Caitlin and Michael met as a classic Shore Wedding couple at a Sea Isle City watering hole over a cool summer cocktail. Michael caught Caitlin’s eye after many encounters and finally worked up the courage to ask his future bride on a date. From a seaside meet-up to a riverside proposal, Cait found Michael on his knee adjacent to their beloved dog Ruby as they walked along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail.
The decision for a shore wedding was easy: Michael moved to Sea Isle with his family in eighth grade, and Caitlin spent her childhood summers in Ocean City and Avalon. It was the only option, in their minds, to start a life as husband and wife in a place where they already shared so many memories.
The Yacht Club of Stone Harbor was selected as the venue for the reception, and accented Caitlin’s theme of sand and sea with its nautical touches and waterfront views. The bridesmaids wore beige and the groomsmen wore navy to further incorporate the beachy theme.
The couple brought in their love of the shore and the location where love was found with a beautiful ceremony at St. Joseph Church in Sea Isle City, followed by the reception in Stone Harbor. Caitlin looked stunning in not one but two dresses for the day featuring Eddy K for BHLDN at the ceremony and then a quick change to her reception dress by Badgley Mischka for BHLDN.
The couple kept it classic and simple with a focus on details that would make a memorable night for all who attended – “great food, great drinks and great music.” After dinner and cake, the guests transitioned to the dance floor and never left until the lights came up! In the midst of the dancing, the couple managed to sneak away from for a moment together, and some epic photos capturing the fall sunset. And in lieu of favors, the couple instead made a donation to the For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation in memory of Caitlin’s father.
We ask every featured bride to list the top three moments of the day and Caitlin summed up her shore wedding perfectly: “1. Marrying 2. My 3. Best Friend”
What we love:
Our favorite color is sunset. We often see advice that recommends taking a private moment with your new husband and celebrating the day with just the two of you. Add in a photographer and a bayside reflection for a beautiful shore sunset photo that is guaranteed to be one of your favorites of the day.
Photos courtesy of Mackenzie Lane Photography