May 6, 2016
Yacht Club of Sea Isle City
Photographer: Nicole Wood Photography
Jillian and Trey met online in August 2014. When it came time to finally meet in person, Jillian was on crutches for the first date due to tearing her ACL while playing soccer. After their date, Trey repeatedly visited Jillian post-surgery and took care of her. She knew if he was by her side during all of this, especially so early in the relationship, he would be in it for the long haul.
After dating only a few weeks, Jillian's aunt invited her and Trey to her house in Sea Isle City for Irish Weekend. The couple spent a lot of time together that weekend laughing and dancing, but also having deeper conversations about the future and what they both wanted. That weekend sealed the deal, and they both knew that they had found "the one."
Trey proposed in June 2015 during Jillian's family reunion, the most important weekend of the year to her. Dressed in cowboy and cowgirl outfits for the themed party, the couple was taking photos on the balcony overlooking the pool and ocean when Trey dropped to one knee and asked Jillian to marry him.
Since Jillian and Trey fell in love at the Jersey Shore, they both knew they wanted to get married here. After visiting many venues up and down the shore line, they finally settled on one. Although the wedding planning started off well, things took a turn just a few weeks before the big day when they received a phone call saying they would not be able to hold the wedding at their chosen venue due to construction. After scrambling to find a new venue quickly, the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City came to the rescue. "Ultimately everything happens for a reason, because the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City was more than perfect!" says Jillian.
The day of the wedding, the forecast called for rain the entire day, and boy, did it pour. The hair stylist and makeup artist had to drive to Jillian's house in a truck because their cars couldn't make it through the flooding! But just before picture time, the sun peeked out, and it stayed dry enough for the couple to hold their ceremony outside. The ceremony was performed by a close cousin, who made it as personal as possible and even involved the crowd. The music was supplied by a cousin and family friend, who surprised Jillian and Trey by passing out lyrics to their recession song so all guests could serenade the two. The best part of the wedding was that the dance floor was packed the entire night, from the start of cocktail hour to the end of the extended reception!