Windrift Hotel - Avalon, NJ
A Beach Wedding at the Windrift Hotel | Michelle & Stephen

Ryan and I normally get to meet a good majority of our couples before their wedding takes place.  Sometimes it’s meeting for coffee or for their engagement session. Sometimes we don’t have the opportunity to meet our couples, so we’re always a bit nervous when we arrive on the wedding day.  It feels almost like a first date – Are they going to like us? Will our personalities mesh? Etc.

When we arrived the morning of Michelle and Stephens wedding, we were welcomed with open arms.  It felt like we were meeting old friends! From their fun personalities to their awesome bridal party and sweet family, its no wonder we had an amazing day!

And since we didn’t get to capture their engagement session and tell you a little about their love story, here it is, in Michelle’s words:

“Stephen and I met at work about 4 years ago almost 5. I remember going into the Kitchen on my first week of work and getting some coffee. When I walked in, I instantly thought he was so cute but he had a girlfriend at the time. Fast forward almost a year later he was single, and I was still single and he invited me out with his friends for drinks. I was supposed to invite my friends, which I did, but no one showed up. Just me and him. Ever since then we have literally been attached at the hip.

He proposed to me on Thanksgiving 2015. My parents and sister live in FL and I fly there every year to see them for the holidays. This year was no different – So I thought.  Dinner is about to be served and he takes me behind my parents house where they have a lake. His excuse was “we have to call my parents it’s too loud in the house”. I said ok, and then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was soo shocked! and when I turned around I saw my sister and my friends on the roof video taping the whole proposal. The best feeling in the world. He is the most amazing guy and I am so blessed to be marrying him. “

Vendors Included:

Hair & Makeup :: Pachi Cosmetics // Getting Ready, Ceremony & Venue :: Windrift Hotel // Dress Store :: Kleinfeld Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses :: David’s Bridal // Groom & Groomsmen Attire :: Jos A Bank // Florist :: Blooms // Invitations :: Vista Print  Isn’t Michelle’s ring gorgeous?!

The center diamond is actually the same diamond that her dad gave her mom over 20 years ago!   Goodness, I love when Brides have a First Look with their Dads!  Its such a special moment to see their little girl for the first time as she prepares to marry the love of her life!  Michelle had always dreamed of a beach wedding.  So, even though the forecast wasn’t so great, she made the call to do the ceremony outside no matter what!! it may have been drizzling a little bit, but all that mattered is that her and Stephen said their I do’s and officially became husband and wife!