A Natural Wedding at Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey

The bright florals in this September wedding make it feel like springtime! Catherine Rudloff (29 and a registered nurse) and John Roell (30 and a sail

The bright florals in this September wedding make it feel like springtime! Catherine Rudloff (29 and a registered nurse) and John Roell (30 and a sailor in the US Navy) started their day with a sweet beach ceremony. Pink Dahlia Vintage, the couple’s florist, lined the aisle with silver pails of overflowing colorful roses and greenery as Catherine walked down the sandy aisle in a lace mermaid wedding dress. She completed the look with a vintage-style birdcage veil and a bright bouquet of roses and garden roses. “Our florist was amazing,” Catherine says. After the couple exchanged vows, their celebration moved indoors to the Chalfonte Hotel. Guests found their escort cards within a bed of baby’s breath, as gold bulb vases of pink and peach roses accented each table. Guests were entertained with music from No Macarena DJ as well as a DIY photo booth, until Catherine and John brought out our favorite detail: their wedding cake. Stella Baking made the three-tier confection from red velvet, vanilla and lemon cake as each layer was covered with ivory buttercream frosting. Orange, blush and purple garden roses accented its gold script “love” topper. After a few more turns around the dance floor, each guest left with a ceramic-dish or bottle-opener wedding favor. Lauren Schwarz Photography captured every blush, orange and navy detail. Catherine shares a tip: “Things will go wrong, but they are the things that people remember and make for the best stories. Stay as relaxed as possible on your wedding day.”

Inspired by Pinterest and a few other sites, Catherine worked with her florist to make a series of bright arrangements. To match her lace dress, Pink Dahlia Vintage designed a bright bouquet of peach and orange garden roses, white roses, pink ranunculus, dusty miller, greenery and lush white dahlias.
Pink Dahlia Vintage, the couple’s florist, put a springlike twist on their beach setting and filled the couple's ceremony with overflowing florals. Each row of white folding chairs was met with a lush arrangement of greenery surrounding bright pink, purple and red roses.
Pink Dahlia Vintage helped to finish John's and his groomsmen's looks with a natural touch. Each man donned a natural boutonniere of succulents and ivory roses. "They started as an idea from my florist," Catherine says. "She was amazing.”
Catherine found her wedding dress on her first day of  dress shopping. She chose a classic white wedding dress with a mermaid cut, lace-cap sleeves and a matching keyhole back. "It was really the perfect shape," Catherine says. She finished the look with a vintage-style birdcage veil and simple jewelry.
When it was time to pick her bridesmaids, Catherine turned to two special people: her sisters. "I told them I wanted something in a rich navy blue, knee length, elegant and traditional looking," Catherine says. Both women picked  knee-length navy dresses with a high neckline and finished the look with a string of pearls from the bride.
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"I was drawn to flowers and arrangements with whites, pinks, peaches, fresh greens, succulents, and herbs,” Catherine says. For the couple's September reception, they complemented the hotel's vintage furniture with an overflowing arrangement of white and yellow roses, pink ranunculus, white hydrangeas, greenery and orange garden roses.
Even the couple's escort-card display resembled springtime. Catherine and John's 85 guests found their names (alongside a blue heart design) sprouting from a bed of baby's breath.
Stella Baking contributed a sweet and simple cake. Each of its three tiers was covered with simple waves and swirls of ivory buttercream frosting. Colorful garden roses served as its topper. For a fun twist, each tier was a different flavor: lemon, red velvet and vanilla. "This was our baker's signature wedding cake," Catherine says. "It was amazing and I will never forget it.”
Catherine and John gave each guest a different wedding favor. Catherine's mother and sisters handpicked ceramic dishes for the women, while the men were given bottle openers. "The ceramic dishes were the real prize,” Catherine says.