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The Ocean is My Church

I remember the first time I asked Joel to go to church with me and his response was, "the ocean is my church." While I rolled my eyes at this witty remark from this avid surfer, this response has grown on me since. I am not one to push you out of bed on a Sunday morning to get to mass, or judge you when you don't attend church not even on Christmas Eve and I do not care about your beliefs but I do think it is important to believe. For Joel, being out on the ocean on a surfboard provides him time to think, relax and reflect. The same as some of us may do while taking a walk, going for a run, casting a line or maybe even going to church.

While penciling ideas for Rustic Drift about a year ago, when we were working on fine tuning potential rental items for ceremonies, I brought up church pews. Although this idea seemed slightly bogus to my husband at first, Joel was much more receptive than I had anticipated. When we came across the opportunity to purchases old pews from a church down in Mays Landing, we jumped right on it.

The logistics of refinishing ten church pews and transporting them to the beach for a wedding is no easy task but one that we both find rewarding in this business. For me, church pews on a beach symbolize faith while the ocean symbolizes opportunity. And what could be more truthful for a wedding day.

We have to remember as well that marriage is about compromise. If I can't get Joel to always go to my church at least I can now bring my church to him and vice versa.

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I don't even know where to begin with all the amazing photos from Laura + Kyle's Wedding but I'll start here because ummm .. FRIDAY ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿน๐Ÿธ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿท๐Ÿฅƒ!! Photography: @delaney_dobson_photography | Bar: @rusticdrift | Venue: @brantbeachyc . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdriftbars #lbiwedding #beachwedding #bbyc #waterfrontwedding #njwedding #bar #reclaimedwood #friyay #woodenbar #stringlights #cocktailhour

We unveiled our new faux boxwood backdrop two weeks ago. I'm giddy thinking about all the possibilities with this rental item. And can we also talk about these amazing florals by @agardenpartyllc?! I knew they were the team for this job ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒบ ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป . . . #eventrentals #njwedding #indianwedding #boxwoodwall #backdrop #rusticevents #rusticwedding #hedgewall

Major heart eyes for all pics with our birch arbor!! . . . #Repost @idaliaphotography ใƒปใƒปใƒป That moment when you walk down that aisle as husband and wife! It never gets old! Congrats, Krissa and Bill! So happy the forecast changed for the better and your day was absolutely perfect! #happilyeverhoermann #idaliaphotographyweddings . . . Planner | @shoretopleaseweddings Florals | @flowersbymelinda_ Hair | @nicoleantos88 Makeup | @makemeup_eva Wedding Dress | @bhldn Arbor | @rusticdrift Mobile Bar | @cocktailcaravanbar Rentals | @oceantents

Backyard cocktail hour with our wine barrel high tops ๐ŸทPhoto + Design: Pure Chic Events . . . #rusticdrift #winebarrel #winebarrels #cocktailhour #eventrentals #backyardparty #cocktailtables #hightop #winebarrelhightop #wineparty

Little one making a big entrance on our boardwalk runners. Photo: @anncoenphotography . . . #rusticdrift #weddingrentals #lbiwedding #aislestyle #flowergirl #njwedding #beachwedding

Tropical wedding vibes ๐ŸŒด Photography: @magdalenastudios | Signage: @rusticdrift . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdriftsigns #njwedding #newjerseybride #beachwedding #weddinginspo #weddingsign

How stunning is this bride? Also, majorly obsessed with the colors going on here ๐ŸŒŠ Congrats to Sara & Daniel. Wishing them a fabulous honeymoon in Maui โœˆ๏ธ Photography: @magdalenastudios | Florals: @southjerseyflorist . . . #njwedding #newjerseybride #beachwedding #weddinginspo #bride #bridesmaids #brigantine #southjerseyflorist #bouquets #bridalbouquet #weddingflowers #flowers

I knew something beautiful was going to happen with this sign when we made it! Photography: @magdalenastudios | Florals: @southjerseyflorist | Signage: @rusticdrift . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdriftsigns #weddingsign #weddingsignage #njwedding #newjerseybride #beachwedding #weddinginspo #brideandgroom #brigantine #southjerseyflorist #weddingbouquet #bridalbouquet #brideandgroom #weddingsign #firstsandlasts

When the dinner plate perfectly matches the florals ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป ---------------------------------------------------- Photographer: @jessicacooperphotography // Venue: @cairnwood // Rentals: @rusticdrift // Florals: @belovely_design // Wedding Planner: @eventsbymcr . . . #rusticdrift #weddingrentals #handbuiltrentals #weddinginspo #farmtable #weddingtable #pawedding #phillywedding #estatewedding #tablescape #flowers #weddingflowers #centerpiece #lilacwedding #njwedding #cairnwoodestate #tabletoprentals #mismatchedchina #vintagerentals #vintagechina

An open door symbolizes a new beginning. Today is a new day. Start fresh, start optimistically, start encouraging, start kind, start wonderfully and then start again. Photo: Ninjabi | Photography . . . #rusticdrift #vintagedoors #vintagechandelier #eventrentals #doors

This is exactly how I feel about that heat wave being over with ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Photo: @anncoenphotography | Florals: @micheletallent | Ceremony Rentals: @rusticdrift . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdriftarbors #driftwoodarbor #driftwood #weddingceremony #beachwedding #lbiwedding #njwedding #beachballexit #brideandgroom #weddinginspo

Gorgeous bride โœ”๏ธgorgeous flowers โœ”๏ธPhoto: @jonathonpeterphotography | Florals: @mdsfloral | Arbor: @rusticdrift | Venue: @brantbeachyc . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdriftarbors #weddingarbor #weddingarch #driftwoodarch #bbyc #lbiwedding #njwedding #newjerseybride #weddingrentals #weddingceremony #weddingflowers #bridalbouquet #bouquet #bride #flowers

Love seeing what everyone is doing with our new farm tables and chairs! Photo: Pure Chic Events . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdrifttables #farmtable #farmtables #farmtablerentals #eventrentals #weddingrentals #backyardwedding #rusticwedding #handbuiltrentals

Love when our floral friends make our driftwood arbor look so pretty @agardenpartyllc ๐Ÿ˜ Photo: @beckapillmore_photos . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdriftarbors #weddingceremony #beachwedding #driftwoodarbor #weddingarbor #brideandgroom #njwedding #newjerseybride #weddingflowers #weddinginspo #avalon #weddingrentals #avalonwedding #iconagoldeninn