Any wedding where I can wear flip flops – or better yet go barefoot – is always awesome! Bryan’s only request was that he and Jackie get married somewhere by the water – any body of water. They both love the beach, and when they visited the Addy Sea in Bethany Beach, Delaware they both felt it would be perfect for the intimate, beachfront wedding they pictured for themselves. Today we have a few portraits and photos from the wedding preparations – ceremony and reception photos coming soon. Enjoy!
From the couple…
One of the things we’ve asked ourselves over the past 5+ years is how Bryan ended up at country line dancing night, where we met. The answer we keep coming back to is fate. Every decision he made that afternoon – from agreeing to go out on a weeknight, to staying once he found out it was line dancing night, to sending drinks over to my friend Amie and me – was out of character for him. Fortunately he did all of those things, and once he introduced himself we spent the rest of the night talking and laughing, telling embarrassing stories about ourselves.
Five years, a new house, one dog, and many more embarrassing stories later we are excited to become the Minkas.
We got engaged on the beach in the Dominican Republic, and set out to plan a wedding that matched our personalities. A month later, we stood in The Addy Sea, staring out at the beach and ocean just yards away. At that moment Bryan looked at me and said exactly what I was thinking: “this is the place.”
What made you choose The Addy Sea for your wedding?
We knew we didn’t want to spend the reception inside of a ballroom – that wouldn’t have felt like ‘us’. I found the Addy Sea through some internet searching, and it was the first place we went to visit. As we stood on the top floor, looking out at the ocean, Bryan turned to me and said “this is it,” and I agreed. Having our wedding there meant having the whole B&B to ourselves, with rooms that our family and friends could stay in. We were so happy to have our closest loved ones spend the weekend together in one house.
Tell us about your wedding dress…
Jackie: The dress is a lace Mori Lee dress. Instead of going traditional white/ivory, the underlay of the dress is a champagne color. To me, it feels like the dress and the Addy Sea, which was built in 1902 and still has its antique, old world charm, go together.
What was the most challenging part of planning your wedding and why?
Trying to figure out what needs to get done and when
Do you have any advice for other couples who are planning their weddings?
It’s easy to get caught up in tiny details, and things like Pinterest or wedding Q&A boards can make things feel overwhelming. At some point you have to step back and say – here is what we want, and it doesn’t matter if other people have done it this way before.
What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
We’re having a small wedding so that we can actually spend time with each other and with our friends and family. We just want to have a great time!
Venue: Bethany Beach – Bethany Beach, Delaware
Dress shop: Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Suit: Perry Ellis
Hair: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Make-up: Valerie Clarke & Associates
Flowers: Blossoms Inc. – Dagsboro, Delaware
Cake: Sweet Disposition – Selbyville, Delaware
Officiant:s Men in Black – Deacon Kenneth Warne, Rev Msgr. Michael K. Carroll
Band/DJ: Mike Reilly
Delaware wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro