An Elegant, Nautical Wedding at Mallard Island Yacht Club in Long Beach Island, New Jersey

High school sweethearts, Monika Schule (28, a neonatal nurse practitioner) and Jeffrey Reisenauer (28, a NYPD police officer) fell in love with their Jersey Shore wedding venue, Mallard Island Yacht Club, thanks to it's endless opportunities for scenic photo backdrops. "It's the perfect blend of opulence and seaside comfort—the type of place where it feels right to walk barefoot in the sand with your ball gown on," says Monika. Channeling that vibe, the couple decided on a "nautical elegance" aesthetic for their summer wedding by the sea. They used a color scheme of French blue and champagne—a sophisticated twist on the typical nautical color palette—to pull it all off. Sweet, personalized details like the custom copper camargue cross that hung above the altar space during the ceremony and the "amperSAND" that connected their chairs at the reception were just a few of the things that made Monika and Jeff's day truly theirs.