Wedding Bliss

How we Met Paul was friends with my older sister Jaimee in high school. I always thought he was the cute one out of her group of friends but never dreamed I would have a chance with him since I was three grades younger; I never thought he would even notice me. Time went on and my sister and Paul graduated high school and went onto college and I was still at home finishing up my senior year. That October, my family threw a costume party and had all of our friends over to celebrate my 18th birthday. Paul happened to be home from college and came to the party dressed as a cowboy. I was dressed as Tinker Bell. When he showed up, I was so excited and chatted with him throughout the night. Little

The Wandering Gypsea

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL JOHN MURPHY Who is the Wandering Gypsea? A creative force inspired by her location, also known as Brie Fagan. Read on for more about Brie’s work, in her own words… Back in August 2013, I made myself a flower crown with this big, pretty sunflower to wear to one of the Wednesday night summer concerts in Harvey Cedars. By the end of the night I had five orders from friends wanting their own personalized flower crowns. When I realized how happy something I created with my own two hands made other people, I decided I wanted to turn it into a business. I started off with sea glass I had from my father’s vast collection and my own collection. I was making simple jewelry and flower

Jersey Cat

WRITTEN BY Chris Gaydos | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEARCHINGFORAMERICA.COM AND MARSHALL MARINE CORP. Seeing a fleet of sailboats darting or cruising the shallow waters of Barnegat Bay makes one think of fun and leisure. If you stop and look closely, you might spot a small sailboat, wide in the body with a mast positioned far forward, a lengthy boom, and a four-sided gaff-rigged sail. You would be looking at a catboat—a uniquely American boat originally described as far back as the late-1700s and whose design has remained virtually unchanged in more than 200 years. The catboat of the 1800s was not an object of leisure or sport, but was used by watermen who worked the bays for their abundant resources.

Jersey Cat

WRITTEN BY Chris Gaydos | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEARCHINGFORAMERICA.COM AND MARSHALL MARINE CORP. Seeing a fleet of sailboats darting or cruising the shallow waters of Barnegat Bay makes one think of fun and leisure. If you stop and look closely, you might spot a small sailboat, wide in the body with a mast positioned far forward, a lengthy boom, and a four-sided gaff-rigged sail. You would be looking at a catboat—a uniquely American boat originally described as far back as the late-1700s and whose design has remained virtually unchanged in more than 200 years. The catboat of the 1800s was not an object of leisure or sport, but was used by watermen who worked the bays for their abundant resources.

Sea Salt Spear

Photos by Ann Coen Spearfishing has become a fairly popular sport in the past 10 to 15 years here on Long Beach Island. Most people find this surprising because—although our waters are not always crystal clear like those of Florida or the Caribbean—one would not expect the same out of the turbulent North Atlantic. From time to time however the water clarity off Long Beach Island allows for a brave group to dive into the dark waters and harvest the sea’s bounty. Spearfishing seems to have increased in popularity since the invention of the Aqualung in 1943 by Emile Gagnan and Jacques-Yves Couseau. This invention made underwater exploration more popular and feasible as a hobby, which increased

The Treasures you will find

ART BY SHARON GUISTI WRITTEN BY LESLEY TAYLOR If you are looking for a unique gift or accessory for your home, check out Tahlulas Treasures, a line of products designed and created by Sharon Guisti. Sharon and her family have vacationed on Long Beach island for the past 30 years. It is a place that holds many special memories she calls treasures, that are near and dear to her heart. LBI has been the inspiration for her many crafts and gifts. Sharon has always had a love of creating, and as a part-time art teacher, she felt it was only natural to turn her love of the sea into coastal treasures. She began by selling her artwork at home parties. With the encouragement of family and friends, and

Beach Body Work Out

Warm up first with a 20-30 minute jog. I love to put my headphones on and run along the bay, because there’s nothing quite like that breeze! PHOTOGRAPHY BY Giovanni Fiorentino WORKOUTS BY Christine Florio Push Backs: 2-3 sets of 10 - Get into a push-up position with arms extended directly under your shoulders. - Using your arms, core, and legs, push yourself back into a squatted position. Do not let your shins or knees touch the ground. - Hold yourself at the bottom for three seconds, and then squeezing your core, push yourself back to the push-up position. - If you’re feeling strong, do one push-up when you return to the top before you start your next rep! Bench Flips: 3 sets of 25 - P

Five Elements of the Coastal Beach House

| Photography John Martinelli Architect Michael Pagnotta shares his tips for getting the most out of your home at the shore Michael Pagnotta knows a lot about living at the shore. An Ocean County native, he has been the lead architect in his namesake design/build firm in Ship Bottom since 1990 and has helped a lot of people build their dream beach house. “A home at the beach should be a background to your life at the shore,” Pagnotta says. “I call it Coastal Casual: A great, well-designed home that is simply your stage on which to tell your stories, cook your fish, live your life!” Pagnotta’s coastal casual beach house has five key elements that he says apply to any size home on any size lot

A Shore Thing

The Knightly Family of New Canaan, CT, summers at this great oceanfront beach house in Harvey Cedars. Originally constructed in 2004 while the family was living in London, the home recently underwent a major renovation under the direction of the owners’ close friends NYC decorators and Beach Haven shop-owners Mark W. Eggleston and David Allieiri of Wyndecrest Home, who also decorated the Knightlys’ primary residence. In fact, the designers and homeowners are such good friends that when the designers’ island residence was damaged by Super Storm Sandy, the family graciously offered their home as a temporary resting spot. So when it came time to renovate, the designers already had a design sche

Same Views Different Hues

Tailoring each project to the client’s specific wishes and the uniqueness of the property, while in the confines of small lots and strict zoning codes, these two homes designed by Lomer & Meggitt Architects and built by Sharpe Construction reflect a collaborative process between homeowner, architect, and builder. Along a narrow slice of Barnegat Light, with unique and spectacular bay views, both projects show how the collective strength of the architect-contractor relationship and the distinct sensibilities of the client greatly influence each project. The first house sits not far from the well-known landmark, Viking Village. With views of the fishing village docks to the south and sweeping

VINTAGE STYLE Q&A

Photos by Kathleen Whittemore Photography & | Photos By Diana Van Horn Photography Hello, all! First, we must introduce ourselves: we are Jeannine Errico and Erin Buterick, the savvy, intelligent, supermodel-looking owners of School of Vintage. What is a ‘School of Vintage’? It’s a handmade and vintage boutique that specializes in bridal gowns and accessories. As you may have guessed, we are not your traditional wedding vendor. For those of you who already follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media outlet that we may have signed up for and forgotten to use, you know that we have a recurring post, which has turned into its own blog titled “S*** People Say.” We decided to keep

Trending Flower Crowns

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL JOHN MURPHY A flower crown makes a unique statement for occasions and events—girls and women adorned in flora appear carefree, natural, and festive. Concerts & Festivals: With flowers in your hair, you might just be serenaded by strangers. And on the practical front, friends can find you more easily in the crowd. Weddings: Of course, brides enchant celebrants with flower-entwined hair or flower crowns (attached veil, anyone?); the unique look can bring simple beauty into every moment. A lovely touch—both romantic and innocent—can also be felt in crowns worn by those always-adorable flower girls. Or you can choose to bedeck a whole bridal party: give the guys simple ivy

Hand made with Love

Photos By Dulce Photography Rustic Drift is a boutique rental company owned by husband and wife duo, Joel and Megan Dramis, specializing in handmade rustic/vintage décor for weddings, private parties, events, and more. Rustic Drift has grown into Long Beach Island’s custom wedding rental company, offering products and items made from reclaimed materials. Popular items include arbors, boardwalk runners, bars, wine barrel high-tops, dessert bars, drink stations, vignettes, and custom signage. In addition to rentals, Rustic Drift also provides event design, planning, and coordination. Follow Rustic Drift on Instagram and Facebook for new inventory, inspiration, and real wedding imagery.

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