Nestled along the Atlantic Ocean is a charming and gem of a city called Long Branch. My parents moved there about six years ago and I have been obsessing over it ever since. It is the perfect mix of beach life but also only an hour train ride to NYC. We didn't make it out to the city this trip as we had a very important event: my sister was getting MARRIED!

I LOVE celebrating love so you can imagine my excitement when I found out that not only would we be honoring my sister, Brianne & my fantastic brother-in-law, Jim, but that they would be adding another addition to the family and we would be doing a gender reveal at the celebration! Ah! Would it be a boy or a girl? Either way, I was pumped. This little lady was going to be an Auntie!

Maxi Dress by Lilly Pulitzer

My sister and Jim decided that she would pick up the SEALED envelope from her doctor with the sex and drop it off at the bakery. On the morning of the wedding, Freddie and I would pick up the cake and drop it off at the dinner venue before heading to the beach ceremony. Should be easy, right?

The morning arrives and we can hardly contain our excitement. My dad, Freddie and I started the day with a delicious brunch at Turning Point. I got the most to die for skillet with over medium eggs, potatoes, avocado, diced tomato and a little bit of melted Monterey Jack cheese. Yes, it was as yummy as it sounds.

After brunch, we all got dressed and were keeping our eye on the weather. It was a beach ceremony and 80% chance of rain. YES, YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT. EIGHTY. It was overcast around noon but we had hope that the sun would pull through.

At about 2:45 pm, Freddie and I drove down to the bakery to pick up the cake. Parking was scarce, so I dropped Freddie off to run in. Upon finding parking across the street, I waited thinking of all of the exciting events that were about to take place. Many of us were thinking it was a boy so I couldn't wait to see the inside color of that cake!

About ten minutes go by and I receive a text from Freddie, "Long line babe. Let's google the location to see how far we are." Ugh, oh. Not only were we delivering the cake but yours truly was holding on to the rings. We couldn't be late to the ceremony!

I immediately googled the location. As long as we left the bakery by 3:45p we would be right on time. It was currently 3:30p and we had 15 minutes to go. 


At 3:44 pm, I look up at the rearview mirror and see Freddie walking towards me with this HUGE cake. However, it was just in a box with no top on it. One wrong move and this cake is destroyed. Yikes! I run out to him and ask why there was no cover and he mentioned they didn't have any big enough. Oh well, mama was going to have to drive VERY carefully.

I open the car door for Freddie and we realize he has to hand over the cake before he sits so that it doesn't fall. When he gives me the cake, I have to reposition myself. OH MY GOODNESS, this cake is HEAVY! Freddie sits down and I go to hand him the cake and all of a sudden I feel my heels sinking into the grass. I panic saying, "YOU HAVE THE CAKE??" and Freddie responds back, "No, no, no not yet. Keep it steady." Oh my god. My heels are sinking deeper. "YOU HAVE IT YET BABE?" I urgently ask. "Just one second," he says. This was it, I thought. This is the moment I lose balance, the cake goes flying and we see blue splattered all over the car.

Right as I was about to fall over completely, Freddie grabs the weight of the cake and we are safe. PHEW. That was close! It was now 3:51 pm, I regain balance and run to the driver's door. I wait for the traffic to pass and hop in. We were on a mission now: OPERATION GET THE CAKE THERE SAFELY.

I start driving and so far so good. Smooth roads, no traffic, this was going to be...cake. (Lol I had to!) We are about five minutes away and I make a turn onto this tiny road. As we start driving through I notice there is major construction. The streets go from smooth to incredibly bumpy. I turn to Freddie and tell him, "Hold on to that thing with your life!" We start laughing uncontrollably as I am going five mph down this bumpy road just to save this cake. I told Freddie at least we'd have a story to tell our niece or nephew.

At 4:15 pm, we arrive safely at the restaurant and drop off the cake. Around 4:21 pm Freddie hops back in the car and we race a few blocks up the street. 4:23 pm we pull in and have seven minutes to spare: Boom!

I gasped when I first saw my sister. She looked absolutely breathtaking. From her flowy white dress to the flowers in her hair, everything was sheer perfection. We all greeted one another and walked down to the beach with the reverend. The weather was perfect and right as the ceremony began the clouds opened up and the sun came beaming down on Bree and Jim. It was a truly magical moment. 


Now, are you ready to hear if it's a boy or girl!?

Drumroll please...



Baby Cardiello is due in October '18! I am so excited to be an Auntie! Do you think it was coincidence I wore pink? ;)