Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Lovely Family Wedding On The Beach

"I am the beach, and here you shall find peace.
I am the beach, here you shall find love. "
The lovely wedding of our niece Alison to Jeffrey on September 21, 2012 at half past four in the afternoon on the beach of the Surf Rider Beach Club in Sea Bright, New Jersey. The reception followed in the lovely ballroom of the club's Windows On The Water.  

My favorite part of this wedding was having my husband's entire family together again! Then naturally I would absolutely love the idea that the ceremony was on the beach.   As the breaking of the surface of water, by waves, falls it releases negative ions in the atmosphere. By their ability to stick to different free radicals, they are very beneficial for our health and our emotional well being. 

How do you describe a wedding ceremony on the beach.  The fresh salty air, the warmth of the sun, the rhapsody of the waves crashing against the shoreline, and the melodious romantic music hovering around us.  

The stage was set and then the principal players arrived, so beautiful, so loving, so at peace.  The vows were light and loving.  At the end of the ceremony when the officiant announced the bride and groom as husband and wife beach balls began floating throughout the guests as if they appeared out of nowhere.  The bride and groom reached for the sky in joyful glee! 

We all ascended the stairs to the first floor deck which was set up for the cocktail/hors d'oeuvre hour.  There were stations set up for the hors d'oeuvres, veggie crudites', antipasto, fresh fruits,  a variety of cheeses, and there were waiters in complete uniform including white gloves carrying trays of hors d'oeuvres, filet Mignon on toast with horseradish, lobster tail tempura, mini crab cakes, spinach artichoke phyllo dough cups, shrimp kabobs, and much more.  

After the cocktail/hors d'oeuvre hour we were escorted to the second floor ballroom The ballroom of the Windows On The Water Beach Club was a very large, room with one entire wall of windows over looking another deck, the beach, and the Atlantic Ocean.   There were several elegant chandeliers, the tables and bamboo decor chairs were light in color and gave the room a bright and airy ambiance! 

The wedding favors were a cute tin pail filled with Jersey Shore salt water taffy. There were photo magnets to be used in collaboration with the photo booth set up in the back of the room.  There was a bottle of Tuscany wine for each adult that came from a Bridgewater, NJ wineryThe label commemorated the happy event.  My husbands family are from Bridgewater, NJ.

The reception was so much fun and everyone was dancing.  The bride danced the entire time! She was so graceful and was having so much fun with all of her friends.  It was wonderful that my father-in-law was able to attend, and we took that opportunity to take many pictures with him and his family.  Because the Groom was Jewish and Italian and the Bride Italian, English, Irish, and German there were several folk dances, as seen in the YouTube video below. 

The meal at the reception included a waiter served salad and rolls, and then in buffet style they had four stations of several different cuisine.  There was a seafood station that consisted of  Mussels Marinara, Fried Calamari, and Risotto Fra Diablo. The next station was Italian food that consisted of "delicious" Lasagna, Sausage and Peppers, and (something else I didn't try).  My favorite station was the Filet Mignon station with Filet, sauteed onions, mushrooms, beef gravy, roasted red potatoes, and grilled summer veggies.  I never made it to the fourth station, as I couldn't eat another thing.  After they cut the cake, they brought a tray of Italian cookies(including chocolate dipped cannolis) and coffee to each table. The cake was so moist, it was as if it were Trifel, and my piece included a white chocolate sea shell.  All of the food was delicious! 

At ten o'clock PM everyone went out to the beach for a bonfire, roasting marshmallows, and making Smores.  The next morning the parents of the Groom held a family brunch in their lovely seaside home.  On Sunday the couple left for a Hawaiian Honeymoon.  Congratulations Alison and Jeff!

This blog post is dedicated to memory of my late brother-in-law Richard Hoffman the father of the Bride who passed away from a sudden heart attack at the age of forty-nine in April 1996.   

From the John Denver song On The Wings Of A Dream

There are those who will lead us Protect us each step of the way From beginning to end For each moment forever each day Such a gift has been given It can never be taken away
Though the body in passing must leave us There is one who remains to receive us There are those in this life Who are friends from our heavenly home

So I listen to the voices inside me For I know they are there just to guide me And my faith will proclaim it is so We are never alone
From the life to the light From the dark of the night to the dawn He is so in my heart
He is here he could never be gone.

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