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October 21, 2010
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Bob and I had such a great time with Diana & Mike at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City, NJ.  We just adore them!  Two of the nicest people you could ever meet!  And what a sweet NJ beach wedding this was! One of our favorites from this year and we can’t exactly put our finger on why.  Maybe because Diana has such a sunny personality and Mike  is so easy going. Perhaps because both Diana and Mike appreciate the art of photography, so they were really fun to photograph on their wedding day as well as during their engagement session (see May blog archives ).  Or maybe, it’s Diana’s elegant, yet chic, sense of style that just made the day that much more special.   The Flanders Hotel is supposedly haunted, though we didn’t see any ghosts or photograph any orbs, so I guess it’s safe–either that, or they were hiding from us :)  Haunted or not, it’s a charming hotel right on the beach with lots of character that also has a “hall of mirrors.”  After all, a haunted hotel wouldn’t be complete without a hall of mirrors now would it?  The Flanders Hotel Staff was friendly and accommodating.

Diana was simply stunning in her beautiful gown and you’d never know it was 95 degrees, because she and Mike were kool as cucumbers :)  Congratulations again, Diana & Mike!
Ocean City NJ Wedding

bride holding bouquet flanders hotel ocean city NJ

flanders Hotel in Ocean city NJ bride looking out window

one word…gorgeous!  Oh, and the flowers were beautiful too!  Diana’s flowers were created by the folks at Savannah’s Gardenflanders hotel ocean city nj chair with brides bouquet

Bob’s favorite…the shoes absolutely had to make it to the blog–we LOVE color! :)

bride with red shoes walking down the hall of mirrors at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean city NJ

groom looking out window of Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, NJWe’re “fans” of the fans… :)

 

Flanders Hotel Ocean City, NJ bride and bridesmaids hidding faces behind fans at

Diana’s dad’s hand holding hers as they walked down the isle to Mike

bride holding father's hand prior to waling down aisle

bride and groom kiss on the beach in Ocean City NJ

bride and groom kiss as vail blows over their heads on beach in Ocean City NJ

bride and groom pose on ocean city beach

bride and groom in front of blue whale mural in ocean city NJ

wedding cake made from cupcakes, starfish seating cards at flanders hotel ocean city nj

bride and groom cast reflection on table at Flanders Hotel Ocean city Nj

bride and groom standing in front of mural at flanders hotel in ocean city nj

bride and groom in photo booth flanders hotel ocean city nj

bride fashion pose in hall of mirrors at flanders hotel My favorite…

flanders hotel window bride and groom silhouette

See Diana & Mike’s “real wedding” same day slideshow here:    http://vimeo.com/13439620

wedding details:

Venue:  Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, New Jersey  | Dress:  Macy’s Bridal Salon by Demetrios | Flowers:  Savannah’s Garden | Entertainment:   Centerstage Entertainment | Cupcakes:  Christine’s Italian Pastries | Invitations:  Diana – yes the bride :)

their songs:

introductions “You Make My Dreams” Hall & Oates (Parents)

introductions “Let’s Get It Started” Black Eyed Peas (Bridal Party)

introductions “All You Need Is Love” The Beatles (Bride & Groom)

cake cutting“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole

first dance | “Blue Eyes” – Cary Brothers

father/daughter |“Just the Way You Are” – Billy Joel

stepfather/daughter |“My Girl” – The Temptations

mother/son |“I Hope You Dance” – LeeAnn Womack

last dace“Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey

diana & mike:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Diana: The most memorable moment of the day was when Mike and I met for our “First Meeting” and the anticipation leading up to it. It was great to share a private moment with him before the day started before we became husband and wife (and to get any tears out!).   Mike: Seeing Diana for the first time in her dress during our first meeting. She started crying and it was beautiful.  She was beautiful.

What was your favorite detail?

Diana: My favorite detail was the Mac & Manco pizza after dinner. It was really fun to create a beach theme with the pizza, salt water taffy, and starfish name tags.  Mike: Dancing with Diana to “Blue Eyes” in front of everyone. Loving her more than ever.

Any advice for future bride/grooms?

Diana: My advice to a future bride would be to enjoy every moment of the wedding planning process. It gets stressful and there are so many choices to make and you want everything to be perfect- and it will be. The wedding day goes by so quickly that you need to spread your joy and anticipation out over the entire time you are planning your wedding. When the big day comes, just take it all in!   Mike: Relax, it will all fall into place. Remember to have fun at your own party.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?

Diana: The funniest memory would have to be trying to keep a straight face while saying our vows on the beach, while out of the corner of my eye, seeing a guy in a Speedo walking along the shoreline.  Mike: Bob (a groomsman) doing the running man.

If you could do it all over, would you change anything?

Diana: Honestly, I would not change one thing. Everything was better than I could have ever dreamed of.  Mike:  Nope.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

Diana: My favorite wedding purchase was the wedding dress. I loved trying on so many pretty dresses and I miss it already!

Where did you go on your honeymoon? Virginia Beach