Are weddings difficult enough just having to corral all the humans involved? A friend who was married the year before gave them a list of venues and they soon fell in love with the pastoral setting of WoodsEdge alpaca and llama farm. Surrounded by trees, the giant barn behind the pasture offered indoor space for both the reception and ceremony which was needed due to rain. The alpacas were an added bonus, Colosi said, and the couple arrived early to do a first look outside where he gave his bride a rare Salvador Dali illustration book of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” followed by pictures of the bridal party with the animals which were the finishing touches of their own fairytale romance. How they met Online dating isn’t always easy, especially when your computer crashes. Mulhall and Colosi were chatting for a few weeks on OK Cupid in 2013 before Colosi suddenly stopped responding. “He disappeared,” Mulhall said. “I thought maybe he met someone else, but he could have just told me that.” What she didn’t know was that Colosi had lost the conversations and couldn’t remember her user name. Three months went by and the pair lost touch, but around the holidays,Mulhall decided to reach out again. “It was like ‘well, you never know what someone is going through or why they stopped responding.’ Maybe he felt like too much time had passed,” she said. So she took a chance. Mulhall, 38, is a young adult fiction writer who works at the Arcof Monmouth and Colosi, also 38, owns his own business selling movie and TV collectibles. Even after a noisy first date at Surf Taco and a bad movie on the second, Mulhall and Colosi knew they clicked. RELATED: Thursday weddings? More couples saying ‘I do’ at off-peak times How they made their wedding special With card catalog seating assignments, antique book and teacup center pieces, a floral bouquet handmade by the bride out of book pages and a book stack wedding cake, the literary and vintage theme fitscouple’s quirky and nerdy-chic style. While Colosi wore a gray tux, his cufflinks were silver Storm Troopers and Mulhall’s 50s inspired lace dress was paired with a fascinator and bright red shoes. One other novel aspect was thealtar which consisted of two book shelves crafted and distressed by the bride. On each shelf were keepsakes from their relationship including a stuffed hedgehog from FAO Schwarz and notes from when they were dating. What they splurged on With a frugal budget, Colosi said their only true splurge was the venue.WoodsEdge Farm, which houses llamas, alpacas and yaks, began hosting events in 2014, and has grown in popularity with 10 weddings this year, and a fully booked fall 2016 season. And although Mulhall’s aunt and uncle hand crafter her ring, Colosi’s was a small extravagance as its made out of dinosaur bone and meteorite. “I really wanted to get him something he would wear and cherish,” she said. Where they saved In addition to crafting her own decorations and centerpieces, Mulhall opted for a one-stop-shop event planner when it came to catering and seating.
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