Hunter & Bobby's French Chateau Inspired Summer Wedding in New Jersey.
EMILY MONTAY PHOTOGRAPHY
September 1, 2023
The morning of Hunter and Bobby's glorious September 1st wedding, I awoke to the weather man on the radio announcing that it was officially the most beautiful day of the year. Not a single cloud in the sky, and a perfect 75°F. An exquisite start to this French Chateau inspired affair at Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ.
This wedding was a little extra special for me for several reasons. Firstly, it was my first wedding state-side, and only a mere 45 minutes from my hometown in New York. Secondly, I had the privilege of capturing Hunter and Bobby's surprise live proposal in London! It's a lovely full circle moment to be present at both the proposal and the wedding. Click here to see their engagement session.
Now on to the details of this unreal wedding that has everyone talking about it online! Let's start with Hunter's something blue: her FIFTEEN beautiful bridesmaids in varying shades of baby blue. Together with the groomsmen, this bridal party was a staggering 25 people in size, which made photographing them all together so much fun. The bridesmaids were down to have some fun with the poses, which resulted in some of my favorite bridal party shots to date.
The baby blue color was carried tastefully throughout the rest of the wedding, and could be found in the florals, stationary, and linens, along side more subtle shades of creamy white. Hunter wore a stunning dress designed by Adi Shlomo, veil from Galia Lahav, and nothing less than Jimmy Choos for her shoes.
Pleasantdale Chateau was the perfect European inspired venue to host this glamorous American wedding. We certainly weren't short of hidden photo spots, and the light carried just beautifully through the paned windows. After the ceremony in a local church, the party kicked off at the chateau with trio of pop-up bars: Aperol Spritz, Cigar, and Fresh Mozerella!
The sun went down, and we ended the night with a lot of dancing and a moment of silence for Hunters stunning dress change. 10/10.
15 blue dresses
The Jimmy Choos
Hunter in bridal prep
Hunter getting ready
Bridesmaids in their pjs
Hunter and her sister getting ready
Hunter bridal portraits
Hunter in the gardens
Final bridal portrait image
Hunter getting ready for the big reveal with the girls
The big reveal!
Her something blue, all 15 of them.
All I need are my girls
Hunter and her 15 blue bridesmaids
Real Housewives vibes but in the best way
Getting ready to leave for the church
Old fashioned trolly for transport
Stained glass windows in the church.
The big walk.
First few minutes as a married couple.
Guests waiting for confetti.
The confetti reveal
Guests nailing the confetti throw.
They noticed me!
Family photo chaos.
The bride's sister and her family.
"Are we just supposed to watch them kiss" - best man.
Walking group shot.
Bridal party of 25 carefully place with the help of Kathleen Deo.
Black and white bridal party.
Veil by Galia Lahav.
Hunter and Bobby start their couple session.
Veil by Galia Lahav and Dress by Adi Shlomo Bridal.
Close up of the Adi Shlomo dress.
Candids walking up the steps.
Golden hour with Hunter & Bobby.
Facing the setting sun.
Cocktail hour opens.
Spritz season baby.
Father of the groom and his friends.
The first dance.
Dancing to Firestone with sparklers.
The outfit changes of all outfit changes.
Overall excitement for this mini dress.
Aperol Spritz was the theme of the evening.
The spritz on the dance floor.
Hunter and Bobby dancing.
Hunter with her Father in Law.
Outfit change photoshoot.
Cute in black and white.
The final song.
Photographer: Emily Montay
Planner: Kathleen Deo Weddings
Venue: Pleasantdale Chateau
Florist: Debbies Designs
Video: Willow Tree Films
Bridal Hair: Ashley Raibick
Bridal Makeup: Ria Gia
Bridal Party Hair: Gum Drop Hairdressing
Bridal Party Makeup: Bomb Blends and MP Glam
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Dress: Adi Shlomo
Bridal Shop: Bridal Reflections 5th Ave.
Cake: Calandras Bakery
Veil: Galia Lahav.