Amy and Mark met in college. They had seen each other around campus many times, but it took a mutual friend to finally get the two together. They quickly became friends and fell in love, spending the entire summer together. Destined to never be apart, Mark popped the question after an intimate dinner. His original plan was to take Amy back to their alma mater, where their love story began. But once he had the ring in his hands, he just couldn’t wait!
Amy spent her childhood summers in Stone Harbor with her family. When her family finally built its own home on the island, Mark ended up being the very first houseguest! The couple loves coming to the shore together and knew this was the perfect location to say their “I do’s.” Amy envisioned guests coming for the weekend, so that she and Mark would have the chance to show off all of their favorite things in their favorite place, and that was exactly what they did!
When it came time to plan, Amy knew that a beach-themed wedding was a must. Their color scheme consisted of whites, gray dresses for the bridesmaids and navy suits for the groomsmen. The flowers were arranged by Blooms. For the ceremony, the couple chose to use all white flowers with greens mixed throughout. The bouquets mimicked the white centerpieces that guests would later see at the reception. The groomsmen, dads, and ring bearer had white roses for boutonnieres, while the flower girl wore a white, flowered crown. They kept the flowers to a minimum inside of the church, but outside they featured a floral arch that was perfect for guests to grab a photo.
The couple welcomed family and friends with a rehearsal dinner at The Reeds at Shelter Haven. Amy prepared for the big day at the ICONA Avalon. Located right on the beach, ICONA provided the perfect backdrop for pre-wedding pictures and the ideal location for an after-party! The bridal party took a trolley to the church and then to the reception at the Stone Harbor Golf Club, another one of the couple’s favorite places. Guests danced all night to a live band, which is always a crowd-pleaser. For the cake, the couple chose a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. The cake had four tiers with natural piping and white flower accents, tying in their flower scheme perfectly.
Amy and Mark did a couple of subtle things to personalize their day that their guests might not have even known about. First, they wrote each other letters to read before the ceremony – how romantic! Second, Amy used pieces from her mother and grandmother’s wedding gowns as her something old, new, borrowed and blue. We love these ideas and how deeply personal they were to the bride and groom.
The day was topped off with sunset pictures to treasure forever and an after-party on the sand back at the ICONA.
What we love:
White and green on trend. We love the venue’s simplistic elegance, and using the trending combination of white flowers and lush greenery is the best way to accent the venue’s unique charm. We are loving these lush flowers from the bouquets to the centerpieces and all the accents in between. Gorgeous!
Photos courtesy of Idalia Photography