Elizabeth and William met during their first week as freshmen at The College of New Jersey, but their romance didn’t spark until their junior year, when Elizabeth returned to school from a semester abroad. After dating for four years, Will arranged a dinner for what Elizabeth thought was to celebrate a work promotion. As they were just sitting down to enjoy dinner with family at Del Posto in New York, Will got down on one knee and proposed. His sister captured photos of the proposal and Elizabeth’s “OMG, yes!”
A shore wedding was inevitable for this couple, since Lizzy grew up spending summers in Avalon and Will had quickly fallen in love with the shore. Once they were engaged and began discussing where to have their wedding, the Avalon Yacht Club checked off all the boxes. The venue was even able to accommodate an entirely gluten-free reception, which was a first for the club.
Family and friends gathered from near and far, including some of Lizzy’s relatives from Holland. They enjoyed an intimate rehearsal dinner at ICONA Avalon the night before the wedding. For the big day, Lizzy had selected a Maggie Sottero gown accompanied by a comb borrowed from her mother’s wedding headpiece. Her bridesmaids wore Bill Levkoff dresses in various styles. Will and his groomsmen opted for navy suits to match the bridesmaids’ gowns. The bride’s family priest performed their wedding at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Avalon before heading to the Avalon Yacht Club for the reception. Lizzy and Will were able to sneak away for sunset photos from the dock, which the bride recalls as one of her favorite moments of the day.
The florist designed soft and subtle floral arrangements to fulfill Lizzy’s vision of coastal elegance, using white and blush flowers and incorporating touches of anemones and greenery. They created a flower wand for the flower girl for her walk down the aisle and, as a special touch, the florist used a piece of Lizzy’s mother’s bridal veil to wrap her bouquet. Instead of a traditional cake, the couple selected a small carrot cake for cutting and opted for cupcakes in various flavors for their guests. In lieu of traditional favors, the couple donated to a charity near and dear to their hearts, the Alzheimer’s Association. They shared their first dance as husband and wife to Dan + Shay’s “From the Ground Up” before heading off to an adventure in Greece.
What We Love:
Loving the lanterns! Utilizing lanterns is the perfect way to have a beach theme without the use of sand and shells. The candlelight will help create atmosphere as the sun sets, the flowers surrounding give the pop of color and bonus, they can be reused in the future!
Photos courtesy of Kaitlin Noel Photography