Party Planners NJ | Franklin Park NJ Graduation Party

Last summer I had the pleasure of working with the proud parents of Blake, a high school graduate, and planning a perfect graduation party in Franklin Park, NJ. Blake’s mom, Porsche, and I chatted about her vision for the party and she enlisted me to bring her and her family’s vision to life last June. Blake’s parents worked hard to get their home just perfect for their son’s graduation party, as they really wanted to make the day just perfect for him! They are such a loving family, and their love and respect for each other shows through in their simple interactions, even when under the stress of preparing for an at-home party.

It was such a pleasure working with them all and I have only fond memories of the weeks leading up to the party and of the party, too! Here is a visual recap of the day for you to enjoy. Thank you to David Divad for sharing these images with us!

Party Planners NJ | Blake’s Graduation Party

On the day of the party we wanted to make it easy for guests to find their way to Blake’s home so we had this custom sign made for the front lawn. I love how this sign set the scene for the entire party because it brought together the colors, high school mascot, and graduation year all in one spot. The sign will also serve as a keepsake for Blake to remember this time in his life.

Welcoming the Guests

Graduation party in Franklin Park, NJ | Photo by David Divad

We decided to add these floating balloons as pool decor and they were a huge hit!

Notre Dame High School Graduation Party | Photo by David Divad

The food

The party was catered by The Fruited Plain and it was delicious! Normally, I’m too busy to eat on the day of an event like this one but I’ll admit, I couldn’t help myself and had a few bites. =)

Catering by The Fruited Plain | Photo by David Divad

Something I made sure of is that everyone was properly hydrated and fed at all times! To make food and drinks easily accessible we set up a couple of stations for drinks and appetizers so that guests could enjoy upon arrival and throughout the day.

Drinks station at backyard party | Photo by David Divad Catering by The Fruited Plain | Photo by David Divad

The tables

Since it was a backyard party for a young man, we wanted to keep the floral centerpieces low key. I love the floral centerpieces that I created thanks to these pretty florals from The Potted Geranium. We included lanterns throughout the space to complement the florals.

Florals by The Potted Geranium | Photo by David Divad

If there’s one thing that makes all the difference at an affair, it’s the chairs! I’m so glad we opted for these Mahogany Chiavari chairs from B&B Tents  because they really made the eating area look polished while still maintaining the relaxed and informal vibe.

Chair rentals by B&B Tents | Photo by David Divad Party Planners NJ NVS Events | Photo by David Divad

Graduation Party Decor

To bring in elements of Blake’s student life, we hung these graduation and soccer photos throughout the space. I loved seeing all of Blake’s family members and friends stopping by to check out the hanging photo gallery. I even caught Blake smiling when he saw them.

Backyard party planning by NJ Event Planner NVS Events | Photo by David Divad

Behind-the-Scenes

I rarely get images of me working an event so I’m going to share these while I can! Here I am with Blake’s mother, Porsche! She was so wonderful to work with! (PS – I was four months pregnant in this photo; thus, the sneakers!)

Northern NJ Event Planner NVS Events | Photo by David Divad

I’m usually not this serious at parties, I promise! But balancing cupcakes without getting icing on your hands comes with it’s challenges.

Party Planners NJ NVS Events | Photo by David Divad Behind the scenes of a NJ party planned by NVS Events | Photo by David Divad

Yup, still checking on those cupcakes!

Northern NJ Event Planner | Photo by David Divad

The photographer took this next image of me a few minutes after Blake came up to me and thanked me for putting together the perfect party for him. Out of all the highlights of the day, that was my favorite! You can bet that this is the face of a happy planner who has accomplished her mission!

Northern NJ Event Planner | Photo by David Divad

The Desserts

Blake’s guests were able to enjoy a variety of sweet treats. From a delicious cake to adorable cupcakes, fresh fruit, and even a sweets station, there were plenty of options!

Northern NJ Event Planner | Photo by David Divad Northern NJ Party Planner NVS Events | Photo by David Divad Graduation Party Ideas | Photo by David Divad Mascot-themed cupcake ideas | Photo by David Divad Mascot-themed cupcake ideas | Photo by David Divad

From the hostess:

I thought it would be sweet to include Porsche’s perspective for those of you who are considering a backyard party for an upcoming graduation or other event.

Describe your vision for your son’s graduation party.

“My vision was an elegant, yet comfortable outdoor party under a tent that included great food and unique spaces where guests could flow throughout and enjoy a different activity as they moved from place to place under or near the tent (ie hanging photo gallery, photo booth, food, pool/deck, basketball, tennis, lounge seating, etc). This was a time of celebration and a time for my son to spend time with his fellow graduates, friends and family.”

What were some of your favorite details that helped bring your vision to life?

“The tent, lounge seating and hanging photo gallery.”

What was your favorite part of the day?

“Sitting down with friends and family on the lounge seating, as well as taking silly photos in the photo booth with everyone.”

What advice do you have for other parents planning a high school graduation party?

“Take photos, it is wonderful time to capture and look back on in photos. Get your graduate involved in the planning process by asking what they would like to see or experience at the party.  Blend their requests into your own (parents) vision of the party and everyone comes out happy.”

And there you have it! A perfect backyard affair for a high school senior! I hope you enjoyed this recap and if you’re looking for someone to plan your party please contact me here.

P.S. A quick shout-out to Johnny On the Spot for providing these super modern portable bathrooms. They are a must-have for any backyard affair! This is the type of detail that not many of my clients think of when they hire me but they are so happy when I arrange it.

Johnny on the Spot Portable Bathrooms in NJ | Photo by David Divad Johnny on the Spot Portable Bathrooms in NJ | Photo by David Divad

Vendor Credits

David Divad •  The Potted Geranium • Nick Trevor @ Classie Events • NVS Events • Classie Events •  Catering: The Fruited Plain • Portable Bathrooms: Johnny On the Spot • Tent: Millers Rentals • Furniture: AFR Rentals • Chairs: B&B Tents 

Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding | Mallory and Jarred

Well, it has certainly been a while since my last post, hasn’t it? I’ll be the first to admit that blogging our recent work hasn’t been at the top of our list of priorities these last several months but I’m happy to share that all that is going to change this year! I had the honor of designing, planning, and coordinating many beautiful weddings last year and I’m excited to show you exactly how beautiful they all were by sharing them with you here on the blog. Get ready for plenty of eye candy because I’ve got lots of pretty coming your way!

The Couple

First up is Mallory and Jarred’s Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding. Mallory and Jarred’s love story began when they were students at Monmouth University. Mallory was a senior and Jarred was in his first year of graduate school. Their paths crossed while Mallory was interning in the athletics department and Jarred was working there. They started dating shortly after, spending much of their time together on the university campus. When it was time for Jarred to pop the question, he did it during a trip to Florida after an evening stroll near the beach. So romantic!

I had the pleasure of meeting Mallory thanks to my sister who was her high school Italian teacher. About 15 years ago, I chaperoned a student trip to Italy and spent a couple of weeks getting to know Mallory and her classmates while visiting the beautiful sites of Italy. Mallory and I kept in touch throughout the years and eventually formed a deeper connection over our love of weddings and event planning. Needless to say, I was so honored when she asked me to help manage her wedding day. As you will see in the images below, Mallory has impeccable taste so I knew I would love being a part of her wedding day.

Getting Ready

The day started out at Mallory’s parents’ house where she got ready with her bridesmaids and mother. I arrived there bright and early and had all the wedding day details ready when her photographer arrived. Let’s get started with these images by Idalia Photography.

Berkeley Oceanfront Wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Wedding Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Wedding Bands and Green Emerald Ring in Mrs. Box | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Mallory and her bridesmaids were so fun to work with, and they looked absolutely stunning thanks to their hair stylist, Lacey Alagaia, and makeup artist, Natalia Starasolosky. Once the ladies were ready, they enjoyed mimosas before getting into their dresses. I love that Mallory gifted all her ladies custom hangers as a keepsake from the day.

Bridesmaids toasting in matching gray tank tops | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Bridal portrait of bride in lace-trimmed veil | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

While Mallory was getting ready at her parents’ home, Jarred got ready with his groomsmen at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel before heading over to Monmouth University for the first look and portraits.

Groom detail photos taken at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Groom opening his gift during Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding Day | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Monmouth University Wedding Photos

First Look at Monmouth University Wilson Hall | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Bride and groom portraits at Monmouth University | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Mallory and Jarred made sure they had plenty of time for wedding photos at Monmouth University, the place where they got to know each other and fell in love.

Bridal Party Photo at Monmouth University | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Beautiful summer wedding portraits at Monmouth University | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Bridesmaids in emerald green dresses | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Romantic bride and groom portrait | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Groomsmen in gray and emerald green | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Elegant bridal portrait | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Bride and groom photos | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Wedding photos in Wilson Hall | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Bridal party photo at Monmouth University | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding Ceremony and Reception

Once portraits were finished, it was time for the ceremony at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. This venue was perfect for the classic and elegant wedding that Mallory and Jarred had planned.

Wedding Ceremony at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Wedding Ceremony at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding Ceremony

I loved that Mallory and Jarred’s timeline allowed for plenty of time for them to enjoy each other’s company. They even had time for an additional portrait session at the venue. And check out the gorgeous florals by Peter James Floral Couture!

Wedding photo in mezzanine of Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Elegant wedding portraits of bride and groom | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia PhotographyBerkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding Photos | Event Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Before we knew it, though, it was time for cocktail hour! I love the coasters that Mallory and Jarred ordered for the bar area.

Cocktail hour decor ideas for emerald green wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Mallory and Jarred’s wedding reception was full of unique ideas, like the cigar bar during cocktail hour:

Cigar bar at NJ Wedding | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Once it was time for the reception, the guests picked up their seating cards from one of the beautiful light-filled rooms at the Berkeley:Gold glittery wedding ideas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

The reception decor was in a unique color combination of gold and emerald green accents.

Welcome sign for wedding reception ideas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography Ideas for wedding reception at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Check out the lovely reception room! You can’t beat the windows and chandeliers in the Crystal Ballroom!

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“Because just one piece of bread is never enough.”

During dinner, Mallory and Jarred invited their guests to indulge in their bread bar. This was such a unique idea and their guests absolutely loved it!

Unique wedding favor ideas with bread | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

One of my favorite parts of a wedding day is when my couple gets to relax and enjoy their reception. After so many months of planning, it’s wonderful for them to see everything come together and spend time with all their loved ones.

First dance at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel | Event Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia PhotographyRomantic photos of first dance | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

When a Yankees fan and a Mets fan fall in love you end up with one of the most unique ideas for a guest book!

Wedding guest book ideas for sports fans | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

And here is one of my favorite parts of the day – the live painting by Katherine Gressel . I think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed watching Katherine work throughout the night to capture a moment from the day in a beautiful canvas painting.

Wedding live painting by Katherine Gressel | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

At the end of the night, I always advise my couples to do something extra special for their guests. Mallory and Jarred opted for a donuts and pretzels station and it was a big hit! Nothing like something sweet to hold you over on the ride home!

Wedding reception end of the night treat ideas | Wedding Design by NVS Events | Photo by Idalia Photography

Thank you for viewing this Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Wedding. I hope you enjoyed getting a peek into this lovely summer wedding. Check out the full vendor list below!

Vendor List

Venue: The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel • Day-of Coordinator: NVS Events • Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters, Hearts For You • Cake: Chocolate Carousel • DJ: Doubledown Entertainment • Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang Tuxedo • Hair:  Lacey Alagaia • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas • Florals: Peter James Floral Couture • Groomsmen’s Attire: Jos A. Bank • Makeup: Natalia Starasolosky • Painter: Katherine Gressel • Photography: Idalia Photography • Ring Box: Mrs. Box • Shoes: Figgie Shoes • Transportation: Santos Transportation • Videography: Stephanie Francis • Wedding Dress: Pronovias, Designer Loft NYC