Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding :: Stafford Township, NJ :: Laura and Tom

Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding :: New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding :: NJ Wedding Photographer :: Susan Elizabeth Photography
Mallard Island Yacht Club Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: Susan Elizabeth Photography NJ + Worldwide / Event Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club / Cinema: Visual Rose Production / Entertainment: Clara Jordan Band / Floral Designer: MDS Floral Designs / Hair Stylist: Top Knots by Aimee / Makeup Artist: Gina Brown / Wedding Gown Designer: Sareh Nouri / Shoes: Dessy / Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN / Menswear: Bonobos /  Invitation Designer: Lewes Lettering Co. / Bakery: The Bake Works
Photographed by : Susan Elizabeth
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How did you meet?
Tom and I met at Penn State our freshman year spring semester at a day long (frat party). We stayed friends through college. Later, when Tom was home between deployments, we reconnected. From there, we started emailing and facetiming and a transatlantic love affair bloomed. I flew to Europe, where Tom was stationed, five times the first year we were dating. 
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Tom proposed at sunset on the bay at Corson’s Inlet State Park. I thought we were headed to meet friends for drinks and was totally unaware of the planned detour. Melanie, my sister, and her friends were in the backseat. She started yelling about wanting photos of the sunset and made Tom pullover. I almost refused to get out of the car since we were already late. When I walked down the boat ramp, I turned and saw a blanket with rose petals and candles. I stopped moving, Tom had to nudge me forward. After Tom got down on one knee, I looked up and my parents were there to toast with us. It was perfect for us. 
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Why did you pick your venue?
We decided on a summer wedding and I knew it had to be at the shore. The issue was, I am not a sand girl and we had a large guestlist. Our family home is on the bay in Ocean City and when we looked at Mallard, being on the bay just felt right. It had everything we could have wanted and more. The venue came with a set catering team, cake, bar package and planner that I knew would mean fewer decisions I had to make. The team was incredible from the first visit. The dancefloor is stunning on the second floor overlooking the bay and the boat house chapel was perfect. Plus, it had options to be inside. I was worried about spending a year stressing out over weather (which Mother Nature gave us a gorgeous day). 
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Tell us about all the details of the wedding!
Where to start! I feel like I planned the details twice since I planned a mini wedding and the big party. Simple elegance, clean whites flowers, neutral bridesmaid dresses, classic black tuxes. The venue was so stunning, I wanted to highlight and merely enhance that. Mallard really does stand for itself. We wanted to incorporate as many nautical accents as we could to both highlight the venue and to highlight Tom’s job in the Navy. The invites are my favorite (thank you Lewes Lettering Co). I surprised Tom with a water map insert (we have three water maps hanging in our house and his first gift to me was a water map of Ocean City). We also had a personal monogram designed which I loved.
We decided Tom was going to wear his whites for the ceremony and so we took his jacket with us as we started the hunt for the dress. What I didn’t realize is not all dresses are pure white. Sareh Nouri had the perfect fabric to match the pure white of the military jacket and the dress was everything I had ever dreamed of. I felt absolutely regal in it but was still able to dance and move (which was a must).
When it got to day of items, we wanted to bring in little pieces from the shore. We used beach tags as placecards, we had Johnsons popcorn and taffy as favors, we included a sand ceremony in the service.
At the end of the day, I just wanted the guest to have a blast. Tom and I spent as much time as possible on the dance floor.
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Favorite moment of the day?
Do we have to pick just one?! The whole day went by so fast. I loved the sunset photos on the roof, Tom and I could just not stop smiling and just to have those couple moments alone looking out seeing all our friends and family mingling, it was so special. After postponing, we were just so, so happy to see all these people we had not been able to see due to COVID. Weddings are truly because they are one of the rare times you get to have everyone you love, on both sides, in one room together. Watching friends from all parts of our life come together, I truly feel so blessed.
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Where are you going on your honeymoon?
We delayed the honeymoon due to a cross country move following the wedding. So Tom and I are going to Maui, Hawaii in August as a one year anniversary trip (a year after our mini wedding). 
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