For This South Jersey Couple, a Coastal Wedding Was a Shore Thing

A hometown love — that sparked at Center City Sips — is celebrated with a sun-filled Shore fete.

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Some couples dream of getting married inside a beautiful barn; some head to their favorite Shore point for their Big Day. Others, like the couple featured below, find a way to do both. Photographed by Redfield Photography, this Everly at Railroad wedding in Tuckahoe, NJ, blends a rustic and vintage barn vibe with beachy details, from pampas grass decor to Steve and Cookie’s pies straight out of Margate. 

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Though Jennifer Clark and Josh Levy were toddlers in the same Haddonfield playgroup, their love story technically kicked off down the Shore. It was summer 2011, and Jen was working as the manager at the Strathmere Motel. Josh was spending the season surfing. They shared a few fun nights as friends but ultimately went their separate ways.

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One year later, they reunited by chance where all great Philly romances begin — at Center City Sips, of course — and this time, Josh wasn’t letting Jen get away. Twenty minutes after spotting her in the crowd at Drinker’s Pub, he nabbed her number.

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Five years after a sushi first date, Josh — never not in search of the perfect wave — planned a surfing trip for the couple to Bocas del Toro, Panama. On the final night, they headed down to the beach for what Jen thought was a routine group dinner. When she saw a cabana decked out with candles and champagne — plus “I love you” spelled out in flower petals in the sand — she started to cry. Josh dropped to one knee to propose; they celebrated with a private bonfire under the stars.

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When it came time for the Big Day, they settled on Everly at Railroad for the wedding because of the venue’s proximity to both their families’ Shore homes. A particularly touching moment for Jen occurred early on, during the ceremony. In a nod to her Catholic upbringing, the officiant — Jen’s “very first” college friend, Andy Sternfeld — asked the 250 attendees to turn to one another and offer handshakes, hugs and kisses in a “sign of peace.”

“We watched our families and friends cross the aisle to share happiness with their new family,” says the bride. “It was beautiful.”

Photographer: Redfield Photography | Venue: Everly at Railroad | Florals & Decor: Primrose and Company | Catering: Farm Truck Philly, Surf and Turf Truck, and 13th Street Cocktails | Bride’s Gown: Chosen by One Day from Lovely Bride | Hair & Makeup: Say I Do Hair and Makeup | Groom’s Attire: Enzo Custom | Entertainment: All About Me of BVTLive! | Cake: Ventnor No. 7311 | Invitations: Minted | Transportation: Jitney Rental | Videography: Elysium Productions | Signage: House of Catherine

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