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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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Every morning should involve blankets and pillows on a beach. More from this feature coming soon! -------------------------------------------------- Photography: @anncoenphotography | Rentals: @rusticdrift | Florals: @katydidflorals | Dress + Accessories: @freelovebridal | HMU: @beachhousespa + @nicoledemibeauty . . . #rusticdrift #groundlounge #lounge #geometricwedding #beachwedding #njwedding #newjerseybride #brideandgroom #weddinginspo #belmarwedding #modernwedding

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Absolutely loved the entire setup we put together for Laura + Kyle's beach ceremony. Photo: @delaney_dobson_photography | Florist: @thefloristlilyinthevalley | Rentals: @rusticdrift . . . #rusticdrift #lbiwedding #njwedding #newjerseybride #beachwedding #beachceremony #weddingrentals #welcomedrink #lemonade #nauticalwedding #nauticaldecor #weddingarbor #driftwoodarbor #weddingceremony

Hey brides πŸ‘‹πŸ»! Summer means it's time to venture to Cape May and check out this amazing bridal shop. Major major heart eyes! πŸ“· @freelovebridal . . . #bridalshop #weddingdress #capemay #shoplocal #weddingaccessories #retail #dressshopping #sayyestothedress #freelovebridal #windowboxes #flowerboxes #flowers

Loving all the florals on our arbors this year especially this masterpiece by @mdsfloral at @brantbeachyc last weekend. Congrats Maureen & Karl. I knew that rain was going to pass right in time for this beautiful ceremony! πŸ“·by @jonathonpeterphotography . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdriftarbors #weddingarbor #driftwoodarbor #weddingarch #arbor #weddingceremony #brideandgroom #weddingflowers #flowers #yachtclubwedding #bbyc #lbiwedding #lbiregion #njwedding #newjerseybride #weddingrentals #handbuiltrentals

Back at 101 Centre doing our thang. . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdriftsigns #101centre #beachhaven #backyardwedding #tentedwedding #weddingsign #weddingsigns #lbiwedding #njwedding #newjerseybride #weddinginspo #directionalsign #woodensign #oursmashingday #weddingrentals

Friday introductions.. this is a thing right? We are Megan + Joel, the coffee loving, cheap wine drinking, Caribbean dreaming, old school Reggae listening, ocean inspired Founders + Owners of Rustic Drift. We started this company a little over three years ago with the goal of creating a business that combines our strengths and talents, provides some flexibility for our family and leaves us with a career that is both meaningful and rewarding. Starting a family and a business simultaneously has been quite challenging as both our children and work need constant attention. The truth is we're still learning how to be the best parents for our children, the best leaders for our business and the best spouses for each other. Thanks for following along! "What we learn with pleasure we never forget." - Alfred Mercier πŸ“· by @idaliaphotography

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We added a ton of special little details to Laura + Kyle's wedding day. I love when the photographer notices them too πŸ™ŒπŸ» @delaney_dobson_photography . . . #rusticdrift #lbiwedding #njwedding #weddingdetails #weddingdaydetails #prettylittledetails #vintagebook #beachwedding #weddingrentals #weddingstyling #eventrentals #seashell

It's been quite the project for @rusticdrift_joel. 22 farm tables and one matching sweetheart table finally completed. Every single one built by him and only him....Something that makes this little business of ours pretty damn special πŸ’• ---------------------------------------------- Photography: @idaliaphotography | Rentals + Styling: @rusticdrift | Florals: @thefloristlilyinthevalley | Venue: @parkersgaragelbi . . . #rusticdrift #weddingrentals #eventrentals #farmtables #farmtable #handbuiltrentals #rusticwedding #woodworking #njwedding #lbiwedding #newjerseybride

When I dip you dip we dip. --------------------------------------- Photography: @delaney_dobson_photography | Rentals: @rusticdrift | Florist: @thefloristlilyinthevalley . . . #rusticdrift #rusticdriftarbors #weddingceremony #weddingrentals #arbor #driftwood #driftwoodarbor #beachwedding #lbiwedding #njwedding #newjerseybride #rusticwedding #boardwalkrunners #aislestyle #weddinginspo #arborflowers #weddingflowers

Spent the weekend at the dreamiest little beach cottage with a bunch of my closest friends. Feeling recharged but also very behind on emails + paperwork πŸ™„The sign on the wall couldn't be more fitting. #cestlavie #staycation #beachcottage #beachhouse #vacationhouse

Loving this bridal bouquet from one of our spring weddings. Photo: @jenniferlarsenphoto | Florals: Petals Florist . . . #bouquet #bridalbouquet #weddingbouquet #flowers #succulents #peonies #weddingflowers #petalsflorists #peronafarms #njwedding #springwedding #springbouquet