A beach wedding, whether held at an exotic destination or your summer getaway home, can be a great experience both for the couple and their guests. After all, it’s like a mini-vacation for everyone involved! However, pulling off a flawless event at the shore isn’t without its unique challenges. We tapped destination wedding designer Michelle Rago for her expert advice on the most important things to know when planning your nautical nuptials.
Stella York Bride
Real Stella York bride Megan’s Bahamas elopement is seriously so gorgeous, it has us packing our bags for the beach! Under tropical skies and with white sand beach between their toes, Megan and her groom Cody exchanged personal and heartfelt vows, promising each other a forever kind of love. For the big day, Megan wore a vintage-inspired ivory lace wedding dress that capped off her romantic beach elopement perfectly.
From the bride: We were wed in an intimate, sunset beach ceremony attended solely by our photographer and her husband. We chose to elope for the ceremony simply to experience a wedding day away from the stresses of a traditional wedding. We wanted a day of simplicity, where the only thing to focus on was each other and the promise we were about to make in front of God. At the end of June, we celebrated with our loved ones at a bonfire reception on a beautiful farm and vineyard in southern West Virginia. Inspired by rustic and elegant elements, and SO much white, we created a reception that was truly “us.” The lanterns we scattered on the beach during our ceremony served as centerpieces on the farm. Everything about our wedding was elegant yet simple, which is exactly how I picture our “old-soul” kind of love. My Stella York dress (Stella York 5986) was one of the key pieces that satisfied both of those traits-it’s a timeless dress that I cherish. Looking back I realize that the big picture is only made beautiful if you focus your attention on the small details, everything will fall into place.
Eddy K. Bride
Ivanna took her search for a dress very seriously, she wanted something that would fit her personality and fashion sense but also something that wouldn’t wear her. She went to Julie Allen Bridals where the wedding consultant Jessica was able to understand everything she wanted. The MD175 was the last one Ivanna tried on after 15 dresses.
Ivanna loved the illusion back and unique detail this dress had to offer. It was light so she could dance the night away with all our friends and family.
“As you can see, we had a barefoot beach side ceremony and our reception was nearby with thirty of our closest friends and family,” said Paige of her Punta Cana destination wedding. “I can honestly say every element of our day was what we envisioned. A casual environment, good food, great drinks, and lots of dancing. Even dancing in a light rain shower after dinner was finished!”
Paige + Clint’s incredible Mexico beach wedding is everything we could possibly want for this Wedding Wednesday inspiration, from the lenses of Heather and Jared. And if you can’t stop staring at Paige’s dress, see more details here!
David Tutera for Mon Cheri Bride
“Our wedding day was absolutely magical! I got to marry my best friend and the love of my life, and I got to do it in the most beautiful wedding gown I have ever worn – David Tutera for Mon Cheri 115251 – Blakesley from Kasia’s Bridal in Chicago. We had a traditional church wedding and a reception in a beautiful ballroom that overlooked the beach with glass walls so you could see the beautiful lake and gorgeous night sky.”
Amanda looked incredible wearing David Tutera for Mon Cheri Blakesley (Style No. 115251), a romantic A-line lace and tulle wedding dress with chapel length train. Her beautiful photos at the Illinois Beach Resort were captured by White Shutter Photography.
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