romantic still life of antiquarian books, flowers, wedding ring and shoes

Today’s real wedding, brought to us by Alexandra of Idalia Photography (Howell, NJ) is super stylish, totally romantic and a little bit nerdy! Here’s Alexandra to tell us more:

Katherine and Chris were teacher colleagues of mine when I used to teach, so their wedding day was extra special to me. They met when Katherine began her career as a math teacher at Freehold High School, where Chris already taught English. They would see each other in the hallways and faculty rooms, but they were both shy around each other. It wasn’t until they were proctoring a test together that they had the opportunity to get to know one another – silently, via notes they wrote each other as the students took their exams.

See more after the cut!

romantic wedding invitation suite

wedding rings on top of an antiquarian book

coral colored Manolo Blahnik's , a lovely choice for wedding shoes

beautiful getting ready shot of bride's gown being buttoned

classic bride holding a white bouquet

They began dating soon after and three months into their relationship, Chris took Katherine on a date to Grounds for Sculpture. As they walked through the gardens, they found a small bench by a quiet brook. Sitting there, in the serene shade of that place, talking to each other, Chris knew that he loved Katherine dearly, and he would one day ask her to be his wife. So last summer, Chris took Katherine back to Grounds for Sculpture. This time he was uncharacteristically quiet because he was carrying an engagement ring with him.

groom getting help with his cufflinks

Handsome groom in a gray suit getting ready before the wedding

beautiful Russian Orthodox church

Traditional Russian Orthodox wedding ceremony

Late in the afternoon, the summer sun gently falling through the leaves, they returned to that spot by the brook, and Chris asked Katherine to be his wife. Much of the little details of Katherine and Chris’s wedding – the invitations, some of the decor – came from their shared careers as educators. Books, literature, even math equations for table numbers, and all manner of traditional elements of learning and imagination were a source of inspiration for their day and created a perfectly classic and timeless wedding.

beautiful portrait of bride and grrom sharing a tender moment

beautiful bride with her bridesmaids in mismatched blush gowns

bridesmaid in a blush gown holding a gorgeous pastel bouquet

groom's gray suite and white rose boutonnière

stylish groom and groomsmen in gray suits

Katherine and Chris were married at St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral in a traditional ceremony among family and friends. It was one of the most unique ceremonies that Jay and I have ever photographed! After the ceremony we headed to The Mill at Spring Lake Heights for outdoor portraits and a lively reception full of Greek and Russian dances. The day was perfect in every way, but my favorite part was witnessing Katherine and Chris promise themselves to each other and begin their lives together as husband and wife.

bright and airy reception decor

an old school library card catalog is such a cute and nerdy escort card idea!

books and #2 pencils are perfect centerpieces when two teachers get married!

math flash cards are super cute and nerdy table numbers

a sweet first dance

Congratulations Katherine & Chris and thank you, Alexandra, for sharing! For more information about Idalia Photography, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.

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Photographer: Idalia Photography
Design and Decor: Anderson Pens
DJ: Create Excitement
Bakery: Elisa’s Pastry Shop
Floral Designer: Especially For You Florist and Gift Shop, Inc.
Favors and Gifts: From The Garden
Dress Store: Kleinfeld Bridal
Dress Designer:Maggie Sottero
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Calligrapher: Pier Gustafson
Restaurant: The Mill at Spring Lake Heights
Other: Lightbringer Designs
Etsy Designer: StudioPortmanteau