How did you meet?
Our story isn’t like most stories. Looking back, any little difference could have meant we never would have known each other existed. Our story…begins with an online dating app. Sean was in New Jersey for the weekend for Military duty with the Navy Reserves. Since Sean is originally from Pennsylvania he had to change his location to even see my online profile. Thank goodness he did, because when he messaged me that weekend and his location popped up as being only ten minutes away I messaged him back right away. I came to realize shortly after we began talking that he was actually living over a hour away in some place I never heard of. But by that time, he had already started to win me over with his charm.
So going completely out of my comfort zone, we had our first date a few weeks later in Doylestown, PA. After driving 45 minutes to even get there, I proceeded to drive over spikes in a parking lot and get a flat tire. Here I was, in a place I have never been, about to meet a guy I hardly know (from online no less), and my only means of escape if something goes wrong has a flat tire. Great!!!! Lucky for me, I would be meeting my future husband. And it might sound crazy, but I knew from the moment I saw him that I was going to marry him someday. So much so that I even said it to myself that night!
I found out real fast what a great guy he is, because he wound up basically changing the tire himself when even roadside assistance was having trouble. Eventually, my tire was changed, and we were left scrambling for ideas on a date that had no plans or direction now. We ended up going to beautiful Lake Nockamixon and talking all night as we looked out over the water from the marina. We both knew after that night, that this was what perfect was. Which is why making the decision to stick by each other through his year long deployment (which came only six months after we met) was so easy.
Using the guise of wanting pictures on the beach, we all walked down to the spot where it would happen. I complained the entire time saying I couldn’t walk in the sand because of my high heels. Everyone just laughed. We posed for a few pictures with everyone. Then my friend said “okay, you guys pose for one together…back to back”.
As we went back to back, Sean turned around and waited for me to realize something was going on. He leaned in and told me how he felt, only for me and me alone to hear, and then he knelt down on one knee. I was in complete shock and immediately started crying! I was so happy that our family & closest friends were there to witness this special day.
Details of the day! Our wedding colors were ballet pink & silver. We had lots of little hints of ballet pink (girls nails, my bouquet, cones of rose petals for the guests to throw at the ceremony, the cake) and silver (guys vests & ties for the tuxes, napkins, table numbers, sweetheart table decor) throughout. Our rose bouquets & boutonnieres were absolutely gorgeous from Purple Iris in Point Pleasant. Guests threw rose petals as we came back up the aisle as husband and wife.
Inside the reception, we had giant light up LOVE letters from Philly Marquee for guests to take photos with. We also had an iSpy picture game at every place setting. The favors were tealight candles and had their own gorgeous table set up.
Why did you choose your venue? Crystal Point Yacht Club is known for having a gorgeous outdoor ceremony space on the Manasquan River as well as beautiful indoor reception area. I always wanted to get married on the water but Sean doesn’t like the crowds of the beach, so Crystal Point was the perfect place to suit both of us!
What was on your menu Our wedding menu started with the most elaborate cocktail hour we had ever seen! Everything from filet mignon, coconut shrimp, scallops, pierogies, lobster ravioli—the list goes on! Our dinner menu consisted of tomato bisque & salad, mozzarella & basil tower and choice of Chicken Crystal or Prime Rib.
Dessert consisted of a tier of Vienesse cookies & Italian pastries on each table, tableside espresso and Cordial cart and of course, wedding cake! The cake was vanilla with chocolate mousse filling and buttercream icing.
All about your gown! My gown was a beautiful Maggie Sottero with a fit & flare silhouette. Strapless with a sweetheart neckline, Swarovski crystal & pearl accents, corset back and chapel length train. I always thought I would want a gigantic “poofy” dress, but I knew this was the one as soon as I tried it on. It fit me perfectly and just gave me that “say yes to the dress” feeling!
What was your favorite moment? My favorite moment was hands-down the first look. The anticipation as I was walking up behind my soon to be husband to tap him on the shoulder just washed over me. The look on his face when he turned around and saw me for the first time was something I’ll remember forever. I am so glad we went ahead and did a first look because having that special moment just for us is so special.
One detail you couldn’t live without? Making a playlist for the DJ. We were definitely flexible and told him that he didn’t have to stick directly to the list, but having songs that we both enjoy and know will get our family & friends dancing made the reception a blast! Some of my favorite moments of the day happened on the dance floor. We requested “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen to be the last song of the night and every single person was on the dance floor surrounding us.
Did anything go wrong? We had plans in place for extreme heat (it was July), sun, rain, but none of those happened and we didn’t think to plan for wind! The wind gusts were 20-30 mph on our wedding day. We rolled with it and still had our photos & ceremony outdoors. But it just goes to show that you might think you have every little thing planned, but something can always come up!
First dance song? “This Years Love” by David Gray. This song has always been special to us because it reminds us of when we met and also the year we spent apart during Sean’s deployment.
Any advice for future brides? Everyone always says this, but its so true—it all goes so fast. Take a deep breath and enjoy it all! Don’t let the stress of planning overwhelm you.
Honeymoon Bavaro Princess in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.