In September, I photographed Samantha and Josh’s BEAUTIFUL Windrift Hotel wedding photography in Avalon, New Jersey. These two had the most perfect day ever with a gorgeous ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church in Sea Isle, New Jersey and then the best light ever for beach portraits before partying all night at Windrift Hotel with their live band, The Big House Band. I am so excited to finally share this traditional coastal wedding!
Samantha and Josh started dating freshman year of college and on their first date Josh took her to an ice cream shop. Josh proposed to Samantha in 2015 at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia. The evening started with dinner with friends Downtown and on their walk back to the car he proposed on the river. The best part was when they arrived back home, Josh had planned a surprise party with all of their closest family and friends to celebrate the night.
Samantha and Josh chose the Windrift Hotel for their wedding as these two absolutely love being at the beach, both family owns a beach house, so their venue fit them perfectly. We even did their engagement session at the beach as well, see it here! I started the day with Samantha and her bridesmaids and family at her family’s beach house in Sea Isle. I loved capturing this group, all the girls were so sweet and excited and Hello Beautiful Weddings did a fantastic job on hair and makeup! One of my favorite moments of the morning was Samantha’s first look with her Dad, the second he saw her, there was not a dry eye in the house! I love these sweet wedding day moments. Once at St. Joseph’s Church, these two had a traditional Catholic mass followed by some of my most favorite beach bridal party and couple photos ever. I absolutely adored the way Samantha and Josh looked at each other and these two could not stop laughing and giggling and just being sweet. Once we wrapped up their portraits on the beach overlooking the Windrift Hotel, these two partied all night. I love that my bride and groom never left the dance floor at their Windrift Hotel wedding!
When I asked Samantha what her favorite wedding day moment was, she said “I honestly do not have a favorite moment, the entire day was absolutely perfect between the beautiful weather and everything coming together so perfectly. My favorite part of the day was sharing our love with our close family and friends. I think the most important detail of our story that we want to share is really just how perfect the day was because we were surrounded by all of our close family and friends who have been supporting us throughout the years. We wouldn’t have made it to our wedding day without them all”
Now that these two have finished planning their traditional coastal The Windrift Hotel wedding, they want to spend the next couple of years enjoying each other’s company and traveling. Ireland is high on their bucket list and once they have a little bit of traveling under their belt, they hope to begin their family. They cannot wait to see what life has in store for them and couldn’t be happier to be by each other’s side along the way. Their honeymoon is coming up in December, they will be enjoying Cancun, Mexico!
Any advice for future couple’s planning?
“I know this is cliche, however our advice would be to enjoy it! It flies by, we were engaged for 2.5 years and the time still past so quickly!”
Scroll through to view my favorites from this gorgeous Windrift Hotel wedding photography!
Photography: Susan Hennessey Photography
Videography: Tone Media
Ceremony: Saint Joseph’s Church, Sea Isle, New Jersey
Reception Venue: Windrift Hotel
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Veil: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Wedding Bands: Benari Jewelers
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Invitations: Basic Invite
Hair & Makeup: Hello Beautiful Weddings
Florist: A Garden Party
Cake: The Cake Boutique
Band: The Big House Band