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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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When a gray sky makes everything look perfect ☁️ ・・・ Arbor: @rusticdrift // Florals: @desireedeandesigns // Photography: @meggsndbacon // Venue: @thecrystalpoint ・・・ #Repost @desireedeandesigns

Mood. ☁️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photography: @torikelner // Cake: @flourbomb_ // Florals: @kp_designsfloral // Rentals: @rusticdrift

Interrupting my normal posts of pretty wedding pictures to share this pic of my kiddos, Haven + Sawyer who are finally both back in school. We had an incredible summer going to the beach, watching some local children’s theatre, listening to concerts in the park, hitting up the spraypark + waterpark, visiting the zoo, going to a museum or two, boating and swimming.. lots of swimming. I fell behind on emails, proposals and whole bunch of other stuff related to @rusticdrift. Working at home mom life is hard, motherhood is hard, and running a business is hard. Keeping my kids happy, my clients happy and myself happy is challenging. I’m over here just doing the very best I can despite all the juggling. Thanks for your patience, support and kindness. Now time for an uninterrupted cup of hot coffee and emails without a kid on my lap 😜 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photography: @ashleymacphotographs from the amazing Camp Mamamama event put together by @gildedlilyevents at @theherbarybearcreek

This woodsy styled shoot was featured on @junebugweddings today and I’m as happy as a kid jumping in a pile of leaves 🍁🍂🤗 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photography: @torikelner | Photo Assisting: @jenniferlarsenphoto | Videography: @tonemedia | Florals: @kp_designsfloral | Dress: @vesabrides | HMU: @michelleeliseartistry | Models: @chrisx0x + @ry_forrest | Macrame Backdrop: @mosshound_designs | Rentals: @rusticdrift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . << link in bio >>

🌴 Arbor 🌴 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photography: @jessicaerbphoto // Venue: @seashellresort // Arbor: @rusticdrift // Florist: @morethanagift

Still summer, still a ton of beach weddings, still so many awesome moments like this 😍 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photography: @jessicaerbphoto // Florals: @thefloristlilyinthevalley // Ceremony Rentals: @rusticdrift {featured rental: cedar post arbor}

Holding on to all things summer 🌊 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photography: @mollysuephotography // Florals: @flowerchildfloral // Calligraphy, Paper Goods + Signage: @writeprettyforme // Planning + Styling: @copperandchloe // Gauze Napkins + Runners: @linenlark // Tabletop Rentals: @borrowedblu // Rentals: @rusticdrift

Tropical arrangements, loads of greenery and mustard yellow accents .. all my favs in one place 💚💛🌿 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VENDORS: PUBLISHER | @bay_magazine PLANNER | @bogathevents PLANNER ASSISTANT | @sophia_hogan PHOTOGRAPHER | @susanelizabethweddings RENTALS | @rusticdrift HAIR | @lavishlbi MAKEUP | @ciaartists BRIDE'S DRESS SHOP | @freelovebridal RECEPTION DRESS DESIGNER |@frenchknotcouture GROOM's ATTIRE | @theblacktux INVITATIONS | @sdesigns RECEPTION VENUE | @parkersgaragelbi FLORIST | @reynoldsgardenshop CAKE & DESSERT BAR | @sweetmelissagoodness MODELS | @jillianspano @billyspano

Cheers to an awesome summer 🥂🍻 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photography: @tylerandrew // Florals: @reynoldsgardenshop // Rentals: @rusticdrift { featured rental: wine barrel bar}

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not. Give me all the sweets 🍩 🍪🍦😋 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photography: @susanelizabethweddings // Planning + Styling: @bogathevents // Florals: @reynoldsgardenshop // Venue: @parkersgaragelbi // Desserts: @sweetmelissagoodness // Press: @bay_magazine // Rentals: @rusticdrift

So in love with our newly refinished biergarten tables + benches .. how ‘bout you? 💛 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VENDORS: PUBLISHER | @bay_magazine PLANNER | @bogathevents PLANNER ASSISTANT | @sophia_hogan PHOTOGRAPHER | @susanelizabethweddings RENTALS | @rusticdrift HAIR | @lavishlbi MAKEUP | @ciaartists BRIDE'S DRESS SHOP | @freelovebridal RECEPTION DRESS DESIGNER |@frenchknotcouture GROOM's ATTIRE | @theblacktux INVITATIONS | @sdesigns RECEPTION VENUE | @parkersgaragelbi FLORIST | @reynoldsgardenshop CAKE & DESSERT BAR | @sweetmelissagoodness MODELS | @jillianspano @billyspano

This flower girl + ring bearer team 🌸🐶 #nationaldogday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photographer: @wearesaltwater // Florals: @agardenpartyllc // Ceremony Rentals: @rusticdrift

Still can’t get over all the pretty from last weekend 💙💕 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photography: @tylerandrew // Florals: @reynoldsgardenshop // Rentals: @rusticdrift

Love when our rentals get incorporated into engagement shoots 💕 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE CREATIVE TEAM The Couple | @1bajillian @the_jman820 The Pup | @kissfroma_rosie Photography | @idaliaphotography Planner | @bogathevents Hair & Makeup | @lavishlbi Florals | @thefloristlilyinthevalley Calligraphy | @theshadedmaple Rentals | @rusticdrift