Details of the day: Our wedding was held overlooking the bay in Stone Harbor at The Reeds at Shelter Haven. Having both been raised near the beach, this location made perfect sense to us. We wanted our wedding to feel elegant, yet relaxed and fun, like The Reeds. Given that we both have a love for good food, the choice was a no-brainer after dining at the two restaurants at The Reeds; Sax and The Water Star Grille. At cocktail hour guests dined on passed hors d’oeuvres such as lobster mac and cheese, day boat scallops wrapped in bacon, and tuna tartare. There were also several displays including a slider station. We served our favorite cocktail that we named using a combination of our two last names called a “Sychaca.” It consisted of Malibu rum, pineapple juice, agave syrup, and lime. At dinner guests choose between Chilean sea bass with a miso glace and a filet mignon. The Reeds also makes their own cakes at The Bake Shop right next door. We loved our funfetti cake with butter cream and fresh strawberries.
I wore a strapless lace alencon dress with a sweetheart neckline and beading. The groom wore a custom navy blue tux from Enzo Custom in Philadelphia. The bridesmaids wore a mix of different style pink and tan dresses by Bill Levkoff from Wedding Belles and the Maid and Matron of honor both wore different sparkly gowns from Adrianna Papell.
After the rain that morning, the ceremony was moved to inside in the Sweet Grass ballroom. The sun came out and shined through the large glass sliding doors and everything worked out perfectly. With Father Jack Ryan, we created our ceremony where we chose the processional songs (which included Death Cab for Cutie, Alt-J, and the Postal Service) and we wrote our own vows. Our aunts gave hand-picked readings that were special to us. Our flower arrangements were loose and organic in varying shades of white and green with candles, garland, and lots of mercury glass. A mix of peonies, ranunculus, anemones, lisianthus, and veronica were used among other flowers. Robyn and her daughter Bailey, who is the “Paper” in Petal + Paper also created the invitations which included a custom map of stone harbor with our favorite spots, programs, menus, welcome sign, lace streamers and more which tied everything together. The dance floor was always full with guests dancing from a mix of current hits, to old classics and in between. The night ended back at a house we rented a few blocks away. We were so lucky to have the husband and wife duo of Stephanie and Brent Young capture it all in exactly the way we had envisioned. Stephanie is so talented behind the lens and managed to get the perfect mix of candid and posed images. Her husband Brent, created an awesome wedding video that we still can’t stop watching.
Your favorite part: This may be clichè but my favorite part was marrying my best friend and having all the people we love there to witness it.
If you could change one thing about your wedding what would it be? Even though some rain in the morning changed our ceremony plans to now be inside it worked out. The sun shown through The Reeds large sliding glass doors and lit up the room. Though this wasn’t our plan it worked out perfectly and I wouldn’t change a thing about our wedding day!
Advice for other brides: You spent so much time planning so make sure you relax, slow down and truly enjoy everything.