Riley and Kirby met during their junior year at Penn State University, when they were part of an exchange program studying abroad in Spain. They ended up becoming good friends and spent most of their time in Spain together. Once they were home, the dating continued through their senior year and Kirby moved to Pittsburgh with Riley while he pursued his career. However, the beach was calling them home and eventually they decided to move back to the Wildwood area.
Riley chose Kirby’s birthday to propose to her on the beach, where he told her how much he loved her and how lucky he was to have her. They celebrated afterwards at her parents’ house with her family. Of course, a beach wedding was in their future as they live in the area and the majority of their family and friends are here, too.
The couple chose to have their ceremony and reception at the Avalon Golf Club and its Avalon Links Restaurant. They loved the intimacy of the area and the gorgeous scenery. It was every bride’s nightmare as the forecast had been calling for rain the whole week, but they lucked out and the rain held off until after the ceremony. Having the ceremony and the reception in one place made it convenient for the crowd to just step inside after the vows were exchanged and start the party!
Burgundy and blush were the colors that set the mood, adding warmth and romance throughout the room. Kirby’s flowers were made up of blush garden roses with burgundy zinnias and white dahlias. She chose eucalyptus for the green accents. Their cake was vanilla with chocolate ganache and vanilla icing decorated with roses.
Everything from start to finish had a personal touch. Kirby’s grandmother had a blue handkerchief with the wedding date and the couple’s initials sewn into her dress for something blue. She wore her great-grandmother’s bracelet for her something borrowed. Her sister gave her a six-pence for her shoe to complete the traditional wedding elements.
While everything about their wedding day was perfect, having all of their family and friends together made it unforgettable. They were lucky to have many of their friends from their time in Spain fly in from all over the country for the big day.
Kirby’s advice for brides is to give yourself plenty of extra time to get ready because everything takes longer than you think it will. No one wants to stress and rush on their big day!
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At the reception, tables were decorated with photos of the bride and groom through the years. Table 1 had pictures of both of them when they were 1 year old. Table 2 had pictures of both of them when they were 2 years old, and so on. The pictures made it very special for the couple and their families who had watched them grow over the years.
Photos courtesy of Kaitlin Noel Photography