December 3, 2016
Avalon Links Restaurant, Cape May Court House
Photographer: Linette Kielinski Photography
Mariel has been visiting the shore for quite some time, her father growing up spending his summers here. One summer night, Mariel met Justin while out with friends in Wildwood. Their first conversation consisted of them making fun of a stereotypical bachelorette party. They laughed, had a drink and went their separate ways. The two ended up crossing paths again the next day and all Mariel could think was, “Oh yeah, the guy with the mustache,” as Justin sports a large handlebar mustache. A few phone calls and conversations later, Mariel and Justin went on their first date. Before they knew it, two years had passed and Justin decided it was time to tie the knot.
Mariel frequently wears her great-grandmother’s engagement ring, a beautiful three-stone, basket setting ring, and one day it broke. One Saturday, Mariel was showing the broken ring to Justin to see if they could get it fixed. Justin looked at Mariel and suggested that they just replace it instead… with a sparkly new diamond! Next thing Mariel knew, Justin was down on one knee asking her to marry him. He had been looking for the perfect organic moment to pop the question, and he finally found it. Of course Mariel was ecstatic to get a brand new ring, but she still repaired the antique ring later on.
Mariel and Justin worked together from the beginning to plan their wedding. The biggest point they agreed on was that they wanted to be true to themselves. “We really just chose what felt like ‘us’,” says Mariel. Another thing they agreed on was getting married in Cape May County and having a shore wedding. They both wanted a relaxed wedding and knew this area would be perfect for it. Additionally, the majority of their relationship took place at the shore, so it only seemed natural for the biggest event in their relationship to take place here, too. They ended up choosing Avalon Links Restaurant as their venue, set on the picturesque Avalon Golf Course.
Justin was very hands-on in the planning process, designing the entire wedding invitation suite from computer, to print, to assembly, plus their table numbers and seating chart. This really gave a personalized touch to Mariel and Justin’s wedding.
The wedding day consisted of a traditional Catholic ceremony and mass followed by a great party. Mariel wore a gorgeous custom-made gown, sewed by her mother, and carried a beautiful garden-style bouquet with red, burgundy, ivory and white flowers, made by Petals Floral Design. The men sported custom three-piece suits instead of tuxes.
The organized and professional crew members at Avalon Links Restaurant were all-stars, helping to make every moment of the newlyweds’ special day a perfect one. Overall, the couple decided they just wanted everyone to have a great time and remember their celebration, and boy, did they succeed!