As I’ve said before I love beach weddings! Well, I basically love weddings. Don’t you? It’s just something about a wedding day that makes it so special — everyone is happy & in love together with the bride & groom. And I can’t even start how deeply & madly in love I am with the details of this wedding. Every bit of blues stood out of the white backdrops of the Oceanbleu. It has that dreamy, whimsical effect that would inspire you to book the same wedding venue. The combination of blue & white is always perfect for a beach wedding theme. The photos captured by Mindi & Rich Verdi came out beautifully! To Juliet & Michael – cheers to your first day of forever!
Coral is a really beautiful color to use for a wedding. Check out this sweet intimate affair photographed by Darlene Hall of Harvest of Memories.
Nicole was aiming for a “simple romantic” vibe for her and Daniel’s big day. It was a very small gathering with just their immediate family and relatives present. They are planning to hold another reception for family and friends when they go back in Ohio. The ocean was the main inspiration for the whole theme. And Nicole did a fine job at choosing coral and gold with a touch of pink here and there to accentuate some wedding details. This wedding is definitely a breath of fresh air.
Daniel and I met while we were out with our friends, I actually caught him staring at me from across the room. I knew right when I saw him that he would mean something to me, and shortly after I realized he was the piece missing from my puzzle. We came from a similar upbringing and he quickly accepted my daughter as if she was his own. The conversations, laughter, smiles, and memories became countless and have withheld throughout our relationship. Dan and I talked about getting married after purchasing our first home together in 2011. He surprised me while I was out getting an idea of bridesmaids dresses with my closest girlfriends. I’ll never forget how nervous and handsome he looked in that moment. I couldn’t wait to spend my life with this man.
The best advice I was given was told to me by one of my best friends. She told me to hold onto every moment and little detail of our special day because it is over so fast. I made sure to take in every little thing during my ceremony and throughout the day in general.
Dan is the brain and I am the beauty. We have always been able to carry in depth conversations, and dream together. I love that we can talk about our aspirations and make them a reality. We have always been supportive of each other in everything that we do. One of the things that make us perfect is the fact that Dan is a simple man and I am a social butterfly! I do all of the talking and he is able to sit back and take it all in! It just seems to work with us, it always has.
The Ocean. Dan told me that he had always wanted to get married on the beach and the first time that him and I ever vacationed together was to the beach my family had been taking me since I was a baby. I wanted romantic simplicity, therefore I took aspects such as starfish and twine and created something beautiful. The color choices were easy, coral and gold with accents of khaki scream the beach!
Oh absolutely, don’t worry about what other people want, this is your day and if you are lucky it will be the only wedding day you will ever have. Don’t penny pinch, this is your wedding day for goodness sakes!
What were some challenges you faced planning your wedding & what would you have done differently to avoid them?
I had a hard time dealing with family and friends who wanted things this way or that way. I took it as them trying to control our day when as I look back they may have been just trying to suggest things they would like to be done. I struggled with saying no in the beginning but after I realized that this is all about Dan and I it was easy to politely let them know what our plans were without having to provide an explanation as to why we were doing this or that.
We budgeted $7,500 for the wedding ceremony.
We saved the most money by doing our own programs, signage, favors, and having lemonade and cheesecake shooters opposed to a wedding cake! Ohhh we also picked up roses from the local grocery store and made our own petals the morning of!
Can you share some tips or tricks that you learned along the way leading up to the wedding or after?
Listen to yourself, put you and your fiancé first no matter what. Save money where you can but don’t stress over it and mostly cherish every moment leading up to and during your wedding day because you can never physically go back to that moment. One thing we did was purchase special perfume and cologne to use on our wedding day, and we vowed to only wear it again on our anniversaries. I will occasionally sneak a smell and I get butterflies every time!
We traveled North to Atlantic Beach and spent a week exploring the Southern Outer-banks! We love going to random places and just doing whatever we want!
I have never in my life felt so complete, Dan and I are currently students at the Ohio State University and I cannot wait until he receives his Engineering degree and I my Education degree. I can’t help but be excited for our Reception in Ohio as well at Gervasi Vineyard.
We invited 48 close family members to the ceremony in Ocean Isle, and we had 38 total guests which includes our wedding party.
No,not at all, we knew that we wanted to ceremony to be small and include immediate family only. We knew we would have a reception back home in Ohio to celebrate with our friends and family.
- Processional: “God Bless the Broken Road” Rascal Flats
- Bridal Processional: “Marry Me” Train
- Recessional: Over the rainbow/Wonderful World ComboBride and Groom Dance: “Better Together” Jack Johnson
- Father Daughter Dance: “Cinderella” Steven Curtis Chapman
- Mother Son Dance: “A Mother’s Song” Unknown
I would say its a simple rustic beach love story, two people completely in love who can not wait to start their lives as husband and wife. It was important to include our family in every aspect of our wedding day and it is shown so beautifully through our photographs.
The inspiration for the wedding attire was driven by the fact that I wanted my girls in flowing maxi dresses, and the coral color was just perfect in every way. It’s always windy at the beach and I knew the style would look great blowing with the breeze. As for the men I attempted to leave that decision up to my groom but I quickly found out that he didn’t care to have a say as long as he got to marry me! I leaned on Pinterest for support with this one a lot and knew I couldn’t go wrong with white shirts and khaki’s for the groomsmen, and a J.Crew vest and slacks for my groom. We decided to go barefoot since we would be in the sand and incorporated a shoe station into the decor for our guests to have the option to be barefoot as well!
Seeing Dan’s face as I walked toward him was such a special moment. I absolutely loved that walk down the aisle, it was a surreal moment for me. It was my last walk with my father as a Pettay yet I was walking towards my future husband alongside the man that I loved before any other.
I did as much DIY as I could, not really to save money but to put a personal touch on things. I made my own ceremony programs that included the order of ceremony and bridal party details on the back, I gave them a rustic yet romantic feel but accentuating our names and adding a coral heart. I purchased 2.5-3 inch boney starfish wrapped them in twine and attached a thank you tag on the bow personalized with our names and wedding date as a favor. I wanted to honor our past loved ones so I purchased a black collage frame and spray painted it coral, made an insert that read “If heaven weren’t so far away we know you’d be here today” and placed their pictures inside to be displayed at the welcome table. Any printed signage was done by me on the computer, including the guest book directions, reserved signs and welcome bags for guests staying at the hotel. We also wrote our own vows, which to me was a project!
Some highlights include reading and recieving love letters we wrote to each other as we were getting ready. I chose to do a “first look” with my father and that moment was very special! The walk down the aisle, written vows, and happy tears will always be treasured. Deciding to serve cheesecake shooters and lemonade after the ceremony during the dances on the beach worked out perfect for the guests as well.
There was no real theme, I wanted it to be simple and romantic. The reception in Ohio will be centered around the ceremony and making the guests that weren’t at the beach feel as though they were a part of our special day. I plan to put pictures from the ceremony all over the place!
Polka dots, stripes and bold gold accents are the key elements of this “Nautically Chic” styled shoot creatively conceptualized by TinaRose Weddings and Events. Harbour View provided for such a perfect venue with all its beautiful sights for this shoot. The ivory lace Mikaella Bridal dress worn by the model bride was courtesy of Ellie’s Bridal Boutique. The flower arrangements were done by Floral Designer Geli Decor. But It was actually the ivory fondant cake that took our breath away with all its simplicity, stripes and gold embellishments, an amazing handwork of Sweet Ladies Bakery. And thank you to Judah Avenue for providing us with such inspiring captures! We hope this feature would help you all to sail away into the nautical themed wedding of your dreams.
Today’s featured styled shoot is a real eye candy! Cherie Hogan did an amazing job on capturing each and every detail beautifully. The perfect mixture of corals, pastel blue, and white. I love how clever the table set-up was done. A map for a table runner? Pure genius! It completely gives you that nautical feel of the whole theme!
Photographer: Cherie Hogan
Event Planner: Design Loves Detail
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Beckett and Robb
Floral Designer: Branches Event Floral
Apparel: Gateway Bridal
Cake Designer: One Sweet Slice
Invitation Designer: Polka Dots and Daisies
Other Location:Salt Lake Marina
Chris and Nikki shares a common interests for everything. They are both passionate about the environment, the beach, and surfing! What can I say, looks like these two are in for a lifetime of fun adventures together.
The couple’s photographer Callie Reisling tells all about how this engagement shoot came to be and shares with us a little about how these two surfer lovers met – Chris and Nikki are a wonderful couple residing in the San Diego area. They have been together around 7 years and their chemistry sure shows their affection for each other! Chris is currently one of 10 musicians who has a permit to play at Balboa Park and enjoys going rock climbing! Nikki is such a free spirit and loves yoga. She is so incredibly sweet and her gorgeous laugh is contagious! They have worked as surf instructors and they crave big waves! They do their best to help the environment by helping clean up the beaches! Chris and Nikki are both very passionate about surfing and the ocean…. so when they told me that, I immediately thought of doing a surf session on the beach in San Diego. We wanted to stick with the characteristic Southern California beach style with a backdrop of beautiful cliffs and a very secluded area. Sunset Cliffs was a fabulous location for it! The beach is accessed by climbing down the cliffs… even having to use a rope at some points. It was totally worth the climb. There was only one other person on the entire beach. We had a fantastic time working with Chris and Nikki! This session is something that I have had on my photoshoot bucket list since I started my business about 5 years ago. Everything was so fitting for Chris and Nikki’s personalities! And I personally love the ocean and surfing so much. They say that you photograph the things that you love the most in the best way!
How lucky are we to have the Bride, herself, tell us how she and Chris came across paths and fell in love with each other –
We met in highschool. I was a senior and he was a junior. My friend had recently been hanging out with these guys that I had never met before and told me they were pretty rad to talk with and told interesting stories. During lunch she said “come with me and I’ll introduce you to them.” So we walked over to their spot in the far corner of the lunch quad and sat with them. Thier wasn’t much of an introduction, rather we walked in on one of their stories. It was Chris doing the talking. He went on and on about how he was up late watching an infomercial on these “crazy skateboards” that you could “catch mad air on.” He had long dreadlocks at the time and a blue hoodie that he wore religiously. It would help to cover the dreds that his teachers would always give him a hard time about. Anyway the bell rang and our lives continued separately. But there was something about this kid that intrigued me, that seperated him from the rest. I had to get to know him. It wasn’t until a few months later when my friend decided to throw a party and I had to make sure he was there! I found him sitting outside of one of his classrooms during passing period and told him about the party and how he should go. After a few hours of being at the party and not seeing him, I had given up on the idea of him coming at all. But then, I saw him! He had come! I was so nervous I didn’t know what to do! He came up to me and said hi and we began to talk and what seemed like a short amount of time, was the entire night. He leaned in and kissed me good bye and I watched him slowly drive off. After that night we were inseparable. It was raining the next day and we had both set out to find each other during lunch. We were both drenched from the droplets of rain after searching all lunch, we found each other and he gave me the warmest hug. I knew he was a keeper. After we would always see each other in the halls and say “wanna hang out after school” almost everyday. Although he never officially asked me to be his “girlfriend” so we never really have a set date to celebrate how long we’ve been together, we just celebrate everyday to share the strong bond and love we have for one another.
And almost 9 years later, there we were, out in the ocean after a long surf. He paddeled over to me with a huge grin on his face, as if he had caught the best wave of his life, I asked “did you catch a good one?” He responded “yes! 9 years ago, I caught the best one out there. You!” And then he pulled something sparkling out of his wet suit pocket, it was a ring! And as we sat side by side on our surfboards in the ocean blue, he proposed! I wouldn’t have had it any other way! He would be mine and I would be his forever! A day I will never forget!
Nikki also added this advice to the new couples who are just starting out in a relationship –
Oh and to new couples, the biggest keys to success: communication, trust and love. They all go hand in hand. Without one, you have none.