Marybeth and Ryan's families had known each other and were good friends for many years before Ryan's sister and mother playfully convinced Marybeth that she should go on a date with him. Marybeth agreed and said their first date was "amazing'! The two instantly clicked and she knew right away that Ryan was the one for her. After that first date, the two were always together.
Ryan's proposal couldn't have been any more amazing too! They both had talked about marriage for a while and had already shopped for the ring together. But Ryan chose to surprise Marybeth with the time and place, popping the question in front of a crowd at a Dual Sport Motorcycle Race! He had coordinated earlier with the president of the motorcycle club to use the microphone and propose with Marybeth on stage and in front of their family and friends (and a bunch of strangers!). Marybeth was so happy that her loved ones were all included and there to witness this special moment.
The weather was absolutely divine on their picture-perfect, late spring wedding day. Marybeth got ready and had her hair and makeup done wearing a bright and beautiful white floral and avian patterned robe at her family's home, which is just minutes from their ceremony and reception location. She and her bridal party made sure to take time out to celebrate with confetti and champagne during their early afternoon preparations!
After her bridesmaids dressed out of their matching deep blue floral robes and into their pretty, glittery champagne and rose colored gowns, Marybeth slipped into her gorgeous wedding dress. Her gown featured an off-the-shoulder design and an amazing lace overlay with delicate beadwork. She wore her long blond hair down in lovely waves and with pearl accents, fastened a mid-length veil, trimmed with a few tiny, sparkly sequins to the back of her hair. So stunning! We couldn't wait for Ryan to be seeing his beautiful bride very soon!
The groomsmen got dressed, accessorizing with Max-4 Camo neckties, and Ryan put on his matching camouflage vest. Then, they all took their spots in anticipation at the ceremony location. The ladies grabbed their wonderfully romantic bouquets filled with blush and ivory blooms (and a hint of blue in Marybeth's!) surrounded by delicate Baby's Breath, and met them there!
Marybeth and Ryan's ceremony was held outdoors right on a lake at a beautiful private residence in Port Elizabeth, NJ. With the cabin in the background, all the perfect rustic details and the woodsy, lakeside setting, we don't think there was ever a more romantic, country wedding out there!
The guests all rose, some from their fantastic haystack seats, to watch Marybeth walk down the aisle as Ryan, all smiles, caught his first sight of her from under the lovely arch overflowing with luscious pink, blue and ivory flower arrangements. As the sun began to set, Millville's mayor, the Honorable Michael Santiago, officiated their ceremony and led the two in reciting their vows to each other, vows even filled with occasional bursts of laughter, before pronouncing them as 'husband and wife'!
We were there to follow along all day with Amanda Erickson Design + Photography's wonderful photo sessions capturing the bridal party, family and the couple of honor, and especially loved the sweet photos of Marybeth and Ryan on the dock. Be sure to visit Amanda's Facebook page and scroll down to see her post featuring a ton of fantastic photos from the day!
After the ceremony, everyone remained onsite for the gorgeous tented reception. Marybeth and Ryan danced a terrific first dance together, then shared a sweetheart table while the most down-to-earth, heartfelt toasts were given by Marybeth's matron of honor and Ryan's best man. Everyone smiled and laughed along to the wonderful stories, and were touched as well, especially as Ryan's best man reassured Marybeth's parents that she was in great hands with Ryan.
After dinner and beautiful parent dances, the party amped-up as DJ Rick Perez from BME Event Group played the hits that kept all their guests on the dance floor! Everyone had a ton of fun dancing (some literally 'getting down' on the dance floor!) and laughing the night away!
Marybeth and Ryan's wedding day was definitely filled with romance and love, but most of all this wedding was fun, fun, fun! We were so happy that we were able to share in the celebration too on this absolutely perfect wedding day. Congratulations to Marybeth and Ryan and best wishes in your new life together!
Photographer: Amanda Erickson Design + Photography - Southern NJ
Floral Design: Shelly Hall Scarpa
Hair Stylist: Jessica DeVita
Makeup Artist: Airbrush Makeup by Felicia - Vineland, NJ
Wedding Dress: Allure Couture
Entertainment: BME Event Group - DJ Rick Perez - Vineland, NJ
Cake: Century Bakery - Bridgeton, NJ
Caterer: Verna's Flight Line Restaurant - Millville, NJ
Officiant: The Honorable Michael Santiago, Mayor of Millville - Millville, NJ
Venue: Private Residence