Weekly Update

I’ve fallen a little behind on my blogging, but I’ll give you guys a quick run through of what I’ve been up to!


Dan and Megan were down in Avalon on vacation with Megan’s family for the week, so since I had the day off I decided to go visit them.  I hadn’t seen them since we were all in Cape May over a month ago so I really missed them!  Megan’s family is really great and always so welcoming.  We had the perfect beach day! It was sunny and warm, with a little bit of a breeze.  Living at the beach has turned me into quite the “beach day” critic, but that day was phenomenal.



Thursday morning, Jess and Madi came for a visit! We went to the beach for a little while and then headed back home to start getting ready for the real reason they were here: BLAKE SHELTON!  Atlantic City was hosting a free Blake Shelton concert on the beach and they got tickets for it and so did Kelsey and I.  It was so much fun! I’ve never experienced a beach concert but it was awesome! There were so many people there, it was pure chaos.  A lot of people were camping out on the beach since 10 am to get good spots, but we decided we didn’t need to go into the city until 3.  Even though we didn’t get there until 3:30 we still got prime spots for the concert.  We ended up in zone 3 which was as close as you could get without having a “fan zone” pass. Dan and Shay were the opening act and there was even a surprise appearance by Danielle Bradbury because her and Blake are best buds! Afterwards we hung out to see Blake leave and we made friends with some Atlantic City police officers! Blake left in one of the vans we saw, but the windows were really tinted so you couldn’t really see him.  After the concert, there were fireworks, so we watched them from the beach for a little while.  It was such a fun night and I was glad I could spend it with good friends!

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Friday morning I went to my internship for a few hours before having to go to work.  At my internship, I’m now in the sales and marketing portion of the program.  I worked on updating One Atlantic’s Pinterest page for a while.  This is important because social media is the new way of marketing for businesses.  It is especially important because a lot of people use Pinterest for wedding ideas and since that is our industry, we want to create a strong Pinterest presence to gain attention.  After I finished that, I updated the website by adding tags to all of our photos to create Search Engine Optimization.  This is something I learned about in a few of my Mass Communication classes, so it was cool to actually do it.  Search engine optimization is a way of placing yourself at the top or near the top of search engine results.  We also had a couple come in for tour and information meeting, so I asked Joey if I could sit in on that meeting with her.  They were from New York and were looking at getting married at One Atlantic. After the meeting, they seemed pretty interested and were asking about deposits and wedding dates available so I think they’re probably going to book with us.  I really enjoy working in sales, because it allowed me to use some of my Mass Communications and interpersonal skills to do the social media and speak with the couples.   My favorite part of the internship has been all the face to face interaction I get with the bride and grooms whether it be during the event, tastings, or final detail meetings.


My parents came down for the weekend and Saturday was a pretty cloudy/rainy day so it wasn’t a good day for the beach.  Fortunately I had been wanting to do a couple touristy things in the area while I had been down here, so Saturday provided the perfect day for that.   First we went to Lucy the Elephant.  Lucy the Elephant is located in Margate, NJ, which is just a couple beaches south of Atlantic City.  Lucy is a 6 story elephant structure from the 1880s.  I’m not going to talk about the whole history of Lucy, but you can look it at here if you’re interested.  Its a pretty cool thing. While we were there, there were signs posted about them filming for a show, so when we came out of the elephant after our tour, there were people asking us to sign release forms for television.  It ended up being National Geographic filming for a show on human behavior.  Kelsey was interviewed, so watch out for her television debut coming in November!

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After the elephant, we headed into Atlantic City to get some boardwalk food for lunch.  Aunt Cindy hadn’t been to Atlantic City at all yet this summer so she was really anxious to get there.  We walked around for a little while and then drove to the Absecon Lighthouse located at the northern end of Atlantic City.


Sunday was the second free concert.  It was Lady Antebellum! I’ve never seen them perform live so I was excited about that.  Alex and Sierra, winners from the third season of X-Factor were the opening act.  I’ve never listened to them but they had some good songs.  Then Lady A came on and they were really good! I love a lot of their songs and they were really personable with the crowd.  Once again, we waited to go into the city until 3:00 and we still managed to get the same spots in Zone 3 as last time.  We were pretty lucky both days!

After the concert, Kelsey got proposed to and married in a matter of seconds


We went and had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe after trying to get into two other restaurants that had extremely long waits.  We ordered our food and were sitting there.  A guy walked by with bruschetta and we were looking at his plate longingly and he stopped and asked if it was for our table.  We said, “no but it looks delicious” so he took it to the table it was for and stopped at our table on the way back.  He asked if we wanted some. We both just kinda looked at him like what? and he said “I’m the manager,  I can do what I want” so a few minutes later we were enjoying a plate a of fresh (& free) bruschetta! It was really  good!  Once again, it was a really fun day! I love concerts and was kinda bummed thinking I wouldn’t get to go to any this summer, then these two free concerts happened!

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Independence Weekend

After working long days through the week and the holiday weekend, today I finally had a day off to relax.  This morning I decided to head to Brigantine to spend the day at the beach.  It was nice to be able to relax without any time constraints.  Usually when I go to the beach, I can’t really fully relax or take naps because I have to be at work at a certain time so today was really nice (and no seagulls attacked me).





Kelsey came back this evening after she spent some time at Ithaca.  We picked up my friend Michelle and went into Atlantic City to watch the fireworks tonight.  Atlantic City has one of the top five firework displays in the country for the 4th of July celebration.  The director of One Atlantic allowed all employees and friends/families to come up and watch the fireworks from the venue.  This gave us a spectacular view because we were already 100 yards over the ocean so we were really close to the fireworks. They shoot the fireworks off of two barges (boats) out in the ocean.  There was supposed to be one barge on each side of the pier so they could be seen from all the beaches but the one boat kept drifting so they were both on the same side.  Because they were on the opposite side of the terrace we were going to watch from, we moved everything inside and watched from the 15 foot windows.  It was still AMAZING! We were able to see both sets of fireworks go off together as they were originally choreographed so both sides of the pier would see the same show at the same time.  The director had a cart full of water, Johnson’s caramel popcorn, salt water taffy and macaroons for us to snack on during the fireworks.  It was really great experience overall.  It was really cool to see the water and the waves light up with each firework.  I am really glad they were postponed until tonight so I got to experience them!










Chef Rebekah

Like I’ve mentioned before, my internship consists of 4 portions.  The first portion was spent working with the event coordinators and today I finished up my second portion which was spent in the kitchen working with the chef and other cooks.  Last week I went in on a Thursday and we had huge weddings on both Friday and Saturday so I did a lot of food prep.  Along with another person, I rolled about 350 crab cigars for the weddings.  Friday night was a Vietnamese wedding so the couple provided the bride’s mother’s recipe for egg rolls so then I worked on those so they would be ready to be fried on Saturday in time for cocktail hour.

Crab Cigars served in a cigar box

Crab Cigars served in a cigar box

Today was a lot more fun than the last week because we weren’t as busy so I was able to do more things and learn more about the kitchen.  We had a couple come in for their tasting at 1 so I was able to see how they prepare for that and I even prepared one of the hors d’oeuvres.  It was a watermelon cube wrapped in prosciutto.  I thought this was a really weird thing, but Chef had me try it and it was actually really good.  Its an uncommon but perfect combination.   After this I helped make some empanadas to serve for the wedding tomorrow.  I learned how to use the vacuum sealer they had in the kitchen.  Its a really cool thing that they use a lot.  The vacuum sealer allows them to prepare food ahead of time.  For instance, today they started grilling the filet mignon for tomorrow, so they cooked them all half way and then we sealed them and put them in the fridge and they will just finish them up tomorrow before serving them.  I thought this was really cool.  For the tasting today, the couple requested little shot glasses made of cookies filled with milk.  I’ve seen them on Pinterest and One Atlantic has never done them before so today was a first.  I even got to try one!  We were expecting a food delivery today but when they were on their way here they got pulled over and had an expired registration so they had to take all the food and transfer it to a different truck.  With this being said, we were missing a few necessary ingredients for the tasting this afternoon.  Chef took me “shopping”.  This is when we go to the other restaurants in the Pier Shops and borrow what we need.  I think its a really great how close all the chefs are and that they’re willing to help each other out.  Chef was talking to me and was reminding me of how important it is to help everyone whenever you are able, because you never know when you may be working for that person or you may need their help back.

A few hours after we went “shopping”, one of the cooks asked me to go back down to the restaurant and gather some steam with the help of one of the other chefs.  I said to them, “Are you serious?”, and they got me a container and I was kinda just like “I’m the intern.  I don’t really know what I’m doing.  I’ll just do what they tell me.”  So I found my way back to the restaurant and talked to the chef from earlier.  He was like, “did they actually send you down here for that?” and I was like “Yeah, is this some sort of prank?” and he was like “Yeah.  Hahaha”.  Supposedly this is a very common thing.  They always send their interns to each other for stupid things like steam or an “oven stretcher”.  I was lucky they didn’t send me on a wild goose chase to other restaurants or Caesar’s like they do to other interns.  The chef at the restaurant helped me fill up my container with a little bit of hot water and told me to tell them “we consolidated the steam, so they wouldn’t have to do it later”.  So it took it back upstairs and they were all really impressed that I came back with at least that.  They said usually people just return with an empty container.  It was really funny and I can enjoy a good joke.  Another thing the kitchen guys do is “intern tossing”.  On our last day, they each get a turn in throwing the intern to see how many tiles they can throw us.  The sous chef was on vacation so we’re waiting until next week when the other intern begins in the kitchen so they can throw us both at the same time.  They’re thinking they can throw me at least 14 tiles so we’ll see….

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Other than my internship, I’ve been working a lot at The Cellar.  I try to spend my mornings/afternoons at the pool or the beach before I have to go to work, so Tuesday I went to the pool located in my apartment complex. Yesterday I didn’t have  to be at work until 6 so I decided to head to the beach that morning.  I went to Dunkin before and then drove to Brigantine.  I set up my camp and sat down to enjoy my bagel. As I’m eating one half of my bagel I begin to notice that seagulls are coming towards me so I try to eat it more subtly.  They were showing no signs of leaving anytime soon so I decided to put away the other half of my bagel until they were gone.  As I was putting it away, I got some butter on my finger from the bagel and didn’t want to lick it off so the seagulls would think I was eating, and I didn’t want to wipe it on my towel so I just sat there like a statue hoping they would leave. Then all of a sudden, A SEAGULL SWOOPED OVER AND BIT ME IN THE FINGER thinking the butter was food! It was SO SCARY!  After that I was terrified of the seagulls all day and never did get to eat the other half of my bagel.

Being in New Jersey, its disappointing how many things I miss at home.  Saturday will be the Lake Meade fireworks and I’ll be missing them.  I’ll be working all weekend and until today thought I wasn’t going to get to see any fireworks or celebrate the 4th.  But thanks, to the impending weather, Atlantic City has postponed their fireworks until Sunday and I don’t have to work on Sunday so I’m really excited to see some fireworks over the ocean from the beach.  Even if others may be upset about the postponement, it worked well in my favor.


Vacations are too short

Last week I spent a wonderful 7 days in Cape May with my family.  This is a tradition we have been doing for about 40 years.  All of my dad’s cousins come and all their kids, so in total there are about 45 of us down there for the week.  We had perfect weather! Only one day it was a little cloudy and windy but it was still a nice beach day and gave our skin a break from the blistering sun. This is the first time in five years that all the Kings were down at the beach, so we decided to have a family photo taken.  In the last one we have Ava was just one year old and she will now be a freshman in high school, so we were definitely in need of a new one.  We all pulled together some white and navy outfits and it worked really well!

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The rest of the week was just as beautiful! Cape May is my favorite place in the world and its mostly due to my awesome family!

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Saturday I came back to the apartment for a few hours and then headed into Atlantic City to work at a wedding at One Atlantic.  For the first hour or so of setup I mastered napkin folding for menu cards.   The theme of the wedding was seashells and sparkles.  The bride made a lot of glitzed up seashells for decor.  They used an adirondack chair as their “guest book”.  I thought this was a really neat idea.  This couple chose not to do a first look before the ceremony, so they used their entire cocktail hour for photos.  The mother of the bride had a surprise planned for them during the photos.  She paid to have a plane fly by with a banner.  They were all really surprised and loved it!  My favorite part of this whole wedding was the Best Man speech.  The groom had a son from a previous relationship and he served as his dad’s best man.  The little boy was maybe 7 years old but gave one of the best speeches I’ve ever heard.  It was so funny and cute at the same time.  It had me tearing up but the groom was actually sobbing because it meant so much to him.  I really wish I had thought of videotaping it on my phone because it was just that cute.  There were a few bumps in the wedding.  Both were due to a lack of communication.  At One Atlantic, we provide a lighting fixture called “Starry Night”.  It is little globes filled with tealights hanging from the ceiling.  This couple chose a package that included this fixture.  After the fixture was all set up they informed the band they would be having a horah (dance).  In the Jewish religion, this is when they put the bride and groom in the air on chairs.  Due to liability they can’t do this when the Starry Night is on the ceiling.  The same thing happened later when they wanted to put the garter on a football to throw.  They did not communicate either of these things with their event planner ahead of time.  If they had communicated this, the event planner would’ve just suggested against the Starry Night fixture so they could have the other aspects of their wedding that they wanted.  This is just another reminder of how important communication is in any and all aspects of event planning.    After working a few weddings now, I’ve learned how the orchestration of a wedding works.  I am now able to just do things on my own without someone reminding me to do it.  I am really enjoying these weddings.  They go very late until the night and I’m usually very tired when I leave, but they’re rewarding for my future.  I’m learning about all types of events and I’m also making some nice friends and connections in the industry.

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Photography by: Mk Photo

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend my parents came for a visit and Uncle Mike, Aunt Cindy, Alex, and Aaron were all here so we had a full house (apartment)!  I was so happy that everyone wanted to come because I  had a rough few days at the beginning of the week because I was so lonely in the apartment by myself.

Friday evening, Mom and Dad showed up and we were able to hang out for a little before going to bed.  Saturday morning, we all got up fairly early and I headed to Mays Landing with Mom.  Mays Landing is about 15 minutes away and has all the stores you could imagine!  It was very comforting to find a Target, Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, and most importantly MICHAELS!  Saturday evening, I had my third day of work at The Cellar 32, but my whole family came in to eat.  They all said their food was really good! (They got to try it before I even did).  Hostessing isn’t very hard because I’ve worked in the restaurant industry for a while, but its always a little difficult learning everything because each place operates differently.

On Sunday we headed to the beach at Brigantine for a while before I headed to my internship in the early evening.  This was the first event I worked for my internship and it was a beautiful wedding!   I finally got the chance to meet the other intern, Kelsi. Whenever I work an event, the kitchen provides us with a dinner beforehand.  That night we had pasta with crab meat and asparagus, snap peas, and tuna tartar.  I had everything, but I wasn’t quite willing to try the raw tuna.   As an intern at a wedding, I follow the wedding planner, banquet manager, and also serve as a greeter for the guests.  Because One Atlantic’s events are private, greeters are located at the elevators and escalators to check in all guests before the ceremony.  In addition to this, I helped set up tea light candles on the reception tables and in the lobby for cocktail hour.  We also helped the planner direct guests throughout the entire timeline of the event.  Before the event concluded,  the interns and greeters were responsible for setting up the candy bar.  The couple bought an assortment of candies and take home boxes to serve as favors for their guests.  Overall, it was a good first event.  I’m looking forward to working another wedding next weekend and expanding my skills and knowledge in the event industry.

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On Monday we spent another lovely day on the beach! It was so nice to spend Memorial Day with my family.  It would not have been the same without them.  I’m truly blessed to have the family that I do.  I love them all very much!  And a special shoutout to my mom for bringing me personalized casserole dishes of homemade macaroni and cheese. She knows the way to my heart!

My dad’s weekend in photo summary:

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I’m feeling more and more settled here as each day passes.  I’ve learned all the main roads and no longer need to use my GPS to get to my three main points of interest (home, internship, work).  I also realized that almost anywhere I need to go is 15 minutes away so it makes timing things easy.  I also think I’ve finally mastered the parking garage after a week.

Now I’m gearing up for another full week! I’ll be working at The Cellar 4 evenings and working my internship 1 or 2 days along with an event on Saturday.  With the rate I’m going it seems like its going to be a VERY busy summer and when I’m not working I’m usually on the beach working on my tan!


P.S. I finally have lamps in my apartment so I no longer have to sit in the dark! 🙂