A fun & vibrant wedding in Ocean City, New Jersey
On 3/12, Bill & Christine got married! We had such a wonderful time working with these two; spending the day with them to celebrate their love had us feeling like it was just another day hanging out with our own friends and family. We were amazed at how fun-loving these two are (just wait until you see the skateboards!!) and how everyone around them could feel the love and warmth they have for each other. Seriously, I don't think we ever saw them in a room together where they weren't smiling at each other. These two - and their special day - are marriage goals!
These two tied the knot on a bright overcast day at the Jersey Shore. Their wedding was hosted at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ. This venue was amazing because it's only steps to the boardwalk and beach and it sits right next to the Castaway Cove amusement park! All of this, combined with Christine's vibrant style choices, led to a bright, colorful, and beautiful day.
Check out all these amazingly fun details! First - this dress: so beautiful with its bright pops of color and floral design. And it's two pieces - how fun is that?! She even got a custom face mask made of the same material as the skirt! When we talked to Christine about it, she said that she had tried on a bunch of white wedding dresses, but always felt like she was just playing dress up. When she saw this dress, with it's vibrant and energetic vibes, she knew it was the one.
And when we say Christine's taste was vibrant and fun, we mean it - just look at some of these other amazing details that we found in the bridal suite! Huge shoutout to @saltyrosefloral for her beautiful bouquet (keep scrolling for even more amazing floral details). And we were definitely loving on the space and all the natural light coming into the bridal suite at the @theflandershotel.
Then there were the boys - and while it wasn't quite as colorful, we found that they were having just as much fun getting ready for the day!
The first look
These two picked a great venue to match their style. We chose to host their first look on the deck of the Flanders Hotel, which overlooks the Castaway Cove amusement park. This meant that in the background of these shots are tons of brightly colored amusement rides - we couldn't think of anything more fun - until the skateboarding came along, that is! These two are the cutest - they have a shared love of skateboarding and found an amazing way to showcase that during their special day. This is super impressive for us since we can't stay upright on a skateboard at all, let alone in a full wedding dress! You go, Christine!
Bill and Christine got married in the Board Room in the Flanders Hotel, which was just across the hall from their reception space. And what an amazing hall that was - lined wall-to-wall with mirrors and with a huge chandelier hanging above. Be sure to check out the photo of Christine and her dad, as he walked her down that huge hallway and into the room where she'd marry Bill!
Then, because we had the DREAM LOCATION, we got to walk about 50 feet up the ramp and onto the boardwalk. The nice overcast day meant that we could take some warm and glowy photos without too much interference from the harsh sun. It was a beautifully warm day and we soaked up the chance to take a walk on the boards. And since it was still early March, we didn't have many crowds or beach-goers to contend with.
The food, the laughter, and the SMILES! Everyone was having an amazing time. We also used a lot of this time to grab some shots of all the details that Christine & Bill had planned for their day. Some of the things we LOVED:
- The boardwalk and beach seating chart
- Their fun take on a guestbook - an instant camera and a photo hanging frame
- THE FLORALS because @saltyroseflorist is so amazingly talented - look at how she transformed the sweetheart table into a wonderland of greenery and color.
Once everyone was ushered into the reception room, Christine & Bill were able to have their romantic first dance, then they each danced with their parts. A little later in the evening, Christine & Bill danced very enthusiastically to Meatloaf's "Paradise By The Dashboard Light", which one of their friends had requested specifically for them. It was so fun to watch them act out the song! Before the night was over, dessert was served and the cake was cut. But the Flanders still had one surprise left - a taste of the boardwalk spread! They set out an additional snack table with Jersey Shore favorites like Manco's Pizza, Johnson's Popcorn, fudge, and all sorts of other treats.
Special shout out to @jg_desserts for the beautiful and delicious cake, to @bmedjs for keeping the party going all night, and of course to @theflandershotel for their amazing food and location!
A lifetime of health and happiness
We are so grateful to have been able to in share such a special day with such a special couple and to help preserve these memories for them and their family. Congratulations to Christine & Bill - we wish you nothing but the happiest days in your marriage!
If you're looking for some great vendors for your New Jersey wedding, please check out some of Bill & Christine's dream team:
- Hair: Fusion Salon (specifically @hairbycaitlinfusion)
- Florist: Salty Rose Floral
- Caterer & Venue: The Flanders Hotel
- Baker: JG Desserts
- DJ: BME Entertainment
- Tuxedos: Men's Warehouse
- Dress: Tesi Bridal
And, as always, if you're looking for a dedicated duo for your wedding photography in the New Jersey, Jersey Shore, or Philadelphia area, we'd love to chat! You can see more information about our wedding photography services here.