August 7, 2015
The Grand Hotel, Cape May
Photographer: Danette Pascarella Photography
Shelley and Chris met four years ago online through OkCupid! Neither one of them signed up thinking it would lead to marriage, but both feel very fortunate that it did. Their first date was at the Great American Pub in Conshohocken where they sat for an unexpectedly long time talking and laughing.
A few years later on a beautiful fall day in October 2014, Chris proposed in a park behind his and Shelley’s apartment. It was an intimate proposal and a total surprise to Shelley – the couple had talked about marriage, but she had no clue when he was going to propose.
Shelley and Chris chose to get married in Cape May. Shelley had spent a lot of summers in Cape May since her family has two homes in North Cape May, and she was the first to introduce Chris to the area. Both Shelley and Chris love Cape May’s Victorian charm. They chose to have their ceremony and reception at The Grand Hotel of Cape May. Shelley says, “From the linen colors to the menu, the two wedding planners at The Grand made the planning process easy and fun!”
Shelley and Chris were married on a summer day in August. The couple was worried about the weather, but the wedding planners made sure there was a backup plan that thankfully they did not have to use. The bridal suite Shelley used to get ready in was the perfect size for all of her bridesmaids – they spent the morning laughing and had a ton of fun. When it came time for the wedding, having the ocean as the backdrop was perfect. The ceremony led into an incredible reception filled with great food and dancing.
Shelley’s favorite moment from her special day was the time spent taking photos with Chris. They did a “first look,” and from there they got to spend a good part of the afternoon together, just the two of them. Their photographer Danette made sure to truly capture them as a couple: playing paddle ball, hanging near the ocean, walking through the dunes and more. Shelley says, “It was nice to have that time together before the big event, and all of our photos came out wonderful. Overall, everything on our wedding day was beautiful.”
Shelley and Chris moved into their new home in June before the wedding and are now settling in. They had a lovely week getting lost in Paris after the wedding and are ready to plan their next great adventure. Shelley is a high school English teacher and a coach, so when things die down in the summer, the couple is hoping to look into buying their first dog together. And of course, they can't wait to get back to Cape May!