Bride of the Week: Kelly Eyerman

State of Love

Kelly and Tom celebrated their nuptials in a Gatsby-esque wedding, showing their guests how glamorous New Jersey can truly be.
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Kelly Eyerman grew up just 10 miles from Thomas Morris in New Jersey, yet it wasn’t until they were both working and living in New York City that they finally met.

Even cooler, they learned on their first date there was more, much more, they had in common—and it wasn’t just that they shared a love of the same music and pastimes. They also had mutual friends (who were married to each other!) and were delivered by the same obstetrician in a hospital in Teaneck, N.J. “Don’t ask how we figured all this out but we had so much to talk about!” Kelly says.

“I wanted everyone to see how beautiful New Jersey is!” says the bride. "I had this image of a modern Great Gatsby wedding, with lots of food, liquor, dancing, elegance and most importantly, enough room to have a beautiful outdoor space for the cocktail hour.”

With these sorts of ties to the Garden State, Kelly knew from the get-go they had to marry there. But she admits it was far from obvious to a lot of their friends harking from elsewhere (with Tom working in Connecticut, the couple living in Manhattan and Kelly’s school chums from Florida and Los Angeles).

“I wanted everyone to see how beautiful New Jersey is!” says the bride of her self-imposed wedding planning challenge. “It was fun to have people finally cross the bridge and be shocked at what New Jersey has to offer.”

Her glorious mission came to fruition on June 16, 2012 at the Hackensack Golf Club. “I had this image of a modern Great Gatsby wedding, with lots of food, liquor, dancing, elegance and most importantly, enough room to have a beautiful outdoor space for the cocktail hour,” recalls Kelly. It wasn’t until Tom suggested the venue where he grew up playing golf that the bride found her dream location--right under her nose. Plus, since the groom’s family had been members for over 20 years, Kelly received top-notch service throughout the planning.

So, wearing a custom-fitted Anna Maier-Ulla Maija gown that felt as light as a feather and had the most delicate sleeves, Kelly married Tom before 160 guests.

Music was an important element to Kelly and Tom’s Gatsby-esque affair, from the rendition of Ave Maria a bridesmaid sang during the ceremony to the eight-piece Dixieland jazz band that warmed up the crowd at the reception to the 10-piece band that played in the main dining hall. It’s hard to imagine, but none of this compared to the couple’s choice for a first dance, Jersey Girl by Bruce Springsteen. “We knew our friends who had to ‘cross the bridge’ would crack up at it,” laughs the bride.

Other ways Kelly made the night unforgettable included food, food and more food. There were carving stations, a seafood bar, pasta buffet and even a five-course meal that included a lobster cocktail. It all resulted in a night of revelry F. Scott Fitzgerald would approve of.

--Erinn Bucklan

 
 
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