Nautical New Jersey wedding: Melanie + James

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Stationery lovers get ready to swoon. The paper goods in today’s wedding, designed by Scout’s Honor Co., are gorgeous to the max! From the save the date, to the invite, the place cards, handheld paper fans, to the guest wishes – not one paper good was left unturned. The watercolors, type, and illustrations you see in the save the date were tied into every single wedding detail, pulling the “classy, beachy, and elegant” theme together impeccably, and if you can’t tell, we’re kind of in love. We know we’re obsessing over the paper goods, but oh, there is so much more pretty to see in Melanie + James’ summer wedding, thanks to Tania Lezak Photography!

Nautical New Jersey wedding

nautical new jersey wedding

nautical new jersey wedding

Here’s Melanie to dish on the beautiful invitation suite:

My friend Annemarie Buckley was our stationer and words do not describe how wonderfully talented she is. We met in college, studied abroad in Australia together and she just recently started her company Scouts Honor Co. We both have a deep love of stationery and all things paper, so this was a dream collaboration. I told Annemarie that I wanted to use blues and yellows, and while I wanted the invitation to evoke “beach”, I didn’t want literal interpretations of it i.e. seashells, etc. I didn’t want my invitations to look like everyone else’s and Annemarie was able to customize them to our personalities, the spirit of the wedding, and the life of Long Beach Island where the wedding took place.  I can’t tell you how many people asked if they could verbally respond to our wedding so they could keep the response card! Her work was the thread that tied everything together.

Nautical New Jersey wedding

Nautical New Jersey wedding

We’re smitten over these multi-functional program/fans.

Nautical New Jersey wedding

I used hydrangeas and candles (that were made by my aunt!) as the main decoration, while also displaying lanterns and family photos throughout the estate. The Bonnet Island Estate is essentially a house with 12 bedrooms upstairs so we wanted our guests to feel as though they were at our home and we just happen to have a chapel and ballroom on the property.

Nautical New Jersey wedding

Nautical New Jersey wedding

Nautical New Jersey wedding

Our favors were monkey fist keychains that I purchased on from Mystic Knotwork. I thought these were so well made and unique, I had to get them. Plus the nautical knot, Monkey Fist, tied (pun intended) into our beachy theme. Paired with Annemarie’s tag, “Melanie + James Tied the Knot 7.23.2011″, it was the perfect favor. The hand-tied keychains cost about $700 for 175.

Nautical New Jersey wedding

Nautical New Jersey wedding

Like we mentioned earlier, every little detail was so well thought out that even their first dance song fit perfectly with their nautical theme. The song: Cat Power’s, Sea of Love.

Listen to it here:

Nautical New Jersey wedding

Quite the stunner, yes? Thank you so much for sharing your wedding with us Melanie + James!

Photography: Tania Lezak / Venue: Bonnet Island Estate / Stationery: Scout’s Honor Co. / Catering: Merri-Makers Catering / Music: Platinum Band Music / Cake: The Bake Works / Favors: MysticKnotwork / Florist: Melanie’s Aunt, Judy / Makeup: Cheekadee / Hair: Bella by Design / Bride’s dress: Jim Hjelm / Bride’s veil: Sara Gabriel / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Bride’s jewelry: De Scenza (earrings, wedding bands, engagement ring) & diamond bracelet wass borrowed from bride’s mother, diamond necklace was bride’s maternal grandmother’s engagement diamond that bride had made into a necklace / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / Groom’s tie: Burburry / Groom’s shoes: Bass / Bridesmaid dresses: Thread / Groomsmen suits: Jackets are Ralph Lauren, pants by Tommy Bahama, ties from Burberry

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Autumn Van Weir on Sep 8, 2011

LOVE LOVE LOVE the paper goods and the invites! So pleaseing to the eye! what a gorgeous wedding!

Jen C on Sep 8, 2011

That stationary is absolutely to die for! I think it is so important to keep your theme running throughout your day - but it starts with the invitations. I LOVE it!!!

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} on Sep 8, 2011

Love EVERYTHING about this wedding. The invites and all of the paper goods, really, are AMAZING!

Raquel on Sep 8, 2011

We're getting married here next year! So great to see Bonnet featured on my favorite wedding blog!

MAR on Sep 8, 2011

Beautiful wedding!! I went to an also beautiful wedding this weekend!! I want to share with you the gift I've made to the couple: a small reproduction of the family house >> [If someone wants an original gift I make to order!]

Lindsay on Sep 8, 2011

Beautiful wedding! So creative. The photos captured every moment!

Rachel Marie Photography on Sep 8, 2011

Absolutely lovely. That church is so cute! i love all the beachy blue accents. :)

Nancy Stokes on Sep 8, 2011

What a gorgeous wedding, everything was spectacular especially the fireplace in the boathouse that was decorated by Uncle Danny and Aunt Nancy. Didn't they do such a great job?! Love, Aunt Nancy

Marion on Sep 8, 2011

Wow every detail is so wonderful! And the madeleine cake is such a good idea!

Mel {The Oceanside Bride} on Sep 8, 2011

Wow- the colors are amazing! The watercolor look to the paper goods is incredible! Love the map, the venue! Beautiful.

Jennica on Sep 8, 2011

I love a beautiful wedding!

Marue on Sep 8, 2011

Possibly one of the most beautiful weddings i have ever laid my eyes on. Everything looks perfect! I would of loved one of those invitations! A wedding after my own heart with Cat Power! Absolutely stunning!

kae on Sep 8, 2011

completely perfect! the paper goods totally blew me away!

Sarah @ Designsgood on Sep 8, 2011

very cool. i LOVE their invites and all the other lovely paper creations!

Wedding Snappper on Sep 9, 2011


Morgan on Sep 9, 2011

As a New Jersey native I'm glad to see someone featuring the beauty of our state. Enough with MTV's "Jersey Shore" already--this is the real deal! Thanks!!!

Caris on Sep 9, 2011

I am in LOVE with this wedding! I am recently engaged, and everything about this wedding is similar to what I want! from the invites to the decor, this wedding was absolutely perfect! The invites are gorgeous:)

kathleen on Sep 14, 2011

Love the invitation suite! And the cake is genius.

Jacquelyn on Sep 18, 2011

Their cake is presh.

Matt Beaudoin on Nov 19, 2011

Melanie, It was a pleasure being able to help with your event. Thank you for sharing this article. I am amazed at how nicely you put the wedding together. You and James deserve the best. I chuckled at the comment above. Yes we do need more people like the two of you showing off the side of New Jersey we know and love, not the one the media likes to portray. Good luck and live in love together, Matt

marissa on Feb 21, 2012

What a beautiful wedding! Is anyone going to the wedding vendor event on march 13th at the brownstone?? Dina Manzo is hosting it! Just ordered my ticket :)

david on Apr 18, 2012

Gorgeous colour theme and a great job you did. Wedding cake is stunning.

Tara on Jun 15, 2012

Oh my, love the use of watercolor on the invites!

weddings tips on Aug 20, 2012

Thank you for every other magnificent post. Where else may anybody get that type of info in such an ideal approach of writing? I've a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such information.

Limo Hire Melbourne on Mar 22, 2013

Great wedding pictures and I just love that cake. My daughter is getting married next Feb so I will show her this cake!

Wedding photographer Melbourne on Mar 3, 2015

Lots of great detail shots in there, pretty clear that a lot of thought went into all of the decorations, not just the invitations! Nice one :-)

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