October 9, 2017
Last winter I got a phone call from Bill and his sister, Karen. I knew I was going to have fun when Bill told me, “I want to throw my wife, Patty, a surprise 36th wedding anniversary and vow renewal. And I want you to plan it.” OK!!! Done! It’s not that often that I get direction that is so succinct. Bill’s sister, Karen, worked closely with me for six months to help Bill pull off, what I’m going to say was the romantic gesturer of the summer! Bill and his wife, Patty, live in Florida, but have been summering at the Jersey shore for their entire lives. Bill wanted to surprise his wife with a party and LBI vow renewal on the beach. Um… yeah! Ladies, cue all the heart-eyes. Talk about romantic!!! Gentlemen, your job has just become a little bit harder, because Bill set the bar!
The day began with a beautiful set-up under the tent! As guests arrived, they were able to enjoy snacks and piano music from Ceremonious Stings. Foodies, Inc. was the event’s caterer and Peggy and her crew made sure that the food was perfect. An extended cocktail hour made certain that guests enjoyed themselves while waiting for Patty & Bill to arrive. Surprise number 1!Patty, thought that guests were simply going down to the beach to share and enjoy the family tradition of “Sobre la Playa.” But really, it was surprise number 2 for Patty. A gorgeous ocean-front LBI vow renewal! Complete with string duo form Ceremonious Strings! And the most stunning ocean front arbor set-up from Rustic Drift.
Afterwards, dinner under the tent and a night filled with amazing toasts from Bill and Patty’s best man and maid of honor, as well as their children. Music, dancing, and more food!
The party didn’t end that night either, the next day, guests were back for the food truck, Johnny Porkroll and Coffee Too! It was an amazing celebration for a truly lovely couple. Congratulations, Bill & Patty!
If you enjoyed reading about the exceptional romance of Bill and Patty’s 36th wedding anniversary and you’re thinking about a party, vow renewal or event on Long Beach Island, contact me. I’d love to hear what you have in mind and bring your ideas to life!
Planner | Bogath Weddings and Events
Photographer | Heather Palecek Photography
Venue | Private Residence
Caterer | Foodies, Inc.
Liquor | Neptune Liquors
Florals | Renyolds Garden Shop
DJ | Universal Entertainment
Ceremony Music | Ceremonious Strings
Arbor Rental | Rustic Drift
Food Truck | Johnny Porkroll and Coffee Too…
Thank you to the photographers who allow us to use their images on our site:
Ashley Mac Photographs, Heather Palecek Photography, Idalia Photography, Jessica Erb Photography, Susan Elizabeth Photography, Delaney Dobson Photography, Ann Coen Photography, Lovesick Inc., K Hulett Photography & Melanie Cassie Photography
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