A Modern Beach Wedding at the Marco Beach Resort in Marco Island, Florida

Jenny Lam (35 and a research and development manager) and Josh Goldman (39 and a gastroenterologist) met through Match.com, but as chance would have i

Jenny Lam (35 and a research and development manager) and Josh Goldman (39 and a gastroenterologist) met through Match.com, but as chance would have it, they had a friend in common that already tried to set them up on a blind date. “I didn’t tell him until about a week-and-a-half later that I was the one our friend was trying to set him up with,” says Jenny. A year later on a trip to Argentina for New Years, Josh popped the question while they were hiking in the Patagonias. “We were taking pictures with a beautiful glacier lagoon and the mountains in the backdrop and then all of a sudden he pulled out the ring and proposed!” says Jenny. The couple envisioned a destination affair on the beach for their wedding. “My family and friends are scattered everywhere, so I figured if they are going to take a flight for my wedding, they might as well go somewhere beautiful!” says Jenny. They originally looked to the Sanibel and Captiva Islands to host the wedding, but with no venues available for the dates they wanted, the couple turned their attention to Marco Island, FL. The Marco Beach Resort had everything they were looking for — a stunning beachfront location, plenty of options for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception and a contemporary, elegant feel that fit perfectly with their vision. “I booked it without even seeing it,” says Jenny, “and it couldn’t have been more perfect!” The couple incorporated their Chinese and Jewish traditions into the day, opting for a dark red, burgundy and silver color palette as a nod to Jenny’s background (red symbolizes good luck and happiness) and a Conservative Jewish ceremony for Josh. The couple chose to host the ceremony on the beach, decorating the space with red rose petals along the aisle and a modern chuppah dotted with bunches of red roses under which they exchanged vows. Cocktail hour followed directly after on the beach, guests sipping on drinks with a string trio playing contemporary music in the background. “People flew in from all over the country for the wedding, so I wanted them to have fun and enjoy the scenery, including the Gulf Coast sunset,” says Jenny. From there everyone moved to the outdoor terrace for dinner, before kicking off a festive evening full of dinner and dancing in the lounge-inspired ballroom, complete with a photo booth, special light effects and a live performance by Jenny’s friend, a violinist, who prepared three songs to play with the DJ. “Everyone was having so much fun that we extended the party for another hour!” says Jenny.

Jenny wanted her bridal style to feel contemporary, yet timeless. She chose a mermaid style gown by Alfred Angela in silk charmeuse fabric, adding a crystal-embellished sash to the waist for a touch of glitz.
As a nod to Jenny's Chinese background, the color red played a prominent role in the decor, extending to her bridal bouquet. The vibrant bouquet was filled with ranunculuses, roses, dahlias and hypericum berries.
For a sophisticated, evening-appropriate look, Jenny had her bridesmaids wear red cocktail-style dresses for the wedding, letting each girl choose her own style. "All of my bridesmaids live in different cities, so I had them order the dresses online via JJsHouse.com," says Jenny.
Josh and his groomsmen kept things classic, donning traditional gray suits with matching vests and silver ties for the wedding.
Traditional Ketubah Signing
Fusing both of their cultures together, Jenny and Josh's ketubah featured the Chinese symbol for Double Happiness.
Traditional Program Fans
Ceremony Exit Champagne Bubbles
Taking advantage of the wedding's stunning beachfront setting, Jenny and Josh opted for a ceremony on the beach.
For a romantic feel and a pop of color, the aisle was lined with lots of red rose petals. Bunches of roses were also added to each of the chairs lining the aisle.
String Trio Ceremony Music
To make sure their guests were comfortable, Jenny and Josh left no detail overlooked. Paintbrushes were left out for guests to use to brush the sand off their feet following the ceremony and cocktail hour.
To keep their guests feet comfortable and ready for a night filled with dancing, Jenny and Josh gifted their guests personalized flip flops.
Mother of the Bride and Bride Ceremony Processional
Modern Wedding Chuppah
Glam Glittery Escort Cards
After a cocktail hour on the sand, the guests sat down for dinner on the outdoor terrace overlooking the water.
Place-Inspired Table Names
Modern Lamp Centerpieces
Three-Tier Red Fondant Wedding Cake
Personalized Bride and Groom Cake Topper
Lounge-Inspired Ballroom Reception with Blue Uplighting
Silly Photo Booth Props
Traditional Hora Dance
Reception Photo Booth with Fun Props