Details of the day: We wanted to have a beach wedding right on the water without the uncertainty of the weather, so One Atlantic was the perfect venue! Its located on the top floor of the Pier Shoppes and has 180 degree ocean/beach views. Atlantic City is a great city for a wedding– It provided fun with our wedding party at the Craps table the evening before the wedding, easy accommodations for all of our guests, a convenient wedding after party, and had several options for a post-wedding brunch.
Although we didn’t have our wedding on the beach itself, our wedding had a nod to the beach theme with a lobster trap card box, message in a bottle guest book, driftwood and old bottles in the centerpieces, and seaglass hard candy favors. Our wedding colors were shades of blues and teals, accented by white and peach floral decorations. Our guests were greeted with a glass of teal champagne, the couches were adorned with blue and teal pillows, our cake was a beautiful ombre teal with flowers, and we had a basket of blue and teal flip flops for achy feet. We said our “I Do”s under a beautiful white and peach floral arch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Atlantic City beach.
We were able to take wedding photos on the beach, under the pier, and even walking down the famous Atlantic City boardwalk. Everyone on the boardwalk was shouting their congratulations and clapping– it made for such a fun and exciting atmosphere. Another extremely special detail was that our parents hired a small plane to fly up and down the beach with a banner that said “Ashley and Andrew <3 Happily Ever Ehret.” It was definitely a hit among the wedding guests and really creative!
Your favorite part: A surprise flash mob dance! I’m not usually one for surprises, but this one had me crying. My mother, sister, maid of honor, and the rest of my bridesmaids organized a surprise flash mob dance to Pharrell’s “Happy.” At the end of her toast my maid of honor said “I just want you to know that we’re all so happy for you. Really, really happy….” The music kicked on and my husband and I stared at the dance floor in complete confusion as not just the bridal party ran on the the floor for a choreographed dance, but almost 80 wedding guests as well. Turns out that for weeks they had been teaching family and friends this choreographed dance. Two of the groomsmen even made a tutorial video to send out! It was a magical moment, and definitely a highlight of the wedding. Something we won’t be forgetting any time soon.
Advice for other brides:
1. Probably the most common advice and the most important— focus on the big picture. You’re marrying the man or woman of your dreams and you’re going to start building a life together surrounded by your closest friends and family. Things will go wrong, they just will. They’ll make for funny stories later, but don’t let anything ruin your day. Going outside to take our formal pictures my dress got caught in the escalator and got a big black grease smudge on it. Everyone looked at me like I was going to loose it and much to their relief, I just shrugged and laughed. Thankfully it didn’t pull my whole dress off and we ended up giggling about it all day. Approached with a different attitude, I think that could have certainly been a day ruin-er. Did my husband care about my dress? Absolutely not! My mother, well thats another story– I thought she was going to smack me for thinking it was so funny. Extra advice– baby powder works wonders hiding black grease on lace!! People put a lot of pressure on themselves to make their wedding perfect. No matter what, you’ll think your wedding was the most amazing wedding in the history of the world so enjoy it!
2. Take advantage of all the time you have, because it flies by quickly. Make sure you get to spend at least a little time together, just the two of you. I know a post-wedding brunch isn’t within everyone’s ability or budget, but it was one of the best “extra” things we did. It allowed us the flexibility to really enjoy our reception knowing that we could continue talking to our guests and wrap up our thank yous the following day. Doing “the rounds” takes way longer than you’d imagine. Plus, it takes a celebration that you never want to end and makes it just a little longer.
3. Choose a photographer that you get along well with. For us normal, everyday people, being photographed is a little awkward. Its tricky to act naturally with people watching. Having a photographer with an awesome personality is key! If you feel awkward when you meet or talk on the phone, you’ll certainly feel awkward in front of their camera. In addition to capturing every moment of your special day, your photographer will also dictate a huge part of your timeline and keep you on schedule throughout the day. Our photographer created an awesome atmosphere for the day and made our whole bridal party comfortable– and I think that really showed in our pictures. Our whole family loved her! If you’re reading this, then you’ve already seen Jessica’s amazing work and I don’t have to continue my shameless plug…