These two former Jersey Shore lifeguards met and spent countless summers on the beach, so of course that’s exactly where they wed (but without the flip-flops and red swimsuits). Instead, these two brought the beach and ballroom together with a coastal chic wedding that suited their story and vibe to perfection.
Bask in the glow of their celebration (and get the scoop from our sweet bride) below!
How did your sweetie propose?
“Matt and I met as lifeguards on the Jersey Shore in the summer of 2008. The beach has always been a very special place for us where we escape to every summer. Matt surprised me in May 2015 by getting on one knee in the sand on the beach where we spent our first full day together as lifeguards so many summers before.”
How did you choose your gown?
“I enjoyed the shopping process and visited a few different bridal salons. After two other bridal salons, my Mom, future Mother-in-law and sister (via Facetime) found Exquisite Bride in Princeton, NJ. We tried on a few different dresses which I liked, but we felt they all needed something extra and would try them with a specific belt. After about four or five dresses with the additional belt, the bridal consultant pulled “Greta” by Lea-Ann Belter and we were all so excited to see that the belt we kept adding to dresses was made for Greta! I immediately loved how I felt in Greta, but was hesitant about the strapless design. I am so grateful to Exquisite Bride because they showed me what it would look like with custom lace straps added. Then, they worked with me fitting after fitting to make sure the straps were exactly what I was hoping for. I loved the way my dress looked in every single picture!!”
Tell us about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
“We were incredibly lucky to have our wedding at Bonnet Island Estate in Manahawkin, NJ, just miles away from where we met. Bonnet Island Estate’s scenery was to die for — beachy and elegant. We strove to complement that setting since it was so perfect with us. I called our style coastal chic.”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We are looking forward to our honeymoon in Jamaica coming up in December!”
Caren + Matt’s Bonnet Island Estate Wedding Vendors
wedding dress: custom Lea-Ann Belter via Exquisite Bride | photographer: Love and Light Photographs | videographer: Taylor Lenci Photography | venue: Bonnet Island Estate | caterer: Merri Makers | florals: Dahlia Spataro | Signage: Sonja Panacek | band: Franklin & Alison Music