We might be biased, but a proposal that ends with the discovery of rosé prosecco, at sunrise, on the beach, in Avalon – might just be the perfect way to go about it.
Jenell and Aleks met via one of our era’s greatest inventions, the dating app. And while they said they were not looking for a long-term commitment, they immediately connected. Split by their jobs in Philadelphia and New York City, they committed to meeting up every weekend, and it worked!
As the couple enjoyed a spring weekend in Avalon with family and friends to celebrate Jenell’s birthday, they took a walk along the beach to enjoy the sunrise. And as the colors took to the sky, Aleks oddly diverted their path. Which now we understand was to come across the hidden Mumm Napa Rosé Prosecco to toast a hopeful “yes” from Jenell after he got down to one knee. After Jenell’s joyful “yes” and leap into Aleks’ arms, the couple returned to a very early-morning brunch celebration with everyone who joined them for the weekend.
The Reeds at Shelter Haven was quickly chosen for the celebration because of its bayfront location, but also its proximity to a number of shore staples that allowed for Jenell and Aleks to celebrate for the entire weekend with guests, as opposed to just one day.
Jenell and her bridesmaids prepared for the big day in the newly opened Salt Spa, again just across the street from the venue. The ceremony and reception were on-site, with a local after-party and a post-wedding brunch at the famous Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. These local amenities enabled the guests to enjoy a full weekend of celebrations with the couple, and helped start the party early and end late!
The Reeds’ shore-chic décor complemented the couple’s theme. Luscious florals were placed throughout the ceremony and reception sites, starting with Jenell’s breathtaking bouquet featuring huge peonies, anemone, garden roses and more. The ceremony was accented with a copper-framed altar full of greenery and flowers, and the reception featured candlelit centerpieces, flowers and lush greenery.
Further shore staples included a seashore fudge favor, and an ice cream bar for guests to enjoy a sweet treat following the dinner. Jenell personalized the day with two meaningful items. Her grandmother had received a special coin as “something new” for her wedding in 1947, and wore it in a shoe. She gave it to Jenell at her bridal shower, and Jenell also stashed it in a shoe for “something old” for her wedding. For “something borrowed,” Jenell wore her mother’s wedding band as a midi ring.
What we love:
What’s a wedding without champagne? We may have mentioned our love for the hidden Mumm Rosé in the dunes for the proposal. But we also loved that following the ceremony, the couple and the bridal party took some time to enjoy a champagne toast (Mumm Napa, of course) to celebrate the newlyweds. Cheers!
Photos courtesy of MLE Pictures