Palos Verdes Beach Wedding with Sarah Becker Photography

This gorgeous duo obviously wanted to be as close to the heavens as they could get – with both a gorgeous clifftop wedding ceremony overlooking Palos Verdes beach AND a rooftop soiree celebration nonetheless. Sarah Becker Photography was there to capture their laid-back sense of luxury, the sweeping ocean views and snap a bunch of fun-loving maids and grooms – all which help create a slice of wedding heaven they will remember for a lifetime!

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From the Photographer:

Joel is my husband Luke’s oldest friend. They have been best friends since they met at the age of nine, and 90% of Luke’s childhood memories include Joel in some way (maybe more!). I got to know Joel when we spent a summer together in Maryland during college, and was unsurprised to realize that we shared many similar personality traits!

Joel moved to Los Angeles after graduating college a couple years ago and has both struggled and thrived in his new city. Kat is from Kentucky, and packed up her belongings in a car and headed out west just a few months before she met Joel. The day after they met, Joel called Luke and said “I think I’m going to marry this girl I met last night, her name is Katherine.” What followed was a sweet, sweet story culminating in their wedding day this past weekend!

Since Joel + Kat met in Los Angeles, it was fitting that they married there. They both came to follow their dreams, and although that journey is underway, they weren’t expecting to find each other! We were able to spend several days exploring Los Angeles with them and after their wedding as well it is simply obvious that they belong there! They have such a strong community around them, it really warmed our hearts to see!

We started the day at Joel’s apartment where the girls got ready (and where Kat had to borrow some socks – you’ll see in a minute!) and made our way to the ocean for the ceremony at Wayfarer’s Chapel, a glass chapel nestled among trees on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Gosh, that place is GORGEOUS! And the view is astounding. It was a dream to photograph! After the ceremony we headed back to Joel’s apartment for a party on the roof. It was such a special day, and I’m so honored to know Joel + Kat – and also to have photographed their wedding! 

 

Photographer:  Sarah Becker Photography // Reception Venue: Wayfarer’s Chapel // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

 

{Guest Post} Chair Arrangement & Chuppah Decorations For The Beach – Part 2

In Part One of their fabulous beach wedding series, our friends over at OBX Brides discussed Beach Wedding Challenges and how to solve them. Today we’re delighted to have them back to share their wisdom about creative chair arrangements and ideas for your chuppah.

Ideas For Real Feet-On-The-Sand Beach Weddings

Wedding in The Round

For smaller beach weddings seating people around the bride and groom creates an intimate feel. Arrange the chairs in a circle, semi-circle or spiral seating arrangement. This can also be done using a square rather than a circular arrangement. If you want all eyes to be not only on you, but also on the ocean choose a semi-circle.

Traditional wood folding chairs may or may not set well on sand. Alternatives are benches or even pews. If you choose backless benches, you might want to offer some chairs to guests who might find backless seating uncomfortable. If the benches are very low keep in mind any pregnant guests, the elderly or those with health conditions who might find it very hard to sit down and stand up from a low seat. Renting a floor for your chairs to set on solves all sorts of problems.

Seating Savvy

Yes, sunset ceremonies are breathtaking but they call for some seating savvy. By angling the seating arrangement so the sun is not directly behind you, but rather, off to one side your guests won’t be blinded by the sun. And to keep you and your groom from being blinded by something other than love create a Chuppah with sheer fabric that reaches to about shoulder level on both sides. This will keep the sun out of your eyes and the guests will still be able to enjoy the ocean view—and you.

The Chuppah

The chuppah is fabric, or sometimes flowers or foliage, attached to the tops of two or more poles and usually draped from pole to pole. The word chuppah means “covering” or “protection” and is where the bride and groom stand while reciting their vows, it adds structure to the wedding and allows for some absolutely awesome decor opportunities. Decorations for the chuppah can be as unique as the couple standing under it. They can be very simple and casual with just some gauzy fabric or can combine many elements such as flowers, shells, starfish, tiny lights, grapevine, garlands and various greenery.

So now you have some ideas for seating arrangements and the chuppah. In our final article in this series, we’ll give you inspiration for gazebo decorations and unique touches to make your outer banks wedding truly special.

 

 

 

Having a destination wedding on the Outer Banks can be daunting. At obxBrides.com, trusted vendors and “been-there” brides come together to offer the most extensive OBX wedding resources.

Photos credits: Island Photography /  Neil GT Photography /  Brooke Mayo Photography

{Guest Post} Creatively Solving Beach Wedding Challenges – Part 1

As much as a wedding on the beach can be the dream destination for summer-loving brides, the challenges that come with an event on the beach can be daunting. Lucky for us, the friendly gang at OBX Brides have these great tips to keep your beautiful beach soiree looking cool as a cucumber!

Photo: Julie Dreelin Photographers

Ideas For Real Feet-On-The-Sand Beach Weddings

After years of experience with Outer Banks weddings, we put together a 3-part series to help you overcome the most common challenges when planning your destination wedding on the beach. Today, we’ll talk about cool apparel, wind-resistant hair dos, and sand-appropriate structures.

Beach Garments 

An elaborate wedding dress and tuxedo is a little too formal and too warm for the beach. Choose a dress that will stand up to the humidity in an airy cool style that won’t let your down.

Guys should take a cue from this “Barefoot Beach Wedding” and opt for crisp cargo shorts and a white button down. Or perhaps a light linen suit in white, beige or natural.

Wind-Resistant Hair

Hair & Makeup by Hairoics Spa & Salon

The beach is always breezy so go with a hair style that takes advantage of that, a perfect combination of romantic, yet messy and casual is oh so right for a beach wedding. A new take on the traditional is a big trend with a series of tiny individual braids that end in a side chignon or a low knotted bun at the neck.

To beat the heat and humidity “Opt for a sheer powder to even out imperfections and stick with powder shadows for your eyes,” advises Cayla Crenshaw in a recent summer makeup article. And unless your skin is very dry powder blushers and bronzers are best.

Sturdy as a Foot in the Sand

Couple Photo: Julie Dreelin Photographers / Other Photos: Island Photography

The same way the wind is a factor to consider in your wedding hairdo, it affects your decorations, which gives you the option to be playful and take advantage of it. In the pictures above you see 2 styles of colorful ribbons and an impromptu aisle decorated with paper lanterns. And speaking of aisles, note how one couple used white benches instead of chairs – chairs are not always necessary.

Stay tuned for our next articles, on chair arrangement and chuppah decorations for the beach! You wont wanna miss it.

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Having a destination wedding on the Outer Banks can be daunting. At obxBrides.com, trusted vendors and “been-there” brides come together to offer the most extensive OBX wedding resources.

Gerbera Daisy Themed Wedding in Naples Florida

When this bride submitted the details of her wedding, I could almost feel her enthusiasm bounce straight off my laptop. Ashley-Lyn and Adam celebrated a beautiful beach wedding in Naples Florida. But it certainly wasn’t your typical beach wedding with a palette of soft blues, neutrals or whites. In contrast, this fun couple with their passion for gerbera flowers and a love of bright green and black, decided to have a gerbera daisy themed wedding. As you’ll see, not only was this exuberant affair bursting with bright pinks, greens and vibrant oranges, but also overflowing with plenty of fun, laughter and gorgeous heartfelt details.

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Bride Ashley-Lyn shares:

Wedding Theme

We wanted to make sure there were personal touches at all points throughout our wedding. I am from Florida and wanted a beach ceremony, with an indoor reception (Florida gets hot!). Our colors were Kelly green and black. My favorite flowers are Gerber daisies so I wanted an abundance of them, and figured with the Kelly green color, we could have every color daisy and it would be perfect for a bright spring wedding (we had 900 daisies to be exact!) I have a very creative family so they helped make everything! My aunt owns a local florist so she helped make my love for Gerber daisies come to life! From the bouquets, to the arch, lining the chairs on the aisle, the cake, head table, and all the centerpieces at the reception! 

Wedding Style

One of my bridesmaids designed my wedding gown, which I could not have imagined to be more perfect!!

Ceremony Details:

My mom made the programs to resemble a fan to help cool you off if it got too hot on the beach. Each chair was draped with a cone filled with petals reading “When the newlyweds walk your way, toss the petals and shout hurray!” Also, made by my mom. Our ring bearer played the part of “ring security” perfectly with his safe box and glasses. Our flower girl walked down with a “here comes the bride” sign which got everyone amped for the grand entrance of me, the bride!! My dad is actually a pastor so he walked me down the aisle and then turned around and performed our ceremony!

Reception Details:

All of the place cards were made by my Mom, each with a paper daisy, and individual names. Our wedding favors were individual bottles of wine made specially by my in-laws for each guest! On each table we had 3 tears of flowers with high, medium, and low arrangements. Our table numbers were frames with 2 at each table holding pictures of the bride and groom at that age (ex. Table number 1 had a picture of each of us at 1 year old). My aunt made our beautiful cake and my aunt that did the flowers dressed it up with more Gerber daisies! My mom also made the cake runner displaying our monogram with wedding date.

Unique & Personalized Details

We wanted our reception to be fun for all so we planned many different surprises to keep the guests going! We even set the mood with bright green up lighting! The reception started off with a grand entrance from the bridal party, each being announced with 1 liners (ex. He still lives at home with his parents…the best man.. MATT KING!). We did the newlywed game, each having a bride and groom flip flop which was raised to answer the questions, which all of the guests thought were hilarious because we didn’t seem to get any question the same (ex. Who is the better driver) ! For our cake cutting we planned a “sneak attack” where we actually turned and smashed the cake in our best man and made of honors face! We had a slide show with pictures of us at all ages…and we even did voice overs leaving a special message for my dad and his mom before each of our dances with them. 

We loved adding all of the personal touches and feel it made our wedding day. I wouldn’t have changed a thing!!!

Thank you Ashley-Lyn for sharing your magical day. We loved all the pops of colour and the ways you injected so much fun and personality into your wedding!

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Photographer: Naples Photography & Videography /Ceremony: Pelican Bay Private Beach / Reception: Pelican Bay Community Center / Florist: The Master’s Touch Florist  / DJ: A DJ With Class

Barefoot Casual Beach Wedding in Forster NSW by Bella Photo Art

We love the laid back blissful vibe of this pretty barefoot beach wedding. Captured by Bella Photo Art on the shores of secluded beach in Forster NSW, it’s a lovely blend of casual chic and budget beautiful with a dash of beachy bohemian thrown in for good measure. How can you not love gorgeous bride Hayley who is natural stunner in front of the camera, the cheerful bridesmaids in their short yellow dresses and the oh-so-pretty beach bridal sandals. Then, don’t get me started about the amazing beach bouquets and floral arrangements all beautifully crafted with real sea shells. Yes, this little gem is pretty much a beach babe’s dream wedding and I’m sure if you browse long enough, you’ll start hearing the fresh ocean breezes and white tipped waves rolling along in the distance . . .  

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Bride Hayley Shares The Wedding Details

Wedding Theme:

Ever since I was young, I had always wanted to have a beach wedding. This was influenced by spending most weekends on the water or on my Dad’s boat. I wanted to find a beach not many people knew of, as well as one which wasn’t difficult for guests to access. I had spent a lot of time holidaying at Forster when growing up, so we went to Forster one weekend with my parents to stay at their holiday house and went looking for beaches. That’s when we found the beautiful Burgess Beach at Forster. It was the exact beach I had imagined I’d find. 

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I wanted all of the decorations to be suited to the beach theme which I started by sending invites as a message in a bottle. I chose yellow for the bridesmaids because it’s such a fresh happy summery colour. My sister is a very creative florist and we worked together with coming up with ideas for the bouquets. I love my bouquet and still have it now. As it is mostly made of shells I could probably keep it forever. We created all of the decoration ideas ourselves to ensure they fitted well with our beach theme.

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Wedding Style: 

I wanted  a wedding dress which wasn’t your typical a-line wedding dress which would drag in the sand. So, I had an old family friend make my dress based off of several different photos I found on the Internet. Rick (my husband) isn’t one to dress up in a suit and decided he wanted to wear shorts. This idea took me awhile to get used to, but after we found the right pair teamed with the right shirts, I was more than happy with how the boys outfits looked. I also think the boys outfits went well the girls and the “fancy free feet” we wore on the day.

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 Reception:

Rick and I have been together for 10 years, so we wanted to keep our wedding fairly relaxed and low key. We didn’t want to let small details stress us out (like I had seen other people do). We just wanted an enjoyable day. We also wanted to make our wedding different to every other wedding we had attended as guests. To keep with the relaxed theme we decided to have the reception at my parents holiday house, which my dad had spent a lot of time fixing up. My husband Rick finished rebuilding his silver Torana just before the wedding so we could use it as our wedding car. His apprentice who owns the white Torana in the pictures could not wait to use his Torana as a wedding car as well.

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Highlights: 

The day before the wedding the weather was some of the worst I had ever seen. The wind was howling and the rain was pelting down. Luckily, overnight the rain stopped, but we were still left with a very strong wind. Thankfully our little Burgess Beach was well protected by the surrounding hills and we only had the odd gust of wind to pick my veil up and wrap around my head (lol). The day was such a happy, fun day and everyone who attended said they had never been to such an enjoyable wedding. I think if anything the strong wind gusts made the day quite memorable (hehe). I am so happy with the way we did everything and I wouldn’t change a thing. It was definitely like they say “the best day of our lives!”  I was so lucky to have Bella as our photographer as well. I have known Bella since 1996 and would not of trusted anyone else to photograph and capture our wedding day the way she did.

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Thank you Hayley for sharing with us all your beautiful details and a special thanks to Bella Photo Art for sending us this gorgeous wedding.

Love all the pretty beach details in this wedding? Then you might like these beautiful beach theme decorations or beach favor ideas.

 

Photography:  Bella Photo Art – Photography by Bella / Flowers: Bride’s Sister / Hair Stylist:  Friends & Co Hair Design by Diana / Makeup Artist:  Forever Young / Officiant:  Megan Meadows / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

{Week of Bliss} Beautiful Beaches, Dreamy Gardens & Sweet Australian Style!

How quick a week goes by these days . . and you can believe we’re already in February!  I feel like I’ve only blinked and a whole month has flown by!  Anyway, as per usual there was no shortage of wedding loveliness around the web this week with many pretty posts helping me to dream away the hours. I’ve rounded up my favourites and I’m sure you’ll enjoy them too!

Blissful Posts Around The Globe:

1. A floral wedding gown which will melt your heart via Ruffled

Floral Wedding GownImage: Larissa Cleveland

2. Love all the fruity contemporary details in this stunning garden wedding via The Wedding Chicks

Fruit Wishing TreeImage: Patrick Moyer

3. Too many beautiful elements too list in this shabby chic dream of a wedding via Style Me Pretty

Shabby Chic WeddingImage: Amy & Stuart Photography

4. Photography goddess Elizabeth Messina shares her tips and tricks in her first beautiful book The Luminous Portrait

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Image: Elizabeth Messina

Blissful Posts from Australia & New Zealand:

1. Turn your vintage suitcases into a stylist’s dream via I Do It Yourself

White Vintage Suitcases

Image: A Beach Cottage

2. A wet and wonderful trash the dress session via Polka Dot Bride

Trash the Dress UnderwaterImage: Sarah Wood

3. Natural, relaxed and breathtaking beach wedding via Magnolia Rouge

Relaxed Beach WeddingImage: Kate Robinson

And last but not least . .  our blissful posts on LWB this week:

Have a wonderful weekend people!

Kym x

Sunset Florida Beach Wedding

I have to admit, I have a soft spot for beach weddings. So whenever a romantic sunset affair, such as this Florida wedding crosses my path, I just to have to give it bragging rights. This stylish wedding on the sandy shores of Islamorada, has just the right mix of a relaxed ocean vibe with sophisticated touches to keep it on the elegant side of ‘beach beautiful.’  Plus, there are so many handcrafted details to love, such as the sand-filled glass bottle invitations wrapped in burlap, a handcrafted ceremony arch made from natural bamboo and sheer white fabric and the perfect oceanside touches of orchids and starfish. Then, to top it off, the tropical reception tablescapes with mini calla lillies, colorful Mokara orchids and real goldfish in glass bowls, will have you dreaming of your own personal beach paradise for hours.

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See the full feature of this sunset beach wedding at Martha Stewart Real Weddings

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Photography: KT Merry

Wedding planner: Helen Fong

Floral design: Touch of Paradise, Inc.

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