Porta wedding of Kristin & Martha|Asbury Park, NJ

Kristin & Martha’s number one priority for their wedding was that is be “fun” and number two was that it be “relaxed”. I think they achieved both very successfully, along with it being a beautifully intimate and emotional day. Some thoughts from the brides and photos from their ceremony below. Reception photos coming soon. Enjoy!

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Who proposed and how?
Martha proposed to Kristin at home. Two months later Kristin proposed to Martha in downtown Princeton. Our rings are different, but go together because they are made by the same artist.

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A few photos of Kristin & Martha’s Italian greyhounds before the ceremony were a must. That’s Vincent on the left and Dexter on the right…

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What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
Kristin: All the toasts. SO unexpected and emotional. I’m still processing all of that!
Martha: Walking into Porta Pizzeria with Kristin by my side and hearing the cheers and seeing the smiling faces of our closest friends and family. I also really loved our first dance to Heavenly Day and was very happy that our guests joined in, as requested!

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When did you know you wanted to marry your spouse?
Kristin: I can’t choose one moment. We’ve been together for a loooong time.

Martha: I don’t think there was really one moment. We have a very honest and loving relationship and a fun, cozy life together. This is the relationship I’ve always wanted, so I knew she was the one.

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What was the one thing you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
Kristin: The entire part walking from one part of the wedding to the next (restaurant to arcade) and staying together. As predicted, it was slightly stressful, but it was fine. We didn’t lose anyone!
Martha: The zipper on my dress broke the week before the wedding. Luckily, I found a super talented tailor who fixed the zipper in time — and it held up for the wedding!

How does it feel different being married?
Kristin: I’m not exactly sure why or how, but it definitely does. There’s just something about DECLARING your relationship’s permanence and intention that changes things.
Martha: We’ve been together for 8 years, so I really didn’t think it would feel different to be married. But I was wrong. I fell even more in love with Kristin on our wedding day and during our honeymoon. Formally professing our love for each other in front of our friends and family made our bond even stronger.

What’s next for the two of you?
Kristin: A weekend getaway to NYC in July; our annual Jersey Shore vacation with our nephews in August; hosting Thanksgiving at our house; our annual (huge) Xmas cookie party in December.
Martha: We desperately want to get back to Provincetown, MA for a second honeymoon. In the meantime, we will take 3 of our nephews to Seaside Heights, NJ for our annual weeklong summer vacation and will undoubtedly make several trips to Asbury Park to visit Silverball Arcade and all our other favorite spots.

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Anything else you’d like to share with others about your wedding day or planning?
Thank you so much for being such an awesome photographer. You have such a positive energy and we felt so comfortable around you – it was like we hired one of our longtime friends to take the pictures. And the pictures are gorgeous!We’d also like to give a shout-out to our wedding officiant, Dana Zipkin, who did such a fantastic job with the ceremony, and to Brielle, our event coordinator from Porta Pizzeria, who helped us work out all the little details of the event – everything was exactly like we pictured it.


Dresses: Zappo’s & Modcloth
Ceremony & Reception: Porta – Asbury Park, New Jersey
Venue Coordinator: Brielle
Additional Reception: Silverball Museum Arcade – Asbury Park, New Jersey
Cake: Confections of a Rock$tar – Asbury Park, New Jersey
Flowers: Wegman’s
Invitations: Paperless Post
Officiant: Dana Zipkin, Ceremonies by Dana

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