We met in college in 2009 through a mutual friend but didn’t start dating until January 2020 when we reconnected on Bumble—exactly a month after my dad passed away. And then we dated during the pandemic and realized if we can have this much fun with takeout, Netflix and walks, it must be something real!
Will You Marry Me?
On October 9, 2021, we were going to a Chris Stapleton concert at PNC, who is one of our favorite artists. I walked down the aisle to one of his songs. And I assumed he was going to ask me while we were tailgating. Well, I was wrong. It was the next morning when he went to get our Sunday morning Dunkin. He came back and said I’ve got a surprise for you: “Will you marry me coffee” and my ring was on the straw of my latte. He knew it was the only way he could surprise me.
Details of Your Day
Our day was special as it was St. Patrick’s Day! We tried to incorporate the holiday as much as we could without it being corny. Crystal Point even made one of our stations corned beef and cabbage. It was the first time many of our family members met due to Covid and was truly one big reunion with people coming from California and Hawaii. Unfortunately my dad passed away in 2019 from brain cancer, so we tried to honor him as well. CJ’s grandfather said grace, and his Uncle Bob did the Irish Blessing. Our ceremony was performed by my uncle who is a judge, which made it so personal, and both of our godfathers did special readings. The entire day was one big celebration.
Why Did You Choose Crystal Point Yacht Club?
We were looking for an all-inclusive venue with a view. Crystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant includes so much and is absolutely stunning. They also offer on-site accommodations the night before and of your wedding, which includes space for hair and makeup.
Our photographer and videographers were truly what made our day perfect. They helped create a perfect timeline, made the entire wedding party calm and captured every single moment of our day perfectly.
Our ceremony was so personal and special. Having our uncle marry us and including our godfathers in the ceremony made it unique to us. My Godfather Chris read a song he wrote my parents for their wedding in 1980.
My mom and I also did a special dance that got all the moms on the dance floor.
Advice for Others
- Hire vendors who have your best interest in mind and who support you and your vision.
- Don’t let your type-A personality take over. Let other people help!
- The day is yours and your husband’s. So do it your way. Don’t get caught up in other peoples’ weddings or traditional things if they don’t feel right to you.
- Enjoy every single second of the day.
Currently working with Tahryn from Shore To Sea Vacations for a November 2023 trip.
Venue | Crystal Springs Yacht Club, Point Pleasant, NJ
Photographer | Alex Peterson of Idalia Photography
Flowers | Shoprite of Wall
Deejay | DJ Andrew Gangi of Posh
Gown | Stella York from the Curvy Bride
Bridesmaid Dress | Azazie
Shoes | The Pearl Gurl
Hair Accessories | Amazon
Hair and Makeup | Elan Bridal Salon: Ashley for hair and Samantha for makeup
Groom’s Attire | Twisted Tailor
Groomsmen Attire | Generation Tux
Cake | Tinton Falls Bakery
Signage | Dominique from dnp.designs
Cookies for Welcome Bags | Madison from cookiegram.mjc
Invites | Zazzle
Video | Lorenzo Media
Bridal Shower | My new aunts backyard in Sea Girt
Cake Topper, Guest Book and Memorial Table | Etsy