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Pure Bliss: A Nautical Wedding at Oyster Point Hotel - New Jersey Bride

Pure Bliss: Kaitlin and Michael’s Wedding at Oyster Point Hotel

Pure Bliss: A Nautical Wedding at Oyster Point Hotel - New Jersey Bride

“Michael and I met when we were 19 years old and working as servers at Ruby Tuesday during the summer of 2006.  We had our share of ups and downs, as three years of our relationship was considered long distance while I was at college in upstate New York.  We finally moved in together in August of 2011, and in March 2012, he asked me to be his wife!”

Pure Bliss: A Nautical Wedding at Oyster Point Hotel - New Jersey Bride

“Mike and I spent the next two years planning our dream wedding. Since we were paying for it ourselves, and we were in no rush.  Being a Jersey girl, I knew from a young age that I wanted to get married near the water, but the typical beach theme seemed overdone to me and I wanted something a bit more modern and classy.  When we found the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank, we knew we wouldn’t say “I do” anywhere else—it was riverside, elegant and intimate.  We planned our big day for Friday, June 27, 2014.”

Pure Bliss: A Nautical Wedding at Oyster Point Hotel - New Jersey Bride

“Michael and I had very strong ties from the beginning, and the nautical motifs of the anchor and sailor’s knot were symbolic to our relationship.  The navy was typical of the nautical theme, and the pops of yellow gave us the happy colors we always wanted.  Go! Bespoke designed the most beautiful invitation suite for us, including the anchor and our initials, which set the stage for the rest of the theme we wanted for our wedding. Details Made Simple, our day-of coordinators, made sure that every detail was in place for us. I was honestly stunned when I walked into our cocktail hour!  The focal point of our reception was the blue and white lighthouse on our escort card table.”

Pure Bliss: A Nautical Wedding at Oyster Point Hotel - New Jersey Bride

“On the morning-of, the guys spent their morning getting hot shaves at Old World Shave Parlor in Red Bank, while the girls sipped mimosas from our suite.”

Pure Bliss: A Nautical Wedding at Oyster Point Hotel - New Jersey Bride

“I walked down the aisle to soothing Spanish guitar music and was amazed to see all of our family and friends in one place to celebrate us.  Michael and I wrote our own vows tied a sailor’s knot during our ceremony, symbolizing the strength of our relationship.  It was pure bliss!”

Pure Bliss: A Nautical Wedding at Oyster Point Hotel - New Jersey Bride

“We walked into our reception to the New York Rangers warmup song, to bring a fun personal touch to our evening.  We are huge hockey fans!  We danced the night away, and were pleasantly surprised with some local fireworks, which we were able to view from the balcony over the water.  We closed our perfect night with a  sparkler send off with our bridal party, and our amazing photographer captured it beautifully!”

Pure Bliss: A Nautical Wedding at Oyster Point Hotel - New Jersey Bride

Your favorite part:

“The two best moments of my day happened with my first looks.  I walked down the circular staircase to see my dad, and saw Mike on the dock on the river.  Thankfully, the weather was gorgeous!”

Pure Bliss: A Nautical Wedding at Oyster Point Hotel - New Jersey Bride

Advice for other brides:

“Something will always go wrong…and it’s okay!  My bridesmaid’s zipper broke, and she had her booty freezing over an air conditioning unit while she was sewn back into her dress.  It was hilarious and laughing made me relax!”


  • Amy Rizzuto

    This is GORGEOUS!!! Thank you so much for featuring NJ Bride. It was really fun reliving Katie and Mike’s beautiful, nautical wedding day!

  • Wow, how awesome! It was so much fun setting up Katie and Mike’s big day. And @amyrizzuto:disqus captured all those details perfectly!

    http://www.detailsmadesimple.com

    • We’re so glad you enjoyed the post. A truly beautiful wedding–all around!

  • Thank you for featuring Katie and Michael’s Wedding! It was such a beautiful event, fabulous work everyone!!!

    • Our pleasure, @gobespoke:disqus! We loved your colorful stationary!

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