A Gorgeous Yellow-Hued Wedding from Offbeat Bride


For those of you planning a wedding with a yellow color scheme, pay attention because Lindsay and Michael are gonna’ show you how it’s done! Their photographer, Morgan Trinker, did a PHENOMENAL job capturing their gorgeous yellow wedding at a golf club in New Jersey. It’s like a gorgeous yellow-infused wedding fever dream.


Did your wedding location and date hold a special significance for you?

We were initially looking at wedding venues in New Jersey that were closer to Manhattan – some even had breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. However when we found Crystal Springs Resort in northern New Jersey, we fell in love with the idea that our friends and family could treat our wedding weekend as a little mini-vacation, an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Just by coincidence, we ended up getting married on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, giving our out-of-town guests even more reason to spend more than just a few hours with us! I’m very glad we chose a location that was a little “away from it all,” surrounded by nature, and totally able to accommodate visiting guests who wanted to use our wedding as an excuse to escape.

Tell us about the details of the day.

During our wedding planning, Michael and I decided that we would do our best to make every moment in our day really mean something to us. Neither one of us wanted to go through the motions of what people think a wedding has to be if at the end of it all, it didn’t mean a single thing to us! So for example, we picked our own music — I walked down the aisle to Cat Power’s “I Found A Reason” and we walked back up the aisle as a married couple to a recording of “Glory Glory Dixieland” performed by my alma mater, the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band. We crafted the specific language that we wanted to say in our vows, and we included two readings from two of our favorite authors, C.S. Lewis and Thich Nhat Hanh. Oh, and our pastor preached nearly an entire sermon based on the movie “Groundhog Day.” At the time, we didn’t exactly know she was going to do this, but we rolled with it, and now we will always laugh about it! We made sure we had good food and plenty of it, and a good DJ — and the rest of the night pretty much took care of itself! Individually, all these little details probably wouldn’t have caught anyone’s attention. But when taken as a whole, people definitely noticed how all the little details added up to the bigger story of our love.

Did you create any DIY projects?

My husband, Michael, is a graphic designer so we knew from the very beginning that we wanted to design and really personalize all our printed materials. We created our save-the-date and entire invitation package consisting of the invite, an itinerary, RSVP card, and envelopes. We also designed and printed our program for the ceremony as well as our seating chart, and Michael created a special 18×24 poster that we treated as our guest book – we had it on display for everyone to sign at the reception. Creating all our printed materials was not easy, but I LOVE how our designs turned out – we got so many compliments on how unique our designs were, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I also couldn’t have done it without Etsy – my jewelry, my bridesmaid’s jewelry, and our table numbers all came from various talented artists I found on Etsy!

What was the most meaningful part of your day?

Michael and I decided prior to the wedding, and with the help of the amazing Morgan Trinker, that we wanted to set up a moment to see each other before the ceremony. I was always on the fence about whether I wanted to save that “first look” moment for the aisle, but looking back, I’m very glad we had a quiet, personal moment to ourselves before we were out in front of a big crowd. Morgan set up an area away from friends, family, and even the rest of the bridal party for us to have our “first look.” Michael was able to spin me around and notice small details about my hair and my dress that he would have missed had we been in front of a hundred pairs of eyes! It was so nice to have a quiet moment together where we could really take each other in, relax, take a deep breath, and get ready for the rest of our big day. I’d recommend this option to anyone.

Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?

Our pastor’s sermon went on… and on… and ON about the movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray. We had never mentioned this movie to her prior to the wedding, and neither one of us are particularly fond of the movie. Needless to say, when it became such a significant part of our wedding day, we were a bit stumped. But we rolled with it, our guests were able to have a good chuckle, and NOW we will always have a special place in our hearts for “Groundhog Day.”

Photographer: Morgan Trinker

Dress: Essense of Australia

Venue: Ballyowen Golf Club, Hamburg, NJ

Florist: Lisa Plociniak of A Touch of Elegance

Cake: Cafe Peirott

Headband: Untamed Petals

All jewelry: from two etsy shops kalliArt and NinaRenee Designs

Shoes: Dessy

about the author
Offbeat Bride Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel Meadow Stallings is the publisher of Offbeat Bride, Offbeat Home & Life, and Offbeat Families. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA.

See more posts by Ariel