Amanda Laufer and Andrew Camelotto met at a Seton Hall Law School social event at Don Pepe’s Restaurant in Newark, New Jersey, in March of 2010. After bumping into each other on the dance floor, the pair hit it off. Four years later, in May of 2014, they planned to meet another couple for dinner in Hoboken, but when their friends mentioned they’d be late, the pair decided to take a walk along the Hudson River waterfront. At the end of the pier, with the Empire State Building lit up behind them, Andrew popped the question.
Once New Jersey's Park Savoy Estate was chosen as the backdrop for the bride and groom's October 16, 2015, wedding, Amanda dove head first into planning. With help from her mother and three sisters, her dream of an intimate celebration came to life. See all of the details of this wedding for 230 guests, as captured by Drew Noel Photography, below.
When Amanda went bridesmaid's dress shopping with her mom and sisters, she didn’t expect to find her dress, but she did! The gown that stole her heart was a vintage-inspired lace trumpet from Martina Liana. "I tried on a few others but was drawn back to the Martina Liana dress, so I followed my gut, and ordered it that day!" the bride says. She added a custom lace overlay to alter the neckline for the ceremony, and then took it off to enjoy the strapless silhouette during the reception.
Her bridesmaids wore emerald green Lazaro gowns paired with thin crystal belts and crystal earrings. The couple’s niece, Sienna, served as the flower girl and wore an ivory dress with a satin bow. Amanda's bouquet of vendetta roses, lisianthus, and ranunculus, was embellished with her grandmother’s broach and a locket with a photo of her other grandmother inside.
Andrew’s wedding day look was a total classic: He chose a black tuxedo with a checkered bowtie, and monogrammed cufflinks, a gift from his bride. His groomsmen all followed suit, and each man finished his look with a white calla lily boutonniere.
The weather cooperated with Amanda’s dream of having an outdoor ceremony, which started at sunset. The pair exchanged personalized vows in a ceremony officiated by the bride's sister beneath an archway covered in moss, hydrangeas, roses, and seeded eucalyptus, embellished with dangling crystals.
“We didn’t share them with each other beforehand," the bride says of penning their own ceremony vows. "It was really special to recite our vows for the first time to one another in front of our family and friends.” The venue’s garden and neighboring golf course provided a stunning backdrop.
Oval-shaped reception tables were topped with either high centerpieces in clear fluted vases or low ones in smaller cylinder-shaped vessels. The arrangements of hydrangeas, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, and orchids were made even more romantic with the addition of floating candles sprinkled around their base. But flowers weren't the only important elements of décor at this party: Amanda and Andrew displayed family wedding photos throughout the space.
After dinner, the ten-piece band started the party with the couple's first dance song, "Midnight Train to Georgia." "We love challenges, so we took dance lessons and worked hard to perfect our first dance together to a unique first dance song," Amanda says.
For couples currently planning their own wedding, Amanda has a few suggestions. "Don’t worry if things are a little off schedule," she says, "Your only responsibility that day is to enjoy yourself and be present in the moment. Do a 'first look' and take all of your pictures before the ceremony if you can. That way you can actually attend your cocktail hour and enjoy the rest of your special day!"
Venue & Catering: The Park Savoy
Veil: Pnina Tornai
Hair & Makeup: Ten Hair and Makeup
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Noir by Lazaro
Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: The Goldtinker
Cake: Conca D'Oro
Videographer: Your Cinematic Wedding Cinematography Studio
Photographer: Drew Noel Photography