Natalie and Matthew had known each other since they were teenagers. They were college sweethearts and reconnected again years later. As we say often in the wedding world, some things are just meant to be. Natalie is a kindergarten teacher and when Matthew decided to propose, he did it in style, in front of her class! Natalie’s mother volunteers in her classroom every Wednesday, so Matthew made sure he chose a day that she would be there.
Natalie’s family rented a house in Ocean City every summer during her childhood. She always admired the magnificence of The Flanders Hotel, and being able to have her reception there was a dream come true! Matthew also vacationed at the shore while he was growing up and they both envisioned a beach wedding.
With the beach theme in mind, the colors they chose were a mixture of navy, blues and ivory. The bridesmaids’ dresses were navy, the groomsmen worse blue suits with ivory shirts, the ring bearer also wore a blue suit and was complemented nicely by the flower girl in her ivory dress. The Manic Botanic did an incredible job weaving in the theme colors and staying with the bride’s vision. Hydrangeas were used for the table arrangements, with greens spilling out for a beachy look. The bride’s bouquet consisted of blue hydrangeas, white roses and dark blue thistle for contrast and texture. The bridesmaids had a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet, while the groom had a white rose and thistle boutonnière. Each arrangement was wrapped in an ivory ribbon.
The bridal party got ready in a five-bedroom suite at The Flanders. The ceremony was held beachfront and then everyone came back into the ballroom at The Flanders for the reception. Guests danced through the night and took a time out to indulge in the wedding cake – or, should we say, wedding cupcakes. Rather than go with a traditional main cake, the couple chose to have a variety of cupcakes. Guests had their choice of chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, or vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. Keeping with tradition, the newlyweds also had a small chocolate cake set aside for the cake cutting! Staying with the beach theme, guests were able to take home sand buckets filled with saltwater taffy. Personalized koozies were also a big hit.
Personalizing their day was easy. A good friend who is also an ordained minister performed the ceremony. The bride and groom shared wedding vows that they wrote themselves and their signature cocktail, named “Mr. & Mrs. T,” was a spiked Arnold Palmer that they both love. Most important, though, were the table arrangements that were actual illustrations made by her kindergarten class. In addition, one of the students wrote an engagement story that they displayed next to their guest book for everyone to see.
What We Love:
Will you marry me? This movie-type proposal is so cute in front of Natalie’s little kindergartners but taking it one step further and having their drawings as table assignments is just so absolutely cute!
Photos courtesy of Danielle Soloff Photography