Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
7 miles of weddings? Yes you heard us right! We are taking about the 7 mile island that consists of Avalon and Stone Harbor, NJ. These two towns are the best kept secret of the Jersey Shore and we are about to show you why they make the best wedding destination!
The first wedding destination on our list is the Avalon Yacht Club! Here it is all about location, location, location! This incredible club's bay-front location makes it one of the most mesmerizing venues in the area. It is an ideal location for hosting your wedding or a private party. These breathtaking, extensive views provide the ideal atmosphere and setting for your special day.
Max Capacity: 230
"Kissed by the sun and sea, our beach is a picture-perfect setting for your dream wedding ceremony."
Discover a new level of service and style at Icona Golden Inn. Whether you are looking for a sandy, barefoot wedding or a formal setting with a gorgeous backdrop, this venue has what you are looking for! Icona Golden Inn is your one stop wedding destination as they can host your bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, post-bridal brunch & more!
Max Capacity: 300
The Windrift Resort Hotel prides itself in being this 7 Mile Island’s only wedding venue with a second level ocean view. This unique venue creates unparalleled views of the sand, sea and sky!
The Windrift offers a newly constructed banquet facility that consists of three bars, a state of the art entertainment system, retractable glass walls, and a total hotel room renovation in 2012! There is no question that you and your guests will be staying in luxury and comfort! This resort hotel can accommodate a maximum of 222 people for a bridal shower, ceremony, engagement party, or reception.
Be among the first to preserve a lifetime of memories at Stone Harbor’s all-new luxury, boutique hotel and destination resort! This intimate and unique setting has the simple elegance of a coastal chic design with the perfect backdrop for a waterfront wedding experience at the New Jersey shore!
Max capacity: 220
"Come aboard and enjoy our scenic views, calm waters and delectable menu selections year-round!"
"Elegance on the Bay"
Being directly on the waterfront, the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor is considered one of South Jersey's premier reception locations. The Yacht Club of Stone Harbor is home to one of the best sunsets in South Jersey. Your wedding guests can take advantage of the unbeatable scene while having cocktails on the deck, or dining in one of the two bay-front dining rooms. Spectacular sunsets paired with a delectable food selection and exceptional service, will make for a special day that is stylish, sophisticated and fun.
Max Capacity: 250
These 7 miles not only consist of the fabulous ceremony/ reception locations listed above but it also offers 9 churches and over 3 full service spas. The two towns also have countless restaurants, hotels, and recreations to keep your quest entertained your whole wedding weekend! But above all else, Avalon and Stone Harbor, NJ have a small town charm combined with a nautical elegance that you will simply not be able to find any where else!
Swapping out flower bouquets for another alternative can enhance your theme, make your wedding unique, and even save you some money. You can use these different bouquets for your bridal party, a flower girl, or make your own look stand out with a contrasting bouquet.
Kristin and I fell in love with Ingrid and Sean-as everyone does when they meet them. We also fell in love with their families. We started working with Ingrid a year before she and Sean married. In that year’s time, we couldn’t get enough of them. Throughout the year we met several times at Ingrid’s grandparents house on Harvey Cedars -Long Beach Island, New Jersey. It was where the ceremony was to be held and it was breath taking. A view that only pictures do justice. It was a blank slate and we were so excited to get our hands on it.
Ingrid wanted a French/English vintage feel, while still keeping it relevant to the space-the beach. Their reception was booked at the Brant Beach Yacht Club on LBI, NJ-another space we could dive into.
This was one of those weddings where you just can’t wait for it to arrive, yet you really don’t want it to be over because then you have to say goodbye. On their day everything was perfection: the weather, the views, the details, the bridal party, their families and especially the bride and groom.
As guests arrived to the ceremony, they entered a pre-ceremony cocktail party-this was a must! With the views and the gorgeous ambience there was no way we were going to just have Ingrid and Sean’s guest get straight to the ceremony. It was a necessity that they got the chance to take it all in.
The pre-ceremony cocktail hour was furnished with an old dresser without drawers. Inset in the drawer openings were mason jars, adorned with stripped straws, for the guests to get a drink-a choice of tea or flavored water. In an old Sunfish Sailboat was a galvanized bucket flush with beer and bottled water. A driftwood sign pointed guests in the right direction and twine balls pinned with pictures of family and friends hung from a tree.
Incase guests didn’t want to trek through the stone in heels-flip flips were offered
As it was time for the ceremony to start the guests made their way towards the back of the house where the ceremony was being held
It doesn’t get more gorgeous than this.
People always ask you the question of whether you look at the Bride as she is walking down the aisle to see her face or if you look at the expecting groom to see his reaction…my favorite is watching the groom. As Sean saw Ingrid step around the side of the house with her father his reaction was the best we have seen so far.
He didn't cry, he couldn't do anything-he was completely in awe!
We truly enjoy when the wedding parties are just as much fun as the bride and groom. We are pretty sure Ingrid and Sean do not have any family or friends who aren’t stunning!
When we saw Ingrid and Sean’s pictures, everyone in the office almost fell out of their seats. We knew Ingrid and Sean were a beautiful couple but in these pictures they brought it!
The yacht club was gorgeous with the fall sun setting during cocktail hour. The tables were perfect with centerpieces of assorted mercury glass vases, candles and dahlias. The food, catered by Fleur de Lys, was delicious and picturesque. Each table was given monkey bread-a favorite of the groom (also his groom cake-made by his Mother-In-Law). And the party was lead by the most incredible band from EBE-Amsterdam!
To Ingrid and Sean, we can not thank you enough for allowing us to be part of your lives and your big day! We wish you the best and hope our paths cross again (that means you Katy!)! To your family and friends, thank you for making this day so special for Ingrid and Sean-we loved getting to know all of you too.
Venue: Brant Beach Yacht Club
Photographer: LindseyK Photography
Caterer: Fleur de Lys
Band: EBE's Amsterdam
Decorators/Coordinators: Kyle Michelle Weddings
Our first conversation with Tiana was in the very first days of June of this year. She really wanted to get married in October of this year but wasn’t sure she could pull off planning a Jersey Shore wedding from Washington, DC with out any assistance and/or in that time frame. She asked, “Can we do this in 4 months?” Yes, yep, of course, absolutely, definitely, it can and will happen!
Prior to Tiana calling us, she had found the venue where she and her soon-to-be husband, Brian wanted to get married but hadn’t secured anything or even knew if it was a possibility. They wanted a beach ceremony and a tented reception right off the beach at The Women’s Civic Center of Stone Harbor. Tricky thing with the Jersey Shore, they don’t always allow beach ceremonies. You have to find the perfect spot, get a permit and you’re technically not even allowed to put chairs on the beach (Whoops…some how chairs ended up out there.?.?).
All of our conversations with Tiana and Brian were through emails, phone conversations and one Skype meeting. We had never met them in person. But through the many, many emails of sending pictures back and forth and phone conversations to explain the pictures further-we knew exactly what they wanted: beach (nothing too over the top), with touches of fall (it was October).
Tiana and Brian’s beach ceremony was sumptuous. The natural wood chairs set against the Atlantic Ocean, the sand and the perfectly blue sky were sublime.
At the opening of the aisle, baskets were stocked with blankets for guests to bundle up with to fight against a crisp october breeze. Globe vases garnished with burnt orange calla lillies hung from the arbor.
Tiana was stunning in her ivory, organza, gown perfectly adorned with a champagne sash.
Bridesmaids wore navy dresses, choosing their own style, with pearls to match the brides.
(We love this!)
The Groom and Groomsmen wore light gray suits-the Groom with a white tie, the Groomsmen with navy to harmonize with the girls.
Mr. & Mrs. Brian Walters
We love when couples think outside of the box and do things that are less traditional and more unique to them. Tiana and Brian had perfect little touches at every turn.
When we saw these tops, we were immediately obsessed!
Signature Cocktails: Apple, fresh ginger, and cranberry martini's!
(We heard they were amazing!)
Who needs a 3 tier wedding cake when you can have copious amounts of cake AND pie?
If you're not a fan of cake or pie? There is always s'mores!
What else goes with party, beer, and dancing?
Who remembers mad libs? I'm pretty sure as children, everyone played a few.
A great way to get some good reads on your honeymoon? Mad Libs for your wedding guest book-yep, pretty awesome.
The day couldn't have been more beautiful; blue skies and cool weather (okay, maybe a little crisp). Tiana and Brian were gorgeous and are a perfect pair. We loved working (quick as it was) with these two. We wish them all of the happiness in the world!
Venue: Women's Civic Center of Stone Harbor
Design: Kyle Michelle Weddings
Caterer: Fleur De Lys Catering
Photographer: Spark Photography
Flowers & Centerpieces: Kyle Michelle Weddings
DJ: Time of Your Life Entertainment
Rentals: Rental City
Lighting: Light My Event
It’s summer time and we have been booking, what else, outdoor and beach weddings! Part of our excitement with outdoor and beach ceremonies comes from the ability to design the seating arrangement as big, as small, as traditional, as unique, as simple, as ornate, in a circle, in a square, on a boat with a goat, in a house with a mouse…wait what?? But really, it’s the imagination you get to use in designing outdoors.
It’s a blank slate…or sand.
Here are a few of our favorites and some that we have stumbled across and ones, which we hope we get to emulate soon enough with our own brides!
If your ceremony were outside or on the beach…how would it be designed?
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