Destination I Do
Friday, September 30, 2011

Destination Wedding Atlantic City: A Modern Beach Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Marie Labbancz Photography

When Douglas and Jessica got engaged, they envisioned themselves saying “I do” alongside the ocean on a Caribbean island. Unfortunately, when they mentioned the idea to their families, they were less than pleased. A lot of their loved ones weren’t willing to fly and so Jessica and Douglas compromised. In the end, the couple stayed a bit closer to home by traveling to Atlantic City, New Jersey from New York.

Opting to hold their wedding in an adjacent state meant all their loved ones were able to drive to the wedding destination. Turns out Atlantic City was the perfect alternative for the couple since a modern beach setting was their aim. The Atlantic One was their dream venue with floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the ocean.

Plus, since their hotel was right off the Atlantic City boardwalk, their guests were able to walk and enjoy the surrounding area during the wedding weekend. Jessica and Douglas reserved rooms in two different hotels for their guests which were both walking distance from the couple’s reception. It doesn’t get much simpler than that, huh?

The couple planned their destination wedding from home in New York. While not being able to work directly with their vendors was a bit of a problem, luckily the couple had a trusty wedding planner and their parents both on site in New Jersey. While the couple didn’t get their original dream of a Caribbean wedding, they did compromise for their families. Maybe a Caribbean vow renewal is in Douglas and Jessica’s future?

The couple has some last words of advice for other couples planning their own destination wedding. “Try not to control every detail of your wedding and find people you can really rely on. Also, don’t be afraid to look in your own backyard to create that same destination feel you would get from traveling to a romantic island.”

Photographer: Marie Labbancz Photography
Wedding Venue: One Atlantic
Wedding Planner: Beka Rendell with Styled Creative
Florist: Moda Botanica
Wedding Gown Designer: Lazaro
Groom’s Clothing: Calvin Klein
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing: Priscilla of Boston/Calvin Klein

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