Our Bella bride, Andrea Huber, chose darling LulaKate bridesmaids dresses from the Bella Bridesmaid in Madison, New Jersey for her wedding. We couldn't get enough of her colorful celebration and had to know more! This New Jersey native took us through her picturesque beach nuptials and the inspiration behind planning her big day!!
Q. How did you meet your fiance?
A. I met my fiance at a bar in Belmar, NJ. He was bartending. I walked in and noticed him right away, but my sister and I were trying to have a girls night, so I told myself to forget about him. I also had given up on men at this point, haha. Anyway, a group of guys had asked if they could buy us a drink. We all got to talking and it ended up that the guys who bought us the drinks were friends with the bartender. I asked the important question- if he was single- and they said he was! I ended up talking to him that night and got his number. We hung out pretty much every day after that!
Q. How did you choose the location for your wedding? What type of venue were you looking for?
A. From the time I was a little girl I always wanted to have a beach wedding so that was an easy decision for me. I had gone to many weddings where the reception area had no windows and I was set on having windows. My mom and I looked at two places down the shore and knew the second place we looked at was it! The ceremony took place on the sand and cocktail hour took place on the deck. The inside where the reception took place had windows looking out at the ocean on one side and the river on the other. There was also a deck right outside the reception area, which people enjoyed.
Q. What made you decide to do varied styles, colors, etc. for your bridesmaid dresses?
A. I knew I always wanted to do varied styles. The different colors came a little bit later into the wedding planning. I had seen pictures of a girls wedding that I went to high school with on facebook and she did different colored dresses. From then on I knew I wanted two different styles and different colors. I gave the girls an option of wearing strapless or straps and let them choose what color they wanted to wear.
Dresses by LulaKate from Bella Bridesmaid Madison
Q. What was your favorite part of the day?
A. My favorite part of the day was seeing my fiance as I walked down the aisle. It's an amazing feeling and it makes you realize all the fun, stressful, crazy moments of planning a wedding are worth it.
Q. What inspired you when you were planning your big day?
A. The beach was a huge inspiration for my day. My parents always took me to the beach on the weekends when I was younger and then they finally bought a beach house when I was older. I grew up in North Jersey, but I am a beach girl at heart and knew that was exactly the kind of wedding I wanted.
Q. What advise do you have for other brides?
A. Planning a wedding can be stressful at times, but it's all worth it in the end. I added little details here and there and people loved them- for example, the beach badges, the flip flops for the guests to wear, the pails along the aisle. The guests also liked the fact that I matched the color of each groomsmen’s tie with the color of the bridesmaid dresses. Take time to throw in your own special ideas. But most of all, take in the whole day!! It goes by so fast!
Wedding Photography: Charlie Ortiz of Middletown, New Jersey
Reception: Windows on the Water in Sea Bright, New Jersey
Bridal Gown: Christos from I do, I do, Morristown, New Jersey
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: LulaKate from Bella Bridesmaid Madison, NJ