Samantha + Scott’s Spring Green Wedding at Natirar Park
We loved Samantha + Scott’s glamorous filled with fun, laughter and fabulous decor captured by Lauren Kearns Photography with NST Pictures and Sonja DeGoria Events! “Samantha and Scott had met at a bar on Long Beach Island but their wedding day was full of spring greenery at Natirar Park. The wedding party arrived on location via party bus, and Samantha had the sweetest first look with her dad with him tearing up as he saw her in her dress. The ceremony site behind the historic Natirar was gorgeous with minimalist (yet elegantly impactful) decor, and as Samantha walked down the aisle, her tears of joy mixed with laughter and added to the overall air of happiness, which was carried into their reception, where guests danced the night away amidst great food. Towards the end of the night, Samantha and Scott cut their cake in the corner of the room, with Samantha dropping the first piece of cake on the floor by accident!”
How did you meet?
Our story began June 9th, 2012 in Long Beach Island, NJ. With no expectations of what was to come, we each went out with our friends and would meet at a favorite bar called Joe Pops. A day didn’t go by that summer where we didn’t talk and often met up in Hoboken and New York City. Several months later, Super Storm Sandy happened, and Scott invited both Sam and her roommate to stay with him while they were out of power and water. An impromptu week of living together was what sealed the deal, and the rest was history!
What is your proposal story?
Scott popped the question after work on a Friday night. We were leaving for vacation on Monday so I was in an extra great mood and was coming home with plans to go out for Pizza and Wine. While getting ready for dinner, Scott had told me he had gotten me something for our vacation- I turned around and he was on a knee. That surprise was followed by a surprise dinner with some of our closest friends that live near by… at a hibachi restaurant. While that might not sound romantic, this was the same place he told me he loved me for the first time years prior. I got to celebrate with friends then celebrate with him in florida the following week!
Tell us about your wedding – the vision, style and colours…
The Mansion Natirar was the first place we looked! & once you go there, its hard to look anywhere else. After being to a lot of weddings, we really wanted to find somewhere our friends hadn’t been. Funny enough, when we went there and it was completely under renovations. That day we toured a construction site where they were actually pouring concrete down for the ballroom. We got to see pictures of their vision and were sold by the overall beauty of what it will be, the gorgeous view and and their passion for food. Yes, food! They are all about using quality ingredients, most of which is from the acres of land that the mansion sits on. My husband has always had a passion for cooking, and I can certainly appreciate it. The venue felt so original that I wanted to make sure the colors I picked would be complementing. We went with Shades of White, Gray, a little blush and Greenery.
Tells us about your attire choices…
Scott loves a reason to dress up, so a tux was a must for him. He even had an outfit change from a classic black jacket during the ceremony to a navy dinner jacket for the party. I had pictured myself in lace, but when I tried this clean and classic dress on, it just felt like me! Once I picked the dress, I knew I had to go with some fun (and fancy) shoes, so I got rose gold jimmy choo’s!
What was the most important thing to you you when planning your wedding?
The most important part was making sure the wedding felt like us. There are little touches we added that made it feel like us, we serving champagne because we knew that’s something we like. Then had beignets and to-go bags as people were leaving! We love new orleans and who doesnt love beignets!! As for something we almost skipped, Scott was not sold on getting a videographer. However, we compromised by choosing a very basic package. Ultimately, I only wanted the 5 min highlight video, which we got, and both love.
What were your favourite parts of the day?
So many favorite parts: I think my favorite part was the ceremony. I didn’t realize how many emotions I would feel during those 20 minutes. At one point, I was so concentrated on what we were saying, I forgot to respond! I cried, we laughed, and the weather held out. An angel even brought us a little sun and a rainbow at the end! Scott loved the reception. The dance floor was packed and he was in the middle of it all night!
Tell us about your wedding flowers…
The flowers were simple. I didn’t want much color or anything more to overpower the beauty of the actual venue! During our ceremony we kept it simple with two tall arrangements on either side and a back drop of gorgeous land. These were some of my favorite photos. In the ballroom, there is a living wall that I wanted to make sure we complemented rather than take away from. The romantic taper candles were also beautiful with the flowers.
Did you include any heirlooms or special traditions?
Yes, Scott’s mother had passed away at the end of December. When cleaning out her closet I had found her garter along with a beautiful beaded clutch that were a perfect match to my dress and rose gold shoes. I also wore a ring from my late grandmother, earrings from my late godmother, and a bracelet from my mom. I couldn’t leave anyone out!
- Photography: Lauren Kearns Photography
- Venue: Natirar Park
- Planner: Sonja DeGoria Events
- Floral Design: Viburnum Designs
- Stationery: Rebecca Green Design
- Videography: NST Pictures
- Hair Stylist: Ashley Park
- Makeup Artist: Gia Palmieri
- WEdding Dress: Louvienna at Lovely Bride
- Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
- Bridesmaids Dresse: Watters
- Entertainment: The Benjamins
- Submitted via: Matchology