September 17, 2016
The Rutherford Estate, Cape May
Photographer: Let It Be. Photography
Pamela and Steven’s long history together stems from childhood friendship. Pamela's mother worked as a secretary for Steven's father at his mechanic shop in North Wildwood, and Pamela’s mother often took Pamela, 5 years old at the time, to play with Steven, 8 years old at the time. Years later, Pamela, 16, and Steven, 19, reconnected when Steven moved in next door to Pamela's mother's home. Their friendship truly blossomed over the next couple years, and no matter where their lives took them, they always remained in contact. For years they continued to build their relationship together, and eventually had their son, Noah.
About eight years later, Steven surprised Pamela with a fun day in Cape May, assuring her that Pamela's mother was watching Noah. She was a tad bit suspicious, but the two headed to Cape May anyway. They went on a horse and carriage ride, and Pamela was a bit disappointed when the ride ended without the dramatic ending she slightly expected. The couple hopped into the car and headed to their next stop of the day: the Cape May Lighthouse. As soon as they pulled up, their good friend walked up singing and playing his guitar. Instantly, Pamela knew what was happening. Steven led her along the wooden walkway, decorated with flowers, signs and pictures. Once the couple reached the top, Pamela looked over at the beach and saw both of their families, as well as Noah holding a sign saying, "Mommy, will you marry Daddy?" When Pamela looked back at Steven, he was on one knee asking her to be his wife.
Pamela and Steven set a date and gave themselves a year to save money and plan their perfect day. But with Steven being a commercial fisherman and not spending much time on land, plus the addition of their daughter, Grace, in 2015, the wedding date was pushed back a year. Regardless, the couple stayed set on a wedding in Cape May. Both Pamela and Steven grew up surrounded by the history and beauty of Cape May County, and they wanted to share it with their family and friends.
Prior to the big day, Pamela’s bridesmaids threw her a bridal shower at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry with delicious food and spectacular bay views.
When wedding day arrived, Pamela and her bridesmaids got ready over brunch and mimosas as Steven was off getting dressed with the guys. Pamela slipped on her beautiful Venice Lace Morilee gown, purchased at Tesi Bridal & Formal, and Steven put on his tux, also purchased there, and the two were ready to say “I Do.”
After the ceremony, the couple was showered with happiness and love as they exited the church, hopped into a Cinderella-style horse and carriage and rode down to the beach for photos. Afterward, they arrived at the Rutherford Estate to celebrate with family and friends. The happy newlyweds danced the night away until the very last song, completing their fairytale wedding.
Pamela and Steven have now been together for 10 years.