Jennifer & Jonathan’s Classy Cat Wedding

* Jennifer, Freelance Framer, Artist, and Burrito Roller & Jonathan, Web Programmer/Multimedia Producer * Photographer: Kateryn Silva * Soundtrack for reading: “Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton *

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: Classy cat wedding.

The Info—Photographer: Kateryn Silva / Wedding Rings: Bario-Neal / Location: Chesterfield Township, New Jersey / Venue: The Inn at Fernbrook Farms / Jennifer’s Dress & Headpiece: Millcrest Vintage / Jennifer’s Reception Dress: Ruby Chic Boutique / Jennifer’s Reception Headpiece: Flair / Jonathan’s Suit & Groomsmen’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank / Bridesmaid Dresses: For Her and For Him / Cake: Sweet T’s Bakeshop / DJ: DJ Your Way with Chris

Other cool stuff we should know about: It’s all about the little things. We tried to add a personal, meaningful touch to all of the little details that defined our wedding. The bouquets and boutonnières were origami made by Jennifer’s childhood friend and bridesmaid Justine. We served some of our favorite craft beers. We featured an Asian food station (some of our favorite cuisine). Our first dance song was “Blue Velvet,” which was also featured in one of our favorite films with the same title. We love delicious cakes, so instead of having one, we had four from local bakeries. Jon’s cousin, Alexandra, was our ring bearer. Years ago, Jon served as ring bearer in his Uncle John and Aunt Andrea’s wedding (Alexandra’s parents).

It’s also about the big things. We love our cat, Toulouse, and wanted her to be our honorary usher. What started out as a joke ended up as long and involved process. We knew we couldn’t bring our cat to the wedding. So, instead, we purchased a large piece of plywood. Jen’s maid of honor, Alexa, is an illustrator by trade. On the plywood, she drew an incredible portrait of Toulouse’s head. Then Jon’s father, Mark, cut out the cat head and sanded it down. Jen and Jon then brought the cat head to Jon’s groomsman and college roommate, Ian. Ian, being one of the most gifted painters Jon has ever met, painted the most beautiful lifelike portrait of Toulouse. Once the giant cat head was completed, Jon’s father constructed a stand and we set it on a table at the ceremony to help point guests in the right direction.

The wedding venue itself also had a sentimental touch. Fernbrook Farms is an extraordinary organic farm and CSA. Jon’s parents have been members for several years now and pick their share of fruits and vegetables every summer. During our summer breaks from college and even some weekends during fall semesters, we would join Jon’s parents at the farm and help them collect their share. Just as we fell in love with each other, we fell in love with the farm. When we discovered that Fernbrook Farms hosts weddings, our decision was a no-brainer.

Oh and our wedding suite at the Inn at Fernbrook Farms had the best bathroom. There was a giant mirror across from the toilet. So when you took a piddle you looked like a fashion model, but a dresser sat in the front of the mirror right where your naughty bits are.

Favorite thing about the wedding:
Jen: I don’t get to see my Nanna often, she lives five hours away, so I am lucky if I see her once every year. I just got my hair, makeup, and dress on, when she happen to walk into my room to say hello. She was almost immediately in tears, and gave me the biggest hug.

Jon: My favorite thing was seeing the rings on our fingers at the conclusion of our ceremony. Not only did it mean I was married to my soul mate, it meant that I survived the process without dropping the rings in the grass.

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