Details of the day: A Jersey girl at heart, I always dreamt of having a wedding alongside the Jersey Shore. After visiting only 3 venues, Devon and I fell in love with The Breakers. After all, it had all the things we were looking for- a porch overlooking the ocean, salty air, and a gorgeous ballroom! A few months after picking our venue, while dress shopping with my mother and MOH, I fell in love with the first dress I put on. The neckline reminded me of a seashell and I just knew it was the one! Following these events, I began solely planning our seaside/beach themed wedding. My wedding morning was oddly calmed. The hair and makeup stylist came to my room at the venue where we were able to relax, toast champagne, and be pampered. As I began to walk down the “aisle” on the front porch towards the ocean, I glanced over to see the handmade sand dollar place cards and program fans I created months earlier. After all, seashells and sand dollars were incorporated into every aspect of the day from the bouquets to the centerpieces, the cake, and so much more! A mix of emotions overcame both of us throughout the day, as we said our “I dos,” walked to the ocean during cocktail hour for pictures in the sand, and were finally announced as husband and wife at our reception.
Your favorite part: After two years of planning, Devon and I said our vows to each other amongst family and friends while overlooking the ocean on the front porch. It was truly a dream come true! Being able to look out, glance at the ocean, and promise my husband forever meant the world to us. It brought meaning to the years of planning and fine attention to detail and it made it all worth it!
If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? Earlier on, Devon and I decided that we didn’t want to do a “first look” because we felt like it took away from the emotions of the ceremony. As a result, Devon and I ended up missing our private cocktail hour that was set up for us in a private room. We ran out of time with the photographer during cocktail hour and therefore never made it. If I could change one thing, I think I would do a “first look.” There are SO many feelings and emotions throughout the day. I think seeing my groom for the first time, privately, wouldn’t of been such a bad choice after all!
Advice for other brides: It is inevitable that some things don’t go “as planned,” but don’t sweat it! I’m sure the only person that is going to notice it is you!