Ali Englehardt and Rich Walters

September 19th, 2015
Rye, NH

Seaside weddings aren’t unique in New England. But a wedding with a casual surf vibe… not your everyday occasion.

Ali, who’s from New York, and Rich, who’s from Durban, South Africa, share a love for surfing. The couple runs Umzumbe Surf House & Surf Camp, a South African surfing camp and bed and breakfast; they also have close tied to the Rye, NH, surfing community.

Ali knew she wanted to get married in NH. “We have an amazing group of friends here and it was a great destination for our South African guests,” she says. When a friend offered his home for the celebration, across the street from a local favorite surfing spot, Ali was thrilled. “We couldn’t have had a better place to take photos after our ceremony,” she says.

The wedding reflected the couple’s laid-back personalities. Rich, resplendent in a floral jacket and pink bow tie, and his groomsmen led a motorcycle “parade” to the ceremony. Photos were taken on the rocks overlooking the ocean while guests enjoyed cocktails and took their own photos around a vintage Volkswagen van, set up as a photo prop. “I was on an overwhelming high because of the beautiful day we had,” says Ali. “It was wonderful to be surrounded by people who were important to us.”

-Written by Debbie Kane

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