One Atlantic Events is Closing

One Atlantic Events is Closing

To say we are heartbroken that One Atlantic Events is Closing would be an understatement.  We have been capturing weddings there for over a decade, and they’ve become like family to us!  One Atlantic Events was one of those venues that just took your breath away from the moment you stepped off of the elevator.  One Atlantic was the epitome of luxury and elegance with a stunning view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean!  Plus, they had some of the most amazing wedding planners and staff around!

The Iconic One Atlantic Events is Closing its Doors

As Ryan and I walked through the pier on Sunday, about to photograph a proposal at One Atlantic, we were reminising about the times when the pier was full of life!  There were luxury shops, amazing dining and people everywhere! Over the years, the shops in the pier started to dwindle, and soon after, the restaurants followed.  We questioned how much longer One Atlantic would survive as the only staple in the pier.

Little did we know that the Proposal we were about to capture would be the last event ever at One Atlantic. When we walked in, we were greeted with a smile, but then we were given the sad news that One Atlantic is closing. The staff did everything they could to try to continue the magic and plan the most beautiful weddings for amazing couples, but it wasn’t enough.  One Atlantic Events was given the news that they are to close their doors on November 30, 2021, with many hopes that maybe someday, those doors will re-open! For all the effected couples, One Atlantic thankfully highly recommended purchasing wedding insurance. We hope that this will help each of these couples to get their money refunded and start to re-plan their dream weddings!

One Atlantic was an independently owned and operated venues that sits on top of the The Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The wedding venue is 100 yards above the Atlantic Ocean and offers 100,000 square feet of space.  The floor-to-ceiling windows allowed you to see the gorgeous beach below and the breathtaking skyline.  We’ve had the opportunity to capture so many gorgeous sunsets out on their balcony, fireworks throughout the summer and so many different kinds of events and weddings!  From cocktail receptions, to Jewish Orthodox weddings, to large, exuberant Russian weddings, to small and intimate micro-weddings, we’ve seen it all and captured SO MUCH LOVE!!

We’re really hoping that this is just the end of a chapter for One Atlantic Events, and a new buyer will come along, fall in love, and re-open the iconic wedding and events venue!  For now, here is a stroll down memory lane, of all the events that we were lucky enough to capture at One Atlantic Events over the last ten years!

Our very last event was captured today, a beautiful proposal!  Congratulations Jonathan and Brittani, we’re so happy for you!!!!

Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding Photography | Victoria + Jon

Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding Photography | Victoria + Jon

From the most adorable meet-cute straight out of a romantic movie, to their surprise proposal, to their now wedding at the Jersey Shore, there was no shortage of romance and love and laughter throughout Victoria and Jonathan’s wedding day!!  We loved capturing every moment, and really enjoyed their Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding!

Classic, Romantic Details for a Jersey Shore Bride

Victoria’s dress was stunning!  From the moment we took it out of the bag, I fell in love with her Christina Wu dress!  Her long, gorgeous veil was the perfect accessory, along with her sparkly Betsy Johnson heels (which I was impressed that they kept on all evening!).

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The Bride Getting Ready at The Dunes

The room where Victoria got ready was so perfect!  There was so much room for everyone to hang out, get their hair and makeup done and just relax before the festivities were to begin!  After her sisters got her into her dress, she did a grand reveal with all of her bridesmaids, as well as her parents.  Her dad’s reaction was everything you could hope for, when a dad sees his daughter as a bride for the very first time!

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Her flower girl trying to sneak a peek of the bride getting ready…

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The Groom Getting Ready at The Cove

Meanwhile, Jon was hanging out with his groomsmen across the street at The Cove.  They also had a grand suite, with lots of light, and room for everyone to hang out!  Over the past 11 years of capturing weddings, Jon is one of our tallest grooms, as you’ll see when his best man is fixing his tie below!  I believe it was said that he is 6’8″ which is the same as one of our past grooms, Rob who married Cassie back in 2011.

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The Story of Victoria & Jon

It all started with what seemed like a meet-cute from a romantic movie… It was the day of Victoria’s sister’s wedding, and she was the Maid of Honor.  She had not met the Best Man at the rehearsal the night before, because he could not make it.  So, Victoria and Jon met right when they were about to walk down the aisle together.  There was something there, between them, instantly, and the romance blossomed!

Although he was living in Seattle at the time, they made their long distance relationship work (She even flew out to visit him, even though she hates flying!). Not too much time passed before Jon got a new job, back on the east coast, closer to Victoria! They moved in together a couple months later, and after Victoria finished up a certification for work, Jon took her out to celebrate!  Little did she know, that on this December evening, that they would arrive at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, and enter into a private room where Jon would get down on one knee and ask her to marry him!

Now, they are about to walk down the aisle again… but this time she walked TO him… and they became husband and wife!!

A Beautiful Ceremony at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Stone Harbor, NJ

The greatest things come to those who wait… which is what their Priest opened up the ceremony with!  Their ceremony may have started a little late (almost an hour) but the ceremony flowed beautifully and nothing was rushed!  It was the perfect way for Victoria and Jonathan to finally say their I do’s in front of all of their family and friends!

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Bridal Party Photos on the beach in Stone Harbor

After the ceremony, we went down to 111th Street in Stone Harbor for portraits!  We didn’t have much time, but their bridal party were troopers, and we were able to get what we’d normally capture in 30 minutes down to about 10/15 minutes!!  We can’t thank them enough for being such great sports and helping us out so much!!

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Romantic Bride & Groom Portraits in Stone Harbor

These two. Pure perfection!  The way that Jon looks at Victoria, and the way she shyly glances back at him… it’s the stuff that romantic movies are made of!  They were so easy to capture, and such a joy to be around!!  Thank you for being so much fun, and so in love!! <3

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The Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding Reception in Sea Isle City, NJ

We absolutely loved Victoria & Jon’s The Breakwaters at the Dunes Wedding!  From the gorgeous ballroom, to the delicious food, to the amazing staff (Patrick & Sarah, we love you!), to just the ambiance of the evening – you really couldn’t have asked for a more perfect location to celebrate your I do’s!!

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Breakwaters at the Dunes Sea Isle City Wedding Vendors

A Romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding | Julia & Nick

A Romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City Wedding | Julia & Nick

Like the words from one of my favorite songs by Jack Johnson, Julia and Nick surely are ‘Better Together.’ This lovely, down to earth, fun couple planned such a beautiful, romantic Yacht Club of Sea Isle City wedding! From all of the little details, to the flowers, to the band, you could tell that so much thought and so much love was put into making this a perfect day for the two of them to celebrate the beginning of their greatest adventure yet! Marriage!

Simple, Classic Details for a Sweet, Modern Bride

Julia’s details may have been simple, but they were so classic and elegant, and you could tell how much they all meant to her!  From the moment I saw her Maggie Sottero dress, I knew that Julia would look absolutely breathtaking in it! (Spoiler alert – she really did!!)

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Getting Ready with the Girls at a Private Residence in Sea Isle City, NJ

Julia and her girls arrived back at the house, after a morning of pampering at the Fusion Salon. Each girl looked so beautiful, and their hair and makeup was perfect with their burgundy bridesmaids dresses! Julia’s mom and sister helped her to get ready, while the rest of the bridesmaids and her future Mother in Law were waiting in the Family room for the reveal!  There were so many happy tears shed!

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Getting Ready with the Guys at a Private Residence in Sea Isle City, NJ

Meanwhile, the guys were on the other side of the island, just hanging out, drinking some Pellegrino, and waiting for the festivities to begin!

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The Story of Julia and Nick

Nick and Julia met while studying abroad in Beijing (which is where they are currently honeymooning!!).  He was at school in Cleveland and Julia was in Baltimore, and they both had chosen Beijing for their Junior Fall Semester abroad!  A few days after arriving, the group of students took a 3 week Silk Road trip across China. Two weeks into the trip, a group of them had gone to a Karaoke bar. Nick and Julia talked the entire way there, as well as all throughout the night.  There was a spark between them, as shortly after returning to Beijing, they were inseparable!

Over the next year and a half, they successfully endured a long distance relationship and visited one another as often as they could! After graduation, they both moved to Florida for their graduate programs!  It was in Florida, in 2017, that Nick proposed to Julia – at the China Pavilion in Epcot!

A Meaningful Ceremony at Sacred Heart Church in Avalon, NJ

Julia and Nick said their vows at a beautiful jersey shore church that turns 90 years old this year! Every moment was planned perfectly, and they were pronounced husband and wife!

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Bridal Party Photos at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary is a 21.5-acre bird sanctuary and nature preserve in Stone Harbor, Cape May County, New Jersey.  When heading down the shore, you’d never expect to have such a beautiful, serene place right on the middle of the island!  We had a great time capturing the people that mean the most to Julia and Nick in this beautiful location!

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Bride & Groom Photos at the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary

Although, Julia and Nick were getting married down at the Jersey Shore, they didn’t want the typical beach photos.  So, when I recommended the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, they were so excited! We walked through the Egret Espy Path, through whispering pine trees, over a beautiful footbridge, and through the intricate, artistic remnants of white spruce.  Julia and Nick were such a joy to capture, and truly made our job easy!  There is so much love between these two, and it is undeniable!

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A Fun Reception with their Family & Friends at the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City

The Yacht Club of Sea Isle City is located in the Bay.  The building overlooks the water and has absolutely breathtaking views of sunset! From the staff to the food, the YCSIC does not disappoint!  Julia and Nick chose to have the Big City Band Philadelphia as their entertainment for the evening, and gosh, it was a great choice!  We always LOVE bands at weddings, and they were phenomenal!  I think the dance floor was full all night!

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The Best Jersey Shore Wedding Vendors

A Romantic Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding | Kensi & Peter

A Romantic Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding | Kensi & Peter

Kensi & Peter planned a romantic Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding.  It was a beautiful, warm September day with just a bit of breeze in the air to keep it cool. The Reeds is truly a dream venue for a Jersey Shore loving couple!  With the open-air concept of the Sweet Grass Ballroom, to saying vows on the veranda, and capturing the most perfect sunset on the bay, you really can’t dream of a more perfect place to start your forever. Kensi & Peter’s day was not only full of love and romance, but also full of laughter, fun and celebration!

Classic Details for a Chic, Modern Bride

Kensi’s bridal gown was purchased at the famous New York City bridal shop Kleinfeld’s. It was a beautiful, lace trumpet dress with a simple, classic belt along the waistline. Kensit looked absolutely gorgeous, and the dress fit her like a glove. The bridesmaids dresses were from the Vera Wang White Collection, and the color purple she chose looked fabulous on each girl. The finishing touch for each lady was the gorgeous floral bouquets designed by Michelle at Primrose and Company.  Michelle is so creative, and never disappoints!

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Getting Ready with the Bride & Bridesmaids at the Reeds at Shelter Haven

Kensi and her bridesmaids got ready in one of the Superior Suites at The Reeds.  There was so much room for everyone to be able to spread out, relax and get pampered with professional hair and makeup. All of the ladies were by Kensi’s side all morning, assuring her that the day would be perfection. (Spoiler alert – it totally was!) Kensi’s sister Mariya helped her to get in her dress, and make sure everything looked beautiful before seeing her Dad and Peter!

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A First Look with the Bride and her Dad

I absolutely adore that Bride’s are now doing First Look’s with their Dad’s!  For the most part, the brides mom gets to be a part of a lot of the planning and dress shopping.  So, why not have a special moment with your dad, where he gets to see you for the very first time, before you officially become a wife.  Kensi and her dad had an emotional first look.  The look on his face says it all!

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Getting Ready with the Groom & Groomsmen at a Private Shore House

Peter and his groomsmen were hanging out, relaxing at a nearby Private Shore House.  Before Peter left to see Kensi for the first time, he read a beautiful letter that she wrote to him.  It made him just that much more excited to see his future wife!

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How He Proposed

Kensi and Peter met while both attending Villanova University!  They met through mutual friends and have been dating since their sophomore year!  She had moved to NYC to be with Peter after finishing grad school, and the two moved to Hoboken together last year!  They got engaged on June 13th after hiking to the top of Mohonk Mountain! Peter knew that this location was special to her and her family, so what better of a place to pop the question?!

We absolutely loved getting to know these two during their engagement session where it all began – Villanova University!

A Sentimental First Look on The Roof Garden

The Roof Garden was the perfect spot for Peter to see Kensi for the first time.  It provided some shade from the sun, as well as some privacy for such a special moment between the bride and groom! Peter was in absolute awe as her turned around to see his bride for the first time.

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Bride & Groom and Bridal Party Portraits at the Reeds and on the Beach in Stone Harbor

When a couple chooses to get married at the Jersey Shore, there is never a shortage of photo opportunities.  Especially at a beautiful venue like The Reeds. Even if it was raining outside, we’d have more than enough options inside the beautiful lobby, on the Roof Garden or our on the front porch.  Lucky for us, it was a sunny day, and The Reeds took us all on golf carts down to the beach in Stone Harbor for some additional photos!

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Saying their I do’s on the Veranda

With the sun slowly setting behind them as they say their I do’s, Kensi and Peter looked into each others eyes and promised one another forever. They truly had an intimate ceremony, performed by the Stone Harbor Mayor herself, on the beautiful outdoor Veranda.

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A Reception with the Bride and Groom’s Closest Family & Friends in the Sweet Grass Ballroom

According to The Reeds website, The Reeds was designed by a team of wedding professionals to create the most exclusive seaside experience. Offering intimate and unique setting with the simple elegance of a coastal chic design, this venue is the most desirable wedding destination at the southern New Jersey shore.

Kensi and Peter had a fun evening planned for their guests!  From meaningful toasts, to celebrating Villanova’s NCAA Championship win, to dancing the night away with all of their closest friends and family.  Kensi and Peter truly had a wedding day that would not soon be forgotten by anyone who attended.

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