May 7, 2017
Aleathea's Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May
Photographer: Terriann Procida
Angela and Rick met online on PlentyOfFish, Rick a widow for three years and Angela divorced for four. Rick is two years younger than Angela and at the time was only looking at online profiles up to his age. But he decided to extend his search to two years older after showing a friend profiles of women in that age range… that's when Angela's profile popped up. Thinking she looked better than the women his age, he decided to write her an email. At first, Angela wasn't impressed by his photo, but once she looked further into his profile she really liked what she saw. She checked out more photos, and came across one of him looking down as his young grandson. That was the one that sealed the deal, making her fall for Rick (even before they met!). She responded to Rick's email, and a few messages later they spoke over the phone. Their first phone conversation was over an hour long, and both instantly felt comfortable with each other.
Angela and Rick's first date was at Carolina Blue on September 23, 2011, which they now call "the scene of the crime!" Once again, the conversation flowed and their date lasted over four hours. Rick took a chance and asked Angela if she wanted to go to Parx Casino the next night to see a band – he was currently the third wheel with his friend and girlfriend. Angela accepted. That date went as good as the first, so Rick asked Angela if she wanted to go to his daughter's house the following night to watch a football game. She accepted again, and got to meet his family on just the third date. After that, they saw each other a few nights a week and every weekend. Things moved pretty quickly, but both felt a deep connection in that short period of time.
On February 17, 2014, Angela and Rick took an overnight trip to the Tropicana in Atlantic City for a late Valentine's Day getaway. It was there that Rick proposed to Angela. Even though they had picked out a ring awhile back, Rick popped the question in such a way that Angela was very surprised. Both immediately texted their kids, who were all very excited to hear the news!
After Angela's daughter pushed the couple to pick a wedding date (they were taking too long, according to her), they chose May 7, 2017 to tie the knot. Angela and Rick both knew they wanted a small beach wedding with only their children, grandchildren and close family, so they decided to exchange vows at the Sunset Pavilion in Cape May with the beautiful beach as the backdrop.
Wedding day arrived and although the sun shined bright, the wind was strong. But that didn't matter – Angela and Rick were each marrying their best friend, and all of their loved ones were there to celebrate. Angela's son walked her down the aisle, and at the end she met her niece, the matron of honor, her daughter, the maid of honor, Rick's brother, the senior best man, Rick's son, the junior best man, and of course, Rick. Angela and Rick read their self-written vows for all to hear, both sharing that they feel Rick's late wife, Judi, had a hand in their meeting. Rick said he was lucky to have found two loves in his life – Judi his first, and Angela his last. The Mayor of Pitman, a family friend, sealed the deal and finally pronounced Angela and Rick husband and wife.
After, the newlyweds and their guests headed to Aleathea's Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May for an intimate dinner. The long table included centerpieces made by Angela's daughter, and gorgeous flower bouquets (previously held by the bride, matron of honor and maid of honor) designed by Karen Fowler Floral Design. A custom printed menu allowed the 20 guests to choose what they wanted to eat. Everyone enjoyed delicious food and drinks over the course of four hours, and Dairy Queen of Rio Grande provided a sweet ending with an ice cream cake. Rick's sister snapped stunning photos throughout the day, and the final photo taken that night was of the blended family. Angela and Rick feel blessed to have each gained many new family members, and the family continues to grow.