We wanted our wedding day to be really fun for our friends and family, but elegant and charming as well. We both agreed that with so many out-of-towners (like ourselves coming from DC), we wanted the church, reception, and hotel close to each other. We're so glad that we found The Flanders! The church was just a few blocks away, the reception was in the hotel, and our guests enjoyed walking on the boardwalk.
I chose the pink and orange color combo because I wanted something different than the usual beachy blues and greens (which happen to also be my favorite colors). Pink and orange is getting really popular now and you're seeing it in a lot of bridal magazines, but a year ago, a lot of people kept asking me why those two colors and 'did they really go together?' They do of course and everyone could see how great they looked together after seeing it all come together the day of.
MY GOWN: Adrian Pierce Couture, Berlin, NJ
Veil & Tiarra - I found my veil and tiarra at Adrian Pierce Couture - because they are so amazing and I didn't want to shop anywhere else. On the day of, just a little over an hour before the ceremony, I had a moment of panic when the person doing my hair asked me for my veil. I knew I hadn't picked it up and I was pretty sure that my Mom didn't have it... where was it? Turns out that it was still at the bridal shop in Berlin - 45 minutes away from our ceremony. All of our family members were already on their way, so we couldn't ask any of them to pick it up. We called the bridal shop and one of the owner's daughters drove it to Ocean City. She dropped it off and then left in a hurry because she had a baseball game to go to. It's another reason why I love these ladies. They could have said tough luck, you should have picked it up, but instead they did everything in their power to get me that veil, making phone calls to find someone to drop it off to me. They're AMAZING!Jewelry - I started the day wearing my something borrowed - a necklace that was my Great Great Grandmother's and my Great Grandmom, Grandmom, Aunt, and two cousins had all worn at their weddings. I was worried about something happening to it when we were taking photos on the boardwalk and beach though, so I switched after the ceremony to a simple single-pearl necklace along with a sparkley bracelet.
Shoes - I started the day in heels and changed into pink Converse sneaks (from Target) after we finished our photos in the church and were heading over to the boardwalk to take the bridal party pics. The funny thing is that my husband, who is very traditional, was worried that these wouldn't look "nice" and that someone might see them. I had assured him that my gown would hide them. It had rained that morning though and I had to lift my dress when walking outside and everyone we saw on the boardwalk kept saying how much they loved my pink sneaks. Then some of our family and friends caught a glimpse at the reception and they wanted to see them. So they were a big hit and made everyone smile - including me, since they were WAY more comfortable than the too-high heels I'd worn for the ceremony.
BRIDESMAIDS: Adrian Pierce Couture, Berlin, NJ
For our bridesmaid dresses, my sister (maid of honor) and I loved this strapless tea length dress that had a little poof in the skirt, but I wasn't sure if the other girls would feel as comfortable in a strapless dress. So I picked about 5 dresses that all came in the same color. My sister-in-law wore a full-length dress with straps, my girl friend wore a halter / tea-length one, and my cousin wore the same strapless dress as my sister. They were all pretty in pink and that color in the satin material ended up looking great. I loved how each dress turned out.I included their jewelry, off-white wraps, and purses, which had this cute funky fuschia pink print, as part of their bridesmaid gifts.
- postcard save-the-dates
- wedding invitations in a booklet format
- personalized response cards with names printed on the cards
- rehearsal dinner invitations for the bridal party
- table numbers in pink/orange with starfish graphics on them
- menu cards in matching fonts, pink/orange colors
- tri-folded ceremony program with swing graphic
- stamps printed through zazzle.com with the swing graphic
I didn't want the usual invitations with a gazillion inserts and envelopes. I wanted one envelope (no inner envelopes) and everything in a booklet format, since we had a lot of extra info for out-of-towners and extra events like a welcome reception on Friday and goodbye brunch on Sunday. I also wanted personalized response cards, so we included the names and circles for people to check off which events they were attending. This was SO much easier than having people fill in their own names and not being able to read their handwriting.
Melissa used a photograph she had taken of a swing ride in Ocean City, NJ and turned it into this pink graphic that we used on everything from save the dates to the invites to stamps, which we made through Zazzle. I love the graphic and she gave me a framed print of it in green that I now have hanging on our bedroom wall to remind us of our wedding weekend (check it out here at Spruce Avenue).
Instead of doing traditional calligraphy (which is more expensive), we instead went with 'computer calligraphy' using matching fonts from the invitation. Marttie Pastore with First Impressions Calligraphy was great to work with and extremely patient and gave us a quick turnaround each time (because of course we needed everything as soon as possible to get things out in the mail). We matched the fonts and everything looked great. She also did our placecards for us.
Crossword Puzzle - I wanted to include a crossword puzzle because since I have known my husband, he has done the crossword puzzle every day! So we made and personalized our own crossword puzzle for Sunday's goodbye brunch using Discovery's online puzzle maker. I made the puzzle through their website and then put it into a Word doc to make it look how I wanted. I also ordered pink and orange pencils from Oriental Trading Company that said Ocean City, NJ on them.
My husband and I have a shared passion for postcards. He always sends them to family on trips. I always collected them from those who sent them to me. So instead of a traditional guest book, we had our guests sign Ocean City postcards and Kristin Barse (our wedding coordinator) mailed them to our home in DC following the wedding.
My Bouquet / His Boutenniere - My bouquet had picture frames from Exposures Online (they're actually meant to be ornaments) with photos of my two Grandpops, Great Aunt, and Great Uncle, in remembrance of them on our wedding day. I also had tiny shells that Laura was able to add with wiring that my husband and I had collected and brought back with us from the Amalfi Coast in Italy (which was our first trip together when we were dating - my husband was temporarily living in Istanbul, Turkey for 5 months and we met there in Italy during his spring break to break up the long distance a bit).
Maid of Honor Bouquet - I wanted my sister's bouquet to be different than the other bridesmaids, so her flowers included all orchids, seashells, and the pink starfish brooch (to match my and our Mom's bouquets).
MOG Bouquet - For my husband's Mom's bouquet, I included mostly tulips to represent his time living abroad in Turkey when he and I first started dating. The Turks introduced tulips to Holland.
FOB and FOG Boutennieres - We also included tiny sand dollars on the Dads' and groomsmen's boutennieres.
Reception Centerpieces (low) -For the low centerpieces, we had glass vases with sand and pink sea urchins in the bottom and a mix of flowers.
We loved working with Kella! She was an absolute delight to work with and truly captured the spirit of our day. We both loved her style and laid-back personality, which was a breath of fresh air on a very emotional and busy day. She let us be ourselves instead of 'forcing' us into stuffy poses and captured the colors, details, emotions, and spirit of our day. I can't say enough good things about both working with her and her photographs! We were so lucky to have found her, as you can see by all her gorgeous photos.
Before Ceremony - Our before ceremony pics were taken in each of the respective family's hotel suites. My parents' suite included this great deck with the boardwalk amusement rides in the background. My husband's parents' suite was at the top of the hotel, so we could avoid running into each other before the ceremony.After Ceremony/Bridal Party - It was a bit chilly and there were lots of puddles after it had rained, so our families went back to their hotel suites and we then took our bridal party pics on the boardwalk. We were lucky to have Kristin and her team because they coordinated with Wonderland to allow us to take all these great photos on the rides. It was so much fun and the staff there were all so GREAT!
Just Us - The bridal party was driven back to the hotel and we had a moment on the beach with just our photographers. They took some amazing images that we absolutely love.
BAND: Lapis Luna, Brooklyn, NY
We absolutely loved our band! I found them online and Shawn (the band's main contact) sent us all this great info in the mail along with a cd to listen to. They were perfect and exactly the sound and feel that we were hoping for.
Parent Dance - I danced with my Dad while my husband danced with his Mom and then at the end of the song, we had my Mom join my Dad, his Dad join his Mom, and then my husband and I danced together again. We really loved being able to include all of our parents in on this. The song was Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole's Over the Rainbow.