The Addy Sea Wedding Reception of Jackie & Bryan|Bethany Beach, Delaware

Final blog post from Jackie & Bryan’s awesome Delaware beach wedding. Enjoy!

Now that you’re married, and you’ve been through planning a wedding together, what advice would you give to other couples who are just starting the process?
We were engaged for more than a year, and attribute that to our low stress levels. I strongly encourage people to select vendors carefully – ask questions and negotiate for things you do and don’t want. Also, picking a venue that comes with some of the vendors can help tremendously. Our location included the venue (including tables, chairs, and linens), food and drinks, flowers, and cake. It’s easy to get caught up in tiny details, and things like Pinterest or wedding Q&A boards can make things feel overwhelming. At some point you have to step back and say – here is what we want, and it doesn’t matter if other people have done it this way before. Oh, and if you’re going on a honeymoon right away, take a few days off after the wedding. You’ll be happy you did!

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Tell us about your décor, flowers and details…
The wedding was at a bed & breakfast built in 1902, with the beach as the backdrop, so we left the décor simple and let the location speak for itself. The centerpieces were either terrariums with succulents and ground seashells or round glass vases with sand and candles.

The flowers were absolutely perfect – soft pinks and ivories with green succulents and velvety blue leaves (lambs ear) mixed in. I told the florist how much I loved Ranunculus, and they included some beautiful ones in the bouquets.

The morning of the wedding, I was up before everyone else, so I walked down to the beach. I took two steps onto the beach, looked down, and found a piece of deep blue sea glass right at my feet. It was beautiful! I’m not really superstitious, but I thought finding such a beautiful “something blue” like that meant we were in for a great day. And we were!

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Tell us about your cakes…
We had two cakes – a three-tiered cake as the official ‘wedding’ cake, and a cake we called our ‘Grandparents’ Cake’. Both cakes were delicious, and the almond cake with buttercream frosting was the most popular flavor. For us it was the Grandparents’ Cake that was most special. We got pictures of our grandparents from their weddings or when they were younger and had them framed by the Grandparents’ Cake. On top was the cake topper from my (Jackie’s) grandparents’ wedding in 1946, 70 years before our wedding. Our grandparents are no longer with us, and Bryan’s grandmother passed last October, making it that much more important to us that they be a part of the day.

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We spent nine days driving around Ireland – truly the trip of a lifetime! Now we’re enjoying the summer weather and having more free time. We took a break from some of our home renovations and projects, so they’ll start up again soon.

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Venue: The Addy Sea – Bethany Beach, Delaware
Dress shop: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Suit: Perry Ellis
Hair: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Make-up: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Flowers: Blossoms Inc. – Dagsboro, Delaware
Cake: Sweet Disposition – Selbyville, Delaware
Officiants: Men in Black Deacon Kenneth Warne, Rev Msgr. Michael K. Carroll
Band/DJ: Mike Reilly
Invitations: Vistaprint

Rehoboth Beach Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Addy Sea Wedding Ceremony of Jackie & Bryan|Bethany Beach, Delaware

Thinking back to early in your relationship, when was the moment you knew you wanted to marry your spouse?
Bryan: I saw Jackie for the first time while she was on the dance floor, line dancing. At that moment I knew she was someone I wanted to talk to. I tried to casually send her a drink, but the bartender yelled for her instead, making for an awkward moment. But we made the best of it and spent the night talking and laughing. About a week later I knew we’d spend our lives together.

Jackie: I knew within a week or so of meeting Bryan that this was it. The night we met we told each other some of the most embarrassing stories about ourselves. There was no judgment and there was no holding back. I was instantly comfortable with him, and was struck by how honest and sincere he was. You hear people say things like “when you know, you know,” and I didn’t understand what that meant until I met Bryan. A little more than 6 years later, here we are!

Who proposed to who and how?
Bryan proposed on the beach in Punta Cana while we were on vacation. He’d had the ring loose in his pocket at dinner (!) and after we ate we took a walk on the beach. We sat side-by-side in some beach chairs and he looked at me and said “so, did you still want to get married?” And when I turned to look at him he was on his knee with the ring in his hand. A year earlier we went on vacation and he told me at the outset he wasn’t planning on proposing during the trip. He didn’t want me to spend the week anxiously wondering if it was going to happen. After he proposed in Punta Cana, I realized he hadn’t given the same warning.

What was your favorite part of the wedding day?
We loved having a beach wedding weekend. A lot of our family and friends came to town the day before, and we were able to enjoy some beach time, have our rehearsal dinner, and then meet up with our friends. The wedding day started with us spending time with our friends and family on the beach, relaxing and playing games, and that flowed right into the wedding.

What was the one thing you were most stressed about before the wedding and how did it turn out?
The weather was on our minds a lot in the weeks leading up to the wedding. So far the season had been pretty rainy, and we checked the weather every day to see how things would be for us. It ended up being an absolutely perfect day!

How does it feel different being married?
We joked leading up to the wedding that it probably wouldn’t feel any different after, but we were wrong. It’s tough to explain, but being able to refer to each other as spouse/husband/wife feels like the last piece of the puzzle.

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Venue: The Addy Sea – Bethany Beach, Delaware
Dress shop: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Suit: Perry Ellis
Hair: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Make-up: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Flowers: Blossoms Inc. – Dagsboro, Delaware
Cake: Sweet Disposition – Selbyville, Delaware
Officiants: Men in Black Deacon Kenneth Warne, Rev Msgr. Michael K. Carroll
Band/DJ: Mike Reilly
Invitations: Vistaprint

Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Bethany Beach Delaware Wedding of Jackie & Bryan|The Addy Sea

Any wedding where I can wear flip flops – or better yet go barefoot – is always awesome! Bryan’s only request was that he and Jackie get married somewhere by the water – any body of water. They both love the beach, and when they visited the Addy Sea in Bethany Beach, Delaware they both felt it would be perfect for the intimate, beachfront wedding they pictured for themselves.  Today we have a few portraits and photos from the wedding preparations – ceremony and reception photos coming soon. Enjoy!

From the couple…
One of the things we’ve asked ourselves over the past 5+ years is how Bryan ended up at country line dancing night, where we met. The answer we keep coming back to is fate. Every decision he made that afternoon – from agreeing to go out on a weeknight, to staying once he found out it was line dancing night, to sending drinks over to my friend Amie and me – was out of character for him. Fortunately he did all of those things, and once he introduced himself we spent the rest of the night talking and laughing, telling embarrassing stories about ourselves.

Five years, a new house, one dog, and many more embarrassing stories later we are excited to become the Minkas.

We got engaged on the beach in the Dominican Republic, and set out to plan a wedding that matched our personalities. A month later, we stood in The Addy Sea, staring out at the beach and ocean just yards away. At that moment Bryan looked at me and said exactly what I was thinking: “this is the place.”

What made you choose The Addy Sea for your wedding?
We  knew we didn’t want to spend the reception inside of a ballroom – that wouldn’t have felt like ‘us’. I found the Addy Sea through some internet searching, and it was the first place we went to visit. As we stood on the top floor, looking out at the ocean, Bryan turned to me and said “this is it,” and I agreed. Having our wedding there meant having the whole B&B to ourselves, with rooms that our family and friends could stay in. We were so happy to have our closest loved ones spend the weekend together in one house.

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Tell us about your wedding dress…
Jackie: The dress is a lace Mori Lee dress. Instead of going traditional white/ivory, the underlay of the dress is a champagne color. To me, it feels like the dress and the Addy Sea, which was built in 1902 and still has its antique, old world charm, go together.

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What was the most challenging part of planning your wedding and why?
Trying to figure out what needs to get done and when

Do you have any advice for other couples who are planning their weddings?   
It’s easy to get caught up in tiny details, and things like Pinterest or wedding Q&A boards can make things feel overwhelming. At some point you have to step back and say – here is what we want, and it doesn’t matter if other people have done it this way before.

What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
We’re having a small wedding so that we can actually spend time with each other and with our friends and family. We just want to have a great time!

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Venue: Bethany Beach – Bethany Beach, Delaware
Dress shop: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Suit: Perry Ellis
Hair: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Make-up: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Flowers: Blossoms Inc. – Dagsboro, Delaware
Cake: Sweet Disposition – Selbyville, Delaware
Officiant:s Men in BlackDeacon Kenneth Warne, Rev Msgr. Michael K. Carroll
Band/DJ: Mike Reilly
Invitations: Vistaprint

Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

Downtown Club wedding of Bailey & Gerry – Sneak Peek|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Congrats to Bailey & Gerry who were married yesterday at the Downtown Club in Philadelphia!

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Venue: Down Town Club– Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Suit: My Suit – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hair: Elizabeth Terenchin – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wedding Planner: Kelsey Hill of Cescaphe Event Group – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Flowers: Beautiful Blooms – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cake: Cescaphe Event Group – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Officiant: Kobie Xavier
Band/DJ: The Love Jones Band – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Invitations: Papery of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro

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