Posts Tagged ‘weddings on water’

Nadine & Arno: Riverside Wedding

Sonoma County, CA

February 8th, 2012

It’s pretty rare for me to kick off a wedding with photos of the reception before anything else, but when the bride and groom kick off the reception with a blindfold and a pinata, I feel I have no other choice! Nadine and Arno held their wedding and reception at Dawn Ranch Lodge, a charming “summer camp” resort on the banks of the Russian River in Sonoma County, CA. I first spotted this wedding on 100 Layer Cake and couldn’t decide what I loved more; the perfect photography (thanks to Jesse Leake, the charming venue, the bride’s Vera Wang with the gorgeous ruffles along the bottom, or the playful spirit of the bride and groom. Usually I’m drawn to one particular element of a wedding. But this time, they were competing equally for my attention. So I decided they all win.I absolutely love the idea of having dinner in an orchard. The flowers and decorated dining tables fit the location beautifully. Have you ever seen a better father-daughter dance? Me neither.And as if the Russian River wasn’t enough water for this wedding, there was this classic swimming pool flanked with cute guest cottages.  I can’t get enough of this nostalgic location. Makes me want to float for hours in an inner tube and see a drive-in movie with my pajamas on in the back of an old station wagon.  Nadine and Arno had a great vision for their wedding and it was executed brilliantly.  Once again, wish I’d been a guest at this one!

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!!

Waterside Wedding: Coreen & Steven

Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington

December 9th, 2011

Waterside weddingCoreen and Steven were high school sweethearts who grew up on the coast of British Columbia. They decided on a not-so-far-away destination wedding and got married along the water at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington, right across from the bay where they first met. waterside weddingwaterside weddingwaterside weddingCoreen and Steven’s wedding was a crisp mix of lime green, navy blue and white. These polka dot bridesmaids’ dresses look perfect in this setting. Bright green kermit mums in the boutonnieres carried the green theme for the groomsmen. waterside weddingwaterside wedding waterside wedding Not only were so many of the details of this day handmade by the bride and her family, but Coreen even made the gorgeous invitation suite! waterside weddingwaterside weddingwaterside wedding waterside weddingLove the idea of alternating graphic napkins at each place setting. Adds just the right touch of color and energy to the tables.waterside weddingwaterside weddingwaterside weddingMany, many thanks to Alexandra Hunt Photography for sending these photos. Thanks, too, Two Bright Lights.

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.

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.

Oceanfront Venue: The Chanler

Newport, Rhode Island

August 1st, 2011

For the past few years I’ve been reading about The Chanler, a historic hotel perched high above the famous Cliff Walk in Newport, RI. I’m visiting my sister in Newport right now, and this weekend as we were driving aimlessly through town, I mentioned that I wanted to take a look at it for blog purposes. Her eyes lit up as she told me what a fantastic place it is and that we weren’t far from it. Quite unexpectedly, my sister crossed two lanes of traffic and pulled through an iron gate (already open, luckily) right into the driveway of the majestic mansion. Well, hello gorgeous!

Not only was this 20-room hotel voted #1 Small Hotel in the US by Conde Nast Traveler in 2010, but it was named #3 Best Inn in the US by Travel + Leisure for 2011. The mansion was built in 1873 as a summer house by Civil War-era NY Congressman John Winthrop Chanler, who just happened to be married to Margaret Astor Ward, great granddaughter of John Jacob Astor, the first multi-millionaire in the US. Obviously, the standards were pretty high, and they remained high when the building was refurbished and re-opened as The Chanler in 2003.

Lucky for me, the hotel staff was setting up for a wedding on the Cliff Lawn as my sister and I barreled into the parking lot. Not only did I get to see the venue, but I got to see it during set up! It wasn’t until we hopped out of the car looking a little beach-abused in our bathing suits and cover ups that we realized we might not be welcomed at the hotel with open arms. That could not be further than the truth. While The Chanler is very refined (about beautifully decorated), it is not stuffy. And what a view of the ocean it has! I took several photos with my phone, but none were as good as the photos on the website, so those I’ve posted are courtesy of The Chanler.

The hotel has three ceremony sites, but the Cliff Lawn has the spectacular ocean view. The covered, columned Terrace is a beautiful spot for a reception, also with ocean view. While you do not need to stay at the hotel in order to have a wedding (up to 200 people) there, it is possible to rent out the entire mansion for your event, including the 20 guest rooms. Driving out through the gate, my sister concurred…we’re on a mission to attend a wedding at The Chanler. As guests, of course.

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!