Even a hurricane couldn’t stop the couple’s destination wedding | Way of life

The Bennetts take a kiss on the boardwalk at Bethany Beach.

Sam and Sara Bennett tied the knot last Saturday, October 1, in a destination wedding hosted by Addy’s Sea — really, against the forces of nature. The couple, originally from Baltimore County, Maryland, have a long-standing connection to the Bethany Beach area, as Sam’s parents moved to the area more than five years ago in retirement. Sara has cousins ​​in the area and has spent most of her summers vacationing at Bethany Beach or Rehoboth Beach. She has always dreamed of a beach wedding during the fall season.

Sam, 30, and Sara, 34, wouldn’t let a storm pushing north from Hurricane Ian stop them from getting married last week, and neither would Kate Galloway, general manager of the Addy Sea Historic Inn.

“We had a plan early on, before the storm hit,” Galloway said, “and the Addy Sea crew killed it for this couple.”

The Addy Sea couple and team, including Galloway, Chef Rosario Pensa and Guest Relations Specialist Donna Minton, called an audible and moved the entire operation indoors to Harvest Tide Steakhouse – the only nearby restaurant and social event venue large enough to handle the expected 70+ guests. Manager Julie Mills said she was happy to host up to 75 people at Harvest Tide.

“I’ve always dreamed of getting married on the beach,” said Sara Carr Bennett. “We grew up coming to Bethany Beach. I love the fall season here the most, so we decided to get married at the Addy Sea. We came to Bethany and Rehoboth all the time when we were kids, and I have fond family memories, with my cousins ​​living nearby and relatives in Delaware.

The storm was not the first obstacle to the marriage that the couple had to face.

“First we faced a once-in-a-century global pandemic and had to postpone our wedding, then a once-in-a-century hurricane that swept the coast,” Sara added.

The couple met in 2019, on the “OKCupid” dating app, and it was instant kismet. The app’s algorithm told Sara and Sam that they were 99% compatible. They had previously tried the first dates recommended by the dating app, and those encounters did not go through, the couple noted.

“Sara is an English student and an English teacher, so she wrote me a full thesis on why she thought this time was a game,” Sam said. instantly: ‘This is my person.'”

Sam said the couple had been together and dating for just eight months when he popped the question on Nov. 2, 2019, and the newly engaged couple agreed to a spring 2020 wedding at the beach.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and for the safety of guests and older family members, the Carr and Bennett duo decided to postpone those initial plans. It was three years ago, from the engagement date to the wedding day last weekend.

“This October 1st wedding date was our ‘COVID redux,'” Sam said.

“I planned the whole wedding,” Sam added. “Sara was a student at the time and was finishing her Masters in Education.”

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Newlyweds Sara and Sam Bennett, front row left and right, pose for a photo with Sara’s parents, back row, at Harvest Tide.

Sara agreed, saying, “Sam did 90% of the plans”, with the Addy Sea team and both sets of parents equally engaged in the process.

So days before the big weekend and the October 1 wedding day, family members from as far away as California, Chicago, Boston and other points around the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area , were already at Addy’s Sea, or on their way to the destination wedding. There was no turning back.

Galloway, as managing director, had to make the appeal this Thursday that the outdoor wedding tent they had ordered for 70 guests would not withstand the forecast wind, storm surge and other weather conditions. related to Hurricane Ian scheduled for Saturday. The couple should move the wedding indoors.

Galloway called her friend Mills and the best place in Bethany Beach that could host the event. The Harvest Tide Steakhouse held a big event this Friday night, but could transform the facility and prepare for Saturday, October 1.

“The weather forecast has only gotten worse,” Sam said. He even bought 72 umbrellas for each guest to protect themselves from the rain. “Harvest Tide could accommodate us at the last minute.”

The couple were already on their way to Bethany Beach from their home in Baltimore County (Sam is from Bel Air and Sara is a teacher in Baltimore County), and it was time to make a decision.

“We had Grandma traveling with us, so we called our parents and said, ‘We have to leave Grandma at your house’ and go plan our wedding,” Sam joked.

The Addy Sea nevertheless organized a rehearsal dinner for the parents of the couples and for the bridal party. They also repeated the vows in the hostel lobby as Ian’s winds whipped just outside the shaker-style structure.

“Kate and Rosario, the chef, were so ready for us and ready to create this wonderful food and atmosphere and deliver it all to Harvest Tide,” Sara said. “They used the entire Addy Sea staff to create our celebration. I felt a huge relief on Thursday, since Kate and Addy Sea put this together.

The historic property and very modern staff pulled together an Oktoberfest/fall theme, complete with pumpkins, corn stalks, spooky Halloween decor, and even Halloween-themed apple pie and mocktails.

“They made the place magical with all the fall decorations,” Sara said, again noting that fall is her favorite season. It was truly a harvest party at Harvest Tide, according to Addy Sea’s Donna Minton.

Sara and Sam were still able to take their wedding photos on the beach, as the winds finally died down on Saturday.

“We have our walk photos with my wedding dress and our portraits in this harvest space with our family and friends,” she said.

“Addy Sea came to the rescue,” Sara said. “It’s an even more memorable and special day thanks to their kindness.”

Sam Bennett added: “We got to know each other during our three-year journey. We never got angry or even upset with each other” during those pivots.

“We chose Addy Sea, and they made it work,” noted Sara Carr Bennett. “We were surrounded by the love and care of our family and the staff at Addy Sea who really made it a point to help us. I am so grateful to Addy Sea and Harvest Tide and all of our family and friends who came to Bethany Beach.

“It was really amazing to have our special day after all this time,” she concluded.

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