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Jen + Ryan: Waterside Wedding

Big Sur, California

December 27th, 2011

waterside wedding Well, hello lovely Louboutins! Is there a better way to start a wedding post than with some super shoes on the bride? The groom’s shoes are pretty cute, of course, but who can help but love a nude shoe with the peep toe peaking out from under a Sarah Seven wedding dress? waterside wedding Jen and Ryan were married in Big Sur, having fallen in love with the area while camping there many times throughout their years together. They found the perfect venue, a private residence, which allowed the couple the flexibility to hold the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception dinner in different areas of the same location. Not only is this a great idea in terms of making the most of your venue fee, but its very convenient for guests (and you). Once they arrive to the ceremony, they’re free to get comfortable for hours. And with a view like that, who’d want to leave? waterside wedding waterside weddingwaterside wedding Not interested in following traditional wedding rules, Jen and Ryan wanted a wedding that truly reflected their personalities. Not only did they have a Bourbon bar, a camping themed photo booth, and loads of baked goods handmade by the bride and maid of honor, but they carefully incorporated the charming details they love: mason jars, burlap, succulents. waterside weddingwaterside weddingThanks so much to Brandon Kidd Photography for allowing us to post these great wedding photos!!

Ocean Inspired Wedding: Courtney & Michael

Bayshore, New York

September 16th, 2011

Courtney and Michael met while working on the Fire Island Ferry together, so the ferry was an integral part in their wedding day. How great is that?This could be my favorite photo of the day. Thank you to Robert & Kathleen Photographers, who shared these photos with us. Of course, the next photo could be my favorite of the day, too, seeing as I’m a big Audrey Hepburn fan, just like Courtney (I have a big, framed Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie poster hanging in my house to prove it). Courtney received a gorgeous pair of classic pearl studs from her soon-to-be-husband, who obviously thinks very highly of her. What better way to kick off the day? After a wedding ceremony at the Church of St. Patrick in Bayshore, the wedding party and family took the Fire Island Ferry to the lighthouse for photos on the beach. Courtney and Michael used the ocean as inspiration for their wedding. They incorporated the color navy blue in their decor, used nautical knots in some of their printed material, had sand and shells at the bottom of the hurricane candles they used as table centerpieces, and this all added to the cohesiveness of their theme. I’ve got to point out the best sand dollars-as-place cards that I’ve seen so far….Courtney and Michael made the wise decision to use ribbon to secure a printed piece with name and table number. Too many couples try to write directly onto the sand dollar with marker. Don’t do it. The surface is too rough and porous for this. The ink bleeds and the end result looks like a kindergarten project. The idea is great, but take the lead from Courtney and Michael. It makes a world of difference. Also, when line the shells up alphabetically in sand, as they have here, please use craft sand. You can find it in the craft stores like Michael’s and even the craft department of store like Walmart. Don’t rely on sand from the beach. Trust me on this one. Beach sand looks great when you’re walking on it, but it’s never as pale as you want, as dry as you want, or as debri-free as you need it to be when it’s used indoors to decorate.

Jennifer Nielsen Jewelry

Portland, Maine

September 9th, 2011

beach weddingPortland, ME artist, Jennifer Nielsen, works with metal and found beach pebbles (and pearls, family diamonds, etc) to create unique pieces of jewelry that are perfect for beach weddings or any wedding on water. Jennifer Nielsen Jewelry will customize your beach finds into beautiful, organic pieces of wearable art that live on as wedding or engagement rings, wedding party gifts, groom’s gifts, or everyday earrings. I love the rugged individualism of this jewelry. Too often we think the ocean decorates us only with shells, but stones tumbled and polished by waves have a modern, solid beauty all their own. beach weddingbeach wedding jewelrybeach wedding jewelryPhotos courtesy of Jennifer Nielsen Jewelry.

Kate & Greg: Oceanfront Wedding

Oahu, Hawaii

August 29th, 2011

Beach weddingHawaii holds a special place in my heart, and as anyone who’s been there knows, it’s simply magic.  Not sure if it’s the air, the ocean, or the generous aloha spirit, but whatever it is, Kate and Greg have felt it, too, and they wanted to spread the love.  They chose the North Shore of Oahu for their destination wedding and made an equally wise decision to have Sarah Yates photograph it. Get comfy, crack open a coconut, and devour the photos from this awesome wedding. beach weddingbeach weddingHow amazaing are the surfboards at the ceremony?  Kate’s short, floaty dress by Sarah Seven was the perfect choice for this easy, breezy, backyard-on-the-beach wedding.  beach wedding beach weddingWould you believe that Kate’s and Greg’s original location fell through at the last minute because the venue double booked the date?? Luckily for this couple, things worked out in their favor, and they were able to have their reception at this private residence. It worked out for the best as far as I’m concerned!! There’s a quiet lesson here…always hire reputable vendors, even if they’re a bit more expensive. beach weddingbeach weddingbeach weddingbeach weddingThis wedding looks like it was a ton of fun.  The happiness in these photos is tangible.  Kate and Greg probably suffered a little stress when their wedding plans started to unravel, but sometimes Plan B ends up being more than Plan A ever could have been.  No doubt the island’s aloha spirit had something to do with it.  There’s a saying in Hawaii that certainly applies here: Hawaii No Ka Oi, or, Hawaii is the best.  Couldn’t agree more.

Lisa & Keith: Oceanfront Wedding

Little Compton, Rhode Island

August 17th, 2011

We’re back in Rhode Island with Lisa’s and Keith’s wedding at Bicentennial Farm in Little Compton. A working cow farm that’s been in existence since the 1600′s was the perfect venue for this laid back, unconventional couple. Not only did Lisa and Keith fall in love with the location (farm on the water!) and its history, but the farmer rents out houses on the property, so they had the perfect home base, as well.Beach weddingBeach wedding Beach weddingLisa’s smile is so warm, and her eyes so beautiful. Love the shell necklace and red cowboy boots! Beach wedding The muted sea glass colors of the bridesmaids’ dresses complement the moody light of the overcast weather. Lisa and friends made the whimsical fabric pinwheels and picked the day’s flowers right from the farm’s historic garden.Beach weddingBeach weddingBeach weddingEverything about this wedding is so simple, sweet, and pretty. Many, many thanks to Jagger Photography.

Kristin & Derrick: Lakeside Wedding

Moose Pass, Alaska

August 8th, 2011

So thrilled to have found an Alaskan summer wedding to post. It’s been a year long goal, and now here it is. And so lovely! Originally spotted on Green Wedding Shoes, these beautiful photos were taken by Floataway Studios.Kristin’s coral pink flowers and cardigan really pop in the rustic, woodsy environment. The happy color warms things up, and you know there was a little chill in the air. Check out the snow on those mountains!Don’t Kristin and Derrick look so serene? I imagine that’s what some delicious, pure Alaskan air will do for you on your wedding day. The reception was held at The Inn at Tern Lake, which appears to be the most perfectfully situated, peaceful place on Earth. Bet it’s just as beautiful blanketed in snow.

Kerry & Oriel: Ocean View Wedding

Coromandel, New Zealand

August 4th, 2011

This is one of those weddings that sends you into a daydream. Kerry and Oriel, both British, drew friends and family together for an intimate, ocean view wedding on a cliff in New Zealand! They rented a 5 bedroom vacation home, Just Paradise, and held ceremony and reception right there. Love Kerry’s dress and simple, flat sandals, and Oriel looks dapper in his suit. Kerry arranged all of the decor, a sweet mix of soft pattern, color, and texture. The umbrellas around the dining tables are a great alternative to a tent, adding to the casual ambiance, and the Jamaican menu has my mouth watering! Many thanks to Jel Photography for sending these gorgeous images which I originally spotted on Polka Dot Bride.

Abbey & Jeremy: Lakefront Wedding

Mackinac Island, Michigan

July 28th, 2011

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Abbey’s and Jeremy’s lakefront wedding took place on uber-charming Mackinac Island in Michigan. The intimate ceremony was held at the gazebo of the Mission Point Resort in front of 30 guests.

Mackinac is a non-motorized island, so bikes and horse drawn carriages are the only mode of transportation. Abbey and Jeremy continued the eco-friendliness by incorporating only local flowers, refraining from printing paper menus and programs, and opting for a double-duty bright idea: a beautifully decorated cake on a pedestal graced the center of each dining table, acting both as centerpiece and dessert!! As a bonus, the wedding and reception were all held outside during daylight, so no electricity was used to light the event. Immediately following the ceremony, photographer Paul Retherford took photos of the couple as they indulged in some time for themselves on a carriage ride around the island. Meanwhile, wedding guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvre, croquet, and gorgeous views of the lake.


Beachy at BHLDN

July 16th, 2011

It’s all about the beach right now at BHLDN. They’ve really hit the nail on the head with their shore-inspired wedding gowns, DIY-looking decor (driftwood garland, paper pinwheels, crochet-covered votives reminiscent of fishing nets, etc), and knockout accessories, including sparkly barefoot sandals that look like jewelry on your feet.

Bet I caught your eye with those photos of the beach. Yeah, I meant to. Thanks Jose Villa!

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.