On February 19th our ABC NJ LNG Central hosted “Same Sex Weddings.” The event took place at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ. It was the perfect location to celebrate Same Sex Marriage finally becoming legal in NJ. The event allowed ABC members and other wedding professionals to learn about the LGBTQ community and how to market to same sex couples.
We worked with SCE Event Group and Peter James floral to transform the space. SCE did an amazing job uplighting the rooms which really made the architecture of the Berkeley shine. They also set up a fun interactive Instagram powered photo booth with the hashtag #abcnj. Peter James Floral created some beautiful orchid arrangements that decorated the cocktail tables. There was also a stunning floral arrangement at the entrance. It featured cherry blossoms…which was an early sign of spring!
As guests arrived they were greeted by Jennifer Simon and Damon Dietz and received a swag bag filled with lots of goodies including; NJ Bride Magazine, “The Brides Guide to Selecting the Perfect Wedding DJ (http://www.ambientdj.com),” favors by aStellina, http://www.astellina.com, glitter truffle favors (http://2chickswithchocolate.com), mini bubbles (http://www.stevieblatz.com), decorated favor cookies (http://www.confectionarydesigns.com) and packaged cotton candy (http://Sweetistry.com), and some other amazing goodies!!
The night began in the Versailles room with dinner and networking. This night was unlike any other ABC event because we had the opportunity to work with not just one caterer…but three really amazing caterers; Falco’s Catering, Marilyn Schlossbach Catering and Events and Merri-Makers Catering. They each presented their specialties including; mini meals, a salad station and a scallop station! Everything tasted AMAZING!
After dinner, everyone headed into the Oval Room for the presentation portion of the event. ABC co-directors Damon and Jennifer first gave away some prizes and then introduced Marie Danielle, the NJ State Coordinator. Before heading into the education presentation, guests were treated to a surprise performance by musical comedy duo The Haus Of Mimosa. The performance then led into our featured presentation by Michael Jamrock from EnGAYgedWeddingscom. He spoke to the audience about how to market to same sex couples which was very informative.
A special thanks for Ephemera Photographics for photographing the event and taking these wonderful pictures and to AAA Worldwide Transportation for providing transportation. To get more of a look into the event, check out this video by Absolute Media Productions!
Thank you to all of our sponsors and to everyone who attended! It was a wonderful night in Asbury Park! To see all of the pictures on our Facebook album, click HERE.