Wedding with an Antique Boat Send-Off

Wedding with an Antique Boat Send-Off

Erin and Gerry wed at the Historic Bay Head in Bay Head, New Jersey. After the ceremony, the couple boarded an antique wooden boat and with a warm send-off from their friends and family, they headed off into the sunset to their cocktail hour followed by a reception planned and designed beautifully by 6 Degrees of Celebration and Flowers by Katydid. / Images by Idalia Photography. Submitted via Matchology.

Says Erin, “We wanted something understated and elegant – that was always the vision. I’m from Texas and wanted a down-to-earth feel, while Gerry is from New Jersey and wanted something a little more black tie. When we found the Historic Bay Head (the first and only venue we toured), we knew we found our place. The venue was gorgeous and gave our guests incredible views of the bay. And for the grand finale, we left the ceremony on a beautiful vintage boat and spent a solid 20 minutes together celebrating. This was by far my favorite moment of the day.

How did you meet? We were both attending a music festival in Austin and we walked past each other on the way to hear the Foo Fighters show. My best friend and I were hanging out and Gerry came over to compliment my dress. We ended up talking through the entire set and missed the rest of the concert completely.

Proposal story? I’m a nurse and I came home from work after a long day. Gerry asked me to sit down next to him on the couch and I could tell something was on his mind. He surprised me with a photo album of us in reverse chronological order and I thought it was so incredibly sweet. On the last page, there was a picture of us from the music festival we met at and the caption said ‘The best day of life so far … ‘ and I still didn’t know what was about to happen. Then, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was absolutely shocked and I kept saying ‘Oh my gosh, are you serious’ until I realized I needed to give him an answer! Of course, it was a YES!

Tell us about your flowers. I wanted natural yet elegant. Light pinks with cream and lots of greens. Unfortunately, there was a hurricane the week of our wedding and we were not able to get all of the flowers I had picked out. Our florist did the best she could and in the end, they were still beautiful.

For the ceremony, we wanted to keep the décor simple and lighten up the space by hanging beautiful bistro lights and lanterns throughout the ceiling. We kept the color palette neutral with an emphasis on fresh greens and a touch of pale pink. The finishing touches like flowers and candle holders created such a romantic vibe and it came together so perfectly.

I knew I wanted something different for my wedding dress. Once I found ‘the one,’ I knew it was for me. I loved that it was unique, fitted, modern and very timeless. The deep V gave it a youthful vibe while the long sleeve maintained a sense of elegance so they balanced each other out quite nicely. I wanted something I could throw on and not have to adjust all night long. I absolutely loved wearing it and I felt so beautiful.

Favorite part of the day? My favorite part of the day was leaving the ceremony together on that beautiful boat and having some time to just be together. There is so much that goes into planning a wedding and the day can be so hectic. It was so wonderful to have a little bit of time carved out just for us to soak it all in. We also loved arriving at the reception and waving at everyone waiting for us on the balcony. We felt like royalty for a moment and it was just one of the moments where I remember feeling pure joy. We also had the best time singing some of our favorite songs in the limo on the way to our after party with the bridal party. Everyone was laughing and singing and it was just the best moment ever. I highly recommend having a playlist for your driver so you can pump your favorite tunes!

What did you do for favors? When we first met, we were doing the long distance thing and we would drive three hours on the weekends to see each other. For my first drive up, Gerry made me a super romantic playlist and we have been adding to it ever since. We thought it would be fun to play homage to the original playlist so we ended up hiring someone to burn CDs for all of our guests with some of our favorite love songs. We had the CD itself designed to resemble a record from the 1960s (Gerry has an extensive vinyl collection) and had the cover designed to represent […] our venue. We hope to find the CD in our glove compartment one day and rock out to it 50 years from now.

What was the most important to the two of you while planning? I really wanted to splurge for the videographer, and I am so thankful we did! It is honestly the best memory we have of that day since it goes by so fast! It’s been so lovely to watch the video and remember all of the special moments of that day and see our friends and family having a blast. I highly encourage anyone planning a wedding to consider it.

We decided against handing out paper programs for the ceremony and had a custom sign made instead. We had it at the front of the [venue] for everyone to see and honestly, it saved us a little cash as well. Now, it’s a nice little keepsake and I felt better about not wasting so much paper!

Tell us about your wedding cake. We wanted something with more of a homemade feel (fondant free) and with a touch of Southern flare. We ended up doing half red velvet and half carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting. We also did a dessert platter filled with chocolate covered strawberries, brownies, cookies, etc. We wanted everyone to leave with full bellies and good memories! You can never have enough dessert!

Advice? Since we planned our wedding from afar, having a planner was a total game changer. I don’t think I could have done without it. As someone who isn’t a big party planner, I was way out of my league and the big day went off so seamlessly thanks to Joan (she’s awesome!). I also think it’s really important to make the day reflect who you are as a couple and do what is important to you. Our families really wanted us to get married in a church and use traditional vows, but we really wanted to be outside and write our own. To compromise, we did a very small church wedding the day before and then did things our way on the big day. Everyone was happy and we got to have two special days instead of one. We really wanted to include our families and respect their traditions while being true to ourselves. There is no one way to throw a wedding, so do it your own way! You won’t regret it!

Photography: Idalia Photography | Ceremony Venue: Historic Bay Head | Reception Venue: Historic Bay Head | Event Planning: 6 Degrees of Celebration | Floral: Flowers by Katydid | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Videography: Live Oak Films | Wedding Cake: Mueller’s Bakery | Rentals: Fabrico Events | Hair: Nicole Makeup and Hair | Makeup: Nicole Makeup and hair | DJ: Chris Garrow of Unforgettable DJs | Photo Booth: Chris Garrow of Unforgettable DJs | Wedding Dress: Tara Keeley #2450 | Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: Mary Me Bridal | Wedding Dress: Mary Me Bridal | Flower Girl Dress: Anthropologie | Jewelry: Anthropologie | Submitted via: Matchology