When a couple makes a wedding day their own, it’s an absolute joy to be a part of. Caroline + Dan hosted an amazing wedding weekend, with their closest connections and one hell of a party to celebrate! Their oceanside ceremony on the beach felt intimate while ensuring their full guest list could be present, and the entire weekend was centered around family and friends. This Avalon beach wedding was a special one, from rehearsal dinner full of heart-felt and laughter-inducing speeches, to a “just married” getaway boat after the ceremony! Scroll to read and see more of Caroline + Dan’s Avalon Wedding Weekend!
Caroline and Dan’s beach rehearsal was followed by their rehearsal dinner at Ristorante Polpo. After a beautiful welcome by Dan’s dad, he opened the floor for and words of encouragement or stories about the couple those present would like to share.
Dan’s lacrosse buddies and old house-mates told stories of their first time meeting Caroline. Caroline’s friends dished the deets on her crush on Dan before they officially met. And their nieces (all flower girls!) said how happy they were that Uncle Dan would officially be their uncle- and thanks for the ice cream on their roofdeck last 4th of July while watching the fireworks! *side-note: They were actually on their friend and bridesmaid Alexa’s roofdeck!*
After an evening of loving (and a little roasting) of Caroline and Dan, their wedding party went to the Avalon classic: The Princeton, where they met up with all the guests who had traveled into town for the wedding.
Caroline and Dan met in college at Drexel University. It was definitely one of those moments that they saw each other and “knew.” So after one of the party’s at Dan’s lacrosse house, Caroline and Dan were officially an item and you could say, the rest was history! And for good reason, many of Dan’s teammates and former housemates were standing by his side as he and Caroline said, “I do!”
The wedding party was one of the largest I’ve photographed – 11 bridesmaids, 4 flower girls and 13 groomsmen! They were such a fun wedding crew! After Caroline + Dan had their private first look, the wedding party piled out of the party bus to join us on the jetty for wedding party photos.
The day of the wedding, Caroline and Dan had to make a game-time decision about whether to have their wedding ceremony on the beach or not. The forecast was calling for rain at the exact time the ceremony was set to start! But after consulting one another, their wedding coordinator, and the radar, they decided to go for it and have the ceremony on the beach as planned. The rain held off until just after they said “I do”, and everyone stayed dry while Caroline and Dan had the beach wedding of their dreams.
After the ceremony, a boat was waiting at the pier to take Caroline and Dan on a private “just married” cruise to their reception!
I love how they planned a private boat ride for just the two of them. I tagged along for some behind-the-scenes photos too, but really just let Caroline and Dan do their thing 🙂 Having a few minutes alone together after your ceremony is such a beautiful way to start your marriage, and a nice reprieve before you go party with your guests!
The reception was an absolute blast – friends lit up the dance floor, the band was INCREIDBLE and everyone present had an amazing time! Their Maids of Honor and Best Men speeches were some of the best I’ve heard: nothing beats a good story, a little bit of a roast, and a heartfelt congratulations!
Lead Photographer: Kerry Anne Photography
Wedding Planner: Millie Portes
Florist: Salty Rose Floral
Cake: Madison K
Band: The Heart Beats
Venue: Avalon Yacht Club
Second Photographer: Rachel Roshani
Hair: Madison Cox
Make Up: Gianna Giacona
Ceremony Chair Rental: AC Party Rental
Ceremony Violinist: Brooksley Bishop
Videographer: Stephen McLaughlin
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