Over and over again, we hear love stories that begin at the beach. Maybe it’s the sound of the waves breaking on the shore or the feel of sand between the toes that brings people together. One thing for sure is that romances that begin at the beach lead to gorgeous weddings at the shore, and this one is no exception.
Kirby and William both spent their summers in Avalon when they were growing up. It wasn’t until 2013, though, when they finally met. Although William proposed on a beach in Cape Cod, the couple came “home” to say their vows. Choosing Avalon was a no-brainer, as it was where their love story began.
The celebration kicked off with their rehearsal dinner at Stone Harbor Pizza Pub, which features indoor and outdoor seating right on the bay next to The Reeds at Shelter Haven. The next day, the bridal party got ready at Fusion Salon in Avalon. The staff took care of making sure everyone’s hair and makeup were picture-perfect.
After Kirby and William said “I do” at St. Paul Church in Stone Harbor, guests headed to the Avalon Yacht Club for the reception. This venue provided the perfect setting that they were looking for: classic and formal. The club’s décor was the inspiration for their nautical theme that they carried though the ceremony and reception. They choose navy and white colors, accented with anchors to enhance the nautical feeling that the Avalon Yacht Club conveys. Blooms had no problem sticking with the classic and formal vibe. The flower arrangements consisted of white flowers with green accents. Just enough to keep it romantic and add a touch of color.
Acting as their own wedding planners, Kirby and William added many personal touches to their celebration. From the custom invitations to the personalized church-exit ribbon wands and the shell reception place cards, everything had a nautical feel to it.
Guests danced the night away and indulged in the three-tier vanilla cake with buttercream icing, topped with a navy-blue anchor that included the bride’s and groom’s initials, all designed by The Bake Works. No one left empty-handed as treats included Cape May Sea Salt, Johnson’s Popcorn and saltwater taffy, all known as Jersey Shore treats. The bride and groom didn’t leave empty-handed, either: Guests were invited to write advice to the bride and groom and place it in a bottle. The bride and groom danced the night away and took a piece of their own advice to future brides to enjoy life with family and friends.
What We Love:
Message in a bottle. For your one year anniversary, ditch tasting the freezer burnt cake, and instead invite guests to write advice for the bride and groom to be saved and read one full year later. It brings back great memories of a great night, and toasting wine and great advice is so much better than trying to get through a bite of soggy cake.
Photos courtesy of Laura Caporizzo Photography