June 17, 2017
Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May
Photographer: Kaleidoscope Imagery
Alicia and Kevin met in September 2014 at Keenan’s in North Wildwood during Irish Weekend. Alicia was standing at the bar with her friend when her friend pointed out a cute guy to her. She turned around to see Kevin twirling at the bar. “What a weirdo!” she thought. Her comment caught his attention, so Kevin decided to strike up a conversation. From there, the two ended up spending much of their time together over Irish Weekend. They hit it off and it’s been love ever since.
Alicia and Kevin both lived in the Pennsylvania area at the time – him in Drexel Hill and her in Northeast Philadelphia – so they continued hanging out when they returned home from the Wildwoods. They eventually started dating, and at their two-month anniversary they moved in together.
“The minute I met him at that bar I knew I was going to marry him,” Alicia says. Kevin thought she was crazy, but he was proved wrong when they got engaged in March 2016.
The day started out with a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show, where Kevin bought Alicia two dozen roses. As soon as he asked if she wanted to go to LOVE Park, she knew something was up; early on in their relationship, Alicia would sometimes mention wanting to get engaged there. The couple walked over to the park and saw it was under construction, with the large LOVE sign M.I.A. There was a smaller version of the sign just two blocks away, so they took the short walk and snapped a photo in front of it. When a proposal didn’t happen, Alicia was upset. The couple arrived home and Alicia went to change into sweatpants. She then turned around and was surprised to see Kevin down on one knee. While it wasn’t the perfect proposal she had imagined, Alicia was thrilled and said yes! Kevin explained that he didn’t want to propose at a construction site that wasn’t the real LOVE Park, but Alicia felt that his intentions were perfect.
Alicia had dreamed of getting married in Cape May since she was a little girl, spending much of her time as a child in Cape May while visiting her grandmother. They first searched for larger venues, but then decided on the historic Emlen Physick Estate with a more intimate atmosphere.
On the big day, Alicia was transported to the charming gazebo on the Estate’s green lawn via Ford Model T. After exchanging their vows, the newlyweds celebrated with delicious food at the Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom. The Estate perfectly complemented Alicia and Kevin’s idea of a rustic garden wedding with the beautiful grounds and blooming flowers.