We all know that Spring and Summer are the most popular seasons to get hitched. Just because Labor Day has come and gone, doesn’t mean you can’t have a fabulous wedding! September and October are PRIME TIME for indoor/outdoor nuptials. The trees begin to turn beautiful Autumn colors (which makes for a great color palette), and the air is just a bit cooler; fit for lantern-lit nights and yummy spiced drinks. Let’s begin.
Think **warm** neutrals and complimentary accents. Trends we’ve been seeing a lot of this year have been deep navy paired with blush, and hombre-sangria tones. Fall doesn’t mean everything has to be Halloween themed, or even orange for that matter (unless that’s what you’re into)! With early Fall transitioning from Summer and late Fall transitioning into Winter, the possibilities are endless.
FLORAL IDEAS & DÉCOR
Your bouquet does not have to be traditional red roses!!! Adding a cool element, such as succulent plants (great for nautical themes) is an excellent way to mix things up. Succulents come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They pair well whether your theme is bright, bold, jewel tones, or soft and elegant pastels. Succulents add something unique and unexpected. They also make for gorgeous centerpieces or seat markers, and your guests can take them home at the end of the night to place on a windowsill as a subtle reminder of what a wonderful time they had (they’re pretty low-maintenance plants).
Natural elements. Whether it’s painted pumpkins, twine and birch, or wood and metal, there are exponential uses for the bits of nature we find around us every day. Arranged the right way, they make for a beautiful (and sometimes cheaper) cozy Fall setting. Copper, brass, and gold accents/tones can add a subtle shine, or a deep richness to your atmosphere. Fall is a great season for DIY decorations like painted “Welcome” signs, mason jars, burlap-wrapped favors, and candle holding gourds. Soft light from candles in lanterns or fairy lights on strings ensure a warm feel even if it’s chilly. Wheat stalks can also add an understated element of comfort. They can be used in your isle decor, for filling tall vases, and decorating mantles. Mixed textures like linen, burlap, satin, and even cotton crochet that mimics lace are a wonderful addition.
Your personality as a couple should dictate what your wedding party looks like. Many couples have been straying from the traditional black tie or charcoal suits for rustic tan, tweed, and plaid. Trading up neckties for bow ties and solids for stripes. Depending on how formal or casual your event will be, there are so many choices to consider when picking out your groomsman’s garb. Suspenders are now becoming just as popular as the 3 piece suit, and sneakers are widely accepted as long as they’re clean and uniform.
Another trend that we are really digging this year is bridesmaids not-so-matchy-matchy dresses. Everything is a little asymmetrical and it is visually interesting. This way, each bridesmaid gets to pick out (WITH THE BRIDES APPROVAL, OF COURSE) her own dress. Let’s face it. Not everyone looks stunning in the same cut, color, and shaped dress. However, you should be sure to discuss and agree on the same length of the dress. One way we suggest making sure everyone stays on palette is to hand out paint swatches (found at your local paint or hardware store) to match fabric color as closely as they can. Pro Tip: your photos will show more sincere smiles if everyone is comfortable!
LACE, LACE, LACE!! Lace is for Fall. Eggshell, off white, vintage, lace.
Of course, this is only our opinion for 2014. Lace is whimsical and versatile. Your dress might be Cinderella-poofy, or long and sleek couture, but lace will never go out of style. The half-sleeved and cap sleeve styles have been catching our attention repeatedly. Whether your Fall wedding is near the beach, in a barn, or on a mountainside, you can’t really go wrong. Of course, every bride should decide on her own style. Do your research, choose a silhouette, a budget, and a theme. Examine the weather. Is your event indoors? Outdoors? If the wedding is set for September – Mid October, there’s a chance it could still be very warm. When you start to approach the end of October into November you might want to consider sleeves and their length as a part of your wedding style statement.
We love Fall weddings. There are infinite possibilities! Choose what makes you comfortable and the memorable will follow.
Molly Pitcher Inn debuted the brand new Promenade in May of 2012, but it wasn’t until June of that year that the utilization of our partnership with Sperry Tents became a reality. Since, the then blossoming friendship between the companies has really come to fruition. We at Molly Pitcher Inn are now capable of accommodating 300 guests in our ballroom and Promenade in almost any type of weather. Since then we’ve held weddings, fundraisers, corporate events, and even magazine launches under the tent on the Promenade. Our friends at Sperry have been a real game changer for our events, and that’s why we’d like to share a little about them with our readers!!
Sperry Tents used to be called Sperry Sails, originally based out of Massachusetts. As the story goes, a party tent was needed, and so was constructed, bringing about the Tents we know today. Any other quirky stories from the beginning days of the company?
Steve Sperry, founder of Sperry Sails, is the original creator of the Sperry Tent. He is a REALLY nice, and interesting person. He bought an old saw mill machine, and built his sail loft by himself, using the wood he milled. It is a beautiful post and beam structure. Then he built his house the same way. He only uses wood heat, raises his own chickens and produce on his property, and flies the coolest little two seater airplane. He takes us for rides in the plane, when we visit him on business. His sons, Matt and Tim Sperry, are at the helm of the companies today. They are great guys, and interesting as well: sailing a 40’ boat around the world in their twenties.
Steve initially built a tent out of an old yacht sail to house a family party. With 30 years of innovation, you have what you see today in the artistic and structural design of the Sperry Tent. Steve, to this day, in his late 70s, planes our 25’ birch center poles with his mill he built by hand in his back yard. It is a wild scene!
We understand that you’re not just limited to the US. What’s been your favorite location thus far?
We know Sperry Tents have been shipped as far as Norway, England, Belgium, Australia, and the US Virgin Islands. Tim Daugherty and myself have yet to leave the US on official tent business, but we sure would like to!!! Hint to all those destination brides in winter time – you know who to call. Sperry Tents New Jersey has installed tents as far as the DC area, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and the Hamptons. Though, the vast majority of our business is conducted right here in New Jersey.
Have you ever encountered, say, a “nightmare scenario”? Any major malfunction stories you’d like to share?
In October 2012, a rogue blizzard formed overnight on a Friday, and slammed right into most counties in North Jersey. October is a big outdoor wedding month, and many companies had wedding tents up all over NJ. The Governor declared state of emergency…. It was a tough day in the tent rental business. BUT, we worked very hard that day, and did everything we could for our customers. No one was disappointed by our efforts, and we still receive praise from our actions during/after that storm. It would be okay with us, if we never experienced a rogue blizzard again!
What would you say is the most interesting event you’ve been hired to cover?
We have been lucky enough to be part of some A-list celebrity events. A couple of those events were extremely organized, and very secretive. No cell phones (cameras) allowed on the property what-so-ever. Caterers fed you breakfast, lunch, and dinner on site. The clients wanted to minimize people leaving the property, so as to not draw any attention. Those were some really exciting jobs. We could tell you what celebrities were involved, but then we would have to…….
We have also done some pretty cool surprise parties. We have had crews of 20+ guys sitting around the corner from the house, and when the wife leaves for her morning errands to return a few hours later and “Surprise!” – a tent, lights, flooring and the whole nine in her back yard. The jaw drop is pretty inspiring.
What are your predictions for the future of tents?
The history of tents dates back to 1200bc. Much has changed, but the overall mechanics remain the same; fabric held in the air by poles, and tensioning systems. Technology has played a large part in the improved engineering, and aesthetic quality of tents. We expect to see that improvement continue through the discovery of lighter, stronger, longer-lasting materials that can be applied to tent construction.
Thanks to Tim for taking time and being so candid with us. Molly Pitcher looks forward to continuing a wonderful relationship with Sperry and just loves when her guests enjoy the covered promenade under the stars.
Until next time!
Suzy & Luke
“Shocked? Overwhelmed with joy? It’s tough to pinpoint. You’re never really prepared for the actual moment,” Suzy is describing to us the mixture of emotions she felt after being proposed to in October of 2011. “It was perfect. We were in the car, on the way to dinner, and all of the sudden Luke pulls into the parking lot of Seven Presidents Beach in Long Branch. The sun was setting; it was a warm, gorgeous, October evening. Of course, I said ‘Yes’, and well, the rest is history.”
By “history” she means planning. Lots and lots of planning. Suzy and Luke chose Molly Pitcher Inn as their venue.
“Molly was always our first choice“, she assures us. “As practicing members of the First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, our ceremony would be held there. It was very lovely.”
Our own Allison Mercer was Suzy and Luke’s Wedding Coordinator and guided them through how Molly Pitcher Inn would do everything to make their wedding day just as they always dreamed. Suzy goes on to tell us that she also had a little help from WeddingWire.com. “We decided on a fall theme after we set the date for October 20th. Our colors were oranges, yellows, light blues, and taupe, like an October sunset. We had a Candy-Bar to tie in with Halloween, since it was close to our date, as well as white pumpkins as cake toppers. I liked the idea of keeping the cake monochromatic. It was a Red Velvet cake by Ye Olde Pie Shoppe, and it was to-die-for.”
The rehearsal dinner was held at Nauvoo in Fair Haven.
Suzy found her dress in Manhattan, by Modern Trousseau. Petal Beach did a remarkable job with all of her floral needs, and local photographer Jeri Houseworth took pictures throughout the event, day and night. The rest of the photos can be viewed HERE.
“Jeri did a fabulous job of capturing all of our special moments. It sounds cliché, but this is the stuff that matters. We will be able to look back on that day for the rest of our lives and remember how perfect it really was. We couldn’t have done it without all of our vendors, especially everyone at Molly Pitcher Inn, or support from our family and friends. We took the whole year to plan every detail to make sure it was perfect. You know, you run into hiccups and bumps along the way, but in the end it all came together so seamlessly. Better than we ever could have imagined!”
After enjoying a Brunch the morning after the wedding, in the Molly Pitcher’s Navesink Room, Suzy and Luke hopped on a plane to Punta Cana to enjoy their honeymoon. Recently, the two have relocated to South Carolina, and will be celebrating their first year as husband in wife this coming October. We here at Molly wish them all the best in love and in luck. Come back any time to visit!!