This Jersey Shore Wedding is Just So Gosh Darn Pretty

Kelly and Kevin prove that summer love can go the distance.

The beach-y union of Kelly Barnes and Kevin Corbett makes us yearn for the feeling of sand between our toes. The couple’s elegant Jersey Shore wedding featured a subtle nautical theme—love that surf board guest book!—and the day was captured beautifully by Jessica Hendrix Photography.

Kelly and Kevin met at Princeton Bar and Grill in Avalon during Memorial Day weekend — the inaugural start to a summer spent down the Shore. The pair simply walked by each other and started talking. A few days after they first met, Kevin and Kelly went on their first official date, back in the city, at Ela in Society Hill. It was a “relaxed and comfortable” evening, and the duo talked as if they’d known each other for years.

When Christmas of that year rolled around, Kelly and Kevin had been dating for seven months. After spending all of Christmas Day with both of their families, the pair drove to Avalon to exchange gifts at their favorite place. Upon arrival, Kevin used a remote to light up the house’s deck with Christmas lights that he had set up earlier in the week. The lights directed Kelly to a large wrapped gift, which she opened only to discover nothing inside. When she turned around, Kevin was down on one knee and asked her to be his wife.

One year and nine months later, Kevin and Kelly exchanged vows in Avalon’s Sacred Heart Chapel on a beautiful early September day. They posed for portraits on the beach, then headed to the Avalon Yacht club to get the party started.

Nautical touches filled the decor: Escort cards lay in a bed of seashells, guests signed well wishes on a old surf board, and their envelope box was covered in fishing net and accessorized with seashells. Tables were covered in crisp white linens and topped with elegant white and light-pink floral arrangements with touches of greenery. Their sweetheart table stood out with a shimmery tablecloth.

After swaying to Gavin DeGraw’s “Soldier” for their first dance as husband and wife, Kelly and Kevin were seen off by friends and family in a sparkler-filled grand exit. The beach-lovers spent their honeymoon in Hawaii before returning to their home in Villanova, where she is a college lacrosse coach and he is an executive recruiter.


Photography: Jessica Hendrix Photography | Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Chapel | Reception Venue: Avalon Yacht Club | Florist: A Garden Party | Catering: Avalon Yacht Club | Bride’s Gown: Paloma Blanca, redesigned by Dress 2 Impress | Bridesmaid Dresses: Sorella Vita | Groom’s Tux: Suit Supply | Hair Dresser: Fusion Salon Avalon | Transportation: Great American Trolley | Videographer: Abominable Productions | Entertainment: Masquerade | Invitations: Argus Printing and Invitations

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