Beach Beauties

photo by Adrienne Page

Chances are if you don’t live near a beach, you probably aren’t enjoying one this summer. Covid has our travel on lockdown. But, we can still relive some of our prettiest ceremonies by the sea. For the above wedding at Kiawah Island, linen ottomans provided seating for guests. A simple but lush floral arch provided a lovely altar, and still offered guests sweeping views of the ocean.

photos by Sylvie Gil

At this wedding in Montauk, NY, there were so many ways to utilize the views. Luckily our couple chose to do a “first sight” moment, which meant that the beach background could shine thru in the photos. After a ceremony in a custom built tent, guests enjoyed cocktail hour overlooking the ocean.

photo by Sylvie Gil

At the very least, the beach is always awesome for engagement photos.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

This wedding featured it all. After a church wedding, guests were received at a private home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We built tents for dinner and dancing, but also set up a “beach bar” for guests to get away and enjoy a cocktail with toes in the sand. A foot wash and take home flip flops were provided of course!

photo by Anne Rhett
photos by Anne Rhett

At Round Hill in Montego Bay Jamaica, the scenery is truly stunning. Lush jungle is behind you, and beyond the ceremony is the expansive Bay. One thing so unique to this site was how quiet it was.

photo by Liz Banfield

In order to keep the center aisle perfect for our bride, garlands of orchids were draped along the chairs, and guests were seated from the outside. And, instead of an archway or structure, this couple wanted the sea views to take main stage. So, we went the route of more traditional “altar” floral pieces (extremely heavy of course to resist those big breezes).

photos by Corbin Gurkin

The beach doesn’t necessitate overly tropical or obvious decor. Keeping it super simple can still be beautiful. Beach glass in sand line the aisle and the chairs are a nod to “driftwood”. A simple chuppa is crafted from natural wood with gauzy white fabric, and a white carpet adds a bridal finishing touch.