BY LIZ PETONIAK
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM ANTHONY WINCKO PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN
Ursinus College, known for its astoundingly high marriage rate amongst students, brought Caitlyn Kennedy together with Kevin Niedelmen during her senior year. They met at a party and have been together ever since! Five-and-half years into their relationship, Kevin proposed to Caitlyn on their annual ski weekend vacation to Seven Springs Mountain Resort. He arranged for the lift to stop during their last run of the night and popped the question 30 feet in the air. She of course said yes, and as they got off the lift, her family was waiting atop the mountain to congratulate them. “It was more than I ever imagined, and by far, the most special moment in my life,” she says. When it came to planning their upcoming nuptials, a destination wedding was a no-brainer; Caitlyn never imagined getting married anywhere else but the beach! They decided on a four-day celebration at the Sandals Grande Riviera in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, decorated with a preppy navy and bubblegum pink theme. The couple landed on the island a week before the ceremony with almost all of the wedding décor in tow, purchased from Etsy.com. Upon arrival, their 80 guests received “Wedding Week Survival” bags, which included personalized drink koozies, sunscreen, bug spray, aloe vera, and chapstick. Though stormy weather forced the ceremony to be relocated from a pier to the hotel’s Reef Terrace Gazebo, the rain actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The priest asked everyone to join the couple under the gazebo, making the ceremony much more intimate and giving the newlyweds an “indescribable feeling of love and support.” The couple’s first dance was to “You Save Me” by Kenny Chesney, the title of which Kevin had engraved on the inside of Caitlyn’s wedding ring. The newlyweds stayed in paradise for a week following the ceremony. “It was really tough to come home,” she says.
For Caitlyn, it was love at first sight when she saw the details on this Stefan Jolie strapless princess ball gown; crystal and pearl flowers trickling down the tulle skirt; a satin cummerbund with flowers at the waist; button closures down the low back; and a long train. She customized the dress by adding a sweetheart neckline.
“Even though we got married at the beach, I did not want a beach-themed wedding. We wanted a preppy, classy vibe for our day,” says Caitlyn. “Our décor was very simple. Since we got married in paradise, I really felt like less was more.”
“My absolute favorite memory was turning the corner and seeing Kevin at the end of the aisle. He was really emotional, and his whole face lit up when our eyes met. I literally couldn’t see anyone but him,” says Caitlyn. The groom wore a navy Tommy Hilfiger suit, paired with a pink and navy polka dot bow tie.
For their “trash the dress” photo shoot the following day, which included a walk along the shoreline and a dip into the swimming pool, Caitlyn and Kevin changed into more casual attire. Caitlyn’s dress from David’s Bridal “was a similar silhouette to my ‘real’ dress, but it was lighter material which was perfect for being in the water,” she says.