Our Story

Nicole and Chris’s story could have begun any number of times. They had often been in the same place at the same time or even in the same place at different times; their paths running very close but never crossing. It was only a matter of time before they would meet and be forever connected.

Chris spent his summers scouring the Jersey shore for the perfect wave. In college, he rented beach houses in Manasquan, went to Manasquan beach and hung out at local bars like Leggetts and O’Neils. Nicole grew up in Brielle and spent her summers working as a lifeguard on Manasquan beach and also going to local bars like Leggetts and O’Neils.

Chris went to undergrad at Montclair University for his graphic design degree.  About 10 years later, Nicole lived in Montclair while chasing her dream of working in New York.

While Chris was attending grad school at Savannah College of Art and Design, Nicole was visiting SCAD’s campus as an undergrad but ultimately decided to go to Washington College in Maryland instead.

And, Chris bought his house in Brick in the same neighborhood where both of Nicole’s parents grew up!

As time went on, the world grew smaller as Chris and Nicole’s list of mutual friends grew bigger. They finally met on a beautiful Seafood Festival evening at 709 Restaurant in Point Pleasant by the introduction of one such friend (thank you Chrissi). After a few dates at their favorite sushi spot, Blu Nami, an ice skating adventure, a snowboarding trip, Leso Christmas Eve, Leso New Years Eve, rides in the ’55 Chevy or ’59 Beetle, the purchase of a ’33 Hot Rod kit, and a trip to Florida; Chris asked Nicole to move in. It didn’t take long for Nicole and Tokoza to get used to boat life and Bayhead beach or for Chris to get used to dinner on the table at 6 and being a fur ‘daddy’.

In November 2016, Chris and Nicole planned a special trip to Key West to see the boat races with some of Chris’s best friends. Nicole’s parents had moved to Naples, Florida and had given Nicole and Chris a round trip on the Key West Express as a gift. The couple decided to use the gift on the trip so they could visit with Nicole’s parents as well.

On November 12, there were no races so the group decided to go on a bike tour of Key West. They rode through the neighborhoods and took a group picture at the Southernmost point. They started to get warm and decided to stop at a beach to take a swim.

As Nicole got ready to jump in the water, Chris asked her to take a walk with him. He told that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, went into his bathing suit pocket, pulled out a tiny box, got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Completely surprised and wanting him up off his knee as fast as possible, Nicole said yes and was thankful she got that gel mani before the trip.

The group celebrated immediately with champagne and shared laughs about the surprise. Only Ricky knew the secret and was able to get some photos of the proposal in action. That night the group went out and celebrated, Key West style.

From the moment they got engaged, all of Nicole’s friends asked, ‘where are we going?’; knowing her love of travel and dream of a destination wedding. When Chris was not completely sold on the idea, she fell in love with the thought of saying her vows at the Grounds for Sculpture where she and Chris had one of their first dates. It seemed perfect as the couple shares a love of art. Right before they were about to sign the contract, Chris told Nicole he had reconsidered the destination and fell in love with the idea of a vacation in paradise with their loved ones and best friends.

Nicole and Chris still wanted to share their special moment with friends and family who would not be able to join them in Punta Cana. They chose to have a brunch at the Lobster Shanty where Nicole’s parents had their wedding reception just 32 years ago. There will be a commitment ceremony to express their love, commit themselves to each other, and most importantly, share a special moment with the ones they love.

Nicole and Chris cannot wait to officially exchange their vows and become Mr. and Mrs. in paradise. They couldn’t think of a better way to express their love than on vacation with all of you!

please join us

We are very excited for our wedding in Punta Cana but we understand not everyone can make the journey. We are very thankful for whatever way you can join us in celebrating.

Commitment Ceremony

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE COMMITMENT CEREMONY OF NICOLE AND CHRIS

October 1, 2017

12pm-4pm

Lobster Shanty

83 Channel Dr, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
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Wedding Ceremony

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE WEDDING CEREMONY AND OF NICOLE AND CHRIS

APRIL 7, 2018

Excellence Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

We are extremely thankful and excited to share our vows and join in marriage in the presence of family and friends. For those who can make the journey to Punta Cana, we look forward to spending the time with you.

RESORT
Price Per Person for 4 days/3 nights

Rates include the round trip shared airport transfers, room, taxes and all food and drinks.

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Our friend, Pete Pappas from TravelSmiths will be your point of contact for all of your travel needs.

Please call or email Pete at your earliest convenience to make your travel arrangements for what will be a beautiful and unforgettable event.

His contact information is:

pete@thetravelsmiths.com Office: 732-899-8400 Cell: 732-239-0986

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Passport must be valid

Tourist card is required for stays less than 30 days and can be purchased at the airport or here.

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All inclusive, adult resort.
18 and older.

  Single Double Triple

Junior Suite Garden View (see room)
3 Night Package $940 $640 $625
Additional Night $305 $205 $200

Excellence Club Junior Suite Garden View (see room)
3 Night Package $1060 $715  
Additional Night $345 $230  

Junior Suite Ocean View (see room)
3 Night Package $1090 $730  
Additional Night $355 $235  

Excellence Club Junior Suite Ocean View (see room)
3 Night Package $1195 $805  
Additional Night $390 $260  

Junior Swim up Suite Pool View (see room)
3 Night Package   $685  
Additional Night   $220  

Excellence Club Junior Swim up Suite Ocean View (see room)
3 Night Package   $895  
Additional Night   $290  

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