends than vendors.

black and white candid photo of bride crying while being surrounded by her friends and family
The maid of honor, groom, brother of the bride and other guests dancing during the reception
The bride dances with her guests during the wedding reception
the bride being spun in her wedding gown during a dance with her husband during the wedding reception
Two wedding guests have a very fun time dancing during the wedding reception
The bride, maid of honor, brides brother and mother of the bride dance together during the reception
The bride dances with her guests during the reception
three tier polygon shaped cake with white frosting and lavender, pink, blush and white flowers
three tier polygon shaped cake with white frosting and lavender, pink, blush and white flowers
The bride and groom cut their three tier white polygon shaped wedding cake with floral accents of light purple, pink, blush and white roses and peonies
The groom wipes cake on the nose of the bride during the cake cutting
Bride wrapped in her grooms arms against a purple sunset sky

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Le Club Avenue wedding photos by New Jersey wedding photographers, Jaye Kogut Photography

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