Sarah and her bridesmaids got ready at a hotel near the Anchor Inn. Balloons above the bed read “BRIDE TO BE.” The room buzzed with excitement. Across the street at a different hotel, the boys were suiting up for the day with EJ. It was a sunny November day, and family and friends were all smiles in anticipation of Sarah and EJ’s union. It was a short commute to the venue, where we prepared for a First Look.


It was admittedly windy for the ceremony. The sun, however, offered a blast of warmth for this stunning November ceremony. Views of the water sat behind Sarah and EJ as they shared their vows. EJ and Sarah had both written their own vows in cute little books. Check out the fun facts below to see how they are making this even MORE special.


The bridal party entered by dancing their way into the reception, as did the newlyweds. Sarah and EJ made their way to the middle of their guests, rather than the dance floor. This-is where they would share their First Dance. Afterward, they made their way to the sweetheart table to be toasted by loved ones. Dinner was spectacular and dancing quickly ensued. The energy of the party didn’t let up, even through their grand exit!


  1. Everyone in this bridal squad, gals and guys, wore Chuck Taylors. They were perfect dancing shoes, too!
  2. Sarah and EJ brought their dogs to their engagement session. Because they were unable to attend the wedding, Sarah’s sister had cardboard cut-outs of them made to surprise her with during the ceremony.
  3. The couple wrote their own vows. To take it up a notch, they had a box created that would hold their vow books and a box of wine. Each year, they will re-open the box and share the wine while reading their entries. Each year, they will write another set of vows and enclose it with a new box of wine for the year following.
  4. EJ’s brother had a clever way of “roasting” during his toast. He passed out three envelopes with previous scenarios EJ had found himself in, with multiple options. Random guests read these out loud, made guesses about which choice was correct, and EJ would reveal the fun. It was one of the BEST toasts I’ve seen!
  5. Sarah and EJ skipped the traditional sparkler exit and opted for foam sticks. I have to say, I LOVED this exit and the shots that come from it. It was the perfect end to their perfect day.

Photo | Ashton Kelley Photography
Venue | The Anchor Inn
Catering | Catering by Uptown
Florist | Floret + Vine
DJ | DJ Louie Flaco
Hair | Katie Dietz
MUA | Dettloff Makeup Justine Dettloff
Jeweler | Adore Jewelry & Diamond Center
Boutique | David’s Bridal
Tux | Men’s Wearhouse
Guest Book | The Old Haus
Wine Box | Country Barn Babe
Cufflinks | Luxe Gifts Co.
Earrings | The Gem Co.
MOB/MOG Gift | Susabella


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  1. Kate Lynn

    November 21st, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Omg the dog cutouts are so extra but something I would totally do lol!

  2. Ella

    November 21st, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Love their shoes LOL. Very clever

  3. Natalie

    November 21st, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Such a gorgeous wedding day! I love Anchor Inn- one of my favorite local venues!!

  4. Lindsay

    November 21st, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I love those different shades of purple bridesmaids dresses!! And that marina location is SO perfect!!

  5. Raina

    November 22nd, 2018 at 12:46 am

    The dog cutouts!! I love that so much! What a perfect idea!

  6. Amber

    November 22nd, 2018 at 1:30 am

    So in love with all these beautiful purple tones

  7. Lifelong Impressions

    November 22nd, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Beautiful wedding! Love the Chucks!