Devon and Aaron met during their sophomore year at Alvernia University in physics class, the only class they would ever share in college. While learning the basics of the class and sharing some late-night studying, the couple found their romantic chemistry to be undeniable. After graduation, they set their roots in Lancaster, Pa., as their job opportunities were in surrounding areas. Aaron planned a surprise proposal, complete with scenic country views of the Susquehanna River and, of course, a celebratory dinner with both families.
So, how does a couple with ties to country living decide to host their wedding at the shore? Although reluctant at first to hold their wedding four hours from their home, Aaron worked his magic to convince his bride-to-be to get married in her home away from home, Cape May. Devon grew up spending summers at her family’s home in this historic town and knew it would make their big day even more special to host their wedding there. After searching around for venues, Devon and Aaron selected The Grand Hotel due to its proximity to the beach, the fact that they could host their ceremony and reception in one convenient location, and the suitable accommodations for their traveling guests.
To incorporate their shared favorite color, Devon and Aaron selected shades of purple and added touches of natural tones to their décor and color scheme. Devon looked stunning in her Maggie Sottero gown and the bridesmaids wore iris-colored dresses. The florist created bouquets with pops of pink and lavender flowers and included driftwood in the centerpieces to add a nautical feel to the reception.
The ceremony, held on The Grand Hotel’s balcony overlooking the beach, was officiated by Devon’s Uncle Will, and the couple wrote their own vows. They opted for a harpist to play ceremony songs and hired a DJ to spin party tunes. Devon and Aaron shared their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” as guests surrounded them on the dance floor.
Instead of a traditional tiered cake, Devon and Aaron cut a smaller cake for the photos and shared their love of cupcakes with their guests. They worked with a local bakery to offer all their favorite flavors: almond raspberry, carrot, cookies and cream, hot fudge and salted caramel. Devon’s mom also made her famous chocolate-covered pretzels as they are a family favorite and enjoyed at all family events. Favors were also a sweet sentiment: jars of jam from Lancaster County with a little tag, “From Our Home to Yours.”
Devon offers this piece of advice for future brides: “Don’t stress the small details the day of your wedding! Everything will work out accordingly and will be perfect. All you need to worry about is having a great time and trying to take mental pictures of the night because it’s over in a flash!”
What we love:
On the way to Cape May. Nothing says iconic more than a photo posed in front of a Cape May lifeguard boat. It’s a photo that is 100% frameable and will stand the test of time. Perfection!
Photos courtesy of David Naples Photography