written by Dolly Marshall

Childhood sweethearts Alyssa and Alex share a love like none other. Friends since junior high they were destined to be man and wife! See just how this beautiful coastal chic affair was captured by their photographers.


From the photographer, Tami & Ryan Photography: “Four and a half years ago, we had the honor of capturing a Punta Cana Destination Wedding.  During our time there, leading up to the wedding, we were able to hang out with, and get to know a ton of their guests and their bridal party.  We were lucky enough to meet Alex & Alyssa (and her family! They are so much fun!) Throughout the years following, we were on the edge of our seats waiting for Alex to propose – because we knew he would! Just getting to know them and get a small glimpse of their love for each other, even back then, it was inevitable that these two would some day make it official!”

bride and groom enveloped by veil on beach
green bridal bouquet with locket
bridal party on beach in front of ocean
groom and groomsmen pose at beach bar
bridal couple kiss on beach by ocean

How They Met

“My husband and I met in 6th grade. We were good friends for many years and then we began dating our junior year of high school.  We dated for about 10 years before he proposed!”

bride and groom on boat by bay
wedding invitation suite
bride and bridesmaid getting eady in robes
wedding dress hanging from mirror
wedding sparkly shoes and jewelry
bride being made up by makeup artist
bride getting veil put on by mom
groom's trousseau
groom puts on tie

The Proposal

“Alex took me out on our boat and said we were going to dinner. I threw off his plan when I said I wasn’t really hungry and didn’t want to go to dinner and just wanted to cruise around. So instead since it was so beautiful out, we anchored the boat at Corsons Inlet and he popped the question while we were just hanging out on the boat. Of course, I said YES! He said he wanted to wait until sunset but he was too nervous and couldn’t wait. He had everything planned out with our family and friends for the weekend. Our family was waiting back at our shore for us to celebrate. The next day he had it planned for all of our family and friends to surprise me on the beach for a big celebration and then a party at the house afterwards. It was absolutely perfect!”

wedding couple and ring with bouquet
bride and groom first look on beach
bride wipes away groom's tears on beach
bride and groom embrace on beach
bride and bridesmaids toast with champagne

Wedding Planning

“Planning our wedding was fun and went smoothly! My girls helped every step of the way making sure everything that needed to be done was getting done (especially my mom and sister)! It was a little stressful with all the details but it was totally worth it in the end.”

father walks bride daughter down the aisle
groom waits for bride at ceremony
bride and groom on dock at wedding ceremony
wedding guests enjoy wedding ceremony
bride and groom pour sand in keepsake box
bride and groom exchange wedding rings
bride and groom seal marriage with a kiss

Yacht Club of Sea Isle City

“We chose the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City because it truly is exactly how we both imagined our wedding would be. We love being down the shore and love being on the water. It was the perfect venue because we were able to exchange our vows on the dock overlooking the bay where we spend most of our weekends on the boat. We also love anchoring close to there to watch the beautiful sunset on summer nights.”

yacht club of sea isle city new jersey
outdoor beach wedding
groom kisses bride's forehead at sunset
bride and groom kiss in front of boat at sunset

Wedding Inspiration

“Our inspiration for the wedding was the bay and scenery. I knew with the view and breathtaking sunset from the venue I did not need a fancy décor. We went for everything white, grey, beige and simple.”

white 3-tiered wedding cake
candles and glass hurricanes on wedding table
wedding welcome table
wedding dream catcher

Best Moment

“The best moment was seeing all of our family and friends around us sharing the love with us! The energy in the room was amazing and indescribable. “

bride and groom hoisted up in chairs by male guests
wedding guests on dance floor
bride, mom and girlfriend sing
bride and groom among fireworks

Wedding Planning Advice

“Try to enjoy the planning and every moment because the actual day goes by so quickly!! Don’t stress about the small things because if something doesn’t go as planned or look like it should no one will know but you! The guests will think everything is great no matter what and will not know the difference!”

bride and groom first dance
bride and groom first dance
groom picks up bride on dance floor
bride and groom cut wedding cake
bride and groom eat wedding cake
bride and groom embrace on beach at sunset

Vendors

“Every vendor was great to work with! Everyone was able to answer any questions we had and were always there to help us. We built a relationship with them and they were there to make sure we were getting exactly what we wanted out of our wedding day!”


Photography : Tami & Ryan Photography | Venue : Yacht Club of Sea Isle City | Cinematography : Ashe Productions | Bridal Gown : Maggie Sottero | Bridal Gown Retailer : Angel Bridal | Bridesmaids Attire : Dessy Collection | Groom Attire : Joseph Abboud | Jewelry : A Beautiful Touch | Florist : Sunrise Florist | DJ : JSV Entertainment