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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Got to do a little tablescape decorating for The Teachersโ€™ Appreciation Luncheon at our childrenโ€™s preschool today. Loving these floral tablecloths we used. Would love to mix these in on some rounds with our farm tables. Swoon.

We have some exciting new rentals items that we canโ€™t wait to share with you (so soon we promise).. until then hereโ€™s our brand new white farm tables ๐Ÿ’• . . Photography: @anncoenphotography | Florals: @reynoldsgardenshop | Venue: @parkersgaragelbi | Placecards: @charliewhiskeydesign | Rentals: @rusticdrift

Loving this group shot in front of our faux boxwood wall ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’• . . Photography: @two17photo | Florals: @agardenpartyllc | Venue: @willowcreekwinerynj | Rentals: @rusticdrift

Saturday mornings are for loungin. ๐Ÿ›‹ Photography: @anncoenphotography | Florals: @reynoldsgardenshop | Venue: @parkersgaragelbi | Rentals: @rusticdrift

Friday introductions = our brand ๐Ÿ†• white farm tables! . . Photography: @anncoenphotography | Placecards: @charliewhiskeydesign | Florals: @reynoldsgardenshop | Venue: @parkersgaragelbi | Rentals: @rusticdrift

All the heart eyes ๐Ÿ˜ Photography: @emilywrenphoto | Florals: @agardenpartyllc | Rentals: @rusticdrift | Venue: @willowcreekwinerynj

When your friends are caterers and cater one of your weddings ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‹@blackeyedsusanslbi // Photographer: @anncoenphotography

Most weddings our farm tables are covered with beautiful tablescapes and delectable dinners. Other times they are covered with donuts and cookies ๐Ÿช๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป . . Photography: @brittneyraine | Florals: @agardenpartyllc | Venue: @willowcreekwinerynj | Rentals: @rusticdrift | Cookies: @hopescookies

โ€œAnd if I was a tree growing tall and green all Iโ€™d want is you to shade me and be my leaves.โ€ ๐ŸŽถ . . Photography: @torikelner | Photo Assisting: @jenniferlarsenphoto | Videography: @tonemedia | Florals: @kp_designsfloral | Dress: @vesabrides | HMU: @michelleeliseartistry | Models: @chrisx0x + @ry_forrest | Macrame Backdrop: @mosshound_designs | Rentals: @rusticdrift

When the vintage plates match the florals, version 2.0 ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒธ Photography: @jenniferlarsenphoto | Florals: @bluejasminefloral | Table + Chairs: @beyondthebarnrentals | Tabletop Rentals: @rusticdrift