I had to ford at least three flood zones to get to Point Pleasant Beach for Chris and Krista’s beach wedding. When I arrived, I dragged my equipment through the downpour, into the Jersey Dunes beach house, and quickly checked on the bride to make sure she wasn’t too upset about the rain. Krista, the most jubilant client I’ve ever had, looked up at me, smiled, and said “I’m not worried.”
The ceremony decorations had already been set up on the beach when the storm rolled in. Stark white chairs stood on the beach behind the shore house, peppered between lovely white tiki torches, and a beautiful scarfed alter stood before a wild Jersey ocean.
I whipped out my iPhone and started checking the live storm updates on my weather app and noticed that the storm was expected to pass in a few hours. I asked the couple to hold off on plan b (the living room) for as long as possible. They both agreed.
Krista was sequestered in her room dressed in a stunning white gown. She laughed as her bridesmaids joked about makeup applications, and shed a few happy tears as her mother touched up her jewelry. But never once did she get upset about the weather or show any anxiety. She was the perfect bride.
Downstairs, Chris and the rest of the guests watched as the sky turned from black, to grey, to white. When I couldn’t see any more drops I ran out and saw that there was only a mist in the air. “Let’s do this,” we all agreed.
The ceremony went off without a hitch. The couple shared their heartwarming vows before engaging in a traditional unity sand ceremony. The wind kicked up, but the storm never came back as Krista and Chris walked down the beach hand in hand as man and wife.
The reception was set for the next day at Symphony Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania. We got there early to create some fun portraits in the historic theater before the couple made their grand entrance before their guests and family. Krista and Chris had a choreographed dance off between the groomsmen and bridesmaids that was off the charts hilarious, followed by a traditional first dance. The rest of the party was a whirlwind of festivities as guests danced, drank, and partied the evening away. The storm from the previous day was a fading memory, and the only thing on everyones’ mind was celebrating Krista and Chris.
Photographer: GLK Creative
Ceremony Site: Jersey Dunes
Reception Hall: Allentown Symphony Hall
Videographer: Abominable Productions
DJ: Rob Reilly
Catering: Culinary Experts (610) 820-0800
Hair/Make-up: ULTA Beauty Salon