Friends first for nearly 10 years, Caroline and Ken could never get the timing right as they were always dating other people. When the stars aligned and fate brought them together on a snowy day in 2014, the couple found themselves sharing their first kiss on Caroline’s couch. From then on, they just knew they were destined to be together. A few years later, Ken planned a festive proposal in Cape May, complete with Christmas lights and décor.
Having both grown up at the shore and now residing in Ocean City, it was never a question that they would also have a shore wedding. After touring a few venues first, the Windrift Hotel Resort “knocked their socks off” and they just knew it was the exact place they wanted to say, “I do.” With its modern appearance and fresh-beachy setting, the venue itself served as an effortlessly stunning backdrop for their big day, so they opted to keep their décor simple in color, theme and style. They wanted each detail to capture who they are as a couple, and every personal touch incorporated things they love.
Caroline chose a Val Stefani gown from the platinum collection and her bridesmaids wore their style of choice from Azazie in the color dusk. Ken and his groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedos and, as a fun ode to Ken’s inner gamer, the guys also wore socks with a “Game over” illustration. The cocktail napkins at the bar also incorporated the “Game over” slogan.
The florist created beautiful arrangements that included shades of purple, light blue and white, with textures of all sorts. In addition to the bouquets and boutonnières for the bridal party, the florist decorated the arch for the ceremony and added beautiful flowers under the first tier of the four-tier cake that was created by The Bake Works. The bakery designed an elegant white buttercream cake with a classic ribbon design and the couple chose a unique cake topper that read “Coolest Couple Ever.”
Guests received a favor-sized tub of caramel corn from Johnson’s Popcorn, one of the couple’s favorite treats.
Following all the formalities, the band took center stage. Caroline and Ken shared their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. to “Every Breath You Take” by The Police and took in all the emotions of the day while surrounded by their closest friends and family.
Caroline’s advice to future brides: “Plan every detail the way you want it, but don’t take it too seriously and spoil the raw pleasure of it all. Your wedding day will fill you with some of the purest forms of emotional pleasure that you will have in a lifetime. Take time that day to stop and soak it all up.”
What We love:
The little things. The mini diorama featuring two chairs, a fishing rod and a veil, the couple’s ode to the shore as a favor featuring Johnson’s Popcorn and the “Game Over” socks the groom wore as an ode to his inner gaming side. Grand scenic views, good music and good food – they make for a great day. But the little things that portray what you and your new husband love is what makes it extra special.
Photos courtesy of Beau Ridge Photography