Megan and Patrick’s November Wedding in Stone Harbor, NJ

All love stories start somewhere…this one started with a less than memorable first date…or so Megan thought. Until a week later when the future groom showed up with a souvenir he purchased for her on his last fishing trip. She obviously made an impression on him and that’s when she knew Patrick was “the one.”

Bride and groom smiling holding white and light green bouquet on beach in Stone Harbor, NJ

The wedding was set for March 28, 2020. All the details were meticulously planned, and the guests were invited. And then came a total lockdown because of the pandemic. Their worst nightmare happened. And just one week before their wedding, they had to cancel. How do they proceed?

They thought about having just a ceremony but they weren’t even able to get a witness. Megan and Patrick celebrated what would have been their wedding day not as they had originally planned, but by getting takeout from their favorite restaurant and realizing what was important to them…they were happy and healthy. And after this, they could get through anything.

The Reeds at Shelter Haven set up for a wedding with tall, large white bouquets on tables with white tablecloths

Fast forward to November 21, 2020, when Megan and Patrick were finally able to put their plans into motion and make their wedding dreams come true for a beautiful wedding in Stone Harbor, NJ. Since they are both beach people, The Reeds at Shelter Haven gave the couple the vibe they were looking for. Without looking at other venues, they knew this was a perfect place to celebrate their nuptials. Megan loved that guests would be able to stay at the hotel and attend the wedding without having to leave the premises.

The intimate celebration was a gathering of 50 of their closest family and friends. The upside to a smaller celebration was that Megan and Patrick were able to really spend time with each person and take in every one of those well-planned details. Details like what would they give their guests? What could be more iconic for a beach wedding in Stone Harbor, NJ than saltwater taffy and Johnson’s popcorn?!

Bride and groom looking at each other holding white and light green bouquet on beach in Stone Harbor, NJ

Megan and Patrick loved the idea of being able to give back and provide the love and joy that their wedding represented, to those in a much different chapter of their life. When they found out that their wedding flowers could be taken to the facility that her grandfather resided in, it meant everything to them.

It was so special to her family and when they saw photos, of the smiles on the faces of residents as they received their re-styled wedding flowers, they were all in tears! Megan and Patrick could not think of a better way to start off married life than brightening the days of some very special people.

Floral Designer – Betina’s at Parkview

Photographer – Molly Sue Photography

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