“I remember when Bill first inquired about having us capture their wedding day. He and Krissa didn’t even have a date set yet but they knew they wanted to create a wedding that would be happy, summery and whimsical with some beach-inspired touches, too. They knew Sandy Hook Chapel was the perfect spot for them even after visiting it during the depths of winter and we could tell how excited they were for their wedding after chatting with them about all their ideas. We were excited to see how everything came together and loved all the unique touches that were present throughout the day. Krissa spent about a year collecting local antique bottles to use for flowers, scouring thrift shops and Ebay to find the perfect ones, some of which were over 100 years old and weathered from the ocean. Another element that added a special touch were the greeting cards that Krissa and Bill have been collecting for quite some time, which were framed for each table. Other unique details included signature drinks – Krissa’s summer sangria and Bill’s “Big Louie” Jack and Coke, named after their huge, goofy lab, Louie. Their color palette included sea glass tones and they even included sea glass candy as decor for their wedding cake. Everything came together beautifully so it’s hard to pick out our favorite details of the day but I will say that I loved Krissa and her bridesmaids’ dresses! They were all so different yet they went together so well. Jay liked the guys’ suits, too, but most of all he liked the pork roll truck at the end of the reception!” –Idalia Photography
What is your favorite wedding day memory?
It’s impossible to pick just one favorite wedding day memory! Bill and I were so giddy with excitement during our first look and I’ll never forget seeing our tent decorated for the first time -it was breathtaking to see everything come to life! One of our best friends was our officiant, so that was really special, too and of course being surrounded by all of our favorite people in one of our favorite places all on the same day was incredible. Not sure what we did to deserve it, but we even got a surprise sunset which was a fairy tale ending to the best day of our lives!
What did you DIY for your wedding?
For our wedding, my husband and his father made our cake box and our wooden guestbook sign. We also had a lot of fun making sign decals and our table numbers for the big day using the Cricket machine!
Did you have something old, new borrowed and blue?
For my something blue, my husband got me a beautiful ring with asymmetric opals and aquamarine stones which he gave me on the morning of our wedding. I wear it every day.
Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?
My advice for brides is to start as early as possible! My husband and I had a lot of fun collecting vintage bottles of all shapes, sizes and colors that were filled with wildflowers on each table under our reception tent. We also collected and framed love cards for the centerpiece collection, too. Take the time to make your decor represent who you are! Our decor represented us – fun, summery, happy,and very in love and it made our day all the more perfect. -Krissa, the Bride
Photography: Idalia Photography // Venue: Sandy Hook Chapel // Event Planner: Shore to Please Wedding and Event Planner // Florist: Melinda's Flower Shop // Invitations: Caroline Van Natta // Catering: D'Jeet Catering // Cake: The Vintage Cake // Music: Silver Arrow Band // Rentals: Ocean Tents and Party Rentals // Transportation: First Student // Engagement Ring: Jared // Bride + Bridesmaid's Attire: BHLDN // Bride's Jewelry: Bentley Diamond // Make-up: Eva Make Me Up // Groom + Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A. Bank // Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds // Welcome Sign + Bar Sign: The Heart and Hand // Welcome Bag Stickers: Stick Em Up Labels // Tent Bunting: A Fete Beckons // Menu Napkin Wraps: Details on Demand