We’ll start off by saying the wedding cake in this shoot is one of the cutest we’ve seen. It’s nautical through and through! A beach wedding is always beautiful, and when the bride is in a gown of gold, it’s even more so.

Ana and Brayden look at ease at the water’s edge and are perfectly suited to this beach themed wedding. For seaside inspiration for your own special day, read on!

What to Look for in a Venue for a Beach Wedding

The most obvious should be to look for a beach! The beach you both select should be close to your heart and have special memories attached. Some good choices would be the beach where you saw your first sunset together, where you went for a holiday, or where you ran into each other. While you’re looking at beaches, it is essential to think about the comfort of your guests and loved ones.

A beach wedding doesn’t necessarily mean you need to compromise on luxury or living accommodations. Instead, you could look at some exclusive resorts, beachside property rentals, open terraces looking out onto the beach, and more. You could also search for a venue with a private beach for the wedding ceremony and an indoor banquet for the reception.

Colour Palettes for a Beach Wedding

There is much room for diverse wedding colours for a stunning beach wedding. Earthy tones like beige, slate blue or gray, olive green, and dark khaki compliment beach ceremonies, while classic pastel palettes like dusty lavender, plum, navy, and blush add a soft touch to the entire wedding.

If you want a sunkissed colour scheme, then sky blue, pink, bright yellow, and orange are excellent when paired together. However, for an elegant yet classy ceremony, the colours should be gold, silver, beige, dark brown, navy blue, and black. These colours are classic for beach weddings and add a refined touch to the ceremony and reception.

Food for a Beach Wedding

Having a cocktail bar at the reception is a great way to start the fun! Pina Coladas, margaritas, fresh fruit juices, smoothies, and other tropical drinks are always a hit. A great selection would be a shrimp cocktail, sushi, mini crab cakes, coconut shrimp, tomato bread, vinegared oysters, and mushrooms for appetisers. These can be served with fresh salads on ice, a mix of fresh local greens, and some soups like clam chowder, gumbo, or lobster bisque.

The wedding food for the mains should be grilled or barbecued fish, chicken marsala, roast pork, fish, and chips or any surf and turf combination. A mix of desserts like mini lemon cakes, pineapple cakes, strawberry shortcakes, key lime cookies, and more will also add to the beach wedding theme.

Details for a Beach Wedding

Beach weddings are usually thought of in a Boho chic fashion. However, this need not be the case. You can have an exquisite sit-down event by the sea with waves lapping just out of reach and the calming, soothing sound of the surf. Since most couples have a deep-rooted connection with the sea and sand, the choice of a beach wedding is pretty apparent.

A coastal feast is a great way to start your life together. However, couples need to plan for contingencies like storms, bad weather, excessive wind, and the sun! Planning an evening wedding with a sunset view will be a magical experience and will ensure guests are not too hot because of the noonday sun.

Wedding Invitations for a Beach Wedding

The wedding invitations should always match your theme and wedding colours. Adding special characters or images to the wedding invitations will ensure that all your guests understand and appreciate the concept. Things like adding palm leaves, waves, seashells at the top of the invitation, and so on are excellent ways to incorporate your idea for the beach wedding from the get-go!

While you’re finalising the wedding colours, it is also a great idea to try out different palettes during the design phase of the invitations. Seeing things on the screen will give you a clearer picture of how the colours look together. If your wedding palette is white, beige, and gold, you could add a darker or lighter hue to the invitations to see how it goes.

Wedding Cake Ideas for a Beach Wedding

Who doesn’t love cake? Your big day should be spent anticipating the wedding cake! There are several excellent ideas for wedding cakes. The cake should also have the prerequisite wedding colours depending on your final palettes. A simplistic wedding cake with stunning seashells adorning the top, a cake with a golden anchor in and buttercream turquoise frosting, golden piping, and while and gold with tiny blue edible rhinestones would also be excellent.

For the flavors, you can choose classic Victorian sponges, a tropical cake filled with coconut, pineapple, and passionfruit, a semi-naked chocolate cake with flamingos, and blackberry topping for a holiday vibe, and more are excellent choices.

Wedding Dresses & Accessories for a Beach Wedding

Most brides opt for a white bridal gown. However, a stunning beach wedding needs a showstopper wedding dress! A gold wedding dress! Metallic gold wedding dresses are gorgeous, have a touch of sparkle, and are super classy. You can easily pair a metallic gold dress with sequins, an off or single-shoulder wedding dress, and neutral shoes. When finalising the dress, ensure it is loose from the waist down for added comfort when walking in the sand.

When it comes to accessorising for the big event, the focus should be on the wedding dress. Accessories shouldn’t be in the same shade. Instead, you can opt for minimal jewellry, single-tone earrings and bracelets, and no rings.

Groom Style for a Beach Wedding

Grooms can also look dashing. If the bride is wearing a metallic gold dress, grooms should opt for dark shades for the tuxedo. Beach weddings usually have monochromatic colours all around. For this reason, it is best to avoid lighter shades in suits and tuxedos to complement the bride.

A metallic gold bridal gown for the bride and a dark tuxedo in black or navy blue will look fantastic in all the photographs. The tuxedo fabric should be thick (but not linen or velvet). The reason to avoid these fabrics is that small sand particles may get stuck and ruin the entire look.

Reception Decor for a Beach Wedding

The reception decor should be filled with pastel-coloured flowers in shades of blush pink, reds, greens, and white. Gauzy white or off-white curtains for a light and airy look, a gazebo-style tent, and minimalist furniture should be part of the decor. If the reception is past sunset, then having candle votives on each table or hanging should be considered for a magical feel.

Incorporating natural elements like wooden benches for people to laze about and enjoy a drink, wooden blocks as stools to sit, and fairy lights twirled on trees and around the floral decor will also add a gorgeous touch to the evening.

Favours & Gifts for a Beach Wedding

Welcoming guests with a tote bag filled with a small bottle of sunscreen, a pair of sunglasses, and flip-flops will set the tone for the wedding. You could also add some sea salt chocolates, a fish or seashell-shaped bar of soap, and some candy. Adding a bottle of wine or beer will also be appreciated by guests.

Customising the gifts to fit the wedding theme would be an excellent touch for wedding favours. While this may stretch the wedding budget, it would be worth it to find a local artist to come to the reception and make on-the-spot paintings, drawings, or caricatures for people to take home with them as wedding favours.

Beach wedding with a gold dress

This chic Florida beach styled shoot Simply Sarah Photography has inspiration in spades! It definitely puts a fresh spin on a nautical wedding theme. The gold Badgley Mischka wedding dress is an absolute knockout and such an awesome alternative to a traditional white gown. Plus, how perfect is a fishtail braid for a beach wedding?!

Gold Badgley Mischka wedding dress and fishtail braid / Simply Sarah Photography
Beach wedding invitations / Simply Sarah Photography
Gold Badgley Mischka wedding dress / Simply Sarah Photography
Beach wedding inspiration shoot / Simply Sarah Photography
Gold Badgley Mischka wedding dress / Simply Sarah Photography
Beach wedding welcome box / Simply Sarah Photography
Gold Badgley Mischka wedding dress / Simply Sarah Photography
Gold Badgley Mischka wedding dress / Simply Sarah Photography
Gold Badgley Mischka wedding dress / Simply Sarah Photography
Beach wedding reception / Simply Sarah Photography
Nautical wedding forks / Simply Sarah Photography
Beach wedding invitations / Simply Sarah Photography
Nautical themed wedding shoot / Simply Sarah Photography
Beach wedding welcome box / Simply Sarah Photography
Beach wedding centerpiece / Simply Sarah Photography
Gold Badgley Mischka wedding dress / Simply Sarah Photography
Gold Badgley Mischka wedding dress / Simply Sarah Photography

Another detail that I adored in this shoot are the thoughtful destination wedding welcome boxes. Welcome bags (or boxes) are an absolute must for destination weddings and this one is filled to the brim with an array of goodies!

Credits: Photography: Simply Sarah Photography // Event Design: Elisa Event Design // Floral Design: Supposey Florals // Invitation Suite: Lauren Chism Fine Papers // Gold Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka // Bridal Accessories: Madison Lane Bridal // Masks: Artisan Maskers // Starfish Cookies: Cookies by Becky // Boxes & Calligraphy: Ink and Honey // Watercolor Boxes: Boxes Squared // Sea Glass & Shell Soap: Latika Soap // Sea Fans: Nature’s Bounty Supply // Kraft Tubes: Sparkle and Posy // SPF Bar: Blackberry Ranch // SPF Bottle: Bohemian Atelier // Utensils: For Such a Time Design // Rope Knots: Karen’s Wedding Shop // Hair & Makeup: Brooke Miller // Cake: Cupcake Emporium // Models: Ana & Brayden Weekley.

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