Mutual friends – that’s how this shore couple met. They began their relationship as friends who frequently scanned the shores for sea glass, and protected this dear environment by doing beach cleanups together. Their friendship quickly turned to love. And when this shore couple traveled to the groom’s beloved mountain getaway in New York for him to pop the question, the answer – after a grueling, three-mile hike – was yes!
The couple’s wedding inspiration? The beach, a pop of color and a lot of fun. And they exceeded their expectations when they fell in love with the offshore venue of the Avalon Links at the Avalon Golf Club for the reception.
Guests joined the couple for a waterfront wedding ceremony at 30th Street in Avalon, with the Avalon Fishing Pier and an arch hand-crafted by the bride’s father as the backdrop on a beautiful spring day. April’s attendants highlighted the pop of color with Azazie dresses in fuchsia, with April saying her personal vows in a gorgeous David Tutera gown.
With a goal of not focusing too much on the little things, this couple wowed their guests with the beachfront ceremony followed by cocktails, dinner and an epic night dancing at the Avalon Links Restaurant.
For their first dance, April and Nicholas chose the classic “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. After dinner, guests were treated to a four-tier cake styled by The Bake Works with navy blue accents, fondant sea shells and even a personalized topper of bobblehead dolls as the couple themselves. And guests kept their drinks cold throughout the evening with custom beer koozies as a signature shore treat favor: “To have and to hold and to keep your drink cold!”
The guests bid the couple farewell to a mini-moon in Cape May followed by an extended honeymoon in Aruba a few months later.
And when the night came to a close, this relaxed shore couple both celebrated and reflected on the fact that the pop of colors, the live band and the venue produced the perfect day they both envisioned.
What we love:
The donation in lieu of favors. We’ve seen it all – signature picture frames, seed packets, bottle openers and more – but a donation to an organization that is near and dear to the couple’s hearts was something special. April and Nicholas, who met and grew their love searching for sea glass and doing beach cleanups, made a donation to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Go little sea turtles, go!