Cara (a teacher) and Kevin (a high school coach) first met in college. Having a few mutual friends, it seemed the two kept running into each other by chance. After recognizing there was something special between them, the two ventured out on their first date in 2015. The stars must have aligned because Kevin asked Cara to marry him three years later.
The couple, who are both very family-oriented and come from large families, originally planned for a big traditional wedding in Philadelphia, where they reside. But when 2020 brought on the COVID pandemic, their thoughts began to change. Instead of postponing into 2021, Cara & Kevin decided to totally reverse course and plan a very small, intimate wedding with just their closest relatives and friends. After spending many summers at Delaware Beaches (Lewes Beach in particular), it dawned on the two that this may just be the perfect place for their intimate gathering. After all, it is the place where Kevin first asked Cara to be his girlfriend! Cara started her search to find a Delaware wedding planner that could help design and plan their purposeful beach ceremony and thankfully found me through a Google search.
The weather on that first Friday in October 2020 was perfect for their Delaware beach wedding! The sky was blue and full of puffy white clouds as the sun shined brightly on the bay. The early fall temperature was in the 60’s, and although the evening would be cooler, it was nothing a little fire pit on the beach couldn’t handle! Because Cara & Kevin live in Philadelphia, they opted to hold their own Quaker-Style nuptials at home ahead of their beach ceremony in Delaware, just to make everything official. By doing this, they didn’t need an officiant on the beach, as they were technically already married. This allowed their ceremony to be very personal and intentional as they read their vows to each other and had their family & friends participate with their own readings and poems.
Cara wanted a very beachy, boho, relaxed vibe for their day, so we chose a color palette of muted tones. Terracotta with creamy blushes was incorporated in the florals through roses, pampas grass, dried palms, and orchids. We also chose wooden farmhouse tables and cross-back chairs to bring natural touches. We used crisp white plates set against woven placemats flanked by copper flatware and blush-colored antique water goblets on the table. I really loved the lounge area we were able to put together, too. Dining and lounging “al fresco” under the string lights just made the day & evening even more intimate. The sounds of a live guitar being played in the background (an awesome last-minute request from Cara’s mom) didn’t hurt either!
This micro-wedding was so much fun for me to design! Cara and I had plenty of conversations that helped guide our overall decor & design for the day. I created a custom mood board, which was a hit with Cara, and we used it to make our rental choices and decor purchases. I’ll never forget how giddy I was shopping for items in Hobby Lobby and sending Cara a million pictures of what was in my cart! Despite its small size, this wedding was truly one for the books!
Sweet Words from Cara & Kevin: “Still reliving yesterday and how amazing everything was!!!! The beach wedding was no easy task, and we keep saying how lovely the entire evening was! Thank you again so much for making our dreams come true. You are great at what you do!!!!”
Beauty: Brooke Bittner Makeup
Catering: Bethany Blues
Photography: Rebecca Renner Photography
Furniture/Tabletop Rentals & Florals: Pretty Little Wedding Co.
Music: Canfield Company Weddings
Fire Pit: Quest Adventures
Venue: Lewes Public Beach
Groom’s attire: Combatant Gentlemen
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