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 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.”