Countless brides select California’s Central Coast as the destination for their summertime weddings. They expect the “The Golden State” to flood their big day with glorious sunshine, to have newlywed images captured in the radiance of an oceanside sunset. And hey, maybe you’re an engaged lady with just such a vision! But what you and many other brides-to-be probably don’t know is that, in California, with the months of June and July rolls in what is commonly called by locals “June Gloom” — aka, overcast skies, cooler temperatures, and, oftentimes, lots of fog at the beach. So should you cancel all your plans for a destination wedding on the west coast? Goodness, no! As event planner and Californian Colleen Gregory so perfectly stated, “Fog can be just as whimsical and romantic as [a] breathtaking sunset!” Don’t believe her? Prepare to be swept away by this beautiful nautical shoot she planned right in the middle of June Gloom, the misty images brought to you by California wedding photographer Alexandra Wallace!
The theme was nautical with a twist of retro thrown into the mix.
The colors used in the shoot were navy, gold, pearl, white, red, and khaki.
The couple that is looking to try something different and out of the box for their wedding would definitely have fun with this style of wedding. Wearing a different style of dress, and bright colored shoes really helped to incorporate a fun element to the shoot.
WHAT TO WEAR
The bride wore a short, strapless, made of white, dupioni fabric. Her accessories included a pearl wedding ring, a gold chain bracelet, and a double-stranded, white pearl necklace. The groom wore a rolled up, long-sleeved, navy blue, button-up shirt, khaki jeans, navy and white, plaid bow-tie, complete with khaki, navy, and beige loafers.
Hydrangeas, white roses, orchids, and baby thistles were used in the bouquet and boutonniere.
ITEMS TO INCORPORATE
To replicate this look you would want to find items that you might find in a rich mans yacht from 60 years ago, or items that you could find in an old beach house. Does it look beautiful, but slightly used because it might have come in contact with salty ocean air? Use it! Think more on the idea of boats, less on the idea of seashells.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Something I always consider is that you can transform any space you are in. Just because you are in a barn doesn’t mean that you can’t make it a nautical wedding, and just because you are at the beach doesn’t mean that you can’t make it a rustic/barn wedding. Always follow the 6 A’s when incorporating your theme: Anticipation, Arrival, Amenity, Atmosphere, Appetite, Activity. Just make sure all 6 of those items have your theme used! It’s okay to think outside of the box!
The Drunken Sailor: 2oz Gold Rum, 1.5oz Gold Tequila, 1oz Ginger Ale, 1oz Pineapple Juice. Pour rum, tequila, and pineapple juice into a copper mug packed with crushed ice. Top off with ginger ale. If desired, garnish with a slice of orange, candied lime, and a cherry.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH
If you want to take this party up a notch, host it on a dinner cruise, private yacht, or any other venue that is on the water. You could also “tie the knot” at your ceremony instead of lighting candles, or pouring sand, and incorporate the knots in your invitations, on your napkins and any other way you find a place to put them!
Photography: Alexandra Wallace | Coordinator: Eventful Wedding Planning | Hair: The Hair Lounge | Makeup: Alex Evans | Wedding Dress: Starlette O’Hara | Invitations: Village Papery & Gifts | Catering: Chef’s Table Catering | Rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals | Lighting: Kramer Events | Floral: Shell Beach Floral Design | Custom Bridal Jewelry: Leather N Lace | Venue: Pismo Beach Golf Course