The seaside breathes romance like no other place on earth. The salty air, the endless sky. The neutral tones of the landscape. The countless waves returning again and again to kiss the shore. And while bright, colorful summer weddings by the sea bring with them much fun and delight, going for a simpler, more natural look in the fall can make a destination affair utterly unique and romantic. A soft, muted color palette of taupe, blush, ivory and green combined with plenty of textures in the linens and florals promises a relaxed and intimate celebration that focuses on the beautiful landscape and, more importantly, the beautiful bride. Drift away to this dreamy inspiration from an Atlanta wedding planner and designer, Molly McKinley with these photos by an Atlanta wedding photographer, Rustic White Photography!
Our theme for the shoot is “The Blushing Sea.” The sea is romantic by nature. I love this quote from Sarah Kay: “There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” The ocean is an amazing thing, vast and unending. It’s a reminder of how big the world is and how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things. For some reason, the ocean is the place I feel most loved and inspired to love. I’m sure several of you feel the same. I wanted to focus this shoot around the romance and promise of the sea and the shore.
Taupe, blush, ocean blue, ivory, green
ITEMS TO INCORPORATE
For unique textured linens such as this one, we’d recommend reaching out to Nuage Designs. Based in Miami, they carry several bold prints and soft beachy textures to throw the perfect party by the ocean. These rare Driftwood chargers and oyster inspired flatware came from World Market, although your caterer or local rental company may carry similar styles. Gorgeous flatware, glassware, and china can be rented through Casa de Perrin. You can also rent salt cellars to place on your tables from this unique company! We recommend talking to a florist to recreate an asymmetrical floral piece such as this one from FH Weddings. The gorgeous old world containers can be purchased wholesale through Accent Decor. To create a vintage feel, mismatched glass votives can be found at your local thrift store.
WHAT TO WEAR
The bride is wearing a beaded tulle form fitting gown designed by Rosa Clara. Her understated jewelry comes from BHLDN. We’d imagine these beach wedding guests would arrive in relaxed long gowns or linen suits.
Clematis, peonies, astible, jasmine vine, fern, scabiosa, various greenery
A bouquet such as this one would cost around $200. A centerpiece like this would be around $400. Stationery, like the thick, hand calligraphed invitation + envelope that Bella Figura provided would be around $1500 for 100 invitations (inviting 150-200 guests). High end linens can cost anywhere from $35 to over $100 per under and overlay. Unique bride and groom chairs can range from $15-100 per chair rental. Florals on each bride and groom chair usually lie around $50 per chair depending on blooms and materials used.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
In order to keep your wedding appropriate for fall, we’d recommend choosing a muted color palette and incorporating lots of texture. Instead of the bright, tropical bouquets you normally see, choose textured, leafy floral arrangements. Make sure your guests know that no shoes are required. The feel should be relaxed and warm.
We designed this shoot for the couple who wants a small, intimate affair by the sea. This pair grew up going to the ocean with their families, so the beach holds a soft spot in each of their hearts. They’ve rented homes close to one another and plan on a very relaxed week with only their nearest and dearest. Their wedding takes place midday in the gorgeous fall weather. Everyone gathers together later on for a send-off beach bonfire for the newlyweds.
This Florida bride’s signature drink would be a mimosa, while her groom chooses a Salty Dog (gin, grapefruit, salt) as his midday wedding drink.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH
We’d love to see this floral arrangement taken to the next level by being installed on a long head table and hanging over the edges. Wouldn’t that be stunning? And consider gifting salt cellars to your guests – that would be such a sweet way to remember you!
Planning & Design: Molly McKinley Designs | Photography: Rustic White Photography | Venue: Caspersen Beach | Stationery: Bella Figura | Florals & Chairs: FH Weddings & Events | Linens: Nuage Designs | Wedding Dress: Malindy Elene | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Jewelry: BHLDN