Archive for June, 2011

Waterside Reception: Central Park Boathouse

New York City

June 30th, 2011

Thanks to Orchard Cover Photography, we see photos of Hannah’s and John’s waterside wedding reception at The Central Park Boathouse. Hard to believe this location is in the middle of one of the most populated cities in the world. It looks beautifully peaceful and romantic. While their wedding ceremony took place in a NYC church, Hannah and John had pictures taken at Bethesda Fountain, in Central Park. Bethesda Terrace is one of the locations in Central Park that can accommodate a large group for a wedding ceremony, as mentioned in the last post.

Waterside Wedding: Central Park

New York City

June 26th, 2011

There are a number of great spots for wedding ceremonies in New York City’s Central Park, and a few of them are perfect for a waterside wedding. While you can get married in any of the city parks, you’ll need a permit if you’ve got a group of 20 people or more. It takes 30 days for the permit to be processed, so don’t expect to be completely spontaneous unless there are just a few people attending.

Check out Central Park’s list of suggested wedding locations. A couple of the waterside locations, like Wagner Cove, are suitable for small groups of 10-20 people and have a picture-perfect gazebo at the water’s edge, while Bethesda Terrace, on the other hand, can accommodate a much larger group. The next post on Waterside will feature a wedding reception at The Central Park Boathouse, a gorgeous spot for a waterside wedding reception in one of the world’s most famous and romantic parks. Photo courtesy of The Mark Hotel.

Great Gifts: Seabags

June 16th, 2011

What better way to thank your bridesmaids (and groomsmen) for their involvement in your waterside wedding than to gift them a tote made from recycled sails?? I LOVE this idea and this company, Seabags, based in Portland, ME. Not only is their mission impressive, but the products they’re creating (not just totes, but duffelbags, pillows, cosmetic bags, etc) are well made and great looking. And should you happen to have a few extra sails hanging around your house that you don’t need anymore, pop onto the Seabags website, and donate them to the cause.

Sara & Lucas: Oceanfront Wedding

Seabrook Island Club, Seabrook Island, SC

June 13th, 2011

beach wedding in South CarolinaIs this a great oceanfront wedding venue or what? I admit that I am the lucky Wedding Director at this location, the Seabrook Island Club just south of Charleston, SC. The Ocean Terrace, pictured here, was created with wedding ceremonies in mind, and it is one of the very few spots on the east coast where a couple can get married this close to the water without actually stepping in the sand. Needless to say, it’s a perfect spot for a wedding waterside.

Sara and Lucas were married on a beautiful day in May, only minutes after the photo above was taken. As is often the case at outdoor weddings or other non-traditional wedding venues, the couple was blending two distinctly different backgrounds, traditions, and religions. Sara is Korean-American, raised Baptist in Mississippi, and Lucas is a Jewish, Ivy League, New Englander (Connecticut to be exact). Elements of their backgrounds were evident throughout the day, but the neutral setting allowed Sara and Lucas to incorporate the things that were most important to them as individuals and as a couple. This understatedly elegant wedding was one of my favorites, and photographer Jennifer Bearden captured it beautifully.beach wedding beach wedding beach weddingbeach weddingbeach wedding beach wedding

Awesome Mini Wedding Dresses


June 2nd, 2011

wedding dress for beach weddingwedding dress for beach weddingObviously, I am in love with the white shift dress as wedding dress right now. A few posts ago, I featured a short shift from Lily Pulitzer, and today we have two great examples from BHLDN, another new wedding obsession of mine. If you haven’t had a chance to go to the website, set aside a few hours and log onto You’ll be busy there for hours.

I’m not sure why this dress style appeals to me so strongly at the moment, but I’d venture to say it’s not only the coquettish je ne sais quoi ease of the design, but more importantly, it’s the leg. Honestly, if you’re getting married on a beach, what’s better than a super cute mini wedding dress that just begs you to walk in the sand, waves lapping at your ankles, legs all tanned and terrific?

The dress on the left, called the Carnaby Crochet Mini ($320), is cotton with a rayon lining and falls 16″ from the waistline. The Spun Sugar Shift ($650), on the right, is a sheer organza shell over a silk charmeuse slip and falls 19″ from the waist. Either is adorable.