Anita: Taking a chance on location

When Dave and I got engaged, we knew we wanted to have the wedding in a place where our guests could relax and enjoy themselves for the weekend. We chose Cape May because my parents have a house there and his parents have vacationed there over the years. Our wedding date was before the season began and was Mother’s Day weekend, so it was a wonderful time for our friends and family to be at the shore and experience the beauty of Cape May without having to fight the crowds.

We then chose Congress Hall as our reception site. It was currently under renovation, but was scheduled to be completed well before our wedding date. As the day approached, Congress Hall was close to complete – but not quite. My aunt told us that when she and my uncle arrived at the hotel the day before the wedding, the driveway in front of the hotel was not paved. They checked in and left for lunch and when they returned, the drive was paved!

Tracey, Curtis, and the gang from Congress Hall made everything very special for us. Our Honeymoon Suite was located in the wing that was not yet complete. So they placed a runner down the hallway, decorated each door, and made “our wing” look magnificent. And since the hotel was not open to the public yet, we (and our guests) had the entire hotel to ourselves to celebrate our special day. Dave and I also have wonderful photos of that day – with our favorite being one of us on the beach. Looking back, there is not one thing that I would change about that day. I can truly say that I had the perfect wedding – and it would not have been the same if it weren’t in Cape May.

Wedding Vendors

Father William Hart performed the ceremony at Our Lady Star of the Sea; Custom Bubble Cake by La Patisserie; Flowers by Karin Parker from Blooms at the Country Greenery; Transportation by Cape May Horse and Carriage and Great American Trolley Company; Wedding Coordinator was Tracey Martin of Seaside Occasions; Photography by Eric Zeller Weeks of EZ Memories.

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