Our Favorite Beach Wedding Dresses

After you have nailed the location, style, and time of your wedding, it’s time to go shopping for your dream dress. For an easy breezy beach wedding we have narrowed down a few of our favorite beach wedding dresses. For a beach wedding we suggest going with a dress made of a natural lighter fabric, synthetic fabrics tend to make you perspire a bit more. Yuck!

If you are planning on an a destination wedding, remember that silk tends to wrinkle. Choosing a gown like the Nicole Miller dress above is a great option for destination beach weddings. This delicately textured gown looks great right out of your garment bag and only costs $1600.  The relaxed look of the dress is spot on for a beach wedding.

The crashing waves gown below from BHLDN is such a dreamy option for a beach wedding. Not only can it be your something blue, but it is also the color of the ocean. It’s single shoulder strap and bodice of delicate ruching ripples down to an expertly draped skirt of ruffles that tumble into a dramatic train. We can already see you gracefully walking down a white sandy beach with waves crashing behind you. Send us a photo.

1. Sarah Seven 2. Saja 3. Max Mara 4. Tony Ward 5. J. Mendel 6. Nicole Miller 7. Sue Wong

Categories: Local Bridal Fashion

Pretty Hawaiian Wedding Ideas

Truth be told, we talk daily about our up coming Hawaiian vacation. We do not actually have a date set, but we know we are going. So any tips or recommendations you might have, feel free to share, we always love some great travel tips.

Since we have Hawaii on the brain, we gushed over Erich McVey’s photographs that he captured at the Maui Jill La Fleur workshop. An array of inspirational wedding details and some breathtaking scenic photos of Hawaii – the perfect eye candy to remind us of our much needed break. You can see more pretty Hawaiian wedding ideas in the full gallery here.

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Photographer: Erich McVey
Event Designer & Coordinator: Jill La Fleur
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Casa De Perrin

Venue: Haiku Mill
Makeup & Hair: Mar from TEAM Hair & Makeup
Cake: Maggie Austin
Caterer: Maui Executive Catering
Cinematography: Joel Serrato
Dress Designer: Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal
Flowers: Flower Wild
Stationery: Ceci New York
Veil or Hair Accessories: Jannie Baltzer
Other Contributors: Jose Villa & Pacific Weddings

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Colors: gray, pink, white
Styles: beach

Rustic Wedding Reception Ideas

Having a destination wedding or elopement doesn’t mean you have to miss out on celebrating with friends and family. Invite your friends and family for a little backyard wedding reception just like our next couple did. After traveling to France for their wedding, Kim and Jeremy wanted to make sure they had a hometown reception.

All the stunning decor was hand created by members of their church, Molly Voth and Susan Nations, who poured their hearts into making this a spectacular event. Held at Jeremy’s family property on Lake Keystone and filled to the brim with details galore, we know you are going to fall head over heels in love with all this rustic wedding reception ideas. You can see way more photographs in the full gallery here, all photographed by Papered Heart Photography.

From Papered Heart Photography
Kim and Jeremy wanted a relaxed and Southern feel for their hometown reception. Along with having sweet Southern and vintage decor, they wanted French elements infused into the celebration so that all of their guests would also experience the feel of their ultimately romantic wedding in Paris.

An old cattle trough that was once used generations ago, and now put to use as a old fashioned Coca-Cola chiller. An over the top great idea.

Our favorite DIY creations they used were handmade flowers adoring burlap table runners, a picture-scape of all of their Paris wedding images wrapped around oak trees for guests to view, vintage wagon wheels strung under the tents and wrapped with fern, flowers, and mason jars with lights hanging from them.

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Photographer: Papered Heart Photography
Makeup: Laura Barone (Blend True)
Hair: Laura Barone (Blend True)
Cake: Sweet Tweets Cakery
Dress Designer: Ruche
Prop or Furniture Rentals, Event Designer, Flowers & Coordinator: Molly Voth & Susan Nations

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: pink, white
Styles: backyard, theme, vintage

Vintage Garden Peach Wedding Ideas

It might surprise you to find out that our next feature is entirely staged, and is actually an un-wedding. Utah wedding vendors Peter Loves Jane and Ella Bella Floral & Event Planning came up with the idea to host an event that had all the elements of a wedding, but was not really a wedding at all. An affair to inspire brides, let vendors show off their talents and basically host the wedding of their dreams.

With a plethora of vendors including five photographers, there is plenty of eye-candy to check out. Tons of peach florals, fancy cakes and diy projects that we know you will love. You can see more vintage garden peach wedding ideas in the full gallery, or check out the actual digital magazine here. Read on to here more of the juicy details on this un-wedding.

During our real brainstorming sessions, we realized that we were going to have a tough time narrowing down our ideas into a single event concept, so we decided to pass the decision on to our blog readers. First, we collected a number of style boards, uploaded them to our blog, and asked our readers to vote for their favorite. It was close race for a number of days, and the garden style board pulled ahead at the literal last minute. With vintage style board being such a close second, we opted to let vintage styling influence our garden wedding. Next, we collected some of our favorite color inspiration boards and put them up for voting. Not surprising the colors of nudes, blush and peach hues won by landslide.

The wooden crates that we stacked on the sides of the draperies were also very inexpensive, easy and added that earthy element to our garden style wedding. We found those at local antique stores for less than $10 each. We stacked them and put flowers and photos of the couple on them. I love that they can be re-purposed after the wedding. They can become wall-mounted shelves, end tables, a coffee table; the possibilities are as endless as your imagination or what you can find on Pinterest!

One of my favorite features of this wedding was the pallet stage. It was about as inexpensive and easy as could be. I purchased the pallets from a local pallet building company (I wanted to make sure they were sturdy and not falling apart) for $3 each. To assemble the stage, we simply laid 4 of them on top of a section of felt on the floor and then stacked 2 more on the center seam. We secured them with screws for peace of mind, but I’m sure they would have stayed together fine without. The company even refunded my money when I returned them, so it really cost me nothing.

A currently popular DIY element is the lace lanterns. The lanterns are made by overlapping lace doilies on an inflated balloon and brushing fabric stiffener (or wallpaper glue, or even white glue) onto the doilies. Be sure to cover it completely so that the whole thing hardens and you aren’t left with limp spots. Let the doilies dry overnight to ensure that they are completely dry. The last step is to pop the balloon and pull it out of the opening. The lanterns can be hung with a ribbon or fishing line draped with strands of beads, as was done in our event.

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Photographer: Aya Photography | Cascio Photography | Casey McFarland | Jessica’s Photography | Oakstream Photography
Event Design: Peter Loves Jane |Ella Bella Floral & Event Planning
Wedding Planning and Design: White Ginger Events
Venue: The Riter Mansion
Makeup & Hair: Carrie Purser Makeup and Hair Artistry |Serendipity| Valhalla Salon & Spa
Cake/Desserts: The Graceful Baker | Cakes by Julie
Caterer: Hamilton’s Off Premise
Cinematography: Ballam Films
Dress Designer: Petals and Promises
Floral Design: Ella Bella Floral & Event Planning |Dahlia Event Planning |Beautiful Blooms |Sego |White Ginger Events
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Jewelry: The Diamond Gallery | Jerrick’s Fine Jewelry
Stationery: Peter Loves Jane
Veil or Hair Accessories: Petals and Promises
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Ella Bella | Embellish the Moment | Sego
Photo booth: Simply the Best Photobooth
Facials, Spray Tans & Teeth Whitening: P.S. {posh skin} |Glo Mobile Tanning
First Dance Choreography: Freestyle Dance Company
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dillards | Ruche
Invitation: Kara’s Koncepts
Linens & Chairs: Red Poppy Linens & Chairs

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Colors: gray, peach, white
Styles: garden, vintage