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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St. Patrickโ€™s Day vibes ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿปโ˜˜๏ธPhotography: @torikelner | Coaster Calligraphy: @charliewhiskeydesign | Rentals: @rusticdrift

The colors on this vintage truck @darplebutter ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’š . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photography: @limelight_photography_nj | Planning: @eventsbymcr | Flowers: @petalpushersmagnolia | More from this shoot we were part of in profile!

Today on @theperfectpalette with this amazing vendor team ๐Ÿ’™ Link in bio! . . Photography: @limelight_photography_nj | Wedding Planner: @eventsbymcr |Florals: @petalpushersmagnolia | HMU: @bigdayglam | Model: @jessicahiller | Dress: @sarasbridalnj22 | Jewelry: @foolishgingerbridal | Stationary: @lavenderandlovecreative | Calligraphy: @maryellencalligraphy | Bouquet Ribbons: @socialgracesevents | Videography: @color_room_films | Cake: @thevintagecake | Vintage Truck: @darplebutter | Rentals: @pauldavidpartywares @rusticdrift

Who run the world? ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฟโ€โ™€๏ธ #internationalwomensday . . Photography: @delaney_dobson_photography | HMU: @alouerbyelan | Coordinating: @rusticdrift

Mood. โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข โ€ข Photography: @torikelner | Paper Goods: @charliewhiskeydesign | Floral Design: @kp_designsfloral | Rentals: @rusticdrift

Beach weddings are our favorite! ๐ŸŒŠ Photography: @jennamariephotographynj | Florals: @reynoldsgardenshop | Ceremony Rentals: @rusticdrift

Gimme all the candlelight.๐Ÿ•ฏ๐Ÿ˜ Photography: @two17photo | Florals: @agardenpartyllc | Venue: @willowcreekwinerynj | Farm Tables: @rusticdrift

Our tables and chairs right where they belong, under @sperrytents! . . Photography: @jianca_lazarus | Florals: @saipuaweddings | Rentals: @rusticdrift

This sign is still one of my all time favs @charliewhiskeydesign ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿ’• . . Photography: @anncoenphotography | Rentals: @rusticdrift | Florals: @reynoldsgardenshop

You want beer on tap at your wedding?! We got you. ๐Ÿบ ๐Ÿ’•Photography: @sarah.dicicco | Planner: @styledbride | Tap Wall: @rusticdrift

We were busy this past week packing up from vacation life and heading back to reality but excited to share this feature from a few days ago on @redoakweddings. Link in bio! . . Photography: @delaney_dobson_photography | Venue: @brantbeachyc | Catering: @tasteoflbi | Rentals: @rusticdrift

A trip three years in the making. It was everything I dreamed of and more. So grateful for the experiences, the memories and all the quality family time. Feeling refreshed and inspired. Happy to be home and kicking off the first wedding of the year this weekend!

Oh so lovely!! . . Photography: @justrobjohn | Florals: @mdsfloral | Makeup: @beachhousespa | Dress: @davidyoungcouture | Rentals: @rusticdrift