How They Met: A 2013 vacation to the Cayman Islands turned out to be a life-changing trip when Lindsey Sengebush, 28, a dance instructor and choreographer from Lake Hopatcong, met 33-year-old boat captain Luke Rowlands-Clark, of Somerset, England. “We met on the beach and hit it off,” says Lindsey, who was living in Hoboken at the time. “Luke was working in the Cayman Islands, so we had a long-distance relationship for a year until I moved there.”
Will You Marry Me?: Luke surprised Lindsey by popping the question as the two were about to head to the airport for their first trip to England together. Lindsey thought Luke might propose while they were in the UK visiting his family, so she was unsuspecting when he said he forgot something in the house. “I turned to run back inside and Luke was down on one knee,” says Lindsey. “It was low-key but perfect.”
The Location: For a boat captain and his fiancé who first met on the beach, a seaside spot was a must, so they chose the Bonnet Island Estate in Manahawkin. “We wanted to have a beachy, nautical feel with a rustic glam element,” says Lindsey.
The Ceremony: Wearing a glamorous, fitted Pnina Tornai gown and a cathedral-length veil, Lindsey entered Bonnet Island’s quaint Boathouse Chapel to an acoustic guitar playing her parents’ wedding song. Lindsey’s godfather, ordained for the occasion, presided over the couple’s vows as 140 guests from England, Spain and the Cayman Islands looked on. At a special unity ceremony, the couple filled a glass bottle with sand from the beach where they met and then added colored sand to represent their family and friends at the wedding.
Details of the Day: “I’ve always been a pink girl,” says Lindsey who chose a palette of burgundy and blush. An artist friend designed a personalized crest—a compass with elements including a dancer and a boat—that graced the invitations and wedding stationery and was displayed on a canvas at the reception. Keeping with the island-inspired vibe, guests sipped signature drinks: the Cayman margarita and Dark ‘n’ Stormy. Culinary highlights included slider and sweet and savory Brie stations at the cocktail hour and a sit-down dinner with choice of sea bass, filet mignon or chicken. The wedding cake featured mango filling and coconut icing.
Favorite Moment: “I loved our first dance,” says Lindsey. “Our band did an amazing acoustic cover of ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. There’s a line that says, ‘Home is wherever I’m with you.’ It’s so meaningful because we’ve made so many sacrifices to be in the same place.”
Caterer: Merri-Makers Caterers, Edison
Bride’s Dress: Pnina Tornai from Kleinfeld, NYC
Veil: Peter Langner, Kleinfeld, NYC
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Earrings & Headpiece: Thomas Knoell Designs from Kleinfeld Bridal, NYC
Bridesmaid Dresses: Various designers including BHLDN, Adrianna Papell, The Dessy Group, Jim Hjelm and Aidan Mattox
Hair & Makeup: Tara Weldon of Hot Mess Studio, Asbury Park
Groom’s Attire: Biltmore Tuxedos, Ridgewood
Flowers: MDS Floral Designs, Manahawkin
Music: Franklin Alison Music, Princeton
Cake: The Bake Works, Northfields
Invitations: Stephanie Somodi of Designing the Most Inviting Day, Little Egg Harbor
Calligraphy: MBM Calligraphy, Hoboken
Transportation: Arrive in Style, Trenton
Videographer: Saltwater Studios, Hammonton
Personalized Ring Box: The Mrs Box