Turtles, starfish, and sailboats: a sun-filled aquarium wedding from New Jersey #Wedding Porn#aquarium#balloons#bearded groom#brides in glasses#memorial#new jersey#non-floral centerpiece#pinwheel#succulents#unity ceremony Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Jan 22 2014) Stephanie Kaloi Photos by: Carole Cohen Photography All photos by Carole Cohen Photography. Ben and Erin hosted their ceremony and reception at New Jersey's Atlantic City Aquarium. The pair included a ton of darling details like blue and teal striped pinwheels and planting a tree together for their unity ceremony. They also opted to leave several seats intentionally empty during the ceremony, and marked these spots with a handwritten tribute to family and friends who couldn't be there to celebrate. The "under the sea" theme continued into the reception, where guests danced under hanging boats and sat at tables decorated with knots and anchor-covered gift bags. Turtles and fish swam around the crowd while they partied, but the starfish-adorned wedding cake is perhaps the sweetest detail of the night. Vendors! Photography: Carole Cohen Photography • Venue: Atlantic City Aquarium • DJ: Matt Lawler • Music: James Day and the Fish Fry • Succulents: Blooms • Cake: Victory Baking Services Stephanie Kaloi I was the editor of the now-defunct Offbeat Families, and owner/photographer at Stephanie Kaloi Photography in Portland, OR. PREVIOUS Keep your wedding guests entertained by letting them predict your future NEXT The ultimate guide to plus-size wedding dress shopping Show/Hide comments [ 9 ] This is adorable……but from the title picture, all I could think was where can I find those shoes?! 🙂 Reply I love the turtle photobomb! Reply I love that dress! Would you mind telling me where it came from? Reply Hi Nicole — Thanks! I bought the dress online from Anthropologie. – Erin Reply Thanks Erin! I've been looking at Anthropologie for wedding dresses. Glad I'm not the only one. Congratulations on your beautiful, joy-filled wedding! Reply That venue is fantastic (TURTLE!)! This is a little odd to notice maybe, but it's nice to see a wedding featured where the officiant is a judge but the couple aren't being married in a courthouse. This is one of the more unexpected things that people seem to find odd about our upcoming wedding – people hear we're being married by a judge and some of them jump to the conclusion that we're eloping. Even among our fairly secular friends, it seems much more common to be married by a friend who was ordained online than a judge. Reply LOVE LOVE LOVE that dress!! Reply This is just magical! I love the aquarium tie-in. Beautiful!! Reply I love these pictures! We're also looking to use this venue to get married and we had a few questions. How many guests did you have? Did you have dinner in the first level of the aquarium? Where would you have held the ceremony had it rained? What time of year was this? Who catered the event and from what business did you rent chairs, the dance floor, etc.? Thank you so much in advance for all your help! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.