Kyle Michelle Weddings Blog
Long Beach Island, New Jersey is one of our favorite towns on the shore of New Jersey. We have been blessed a couple times with being a part of weddings that took place on LBI. Each wedding different but each wedding making LBI the focal point due to the couples love for the island.
Jenny grew up spending her summers on LBI (I believe in her Dad's welcome speech he mentioned she was conceived on LBI) and when Jenny met Adam she brought him into the fold that is the love for LBI. Mallard Island Yacht Club was the perfect venue for their ceremony and reception.
Although, Jenny grew up spending her summers and holidays at the shore, she and Adam currently live in Boston, MA. So, our first conversation was actually with Jenny's mom, Lisa. From the get go, we fell for this family. Our first in-person meeting we met with the entire family and they are a riot. Jenny's family was awesome (if you can't tell by her dad's admission during his "Welcome Speech"), you could feel how close they were and home much they loved one another. It was a blast to be a part of this planning process!
Oh, the difference between the bride's day and the groom's day!
Jenny, you were perfection!
I just don't think I would tire from this view and this place, ever.
Jenny & Adam's guests danced all night long and when the choice came to get onto the shuttle and head back to the hotel or go downstairs for the after party came, guests of ALL ages made their way down to the after party which ragged into the wee hours of the next morning!
Thank you to this fantastic family for all of your awesomeness!
Congratulations Jenny & Adam, we wish you two the best of everything!
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club
Florist: MDS Floral Designs
Band: EBE Entertainment, Dreamtime
Photographer: Joshua Zuckerman Photography
Videography: Tweed Video
Lighting: Fennelli Design
Ceremony Portrait: Wed On Canvas
Transportation: Shooboo Shuttle
Wood Signs: Kyle Michelle Weddings
I don't even know where to begin.
Okay, I'll start with the obvious, they are an absolutely gorgeous couple. (Seriously, you find yourself wondering if you stand close enough will it rub off?!) But these two are so much more than their really, really, ridiculous good looks.
We met Amanda and Andrew via Skype, since they were living in Hong Kong at the time. They were enjoying a nice glass of wine and me, a nice cup of Joe.
In our first Skype chat, Andrew gave me a short (but UBER sweet) explanation of how their paths crossed. Andrew is from and was working in Australia. News that he was being transferred to NYC came and he was pretty pumped at the idea. At the last minute, his transfer ended up being changed to Hong Kong. Amanda is from America and was working in NYC. That is until her job offered her a position in Hong Kong. Both, expats, living in Hong Kong, Andrew found his NYC girl.
Quite possibly one of the sweetest, most loving families we have had the pleasure to work with.
Does this reception not remind you of the Cleary wedding in Wedding Crashers?
Amanda and Andrew have been able to experience so many different countries together. City names that they visited together were used for their table numbers.
Thank you, Amanda and Andrew, for sharing your Friday evenings with me over Skype. Cheers (me with coffee, you with wine) to the happiest future!
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