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Applause ~ Accolades ~ Testimonials ~ Praise

When I was in college in the 60's I was a cashier at the Cape May Acme in the summer. My husband (married 6/4/2000) who grew up in Cape May, worked in the Acme during the same time also but claims he does not remember me. I have had a vacation home in Cape May since 1983. In 1997 I returned from Dallas to live year round after a successful 30+ year career in marketing, advertising, promotion and public relations. Opening day for Weddings by the Sea was February 12, 1998. After 750+ weddings, anniversaries, vow renewal events and birthdays, the most rewarding part of it all, by far, is receiving the many cards, letters, photos and e-mails from my brides, grooms, mothers, fathers and clients in general. I am sharing them with you along with the many articles that have been published by various media over the past 14 years. I hope you enjoy them.

Renee & Jerry Nigro ~ May 15, 1999 ~ Full Service
"Our wedding weekend was a dream come true for Jerry and me, especially my fairytale wedding day. Thank you for your dedication in making it all happen for us. Thanks to your encouragement and help we will always be able to look back on our wedding with wonderful memories. Our guests are still complimenting us. After reflecting on the events that led up to our day I realize that I could never have survived through all the planning and details without the service you provide for nervous couples. Your sincere dedication and talent for understanding my ideas helped us turn our dreams into reality. Your calm ways helped to get us through all of the "unexpected" and we did have our share of those! Yes, I would probably change a few things if I were to do it all over again, but keeping it in perspective it was a dream come true. Catherine, whenever we think back in time to our wedding, we will always have you in our thoughts. Not only as a fine consultant, but I really felt I gained a friend who was totally concerned and dedicated to making everything the success it turned out to be for Jerry and me."

Darleena & Joe Byrne ~ May 22, 1999 ~ Full Service
"Thanks so much for all you did to make our wedding day so successful...We appreciate your work in coordinating and resolving issues - most of the time before they ever became issues! Once the processional started, everything went great and we didn't have to think or worry about anything except having a good time with family and friends."

Barb & Steve Brennan ~ June 26, 1999 ~ Full Service
"Catherine handled all plans, negotiations, and preparations for our entire event, which was executed flawlessly...Her patience, support, guidance and responsibility allows Catherine to stand above the rest as a leader in this field. She is to be commended for her efforts."

Dr. Jennifer Schmidt & Dr. Dan Curry ~ August 1999 ~ Initial Service
"Better late than never! This is our favorite of the photos you took - I love the surfer. Thanks again for taking care of all the details. When we told everyone we got married - and how - our friends who all planned big weddings were so jealous."

Valerie & Robert Leigh ~ September 19, 1999 ~ Full Service
"Thank you for coordinating and executing my dream wedding from 3,000 miles away. You made it easy! I was most impressed on my wedding day...it was magnificent! Thank you for such seamless, detailed coordination. Everyone was in the right place at the right time, and I did not have to worry about a thing. From the pre-wedding pictures to the end of the reception, each and every moment was perfectly orchestrated...You enabled people I love the most to have a beautifully peaceful and happy day."

Bridgett & Jim O'Donnell ~ July 14, 2000 ~ Initial Service
"A special thank you to you for your assistance in putting together the perfect wedding! All the guests agreed it was the best wedding they have attended. Jim and I would not have changed a thing...even the weather. The downpour stopped thirty minutes prior to the ceremony so we went ahead with it on the beach. The Reverend was wonderful. He has great style and he made it very special. The photographer, the bagpipe player, the dinner at Union Park were extraordinary. The cake was amazing! I could not get over how beautiful it was. Thank you again."

Elizabeth & Tom Baxter ~ August 26, 2000 ~ Full Service
"What a fabulous day! What a fabulous job! We cannot thank you enough for everything. Everything was perfect! Thank you for the flutes also! We hope to see you soon in Cape May. We have gotten so many compliments on how great everything was! We just want you to know how much we appreciate it."

Diane & Lou Martin ~ August 27, 2000 ~ Initial Service
"Thank you for all of your hard work! Our wedding day was wonderful thanks to you. Lou and I will send you a photo as soon as we get the proofs back. Thanks again."

Carmen & Bob Weber ~ September 9, 2000 ~ Full Service
"Just a note to say thank you for everything you did to make our special day what we truly felt was fairy tale wedding. We couldn't have had a more beautiful start to the lifelong commitment we've made. We're very happy and we're grateful for all your help! Thank you!"

Joan Brutsche, Mother of the Bride ~ September 30, 2000 ~ Initial Service
"We had a great wedding, thanks to your help and advice. Melanie & Sam and our guests were pleased with every part of the day. The flowers were outstanding, the cake was awesome and Daniel's is my new favorite restaurant. It was five star for sure - better than I expected - what a nice surprise! Also, we all enjoyed Angela's enthusiasm. Thanks again. I couldn't have done it without you."

Kara & Tom Pietrowicz ~ October 14, 2000 ~ Initial Service
"Thank you so much for planning our wedding. It was perfect and we were blessed with a beautiful day. Everyone had a wonderful time - especially my mother! Thank you for making it so special!"

Linda Daugherty, Mother of the Bride ~ October 14, 2000 ~ Initial Service
"Is it possible to say that the wedding was perfect? YES!! It was wonderful. Warm weather in mid-October, dolphins arriving during the ceremony, beautiful flowers, fabulous cake, and great food and entertainment at the Washington Inn. Thank you so much for all you did to make the day perfect."

Carolyn Taylor, Mother of the Bride ~ December 27, 2000 ~ Full Service
"Thank you so much for all of your help with James and Sarah's wedding. Because of all of your help all the pressures of a wedding were lifted from Sarah and myself. You kept everything organized and running smoothly. We appreciated the fact that you went out of your way to make the wedding perfect. Thank you!"

Carolyn & Kevin King ~ June 9, 2001 ~ Initial Service
"We are still working on all the thank yous, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the coordinating you did for us. What seems like an effortless event is always much more work than people imagine. That is how you can tell it was coordinated well. Thanks for everything!"

Catherine Lippman & Douglas Kennedy Davis ~ June 23, 2001 ~ Full Service
"I wanted to let you know again what a special day you more than "full serviced" for us!! We still can't stop thinking about it and will stop by when the pictures are in our hands again!! See you soon!"

Allen Lippman, Father of the Bride ~ June 23, 2001 ~ Full Service
"Thank you so very, very much for all you did to make Catherine's and Doug's wedding the joyous success we all think it was. You helped me more than you will ever know in so very many ways. From the time the bride entered the tent to the end of the weekend, all the stress ended and the fun began. I know the Davis's are as pleased as I am. Again, my thanks."

Sally Davis, Mother of the Groom ~ June 23, 2001 ~ A-la-Carte Service
"The wedding weekend was the most wonderful event! All the festivities blended into a beautiful time. Caroline's party, the bachelor's dinner, the rehearsal dinner and the wedding day. All went so smoothly. I loved riding on the trolley with the bridesmaids. It made me feel about 20! Catherine and Doug had such a good time at their wedding, as well as every guest! Thanks for making everything fun and relaxed. Thanks again for planning a really spectacular wedding. You really do "love brides and their families" like your pin says."

Carolyn Longo ~ Summer 2001 ~ A Shop Customer
"My husband Rob and I came to Cape May to celebrate our 1st anniversary on June 24th. When we visited your beautiful shoppe - one of my very favorites - you were so thoughtful and kind. I just had to say thank you. You presented me with a darling silver 2000 charm and I will treasure it forever - not only because it is the year of our marriage, but because it was an unexpected surprise from someone who didn't even know me. I will never forget that you did that and I will try to do something nice for someone else in your honor. You are so sweet. I wish you happiness always."

Dr. Larry & Leslie Kramer, Parents of the Bride ~ August 4, 2001 ~ Full Service
"Thank you for all that you did to make this a perfect day for our children. Words cannot express the joy that you brought to our family in assisting us with the preparations for the wedding of Alanna & Greg. When they came to us with the vision of their "perfect wedding day," we must say that we were more than a little apprehensive. However, your calm, thoughtful and positive manner helped bring their dreams to fruition. I think everyone felt their joy from the moment they met under the chuppah until their final dance under the moonlight."

Alanna & Greg Wildgrube ~ August 4, 2001 ~ Full Service
"Well, we made it - the weather didn't go exactly as planned but it sure added some excitement and some memories (arriving in the back of a pick-up truck!). In the end though everything turned out wonderful and magical. Most of this is due to your hard work. Greg and I cannot thank you enough for helping make our dream come true. All of my Mom's friends that she was worried about in the sand even thought the wedding was unforgettable. I hope you were even able to enjoy yourself some. Our honeymoon was incredible! Now it's time to settle back into everyday life as husband and wife - the memories, however, will be a part of me forever. Again, thank you for everything!!! Greg and I will try to stop by in a couple of weeks and I hope to have some pictures for you to keep in your records. Hope all is well with you. Eternal thanks."

Jennifer & Bob Alleman ~ September 15, 2001 ~ Full Service
"Although we've already expressed our gratitude for all you've done for us, Bob and I want to tell you again...Thank You Very Much! Thank you for making our wedding an absolute dream come true! Planning specific details is not one of our strong points and you helped us through this and made everything so easy. And of course, how can we ever forget the dress? What would we have done without you after what happened to the dress? You performed a miracle from what could have been an absolute nightmare! You truly are a Miracle Worker...or as my (Jen's) Mother would say, an Angel from Heaven. Thanks again, Catherine, for everything. Love, Jennifer and Bob"

Dawn & Jim Anderson ~ May 4, 2002 ~ Initial Service
"How can we ever begin to thank you enough? Everything was absolutely wonderful. You were right about everything! Thank you for all your suggestions. Accent on Beauty was such a wonderful experience. My hair (as everyone else's) was so beautiful. I never felt so beautiful before. The musicians were great. Thanks for your recommendations - they added a nice touch. The flowers from Cape Winds were the most beautiful I have ever seen - and they were for my wedding! Chris Hubert and Maya and the entire Union Park staff were wonderful - especially with the children. The food and service were out of this world! The cake was absolutely beautiful and delicious. I wanted a wonderful day and your expertise made it that. I will always look back on the day with happy memories. Thank you. Love, Dawn and Jim"

Terry & John Milano ~ June 8, 2002 ~ Initial Service
"Just a note to thank you again for your time and attention to detail. Our wedding was picture perfect. It was a pleasure to work with you. We surely will tell anyone looking to marry in Cape May to give you a call. Take Care, Terry & John"

Linsey & Anthony Annuzzi ~ June 15, 2002 ~ Full Service
"Thank you for taking part in our wedding. You helped make it turn out just the way we dreamed it would. Thank you so much for all of your time and help. We couldn't have done it without you. You made our day even more special with no worries! Love, Linsey & Anthony"

Patricia & Richard White ~ June 22, 2002 ~ Initial Service
"Dick and I want to thank you again for helping us have a most memorable wedding day. I'm sure you even arranged the perfect weather! We know it's your job and, girl, you do it well. When we're in the area we'll stick our heads in and say hi! Love, Pat & Dick"

Jackie & Bill Aubrey ~ September 3, 2002 ~ A-la-Carte Service
"My husband and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all the planning and preparations that you made for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. With your help and suggestions, Bill and I had a beautiful vow renewal. Everything was perfect, Reverend Armstrong, Michael, Cape May and the Pelican Club. The weather even cooperated to make our day a special one. I was glad that I got to meet you in person and I'll be sure to stop in next time we visit Cape May. We also wanted to thank you for the lovely frame, our photos will look wonderful in it. Thanks to you we have many beautiful memories. We will be sure to send you a photo of our vow renewal as soon as we possibly can. With love and appreciation, Jackie & Bill."

Dorothy & Walt Niwinski ~ September 7, 2002 ~ Initial Service
"We are so happy you were able to celebrate with us on our wedding day. Your help and guidance made our day perfect and we thank you. The toasting glasses were a special surprise and made our table complete. Thanks so much. Sincerely, Dorothy & Walt."

Michaela & Daniel Leon ~ September 28, 2002 ~ Full Service
"Thank you again for all your help this weekend. We had a great time and with your help got to really sit back and enjoy! Michaela & Dan"

Monica & Rob Hodges ~ May 4, 2003 ~ Full Service
“Thank you once again for everything you did to make our wedding day so beautiful and special. We told you everything we wanted at our first consultation and Catherine, you gave it all to us and it was even more beautiful than we ever dreamed it could be. Thank you for all of your advice, help, hard work and kindness to us and our friends and family. Thank you for being so calming…I needed that!…and for letting us enjoy our day so much. We’re so glad that you were such a wonderfully big part of our celebration, and were able to share our happiness. We will never forget you and we’re looking forward to seeing you when we visit Cape May again! Love, Monica and Rob”

Lisa & Nick Garnett ~ July 19, 2003 ~ Full Service
“Thank you for all the hard you put into making our wedding day spectacular. Your help was truly a blessing from God! The day was absolutely perfect and you had a large part in making it the most wonderful day of our lives. You can’t imagine how much we appreciate all you did. Sincerely, Lisa and Nick Garnett”

Michele & Paul Smith ~ August 2, 2003 ~ Initial Service
“We just wanted to thank you once more for making our wedding exactly how we hoped. The day went so beautifully and we all enjoyed the service. Our daughter Hannah loved the carriage and everyone thought the wedding was amazing. Sincerely, Michele and Paul Smith”

Bethany & Rich Spaziante ~ August 16, 2003 ~ Full Service
“Thank you so much for the attention and care you gave to our special day. The knowledge that everything was in your capable hands allowed us to relax and enjoy our wedding, which was beautiful! Rich was especially impressed that you were overseeing every detail of our reception. We loved working with you and truly appreciate all of your efforts. Sincerely, Bethany and Rich Spaziante”

Anita & Edward Tyers ~ September 27, 2003 ~ Initial Service
“Thank you for making my wedding possible. I couldn’t possibly have had anything close to the wedding I wanted without your help. Because of your time, patience, understanding and organization, I had a perfect wedding day! Again many thanks! Sincerely, Anita Tyers."

Andrea & Brad Sahl ~ December 20, 2003 ~ Initial Service
“Thank you so much for everything you did to make our day the most PERFECT day. We had such a blast and enjoyed every last bit of it. We could not have pulled it off without you. You made everything stress free for us that we were able to enjoy our day to the fullest. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. Best wishes, Andrea and Brad Sahl”

Stacey & Joe Seward ~ April 28, 2004 ~ A-la-Carte
“Here’s a quick to say thank you again for all of your help. You gave us exactly what we wanted and needed. Thanks again. Joe, Stacey & Elsie”
 
Joan and David Hart ~ Parents of the Groom ~ May 22, 2004 ~ Full Service
“Many thanks from Joan and me for your patience, fortitude and flexibility in preparing for and executing a wonderful series of events highlighted by Geoffrey and Christina’s wedding ceremony. Everything was meticulously done and no detail went wanting. Again, our heartfelt thanks for a terrific success. Sincerely, D.F. Hart, Jr. RADM USN”

Jason & Brooke Coleman ~ June 5, 2004 ~ Full Service
“We couldn’t have done it without you!! Jason and I were so grateful to have all your help and support. Besides the weather (the only thing you couldn’t control) everything came off without a hitch. Thank you again for helping to make it such a wonderful and memorable day. Jason and Brooke”

Denise Reinhart ~ Mother of the Bride ~ June 5, 2004 ~ Full Service
“Wow! Lots of work, e-mails, phone calls and fun! It was beautiful and “Special” Glad you were there. You saved the day! Thanks so much, Denise”

Julie & Brad Gee ~ September 10, 2004 ~ A-la-Carte
“This note comes with warm and sincere appreciation. Thank you for all your help. It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you and take care, Always, Julie and Brad”

Jennifer & Gavin Osteen ~ September 20, 2004 ~ Initial Service
“We cannot thank you enough for all of your help with our wedding. When we decided that we wanted to get married at the beach and have an out-of-town wedding, we thought that planning it would be difficult. Luckily, we met you and you made everything easy for us. Our wedding was perfect and we couldn’t be happier with our weekend in Cape May. Many of our guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been to. Again, thank you for all of your help in making the most important day in our lives perfect. With heartfelt thanks and love, Jennifer and Gavin Osteen”

Heather & Joe Trapasso ~ September 25, 2004 ~ Initial Service
“Words cannot express out thankfulness for all your help in organizing our beach ceremony. It couldn’t have been more perfect! All our best, Heather and Joe Trapasso”

Marion Basolis ~ Mother of the Bride ~ April 16, 2005 ~ Initial Service
“Thank you for helping to make Robinson’s wedding weekend so special! The whole weekend worked like clock-work – what can I say, you were so instrumental in its success! Many thanks for everything! Sincerely, Marion Basolis”

Susan & Dan Larsen ~ May 20, 2005 ~ Full Service
“Thank you so much for everything. It couldn’t have been more beautiful! Susan Larsen”

Linda Harris ~ Mother of the Bride ~ may 20, 2005 ~ Full Service
“Catherine, you were a phenomenal asset to have in planning the perfect day for my only daughter. You were there every step of the way in guiding and smoothing a few rough spots in planning a “once in a lifetime” event. You really made sure it was everything that Susan and Dan wanted from the rehearsal dinner to the reception. There were terrific suggestions that we would never have thought of if it weren’t for you. Your experience and calmness in dealing with a jittery bride and her Mom were absolutely invaluable. Even the day before when the torrent of rain was getting our spirits down you were totally optimistic that we’d have the ceremony on the beach as planned. I have already recommended you to two of my friends who are now so intrigued by such a romantic and unique setting as Cape May to have their wedding. Sincerely, Linda Harris”

Stef and Ken Dobbs ~ May 20, 2005 ~ Initial Service
“Ken and I just to say thank you for everything and all the help you have given us. You really made our wedding the most beautiful I had ever seen. The weather you ordered couldn’t have been better. Everybody I met in Cape May was so nice and friendly. I really felt that Ken and I made new friends that we will never forget. It’s also a reason to make a trip to Cape May! I wouldn’t have done it differently – it was the perfect wedding!! Thanks again, Sincerely, Your Friends Ken and Stef Dobbs”

Jen & Dave Strauss ~ June 18, 2005 ~ Full Service
“Thank you so much for making our wedding very special. As I reflect upon my memories of the planning period and the wedding day, I have realized that it takes a patient, good-hearted individual to create a peaceful atmosphere for the bride and groom; that individual is you! Despite the headaches and differences, everyone had a wonderful experience at our wedding. I hope that when (if we are blessed with children), they will be able to experience your consulting business when they are wed. You are a special person and we wish you all the best in life. Love, Jen and Dave. P.S. The decorated wedding suite was so perfect!”

Roseanne & Matt Forster ~ July 9, 2005 ~ Initial Service
“We know you know this but we wanted to tell you again. We greatly appreciate everything you did for us! I would have been lost without your help. Thank you for making the effort and taking the time to make sure that our day went so smoothly. We will make sure to stop and visit whenever we are in Cape May. Love, Roseanne and Matt”

Tom & Sue Seely ~ July 30, 2005 ~ Initial Service
“We thank you so much for your contributions to our wedding. Your warmth and professionalism gave us a great feeling from the start. Rev. Gallagher, the photographer, the gazebo, the flowers and the weather all were perfection. Tom and I are very blessed to have come together and we would highly suggest you and your services to all. Affectionately, Tom and Sue Seely”

Carly & Jeff Saal ~ August 6, 2005 ~ Full Service
"Catherine…Thank you so much for helping to plan our special day! We could not have done it all without you!! All our love…Carly & Jeff "

Lyn & Michael Coviello ~ August 13, 2005 ~ Full Service
“Michael and I want to thank you for helping us plan our “wedding by the sea”! Everything worked out just as planned. Our families did not know what to expect, and as of today, are still talking abut the wonderful day. Thank you for taking part in our special day! Love, Michael and Lyn Coviello”

Wendy & Jamie Holmes ~ September 17, 2005 ~ Initial Service
“I want to thank you for everything you did to make our day special. It was a beautiful day and we could not be more pleased with everything. Thanks again. Wendy Holmes”

Tiffany and Dan Stephan ~ September 17, 2005 ~ Full Service
“Thank you for everything you have done for Dan and me. It was the most wonderful day of my life, and you had such a huge part in the making of that. I was so stressed out the day before, but it turned out that I had nothing to worry about. Everything was more beautiful than I imagined – Dan, the ceremony, my bridesmaids, the carriage ride, the Washington Inn and all the decorations….everything was perfect. And it was so much more than that. Dan and I have so many wonderful memories, and my only regret is that I want to rewind time and do it all again because it was so much fun! It would never have happened without you, and I will never forget that. I dreamed of my wedding when I was a little girl, and I never thought much about it until Dan proposed. But then I dreamed A LOT, and I wondered if the real thing would be half as wonderful as my dreams. It was better. Catherine thank you for making the dreams that I didn’t know I had come true. Love, Tiffany Stephan”

Lois Dudley ~ Mother of Bride ~ September 24, 2005 ~ Initial Service ~ Wedding Day Services
(Robyn & Dennis Callahan) “My family joins me in thanking you for helping make Robyn and Dennis’ day so special. Your quiet commanding presence and self assurance helped make Saturday a true fairy tale for us all. We have had countless people (who have been to many lavish weddings) tell us that this wedding was the best, the most fun of any wedding they had ever been to. We know we were blessed with a perfect day and a beautiful bride, but the planning and seamless quality of the wedding and reception can only be attributed to your attention and advice. Most Sincerely, Lois Dudley”

Meg & Andy Boczkowski ~ October 15, 2005 ~ A-la-Carte & Wedding Day Services
“Thank you for helping us plan and for coordinating our wedding. Andy and I had a fantastic time and we were so pleased with how the ceremony turned out. (especially the sun!) Thank you for everything! Fondly, Meg and Andy”

Heidi & Gary Hade ~ May, 20, 2006 ~ Initial Service ~ Wedding Day Services
"Gary and I just wanted to thank you again for all of your help with the wedding planning. You made the whole process virtually stress free, which was exactly what we wanted. We had a wonderful day and the perfect wedding for us. We’ll be sure to come by and visit the next time we’re in town! Thanks again!"

Heather & Teddy Ludwikowki ~ June 3, 2006 ~ Full Service
"Catherine, thank you for all you did to help make our wedding day so special. It was exactly as we imagined. We had a great time. Love, Heather and Teddy"

Joelle & Chris Quilla ~ October 14, 2006 ~ Initial Service ~ Wedding Day Services
Thank you once again for all your help with our wedding. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and every last detail was taken care of thanks to you! It was nice to work with you and we hope to keep in touch. All the best in 2007! With warm regards, Joelle & Chris

Morgan and John Bau ~ January 13, 2007 ~ Initial Service
Thank you so much for your help with organizing our perfect wedding. I’m still amazed at how you pulled off 65 degrees in the middle of January! Ryan was fabulous, Tony was wonderful, our cake by Kathy was a piece of art, the musicians were terrific, the DJ Rick did a fabulous job! I can’t thank you enough for coordinating everything to make it all happen. Morgan and John

Sharon and Ed Gibson ~ May 12, 2007 ~ Full Service
We just wanted to thank you again for making our wedding such a special day for both of us. When we returned from our honeymoon, our friends all had stories about the weekend. The main theme was a god time had by  You were right, there was so much to take in. Ed and IJall. Most of all us cannot believe the things we did not remember until we saw the photos and video. I know the bagpiper was playing as we walked down, but I have no idea what song was playing. Thank you again for everything. Sharon and Ed

Sakina and John Scanlon ~ June 30, 2007 ~ Full Service
Just want to say Thank You soooo much for making every single detail from the beginning of planning to the rehearsal to the actual event so smooth and painless!!! Everyone commented to us on how planned out it seemed and how nicely every event flowed. We had a great time. Thanks also for your “weather” request…all those sun dances paid off!! We had a great time at the reception. And even though I was asleep by 11PM, everyone told us they had a great time and that it was the best wedding they have ever been to!! Thank you soooo much!! Sakina and John

Brenda and Esse Shapari ~ Parents of the Bride ~ June 30, 2007 ~ Full Service
Thank you so much for helping to “translate” and bring to life our ideas for our daughter Sakina’s wedding. We truly could not have done it all without your guidance, encouragement, support and ideas. As I told you previously, you do your job very well. You will be a big part of our fond memories of this very special day in our life together. Thank you again for everything. With fond regards, Brenda and Esse.

Michele and George Young ~ July 7, 2007 ~ 07/07/07 ~ Initial Service ~ Wedding Day Services
George and I want to thank you for making our wedding a dream come true. We truly appreciate everything you did to make this a stress free wedding. Thank you again for all you did for us. Michele and George (CBS3 Phila –Angela Russell - aired a feature on Michele and George’s wedding in May 2007)

Annette and Robert Immella ~ July 7, 2007 ~ 07/07/07 ~ Beach Ceremony Rentals
Thank you for making the day extra special. The arbor, which we were married under, was beautiful. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day. Robert and Annette

Jaime and Americo ~ August 4, 2007 ~ Full Service
We did get caught in the hurricane in Puerto Rico – lots of great stories! I’m very happy with the way everything went…it was amazing and beautiful…and everything we planned happened perfectly. I’ve received lots of positive feedback from many of the guests – and I am not surprised! The ladies at Congress Hall are great too. We will visit next Spring when we get back to Cape May. Thank you so much for everything! Love, Jaime and Americo

Marcy and Rick Graham ~ Parents of the Bride ~ August 4, 2007 ~ Full Service
Thank you so very much for all you have done to make this a very special day for Jaime and Americo and for all of our family and friends. Sincere Regards, Marcy and Rick

Dottie and Jim Plank ~ September 7, 2007 ~ Initial Services ~ Wedding Day Services
I just wanted to thank you for all of your help and guidance. You have helped us have the wedding of our dreams! Thank you so much. Dottie and Jim

Michelle and Kevin McCarron ~ September 8, 2007 ~ Beach Ceremony Rentals
Thank you so much for handling the set-up and break down of our beach wedding on 9/8/07. You did such a nice job! Your work is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Michelle and Kevin

Lauren and Bill Clarke ~ October 13, 2007 ~ Initial Services
I want to say thank you for your advice, recommendations and overall help to us in planning such an event from afar. The entire weekend was fabulous including the sunshine and balmy breezes!! Rev Glass performed a perfect and warm ceremony and everyone was so accommodating. The florist, photographer, videographer, harpist were all ideal. The Hotel Alcott was superb! For all of this, I thank you very much. Sincerely, Annamarie Kossler

Kelly and Dante Volpe ~ October 27, 2007 ~ Full Service
Between packing and saying goodbye, I didn’t get a chance to thank you last night! All of our guests had a wonderful time, which was our hope for the day. You were a major part in making that come true for Dante and me! I really enjoyed working with you. The patience, experience and insight you shared gave the whole event that “professional touch”! I wish you many more sunny weddings. We will stay in touch. Ciao, Kelly and Dante

Michelle and John Hediger ~ May 30, 2008 ~ A-La-Carte ~ Wedding Day Services
Thank you for assisting in making our wedding event memorable. All the best. John and Michelle

Ramona and Ken Weeks ~ May 31, 2008 ~ Full Service
Now that Ken and I are back from our two-week honeymoon, and back into the swing of work, I have been wanting to thank you. First, thank you for making our wedding day spectacular and painless. Having your support throughout the planning and implementation was absolutely one of the best decisions we made! There were a few young couples at the wedding (Ken’s cousins) who are planning on becoming engaged and they have all asked for your contact information, which we have happily provided. Your recommendations on everything from the location of the ceremony, reception, DJ, and Photographer were all spot-on. Thank you for EVERYTHING! Our day would not have been the same without your guidance, passion and expertise.

Michelle Sharer / Mother of the Bride ~ June 7, 2008 ~ Full Service
(Monica and Paul Ross Hite) Dear Catherine, Words cannot express how much I appreciate all that you did for us to make Monica and Ross’ wedding so very special. From the pre-wedding decisions through the end of the wedding reception, everything was phenomenal. Monica and Ross were delighted. All the guests had a great time and because of you I had a wonderful, stress free day to enjoy the wedding. Thank you!! Michelle Sharer

Lisa and Tom Ferry ~ June 14, 2008 ~ Initial Planning ~ Wedding Day Services
Catherine, Tom and I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you did for us. Everything was great. Everyone loved it. I will recommend you to anyone I know who wants a beach wedding. You are very good at what you do. Thank you again. Lisa and Tom
 
Carol and William Rogers ~ June 28, 2008 ~ Initial Planning
Words cannot express how wonderful everything turned out due to your assistance. Even the weather cooperated. The beach location, the trolley, the flowers, the horse and carriage and especially the pictures and caterer were the best. Your recommendations were so very much appreciated. Oh – my hair and make-up turned out great too! Your guidance and attention to detail is greatly appreciated. You do not need my recommendation, but I would definitely recommend you to anyone smart enough to have a wedding in Cape May. The guests complimented every aspect of the day. Thank you again. Carol Rogers

Cheryl and Mike Bianco ~ August 8, 2008 ~ Beach Ceremony Rentals
Catherine, Mike and I want to thank you for all your help on our special day. Everything looked perfect and the day was gorgeous. Thank again. Cheryl and Mike

Traci and Brian DePalma ~ September 27, 2008 ~ Full Service
Thank you so much for making our wedding day such a success! Everything was just how we hoped it would be. You handled everything perfectly! We’ll stop in to say “hello” next time we are in lovely Cape May. Love, Traci and Brian

Nicole and Martin Olsen ~ September 27, 2008 ~ Beach Ceremony Rentals
Martin and I want to say thank you so much for helping to make our day so special. It was such a sweet moment when we arrived to walk down the aisle and all the chairs and flags were arranged perfectly and on time. It looked really beautiful! Warmest thanks for everything. Nicole and Martin Olsen

Katie and Jason Chambers ~ October 18, 2008 ~ Full Service
Thank you for all your hard work. You made my day both special and beautiful. I will never forget you! I can’t wait to visit you and show you all the pictures! Love, Katie

Jill Bellarmino – MOB to Katie Chambers ~ October 18, 2008 ~ Full Service
Dear Catherine, I just want to thank you again for all you did for Kate and Jason’s wedding. Everything was wonderful. Everyone you recommended was great to work with – the florist, the baker, violinist, DJ and of course Terry and Tina. Madison and Morgan (Bride’s daughters) loved getting their make-up done. Kate and Jason really enjoyed Fr. John. Lee and I had such a great time at the reception because we didn’t have one thing to worry about! We just had fun, and that was because we knew you were taking care of everything. That was so great to ask Exit Zero to come and take pictures too. It was great meeting you and hope we meet again. Take care, Jill Bellarmio

Aimee and Gregory Moreno ~ April 25, 2009 ~ Full Service
Dear Catherine, Greg and I cannot thank you enough for making our wedding so fantastic. Everything was perfect and your ideas and suggestions have everyone still talking. It was a day we will never forget and all of your help was greatly appreciated. Hope to see you this summer. Thanks again, Aimee & Gregory

Allison and Bryan Cullen ~ June 6, 2009 ~ Beach Ceremony Rentals
Thank you so much for making our day so special. We had so much fun. It was the best day of our lives! Thanks again. Allison and Bryan

Lisa and Russ Rygiel ~ July 18, 2009 ~ Initial Planning
Catherine, We just finished with our honeymoon and receptions that we held back home for our family and friends that weren’t able to make the journey down to the shore. We wanted to personally thank you for all of your hard work for our wedding.  It was beautiful and everything we dreamt and hope it would be. The day was gorgeous as you assured us it would be and everything went off without a hitch. Thank You! It wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thanks again, and we will stop in to see you when we are in Cape May. Take care, Lisa and Russ.

Gail and John Palandro ~ August 22, 2009 ~ A-la-Carte Planning
Just wanted to thank you for helping us have the most beautiful wedding we could have ever imagined. Everything turned out so great, I just can’t believe it. That was truly one of the happiest days of my life. Thank you so much for all you did for us. Gail and John

Sarah and Jeff Riley ~ August 29, 2009 ~ A-la-Carte Planning
Thank you Sooo Much for everything! The ceremony was everything we wanted! Thanks, Sarah and Jeff
 
Erica Leno ~ September 12, 2009 ~ Beach Ceremony Rentals
Thanks again for your help and dependable service! Best wishes, Erica

Bonnie & Mike Madden ~ September 26, 2009 ~ Initial Planning & Day-of Services
Thank You! You’re the best! “Damn Right!” “Made My Day!” Love Bridezilla Mike and Bonnie

Sara and Jeff Novelly ~ October 3, 2009
I don’t think I ever thanked you properly for your help on our wedding – but thank you! It really was the best day and we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding—every wedding we’ve gone to since –we just look at each other and say “ours was better!” (but we don’t tell the bride and groom of course) And we couldn’t have done it (at least not as painlessly) without your help!  Sara

Barbara and Allen Rowand ~ April 25, 2010 ~ 40th Anniversary Vow Renewal
Catherine, We really appreciate all your hard work and support in planning our ceremony. From first meeting until the event you were there for us to make this a perfect day. Each vendor we worked with was professional and helpful. Fr John made the ceremony so warm and personal. Union Park was absolutely wonderful from planning to event day. The food and service were impeccable. Also thank you for al your help wit h the bagpiper surprise. You made this a day we will never forget. Barbara and Allen

Erin and Stelios Harris ~ May 14, 2010 – Full Service
Catherine, you calmed us down when situations arose that seemed to undermine our great plans, relieving us of quite a bit of stress! You always knew how to placate all of the parties involved, while still making sure that the overall feel of the wedding was preserved. On our wedding say things really went quite smoothly without the bride, groom ort parents having to worry because we knew you were on top of things.  We cannot imagine having to plan our day without your assistance. Thank you. Erin & Stelios

Ely and Rick Moore ~ May 29, 2010 ~ Full Service
Ely and I want to thank you form the bottom of our hearts. The beautiful wedding will be remembered for a lifetime. We’re glad you could be a part of the most important day of our lives. You helped make our wedding very special. We’ve already told you how important you are to our special day. We just want to give you a simple than k you. We’ve gained a husband and wife, but we also gained a friend who can be found spending their days in a ink store on Broadway making dreams a reality and lasting memory. Truly, Ely and Rick

Christine and Ryan Ennist ~ July 10, 2010 ~ A-la-Carte / Wedding Day Services
Catherine, All went well on Sunday. It was a lovely wedding. Union Park was charming and the food was excellent. The trolley was the perfect ride to Sunset Pavilion Beach. The violinist and minister worked out well too. Dolphins were in the background and even the weather cooperated. Thank you for helping it to be a dream wedding.

Kristi and Ben Keating ~ June 27, 2010 ~ Initial Planning
Catherine, I just wanted to drop you a really big “thank you” the wedding was so perfect and lovely; I am so appreciative of your help. You hair stylist – Carol was Outstanding. I didn’t feel like a bride until she has my hair done! Union Park had fabulous food and Kathy dud such a wonderful job with the cupcakes! The feathers looked great on the beach and I LOVE the beach we had it on! We even had dolphins swimming in the background – WOW! You really put together such a lovely perfect day for Ben and me, and we are so grateful. Thank you so much! Kristi

Tami and Thomas Gandolfo Jr ~ July 23, 2010 ~ A-la-Carte / Day-of Services
Catherine, Thank you so much for making our day so perfect and special…you really made it happen and we appreciate that so much. I would recommend you to anyone of course. We made it into Exit Zero! Thanks for looking out for us. Love, Tami

Scott and Candace Warner ~ August 28, 2010 ~ Beach Ceremony Rentals
Thank you for doing such a lovely job setting up for our wedding at Sunset Pavilion. The chairs and feather banners made one beautiful setting even more special. It was a pleasure working with you. Love Scott and Candace

Deb and Tim Pakenham ~ September 18, 2010 ~ Initial Planning / Day of Services
Catherine, We can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done for our wedding. Ya helped make it such a wonderful and memorable day for us. Many of our guests said it was the best wedding they’ve been to. It will be a day we will never forget. Thank you for your guidance and advice – we couldn’t have done it without you.  Thanks again. Deb & Tim

John and Natalie Huffman ~  October 10, 2010 ~ A-la-Carte / Wedding Day Services
Catherine, you were wonderful. Thank you for your special touch! Sincerely, John & Natalie

Rob and Lydia Thomas ~ May 21, 2011 ~ A-la-Carte Planning
Thank you for being there. Thank you for everything! Thank you for sharing our day with us. Love always, Rob and Lydia Thomas

Andy and Barbie Bell ~ May 21, 2011 ~ Initial Planning
See weddingwire.com / Weddings by the Sea Cape May for a review

Joseph and Suzanne Keller ~ July 23, 2011 ~  A-la-Carte Planning
We want to extend to you a sincere thank you for your help in planning our wedding. You truly made it very easy and stress free, and we were able to focus on all  the fun things, and not on all the work.  I cannot thank you enough for the recommendations you made, Kate, Karin and even The Palace Hotel were all wonderful, and without them, and especially you, I know our day would not have been as great.  We wish you nothing but the best,  and will send pics once we get them back. You are great at what you do and we are fortunate to have met you.  Thank you once again. Joe and Suzanne

Todd and Renee Markle ~ August 12, 2011 ~ Initial Planning / Wedding Day Services
Todd and I would like to thank you so much for helping us with our wedding. The vendors that you put us in touch with were the best people for the job. We can’t say enough for all of your hard work. Our day was perfect. Sincerely, Renee and Todd

Annette Epstein ~ August 6, 2011 ~ Initial Planning
Jason and I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you did on our wedding. It was so enjoyable and everything went accordingly. I will definitely recommend your services to anyone who is getting married.

Paul and Maryann Glassman ~ August 20, 2011 ~ Initial Planning
I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful the day went and how great everything flowed. Our guests couldn’t say enough about what a good time they had,  and how much they enjoyed everything.  I had no idea how much planning went into a shindig like ours. There is no way on earth it would have come off the way it did without your input., ideas and effort. I am eternally grateful. We are fans. I wish you continued success with your business and good health and happiness.  Paul and Maryann.

Kyle and Melissa Ruetsch ~ September 24, 2011 – Full Service 
Thank you for everything you did for Kyle’s and My wedding. You made the planning of it fun and enjoyable. Everyone you recommended to me was amazing! I loved them all! Still have no idea how you do it but you do it well. I will miss you. Hope to see you in Cape May. Much Love,  Melissa and Kyle.        
                                                          
Ryan and Christine Giles ~ September 16, 2011 ~ Rentals
Thank you so much for the beautiful flags. Everyone agreed that those georgeous flags made our beach wedding perfect. We appreciate all of your hard work and generosity. Thank you. Ryan and Christine Giles

Charles and Lauren Hutchinson ~ October 1, 2011 ~ Initial Plan / Wedding Day Services
See weddingwire.com / Weddings by the Sea Cape May for review.
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Media Mentions and Features

March 12, 1998, The Cape May Star & Wave featured the grand opening of Weddings by the Sea and tells the tale of how Catherine Walton came back to Cape May to realize a dream.

June 4, 1998, an article based on research provided by Weddings by the Sea was published in the Cape May Star and Wave illustrating that Cape May had become a serious choice for couples who wanted to be married with "their piggies in the sand" at a destination resort in the tri-state area.

June 28, 1999, The Atlantic City Press featured a Weddings by the Sea Cape May wedding of a North Jersey couple entitled "Wedding Bells Have Many Couples On Their Way To Cape May."

June 28, 1999, The Philadelphia Inquirer's wedding feature writer Dianna Marder visited Cape May to photograph and tell the story of a Weddings by the Sea beach wedding and B&B reception.

September 12, 2000, The Camden Courier Post's writer Judith Winne covered a B&B tented wedding planned by Weddings by the Sea complete with breathtaking photos of the couple walking off into the fabulous sunset.

March 23, 2000, Ocean City Sentinel / CMS&W featured Weddings by the Sea's accomplishments in an article entitled "Weddings by the Sea Offers One Stop Shopping For Weddings, Whether Victorian or Contemporary."

Winter 2000-2001, Philadelphia Wedding Pages Magazine (now The Knot -Wedding Pages) published a cover article on Catherine's own Victorian Cape May wedding. The article was entitled "Professional Touch - Wedding Coordinator Celebrates Marriage In Historic Cape May".

January 18, 2001, Chestnut Hill Local, praised Cape May and Weddings by the Sea in an article noting that "Cape May offers more than charm to couples planning their weddings."

February 7, 2001, Cape May County Herald, published an article written by Catherine Walton entitled "A Cape May Wedding, Your Feet In The Sand".

June 27, 2001, Philadelphia Inquirer, wedding feature writer Dianna Marder did a feature story on beach weddings at the Jersey Shore and selected one of Weddings by the Sea's events as an example. The article was entitled "Get Them To The Beach On Time".

September 7, 2002, Ocean City Sentinel / CMS&W, announced the unveiling of their wedding mural.

October 17, 2002, Ocean City Sentinel / CMS&W, published a feature article entitled “wedding mural celebrates beach weddings” The mural features names and dates of couples who tied the knot with their feet in the sand in Cape May.

February 27, 2003 OCSentinel & CMS&W, feature article entitled “Planning a Wedding in Cape May? ‘Weddings by the Sea’ Can Help Turn Plans Into Reality”

Summer 2004, Morristown Magazine, feature entitled “Weddings by the Sea” noting that Cape May is third in the country for destination weddings on the beach.

Summer 2004, The Great Vacation Guide, exclusive feature on Catherine Walton and Weddings by the Sea.

July 2005, Philadelphia Inquirer, feature on Weddings by the Sea beach ceremonies at Sunset Pavilion Beach and the future of beach weddings in Cape May.

Summer 2005, Atlantic City Press, feature on most difficult issues raised by Brides and wedding planner’s advice on how to best handle them.

Summer 2005, Atlantic City Press, feature on Cape May weddings and their positive financial impact on tourism.

Summer 2005, Ocean City Sentinel / CMS&W, several features on the beach wedding City permit system and proposals to revise and upgrade the process.

Summer 2005, The Herald, articles on the future of beach weddings in Cape May.
 
Summer 2005, The Gazette, articles on the future of beach weddings in Cape May.

June, 2005 capemay.com, magazine page, exclusive feature on a day in the life of Catherine Walton, Wedding Planner as she rehearses and executes 2 beach weddings in one day.

Spring 2006, New Jersey Bride Magazine, feature on Surfside Ceremonies featuring Catherine Walton and Weddings by the Sea.

June 2006, Cape May Magazine, feature article entitled “The Seaside Wedding” about how to plan a Cape May wedding.

Summer 2006, Philadelphia Magazine’s Elegant Wedding, feature entitled “Destination Wedding, Say I Do in Cape May” focusing on Catherine Walton and advice on how to plan destination beach weddings.

Summer 2006, New Jersey Bride Magazine, featuring Weddings by the Sea’s Top 10 Beach Wedding Tips”. Also features Catherine Walton’s advise on bridal party gifts that are beach wedding appropriate for Moms and Brides.

Fall 2006, New Jersey Bride Magazine, An article on Weekend Weddings in New Jersey featuring “By The Seashore” the Three Day Event in Cape May through the eyes of Weddings by the Sea.

November 5, 2006, Atlantic City Press, Feature entitled “Wedding Business in Cape May City may get boost from same-sex ruling” Catherine Walton quoted for comments related to the expected economic windfall from civil unions under proposed New Jersey statute.

Spring 2007, Philadelphia Magazine’s Elegant Wedding, feature on destination wedding etiquette including the appropriate way to handle rehearsal events, transportation, parking, accommodations, et al for both guests and bridal party.

Fall 2006, New Jersey Bride, Alexis Kelly writer. Feature on weddings by the Sea’s recommendations and suggestions of unique gifts for the bridal party.

May 2007, CBS# Philadelphia, Angela Russell reporter. Feature story/video on Weddings by the Sea’s 7/7/07 707AM beach wedding with Michele and George Young. Cape May licensing/City Hall and Sunset Pavilion Beach featured.

Summer 2007, South Jersey Magazine, Feature on Weddings by the Sea history, beach weddings, Cape May weddings. By Jen Miller

Summer 2007, Bride’s Magazine, feature mention on article focusing on budget locations for weddings. Henry’s on the Beach was featured. Ms. Espejo writer

Summer 2007, ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants) Newsletter. Reprinted article by Catherine Walton on a 9/30/06 series of 3 weddings using ABC Novice help. The trials and tribulations of booking and executing multiple beach weddings and receptions on the same day.

August 2007, Cape May Magazine, Feature in Publisher Bernie Haas’ Notes describing the Young’s 7/7/07 Cape May beach wedding, titled “7/7/7 A Cape May Sampler”.

Fall 2007 ABC Newsletter “Tricks of the Trade” published a letter from Catherine Walton recounting how a 7/7/07 Weddings by the Sea wedding was so unique.

May 5, 2008, The Jersey Shore, Atlantic City to Cape May: Great Destinations: A Complete Guide, by Jen Miller. Features include Weddings by the Sea and Cape May weddings.

Spring 2008, Twin Capes Traveller Magazine, Cape May Lewes Ferry Free Publication. Margaret Montet writer featured and compared beach weddings in Md, De and Cape May NJ (the Ferry region). Weddings by the Sea and Cape May beach weddings was the key focus. Photos of Cape May beach weddings featured.

March 1, 2008 week, Cape May Star and Wave, Ocean City Sentinel. Published Weddings by the Sea’s Top 20 Beach Wedding Tips and featured Weddings by the Sea history in an article about the Cape May wedding industry.

March 2008, Cool Cape May Guide, Yearly Tourist Publication, Wedding Spread. History of the beach wedding business in Cape May, documenting Catherine Walton’s/Weddings by the Sea’s premier role in establishing, organizing and promoting the industry in Cape May to national status as third in the country for destination weddings.

October 5, 2008, Bliss Magazine, AC Press, Bridal Guide. Feature on trend on wedding dresses of color. Weddings by the Sea featured along with photo (Victorian wedding dress in champagne and white with bronze veil). Also WbtSea included in feature – “Tips on how to plan a celebrity wedding when you are not a celebrity.”

November 2008, Long Island Bride and Groom Magazine, Winter Edition. Feature article on unique and unusual weddings and themed weddings. Also included are tips from WbtSea on how to save n floral arrangements by incorporating personal, inexpensive alternatives and touches. Sandra Mardenfeld writer.

November 2008, AFWPI (Association for Wedding Professionals International) Feature Article for a national organization entitled “Reasons Why Couples Get Married Before Their Actual Ceremony” included 3 real WbtSea weddings from July 2004, September 2005 and May 2007.

March 2009, Bliss Magazine, AC Press, Bridal Guide, Contributed to articles “the Ride – Get to the Ceremony in Style  - horse and carriage and antique cars via WbtSea AND Couples Go Online With Wedding Web pages – feature on uses and popularity of wedding websites.

March 20, 2009, CNN Feature story on planning on a budget. WbtSea wedding planner, Chalfonte receptions, Cape May beach weddings, finding budget minded vendors. Featured a WbtSea June wedding couple. Randy Kay reporting.

September 19 2010, Bliss Magazine, AC Press, Bridal Guide, featured in article  entitled “Get Me To the Beach on Time” about beach weddings as an alternative to a traditional ceremony site.

February 27, 2011, Bliss Magazine, AC Press, Bridal Guide, contributed to two articles “Lovely Legacies – Brides today honoring family traditions” and “Plan B for an Outdoor Wedding – a little forethought and a back-up plan can save the day.”

Philly Hot List – Best of the Jersey Shore – Top 5 - 2008, 2009, 2010

September 25, 2011, Philadelphia Inquirer, Travel Magazine, Angela Dodson Feature on NJ Shore Destination Beach Weddings.

October 20, 2011,  Atlantic City Press, Business Profile by Elaine Rose entitled “Woman has Become Specialist in Cape May Beach Weddings”

November 30, 2011, Camden Courier Post, Article by Jim Walsh entitled “Bill would eliminate waiting period to wed in NJ”.

Fall 2011, The Knot.com, Featured in NJ Shore Section regarding beach wedding trends.

Summer 2012, NJ Monthly Magazine, Summer Shore Issue, cover feature by Jen Miller on Cape May including Weddings by the Sea and Catherine Walton.
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