This Bride Transformed Her Childhood Summer Camp Into the Perfect Wedding Venue

Abigail and Tommy's New Jersey nuptials are bringing back tons of memories!

Updated 12/15/16
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Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Six years ago, Abigail Breene met Thomas DeCurtis at a Christmas party. “We found one another on the dance floor,” she remembers. So, after four and a half years of dating, when Thomas proposed on the roof of their New York City apartment building, they knew they wanted to plan a wedding that was just as fun as the way they met. Luckily, they knew just the place! “My grandparents started Camp Riverbend, in Warren, New Jersey, 54 years ago, and they still live on the property,” says Abigail. “I grew up going to camp there, and Tommy and I have spent many weekends lounging by the pool!”

With a location locked in, the bride (also a national advertising manager for BRIDES!) used her industry knowledge to plan the wedding she’s always dreamed of: rustic, chic, and totally personal. With a mint green, gold, and white color scheme, interspersed with soft lace and kraft paper, they hosted 189 guests beneath a sailcloth tent at the bride’s grandparents’ camp on May 21, 2016. Pack your backpack and your sleeping bag, and come see the crazy pretty details, photographed by Kelly Kollar Photography!

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Tommy and Abigail’s invitation suite proves simple doesn’t have to be boring. With lace and burlap accents around kraft paper invitations, they clued guests in to the relaxed theme.

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Not many brides get to say they found their gown while attending Bridal Fashion Week! “I was in London, and saw this Jesús Peiró while I was with my boss. My mom and aunt had also come to London with me, so we returned to the showroom the next day so they could see me try it on,” says the bride. “It was the very first dress I tried on!” The gown featured a full ball skirt, a modern high halter neck, and an oversized bow at the waist.

Tommy wore a harbor blue suit from J.Crew, which he paired with brown Cole Haan shoes (and then white Converse for the reception!).

As nod to Tommy’s proposal (he surprised Abigail with a bouquet of anemones!), the bride carried blush roses, white peonies, anemones, and baby’s breath down the aisle.

The couple's flower girl and ring bearer were totally adorable, even if they were less than enthused about posing for pre-ceremony portraits!

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Abigail’s bridesmaid wore mint green chiffon dresses, while the maid of honor donned a beaded look. The groomsmen all wore their own navy suits, giving them an equally stylish mismatched look.

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

At the entrance to the venue was a vintage tandem bike with a basket full of flowers and greenery. Instead of printed programs, a wooden sign with hand-painted details introduced guests to the VIPs. Tommy and Abigail walked down a burlap aisle to a wooden pergola, draped with greenery, baby’s breath, hydrangeas, anemones, and ranunculus.

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Abigail’s father walked her down the aisle. She and Tommy wrote their own vows, and kept them private until the ceremony. “Our guests were convinced we’d written them together, because a few of our vows were exactly the same!” Abigail says. After they said “I do,” Tommy and Abigail made their getaway on a decorated golf cart.

“I absolutely loved planning the details,” says Abigail. “Tommy let me run with my vision!”

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

During cocktail hour, guests mingled beneath a display of paper pompoms hand-made by Abigail’s mom, dining on fresh-shucked oysters. Escort cards were pinned to frames of chicken wire. “We made sure the wedding included our family,” says Abigail. They displayed their parents’ and grandparents’ wedding pictures on a vintage wooden table topped with lace.

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Beneath the sail cloth dinner tent, strings of café lights lit tables surrounded by cross-back chairs — one of Abigail’s wedding must-haves! The centerpieces were worn wooden boxes filled with roses, hydrangeas, baby’s breath, and greenery.

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Instead of traditional numbers, each table was named after one of the bride and groom’s favorite restaurants. They replaced standard paper menus with brown bags, printed with the evening’s meal and filled with pretzel rolls. For dinner, guests were served an Italian bread salad, followed by a pairing of beef tenderloin with an herb and garlic crust and grilled jumbo shrimp. Tommy and Abigail skipped wedding cake in favor of an assortment of miniature sweets.

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

“We choreographed a routine for our first dance, to Patrick Lentz’s acoustic cover of ‘I Feel So Close,’” says Abigail. “It started slow, then we picked it up and had a blast!”

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

A small tent alongside the reception space was the designated cigar bar, where smokes were hand-rolled for guests. “It was a huge hit!” says the bride.

Pizza Late-Night Snack

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“Tommy and I love pizza,” says Abigail, “so we had a late night pizza truck! Tommy grabbed a box and brought it to the dance floor. He was feeding me as everyone danced around us!”

Photo by Kelly Kollar Photography

Though she’s a wedding industry pro, even Abigail was surprised by how quickly the day went by. “Step away for a moment during the reception to spend some time just the two of you,” she says. We’ll drink to that!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Camp Riverbend || Wedding Planner: Something Social || Bride's Wedding Dress: Jesús Peiró || Jewelry: J.Crew; Nordstrom || Shoes: Prada || Hair & Makeup: Blow In Blow Out || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale, Jenny Yoo & Monique Lhuillier, purchased at Bella Bridesmaids; Adrianna Papell, purchased at Nordstrom; J.Crew || Groom's Attire: J.Crew; The Tie Bar || Groomsmen's Attire: The Tie Bar || Engagement Ring & Bride's Wedding Band: R.S. Simony Jewelers || Flowers & Program Board: Events by Katherine || Invitations & Table Numbers: From Leoni With Love || Music: The Joel Young Band of Hank Lane Music || Catering: Rustic Food || Cocktail Hour Oysters: Oysters XO || Late Night Snacks: Pizza Vita || Rentals: Please B Seated; Rustic Drift; Sperry Tents; Taylor Rental; World of Rock || Cigar Rolling: Maxum Cigars || Videographer: Live Pictures Studios || Photographer: Kelly Kollar Photography

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