A Romantic Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding | Kayla & Brandon

A Romantic Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding | Kayla & Brandon

Kayla & Brandon are one of those couples that makes you fall in love, with love!  Perfect for each other doesn’t even begin to describe the two of them and their relationship!  After meeting them last year, when they volunteered for a Styled Wedding Rehearsal Dinner shoot we did at Hill Creek Farms, I hoped that we would get to also capture their wedding!  When they asked, we were more than honored to capture their Reeds at Shelter Haven Wedding!  We hope you enjoy a little sneak peek into their picture perfect day! xo

Kayla and her Ladies Getting Ready at the Salt Spa at The Reeds

Giggles and laughter greeted us as we walked into The Salt Spa at The Reeds where Kayla and her girls were getting pampered.  Glamour Me Bridal did their hair & makeup, and all of the bridesmaids and moms looked beautiful! Speaking of beautiful, Kayla’s Martina Liana dress that she purchased from Bridal Garden was breathtaking!  My favorite part of the morning though, was when Kayla’s dad saw her for the first time!  So sweet!

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Brandon and his Guys Getting Ready at The Reeds

Ryan walked into a hotel room filled with 16 groomsmen, 2 dads and a groom!  Yes, sixteen groomsmen is a lot, but the day ran so smoothly!  You could tell that every single one loved Brandon and were truly there for him and Kayla!  They really made our job easy!

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A Beautiful Ceremony at Maris Stella Church in Avalon

Maris Stella is such a big, pretty church filled with so much light!  However, no light shined brighter than when Kayla walked down the aisle towards Brandon! The way they glanced at each other during the ceremony and how excited they were to become husband and wife – this is the stuff that makes you believe in true love!

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Bridal Party Portraits at The Wetlands Institute

While Kayla and Brandon may have been getting married down the shore, they were hoping for a location for portraits that did not include any sand (haha).  The Wetlands Institute right outside of Stone Harbor was the perfect location!  There was greenery everywhere, but it still felt like you were at the shore!  It was beautiful!

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The Story of Kayla & Brandon

Kayla & Brandon met the way that a lot of our couples meet – online!  Hinge was the app they used.  I love that Hinge is unique – it requires that your potential matches have friends in common through Facebook.  Little did they know, Brandon’s sister and Kayla’s brother connected them, because they went to Villanova together!  They went on one date, and that was all is took, they were hooked!  A little over 2 years later, Brandon proposed at their brand new house!  And, what Kayla thought was a birthday party Brandon was throwing for himself, ended up being an engagement party celebration! <3

As a side note, I do truly believe that these two knew each other was the one – especially Brandon!  His wedding day gift to Kayla contained a note book – with a note to her every.single.month – starting with their very first month anniversary all the way up to their wedding day!  I get goosebumps just thinking about it! <3

Bride & Groom Portraits at The Wetlands Institute

Kayla & Brandon are so easy to work with and really made our job easy!

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A Surprise Arrival to The Reeds by Boat

A few days before the wedding, I get an email from Brandon asking if it was possible for us to capture them arriving to cocktail hour on a boat!  We loved the idea and of course said YES!  So, I road on the boat with them, while Ryan waited at The Reeds for their arrival!

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A Fun Wedding Reception at The Reeds at Shelter Haven

Details, details, details!  This is what you get when you hire one of the very best floral design companies!!  A Garden Party Florists really went over and beyond with Kayla’s idea of 50 Shades of Green!  As you looked around the reception room, it was just full of beauty and little details!  One of our favorite parts of the reception was working with Center Stage Entertainment!  When you want your guests on the dance floor all night, you NEED to hire them!!  They are absolutely amazing!  Another company I don’t want to leave out is Laura Ashley Events!  While Laura herself was a bridesmaid, Sarah helped run the show and help in any way that anyone might need!!  She was a lifesaver, and the backbone of the day, and we can’t thank her enough!  Ok, enjoy the photos and fun…

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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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