A DIY Vintage Wedding at The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences in Loveladies, New Jersey

Julie Reymann (26, Talent Development Professional) and Ken Buchholz (30, Restaurant Owner) lived an entire summer on the same block near the beach be

Julie Reymann (26, Talent Development Professional) and Ken Buchholz (30, Restaurant Owner) lived an entire summer on the same block near the beach before introducing themselves. One day while Julie was on a walk with her sister Jenny, the two finally met. "Jenny said, 'If you don't go up and say something to him, I will!'," says Julie. "I finally mustered up the courage to introduce myself, and we have been together ever since." After a few years of dating, Ken planned an intimate proposal, but not until after asking Julie's father's permission. In their one bedroom apartment in Conshohocken, PA, Ken got down on bended knee and asked Julie to be his "best friend forever." Julie and Ken tied the knot on September 13, 2014 at The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences in Loveladies, New Jersey. The weather was less than cooperative, so much of the day's celebrations moved indoors. The couple managed a few minutes of clear skies, where they snapped photos on the beach, the very place they met. The bride and groom cut costs by DIY-ing many of the more traditionally expensive elements of the celebration. Julie designed, printed, and cut all the wedding invitations in an ocean-inspired color palette with a vintage feel. "I was especially proud of the envelopes, 200 of them - which I made out of pages of old art books, to tie the whole theme together," says Julie. Julie and a few dedicated friends and family members created all the floral arrangements, featuring bunches of Baby's Breath and wildflowers. The vintage book theme continued after Julie and Ken said 'I do,' as guests flipped through vintage card catalogue to find their seating assignment. The bride and groom wanted the day to feel special, but not over the top. The result? A comfortable and meaningful celebration with their closest friends and family members. Lauren Schwarz of Lauren Schwarz Photography captured every memorable moment of the couple's big day.

Bride in Vintage Lace Dress
"I wore my mom's dress, and my great great grandmother's earrings - and felt so incredibly special," says Julie. The dress was altered by removing the sleeves to create a more modern fit.
The bride and a few dedicated family members created the simple Baby's Breath bridesmaids bouquets. Colorful strands of thin ribbon tied the stems together.
Julie's 'maids wore dresses in varying blue hues, meant to emulate the color of the ocean where the bride and groom met and fell in love.
Bride and Flower Girl
Ken wore a Tommy Hilfiger pintripe suit and an ocean blue paisley tie. The bride made his boutonniere from baby's breath and a DIY book paper flower.
Groom and Groomsmen in Turquoise Paisley Ties
Bride and Groom on the Beach
The newlyweds welcomed guests to sign a nontraditional bench guest book.
The card catalogue, a vintage find from Julie's middle school, held the name of each guest and their respective table assignment.
"Every time I had to make a planning decision, I would remember my dad's advice– 'keep it simple, keep it fun.' It helped me focus on the things that really mattered," says Julie.
Julie collected vintage finds in the months before the big day. Framed table numbers on vintage book pages sat atop the stacks, while Baby's Breath filled the glass vases.
The couple cut into the top "layer," a small couple's cake, that sat atop a tower of cupcakes made by the bakers at Cake That! in Manahawkin, New Jersey.
Cupcake Tower at Reception
Bride and Groom Dance Under Lights