A Scenic Wedding at the John James Audubon Center

All photos by Philip Gabriel Photography

The story begins…

Kerri and Steve Young are more than just high school sweethearts, they are lifelong friends.

This couple has known each other since 5th grade and grew up as close friends. They had been a part of the same friend groups and shared common interests throughout their childhood. It wasn’t until their senior year in high school when Steve decided to make it official by sending a romantic text message to Kerri… over his Nokia phone.

At 17 the pair spent a weekend together in Avalon Beach with some friends. It was after this trip that Kerri and Steve knew their relationship was right. To this day, they still think of Avalon as their “happy place”.

“We balance each other out perfectly.” - Kerri

The Proposal…

Given the couple’s ties to Avalon Beach, Steve knew that he couldn’t pop the question anywhere else. A summer’s worth of planning went into his picture-perfect proposal, and Steve successfully exceeded Kerri’s expectations.

“I could not have asked for more.  The planning that went into it blew my mind.”

- Kerri


It was a summer of waiting for Kerri who was eagerly anticipating a proposal after the two teachers went ring shopping right after school let out.


“She asked questions throughout the summer, but I never really gave in on any information. I just kept saying, before we go back to school.”

- Steve


The wait was worth it though as Steve seamlessly pulled off his extravagant plans.  

Kerri, Steve, and the rest of his family were on vacation at their beloved Avalon Beach.

One afternoon, Steve asked Kerri to come with him to pick up a few more items needed for dinner. Reluctantly, Kerri agreed and left with Steve for the store. Unbeknownst to Kerri, Steve planned for her family to arrive at the beach house while they were gone to complete the surprise.


When the couple returned, Steve’s brother intercepted Kerri from entering the house by inviting the pair onto the jetty for a quick photo opt. She climbed the rocks and posed smiling, ready for pictures. Steve then got down on one knee as both Kerri and Steve’s family made their way out of the house to watch the proposal.

“It was great because everything was there and we got to celebrate with our families after.”

- Steve

A ten-month engagement was just enough time for Kerri to plan her dream wedding. Throwing a big party has always been a dream of Kerri’s and her organizing and planning skills were definitely put to good use. She planned all the décor herself, and with the help of Steve and her family, everything turned out perfectly.

“Everything was personalized. My dad and godfather cut the tree stumps and centerpieces for the aisle and table centerpieces. My husband refinished them.”

- Kerri

The Big Day…

June 24th, 2016 couldn’t have been a better day for the couple to get married. Both being teachers, Kerri and Steve knew they wanted a summer wedding and a late afternoon reception was the perfect time to celebrate with 175 of their friends and family.

The couple chose the John James Audubon Center as the venue of their celebration. They visited the space as it was preparing for a different wedding and instantly fell in love. The inside/outside aspect of the space spoke to Kerri and Steve.

“We could get married outside, have our cocktail hour in the barn, and the wedding in the pavilion with the option for the doors to be open.”

- Kerri

“It was cool. I loved the scenery and the vibe.”

- Steve


With her uncle as the officiant, Kerri described their ceremony as quick and personal, just how they hoped it would be.

“My uncle’s biggest 2 words of advice to all. “Remember to always BE KIND”. I think it resonated with a lot of people and was brought up a lot throughout the night.”

- Kerri


The party continued to add to the night’s perfection. Everyone absolutely loved the entertainment and the attention to detail during the reception.

One of Steve’s favorite parts about the day was having Steve’s Prince of Steaks truck come at the end of the reception.

“We had the Steve’s Prince of Steaks truck come at the end of the reception. All of our friends grew up going together. It was a great surprise for everyone.”

- Steve

Ceremony venue: John James Audubon Center

Reception venue: John James Audubon Center

Wedding Planner: Kate Ibarra @John James Audubon Center

Caterer: Jeffrey Miller Catering

Cake/Bakery: Jeffrey Miller Catering

Photographer: Phillip Gabriel Photography  ~ Gabe


Videographer: Be Films www.befilmsweddingcinema.com

Dress Shop/Dress Designer: Arielle Bridal in Ambler/ Essence of Australia

Bridal Accessories:  Shoes~Badgley Mischka Jewelry~ Bracelet Nadri Earrings: something borrowed from my Matron of honor

Tuxedo Shop/Tuxedo Designer: Jos. A Bank ~ Navy Blue Suits

Hair/Makeup Artist: Hair: Prive Salon ~ Kathryn Picraux


Makeup: Dylan Michael Cosmetics ~ Cindy Singer

DJ/Band: Lovesick - Jon.