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An Industrial Beachside Wedding on the Jersey Shore – Brides

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When Alyssa and Nick matched on Hinge in 2019, they were a bit reluctant to meet—they both felt like they weren’t going to be the other’s type. Luckily, they both ignored those instincts and agreed to meet for drinks in New York City, and, as fate would have it, they were pleasantly surprised to feel an immediate spark. “I always tell people to just say ‘yes’ and go on that date,” Alyssa says. “You really never know what someone is like until you spend time with them—and it could be your future husband that you almost said no to.” In December of 2022, Nick planned a weekend getaway to Livingston Manor, New York, with their chocolate lab, Penny. He sent Alyssa to the spa, and when she returned, she found Penny at the door wearing a bandana that read “Will you marry my daddy?” The couple celebrated their engagement by the fire as the first snow of the season fell outside.

When Nick suggested touring The Wave in Long Branch, New Jersey, Alyssa wasn’t sure she envisioned herself getting married on the beach, but when she saw the space, she fell in love with the industrial atmosphere juxtaposed against the sprawling beach views. Their 155 guests were also able to stay at the hotel, which was an added benefit, and a date available before the year’s end, which was important to the duo. To bring their vision to life in just a few months, Alyssa and Nick hired Jacquelyn from The Wedding Plan & Co. to help plan a cheerful party with a jewel-toned color scheme.

On October 27, 2023, the duo tied the knot in a highly-personalized celebration, which included a friend as their officiant, custom cocktail stirrers and fun fact napkins, and more. You won’t want to miss the bright, beautiful details, as captured by Olivia Christina Photography.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Alyssa enlisted her best friend, Julia of Julia Yates Design, to create stationery and signage for the wedding. They went with a colorful invitation suite featuring white, purple, and pink paper goods complete with orange tassels and neutral envelopes with chartreuse liners. “The stationery was so unique and custom to us, and it will forever be one of my favorite memories to have worked with her in that way, and something physical to always look back on,” the bride says.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Nick wore a custom tuxedo from Suit Supply with a navy wool mohair fabric jacket with black lapels. He had the couple’s wedding date embroidered on the inside of his jacket’s collar along with his initials on the inner lining of the jacket pocket. He finished his look with black velvet Steve Madden smoking slippers. The couple worked with their florist Vine & Oak to create a pocket bouquet with wax flower, purple berries, ranunculus, and scabiosa for Nick to wear in place of a traditional boutonnière. “We loved that it was something different and unique,” Alyssa says. “We weren’t planning on doing boutonnières for all the men as we felt it was an older tradition, so felt like this was fun and special for Nick.”

His two groomsmen rented notch lapel tuxedos from The Black Tux

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Alyssa found her fit-and-flare KHYA wedding dress with corset bodice and scoop neckline at her first appointment. “As soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one,” she says. “I felt so comfortable and beautiful in the dress and loved that it was simple, but there were ways to bring in more details—such as adding buttons down the back, and adding detachable sleeves that I could wear for the ceremony and then take off for the cocktail hour and reception.” She accessorized with a matching KYA veil and sleeves, Stuart Weitzman nude strappy sandals, pearl drop earrings and a mini pearl bracelet from Mejuri.

For her beauty look, Alyssa wanted an elevated take on her everyday look, so her makeup artist, Chelsea Rachel, used products that were already staples in Alyssa’s routine, including Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush. She sprayed Jo Malone’s Scarlet Poppy perfume for a memorable wedding-day scent.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Alyssa sent her florist pictures of colorful, textural bouquets as inspiration for her own arrangement. On the big day, she walked down the aisle carrying a vibrant bouquet of fresh green hydrangea, yarrow, wax flower, and lace flower layered with pink and purple campanula and scabiosa, along with peach, pink, and yellow ranunculus. “We also popped some mini gerbers and phoenix roses in there to help give the bouquet a few large focal flowers,” the couple’s florist says. The arrangement was finished with a trailing blush ribbon.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Alyssa and Nick decided against a large bridal party and instead asked their siblings and siblings-in-law to take part in their special day. The bride’s sister, Stephanie, was her maid of honor and Nick’s sister, Andrea, was her matron of honor. Alyssa suggested a color to each of them that matched the wedding’s florals and let them choose their dress for the day. “I wanted them to be comfortable and happy in their dresses,” she says. Stephanie chose a satin halter neck midi dress from ASTR the Label and Andrea chose a one shoulder chiffon dress from Bill Levkoff. They each wore Mejuri jewelry that Alyssa gifted them.

The couple’s nieces, Mia and Gemma, were their flower girls. They matched in pink dresses from Cutie’s Children Boutique, pearl necklaces and earrings, white cardigans, and floral hair pieces.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


The couple had a first look so that they could get photos done before the celebrations started. “As a surprise for Nick, I got his wedding band engraved and I gave it to him during our first look,” Alyssa says, “It said 10/27/23 and Beyond—our date and our first dance song.”

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


In keeping with the bright, colorful aesthetic of the day, Alyssa and Nick’s florist created a layered floral curtain comprised of over 150 blooms in a gradient of colors that hung behind them during the ceremony. They had pods of flowers matching the Alyssa’s bouquet on the floor surrounding them. “It was perfectly whimsical and unique—the hanging florals against the glass windows overlooking the beach made it all so magical,” the bride remembers.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


As guests arrived at the ceremony, they were greeted by a wavy mirror that read “We’re so glad you’re here” and the couple’s wedding date. Along with the welcome sign, Alyssa and Nick also enlisted Julia Yates Design to create fun stickers to adorn the mirrors in the women’s restroom with sayings like “time for more lip gloss” and “looking good!”. Guests found custom programs with tassel details on their chairs along with ribbons to wave during the recessional.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


The couple’s flower girls kicked off the ceremony and walked down the aisle to “Wildest Dreams” by Duomo. “While we knew Mia would walk down the aisle with confidence, everyone wondered how Gemma would do since she was just turning three,” Alyssa says. “Gemma walked down with a big smile and while she did not drop flowers from her basket like big sister, Mia, she made it down the aisle beautifully.”

Alyssa and her dad, Gary, walked down the aisle to Vitamin String Quartet’s version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


The couple’s close friend, Callie, officiated the ceremony. “She jokingly shared a few years ago that she was ordained, and once Nick and I got engaged, we asked her to marry us,” the bride says. Alyssa and Nick exchanged vows they wrote for each other. “We knew writing our own vows would take us out of our comfort zone and make our wedding ceremony that much more memorable, intimate and special,” she remembers says. “It gave us both a moment to reflect on our journey as a couple and highlight what made our relationship so special.”

They celebrated back down the aisle as a married couple to Hall and Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True.”

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


After the ceremony, the newlyweds ran down to the beach to catch some sunset photos. Their guests watched from the balcony and cheered them on. “It was one of the most memorable moments where we kept saying, ‘Can you believe this is our day?’” Alyssa says. “We felt and acted like giddy kids frolicking on the beach, newly-married and giggly.”

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


The couple wanted a statement seating chart that would help guide their guests to their reception spots in style. The final version was a display that read “The Party Starts Here” and held mini tequila bottles with each attendee’s table assignment.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Alyssa and Nick served two signature cocktails: a grapefruit margarita with a tajin rim as Alyssa’s choice, and a cold brew martini as Nick’s choice, which featured cold brew from their favorite local coffee shop, Rook. “It was a massive hit,” Alyssa says. “Everyone loved the local feel.” They added custom cocktail stirrers with their dog, Penny’s, face on them, as the finishing touch and served them with custom napkins that featured fun facts about their relationship.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


The reception space was filled with round tables topped with a variety of different centerpieces; some had small garden-style floral arrangements and taper candles in colorful holders while others had bud vases and taper candles. The couple chose blush chargers paired with white napkins. They had custom menus and dark teal arched table numbers designed by Julia Yates Design.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


The pair shared their first dance to “Beyond” by Leon Bridges. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Alyssa and Nick decided to do a quick dance lesson to help them feel comfortable in front of a crowd. That turned into two more lessons and a basic choreographed routine. “We practiced every night leading up to the wedding but were very nervous,” the bride recalls. “As we entered, the nerves seemed to wash away, and we had so much fun doing our dance.”

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Guests enjoyed passed appetizers, two pasta stations, and with their choice of entrée for dinner. They also served a three-tiered wedding cake with white piping and cherries; inside, layers of confetti cake and devil’s food flavors with sweet cream cheese filling waited. In keeping with the coffee cocktails served earlier in the evening, the duo also brought out a mobile barista to serve a variety of coffee-based drinks with dessert.

Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


Photo by Olivia Christina Photography


During the reception, Alyssa and Nick stepped away for a moment to themselves. The bride also used this time as an opportunity to change into a tulle party dress with a fitted bodice and detachable balloon sleeves by KHYA. They danced the rest of the evening away and spent their honeymoon in St. Lucia.

To couples planning their big day, Alyssa says to lean into your personality. “The bride and groom set the tone for the day, and your guests will love the day you crafted, because it embodies what they love about you,” she says.

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