Wedding Planner|Bogath Weddings and Events
Photographer |Ashley Mac Photography
Ceremony Venue |St. Thomas Aquinas
Reception Venue |Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club
Catering |Beach Haven Catering
Cake |Clay’s Creative Corner Bakery
Flowers |Something Nice Floral
Hair & Makeup |Lavish Salon
Rentals |Rustic Drift
How they Met
Kathleen and Richard met on Match.com in the summer of 2012 and quickly realized their mutual love for Long Beach Island, New Jersey, their Irish roots, lighthouses, and an obsession with craft beer. One of their first dates included a tour of Old Barney and the Barnegat Light Historical Museum. There they started their first, of many, scavenger hunts. Old Barney was just the first of many lighthouses they have climbed together (with their lighthouse passport in tow). Little did Kathleen know that just three years later, she’d be going on a scavenger hunt leading her to one of the greatest treasures she could ever imagine.
How he Proposed
The day started off as just a regular Saturday in Beach Haven. Kathleen and Richard went to Dolphin Beach for the afternoon. After the beach, Kathleen and Richard went home, where Kathleen did some laundry while Richard napped. While she was folding clothes, Richard awoke and pulled out a piece of paper from underneath his pillow. It was a clue! At this point, Kathleen suspected that this was not just an ordinary scavenger hunt, so she got dressed and ready for the hunt. The first clue led them to the Maritime Museum, where Kathleen and Richard spent some time after they had first started dating. As they biked up to the Museum, Kathleen spotted a single sunflower (her favorite flower) and a sand dollar next to another hand written clue. After discussing the clue at length they biked back to Dolphin Beach, where another sunflower and beach items were waiting for them. There, a third clue was placed along the dune fence. Among the shells, there was a tennis ball wrapped in another clue. This led them to the tennis courts at the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club. Eventually they made it to Court 1, where another sunflower and clue were waiting. The final clue led them to the end of D-dock, where Richard’s parents would dock their sailboat, and a bouquet of sunflowers, a bottle of champagne, and two pieces of cake were waiting. Once Kathleen and Richard got to the end of the dock, Richard got down on one knee and proposed. After which, they got to sit down and enjoy their champagne and cake together, while they watched the sunset.