July 17, 2015
The Grand Hotel, Cape May
Photographer: Ni4u Photography
On May 21, 2011, Louise attended the wedding of her colleague, Colleen, and Mike attended the same wedding of his friend, Tim, at the Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Louise and Mike arrived at different times, but were both greeted by the same bartender in the elevator (yes, you read that correctly) that told them it was going to be one ridiculously fun night. Conveniently, Louise and Mike were seated at the same table. Mike was quiet at first, which led Louise to believe he wasn’t having fun. But a few drinks later, the both of them were dancing and partying together with friends and coworkers, having a “ridiculously fun night” as the bartender had promised. Louise and Mike had a connection.
The next month was a busy one for both Louise and Mike, and their schedules never agreed when they tried to get together, but finally on June 29, Louise and Mike went on their first date at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. They watched the Phillies beat the Red Sox while enjoying some delicious Bull’s BBQ – it was the perfect night.
After spending three years together, Mike made a reservation at Magnolia Kitchen in Philadelphia with some intentions to propose – being that it was their first visit, he wanted to make sure the food was good first! Luckily the food turned out to be amazing, and he popped the question before dessert arrived. Her answer was, “Of course!”
Mike always loved the idea of a beach wedding and having the sand between his toes as he said “I do,” and Louise agreed. There was never a doubt in her mind about getting married down the shore. Growing up, she always counted down the days until she could get back to the beach, and that still holds true today. Since Louise and Mike spent many summer weekends in Cape May County, the location was an obvious choice. They chose the beaches of Cape May to exchange their vows, and The Grand Hotel of Cape May to celebrate afterwards. Louise and Mike met with the wedding planner at The Grand Hotel who helped them plan their day. The wedding cake was one thing that was really important to Louise since she loves to bake. OC Cake Studio had so many delicious options to choose from, but Kettle Corn and Monday Night Football were the choice flavors. The design was beautiful and captured exactly what Louise and Mike wanted, and it tasted even better than it looked!
Louise and Mike were married on July 17, 2015 under a beautiful arch decorated by Marie’s Flower Shoppe – all other arrangements including bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces were created by the bride’s mother. After the ceremony, guests arrived to the Penthouse Ballroom at The Grand Hotel and were greeted by ice cream from Louise and Mike’s favorite ice cream truck, Zsa’s. Ice cream sandwiches and cups helped guests cool off and prepare for the fun night ahead of them. After all, it isn’t a day at the beach without a cold, sweet treat! As the night went on, guests had a blast taking funny photos with beachy props (which would later be sent out with thank you notes) in the photo booth set up by Ni4u Photography.
Louise’s favorite moment was her “cheese toast.” The Maid of Honor loves to tease Louise about how much she likes cheese, so the Maid of Honor held a “cheese toast” and asked everyone in the room to raise a piece of cheese in honor of the bride and groom. Mike’s favorite moment was when he looked down at the escort card and saw “Mr. & Mrs. Michael Perkowski” for the first time.
Louise and Mike took time to relax after the wedding and at the end of 2015 went on a 3-week honeymoon to Australia.