We mentioned a few weeks ago in their sneak peek that Kayla + Rory’s Beach Haven, NJ wedding was epic; and it was. It began as a normal, beautiful Saturday in September on the Jersey Shore… sun was shinning and there was a beautiful breeze from the ocean. Since Beach Haven is like a second home to Kayla’s family, it was only fitting to have their wedding on one of the most well-known coast lines in the east. We started out a couple blocks from the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club at Marsha’s vacation home. Luckily we have heard from Kayla that her mom’s home is intact post-Sandy!


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Kayla’s Anna Maier dress fit her perfectly. I absolutely love this moment just after they placed the veil upon her head.

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We’re huge fans of inserting any bit of personalization into your wedding, so seeing the warm pink and peach tones that Kayla’s bridesmaids chose thrilled me! In addition to a great support team, it was a beautiful group.

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Rory honored his Scottish heritage.

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And then we all moved over to the yacht club for their dockside ceremony in the glowing sunlight.

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We drove through a flood in Brooklyn to get to Long Beach Island and enjoyed sunlight the rest of the afternoon, but by the end of cocktail hour, it became rather apparent the good weather left us. Several of the guests mentioned the Long Beach Island credo, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” And oh how true it was! I nabbed Rory and Kayla for a quick portrait with the approaching front and within minutes, their tented reception was shut down, barely standing up to the elements.

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Several broken centerpieces (all the tall ones!), candles, and nearly a toppled cake later, everyone was able to move back into the rearranged tent for the rest of the party!

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I love this stolen moment:

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Tasty moment brought to us by Sweet Jenny’s cake.

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I have a kind of list of things I want to see at a wedding, and Rory just checked one off. A hora with a kilt – what’s not to love?

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A few other vendors also made this wedding a complete success:

Parties by Design – Arlene Schmid

Makeup Artist- Sergio Escalona

Diablo Sandwich

Lily In the Valley