When two New York photographers known for their attention to detail plan a wedding, they're going to focus on the visuals. Tina and Wendell married in the shore town of Cape May, New Jersey, famous for its colorful Victorian homes.
On a balmy Sunday afternoon, framed by the Atlantic Ocean, Tina and Wendell exchanged vows in a simple beach ceremony performed by a childhood friend of the bride. The party then moved across the street to Congress Hall, a seaside resort with an old-world ambience.
The couple danced all night, and focused on having fun, something that Wendell, who regularly shoots for BRIDES, learned on the job. "The editors always say that no matter how carefully you plan, something will be out of place at your wedding, but you've got to let it go. For two people who are so organized, that was tough. But they were right: It was a perfectly beautiful day." —Nancy Mattia
Our Favorite Things
Tote Sweet: The 100 out-of-towners found a surprise waiting at their hotel: burlap beach bags from Tina and Wendell stuffed with wine, locally made caramel popcorn and taffy, a map and a card with restaurant suggestions.
Quick-Change Artist: The bride was prepared for anything, including a change of heart. At the last minute, she swapped her veil for jeweled hair combs—"much more me," she said.
Happy Feet: Tina and Wendell wanted their first dance to be a showstopper, so they took swing lessons for months. Says Tina, "Our song was 'Blue Skies,' sung by Ella Fitzgerald, and it was happy and fast and ended in a dip, which we nailed!"
Oh Sister: Wendell appointed his younger sister, Melinda, his "best man." There wasn't a dry eye during her toast as she told a story about Wendell giving her a lobster ring—which she held up to the crowd—when she was five.