A Rustic, Beach-Inspired Wedding at Sandy Hook Chapel in Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Nerrisa Waite (30 and a meeting planner) and Joshua D’Amore (31 and a digital marketing manager) knew from the get-go that a waterfront wedding was in the cards. Lovers of the beach, the couple headed to Monmouth County, New Jersey, where Joshua grew up, to host their early September nuptials, gathering their closest family and friends at the Sandy Hook Chapel in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The historic chapel is more than 100 years old and is situated along the Atlantic Ocean, offering beautiful views. Enlisting the help of Christiane Lehman of Truly You Events, Nerrisa and Joshua planned a laid-back, beach-inspired affair, starting by choosing a color palette of bright coral, pink, teal and blue hues. They left all the floral decisions to the talented team at Papertini, who created dozens of eye-catching arrangements of full blooms displayed in vibrant blue bottles that infused the Sandy Hook Chapel and their sailcloth reception tent with energy and life. The decor was the perfect balance of rustic and modern, with long wooden farm tables displaying funky chevron table runners. New York-based Silver Arrow Band kept the dance floor packed—even keeping the party going when the rain caused the power to go out. A tip from Nerrisa: “Hire a planner and don’t sweat the small stuff, even if that includes the power going out at your reception for 15 minutes. Enjoy the day, and make sure you take in every moment. It really does fly by.”