More from Kristin & Martha’s wedding reception – two wedding receptions actually. After some dancing and heartfelt toasts at Porta, the party continued at the Silverball Museum Arcade.
How did you choose your venue?
It has delish food, it looks cool and it’s easy to have a venue where food, booze and décor are all taken care of!
What was your favorite part of planning your wedding?
Making several trips to Asbury Park and falling in love with the town. We want to live there now.Eating at Porta. How decisions and compromises came to us easily and things just kind of came together organically.
Tell us about your decor, flowers, etc.
Kristin: We chose Porta, in part, because it was already beautifully decorated and we would not have to add very much. Martha’s parents bought $100 worth of flowers at the grocery store the day before the wedding and arranged them in random glass bottles and jars that we’d saved up for 6mos or so. We also accented the place with little, decorative Ks and Ms with mini bunting strung between them.
Martha: We had lots of Ks and Ms with flags in between, all made by yours truly. In addition, we saved many of our glass bottles from the past year, and my parents bought a beautiful array of flowers at Wegman’s and arranged the flowers in the glass bottles, with the help of my beloved college friends. They looked awesome! We also had some trivia games for the guests to play during the cocktail hour, which helped our guests get to know each other.
Tell us about your cake and/or dessert.
Kristin: It was only the best wedding cake ever (according to several guests)! Vanilla bean cake with chocolate chips mixed in, cannoli filling, coconut icing.
Martha: Best Cake Ever. The vanilla bean cake with chocolate chips was inspired by the birthday cakes my grandma Mack used to make for me. And then we added cannoli cream filling (due to Kristin’s Italian roots) and shredded coconut on top (another one of Kristin’s favorites). I made the cake topper to match all of the other little tabletop K+Ms that were sprinkled around the venue. A big shout-out to Confections of a Rock Star Bakery in Asbury Park for baking the cake — it was honestly the best cake I’ve ever had (right after my grandma’s, of course).
Now that you’re married, and you’ve been through planning a wedding together, what advice would you give to other couples who are just starting the process?
Kristin: Have fun with everything, even the planning. If something doesn’t feel fun or meaningful to you, just don’t do it. If people have opinions, they can use them on their own weddings/parties.
Martha: Have fun and make it YOUR wedding. Think outside the box and do what you actually want to do. Feel free to skip things you don’t feel comfortable with. Keep it small and intimate so you have time to really connect with all of your guests. Only invite people you know – you won’t feel as comfortable if you are meeting people for the first time on your wedding day! Have the last two hours at a pinball arcade. What could possibly be better than that?
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
Invitations: Paperless Post
Officiant: Dana Zipkin, Ceremonies by Dana
Asbury Park Same-Sex Wedding Photographer – Leslie Barbaro