Posts Tagged ‘beach wedding’

Kestrin & Jonathan: Oceanside Wedding

Carmel, CA

October 3rd, 2011

beach wedding Kestrin and Jonathan had two wedding ceremonies, a day apart. The first, shown in this post, was held on a bluff at Carmel River State Beach in Carmel, CA, (where Jonathan proposed) and was attended by a small group of about 50 friends and family, and the couple’s dog, Batgirl. Jonathan proposed to the bewitching Kestrin with these words, “I know you’re perfectly capable of living this life on your own, but I want to live it with you.” I don’t blame him. Kestrin looks pretty cool, if you ask me. Continue on and you’ll know she is.Love the dramatic, moody, windy sky that day, and I really love the chic air plant bouquet, courtesy of the very talented Flora Grubb, who happens to be the groom’s sister. A simple, waterside family celebration took place afterwards at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Beach House. The following day, it was off to San Francisco for a second ceremony, followed by a raucous party, all held at Flora Grubb Gardens. Post to follow soon. Many thanks to Feather Love Photography.

Posting Soon: Kestrin & Jonathan

Carmel, CA

September 22nd, 2011

beach weddingThe best part of writing a wedding blog is looking at and reading about all the different ways couples interpret the idea of a wedding. I can’t even begin to explain how compelling it is. At least it is for me, and if you’re reading this, then it probably is for you, too.

I’ve had my eye on this particular wedding for quite a while, and I’m so excited to finally have it on Waterside. Kestrin and Jonathan, two very creative people, had a unique vision for their wedding, and Feather Love Photography took a very cinematic approach when shooting the day, wait…2 days, of this wedding. The results are amazing. This is just a teaser today. I’ll post the first wedding (the waterside one) in the next few days, and their second wedding (in SF – has nothing to do with water at all, but it’s too cool to miss) soon after that. Keep in mind that Kestrin and Jonathan met at Burning Man, and if you’re unfamiliar with that annual event, do a little research before the next post. It makes the whole story even more interesting.

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.

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.

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!

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.