When two surfers in California's Central Coast decided to tie the knot, the words "casual", "ocean", "fun", "good food", "good music" and "simple" automatically popped up.
Creating a chic beach wedding need not be an expensive venture. With a few DIYs, you can achieve elegance by incorporating seashells and the bold beauty of red coral without making your dÃ©cor look kitchy.
Keeping a small dress budget, the bride purchased a lovely silk gown with sewn pearl strands online. However, the couple did splurge on a live acoustic/steel guitar musician for the pre-ceremony and the bride's processional song called "What You Get for Your Trouble". An amazing 3-piece jazz/swing band from Los Angeles was also hired to entertain during the reception.
For a bit of nostalgia and fun a vintage cigar box was painted red and filled with starfish and seashells, creating a sweet mode of transportation for the couple's jewelry.
To add some spice, branches of manzanita were purchased wholesale and spray painted candy-apple red. They look fantastic in a simple arrangement between green dianthus ("trick carnation"), making an impression of red coral and sea plants.
When the floral arrangement is placed on white linen, surrounded by sparkling crystal/glass, white place settings and candles, a fresh and elegant tablescape is created.
For some extra beach-love, the couple also created starfish favors wrapped in custom ribbon and opted for a layered white, coral decorated cake to carry the theme and colors of the wedding.
Wedding Design: Le Festin Events Photography: Lindsey Gomes Photography Florist: April Flowers Venue: Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana