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 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.