Paolella and team invited local brides to experience the capabilities of the 709, which holds 110 inside with another 40 on the veranda, all with a New Jersey seaside vibe. The free event brought in "only" 60 guests, which at first seemed low to Paolella. But ... "I booked two weddings, two rehearsal dinners, a bridal shower and even a surprise 50th within the following weeks," she relates. "Fantastic!" Here, a "Jersey Shore" beach table.
The event features a custom cocktail: The 709. Invitations were created by Invitations Ink.
A closer view.
More Jersey Shore, with starfish and twinkle lights.
Swimming starfish and cascading shells make this theme table.
A centerpiece brims with starfish, fishnet overlays and Jersey Shore sea glass. Patricia Dasilva of Purple Iris provided floral.
A Jersey Shore 'fly by' plane as a table number.
The punch of cobalt-rimmed plates. Rental were provided by Ocean Tents.
'Shell' napkin folds for the Jersey Shore tables.
But it's not just all about the beach. For a rustic theme, hanging votives and branches create the rustic look.
More on the rustic look ...
'Sunshine ' lemonade suits the rustic table.
Flatware is tied with herb accents. Clear plates show off the wicker chargers.
The third table style features a 'Great Gatsby' vibe with gleaming white and gold.
A chic plate and menu.
An elegant starfish wedding cake, from Sweet Memories by Roseanna.
A rustic cake from Sweet Memories by Roseanna.
The 'Waves of Happiness' cake from Sweet Memories by Roseanna.
The 'Great Gatsby' cupcake tier cake from Sweet Memories by Roseanna.
And finally, a balloon display provides a arch over the buffet.
Inspired by The Special Event in January, Regina Paolella, catering director at 709 in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., creates a wedding showcase that shows off her seaside venue. Photos by Emil Bartsche/The Contemporary Image.