Whoever said fall was coming didn't know what they were talking about, because here in South Jersey it still feels like mid-summer! With the bright sun, warm temperatures and off-season beach days, we're getting all the perks of summer and riding the wave for as long as we can. It seems only fitting today's blog post will be our true beach theme styled shoot at the brand new venue, The Breakwaters, in Sea Isle City.
This shoot was spear-headed by event planner extraordinaire, Renee of Events by Renee. This woman is so talented at party planning, she could turn your local diner into Cinderella's ball. Renee gathered a vendor dream team, and we were so privelidged to be included on the list.
Of course it's no surprise Tami & Ryan Photography made the cut as the photographers for this shoot - check out another example of their eye for detail in the images below. Also, Be Films was the cinematographer for this event - be sure to watch their amazing promo film at the end of this post!
We love meeting vendors in photoshoot settings. It always gives us a more personal side to their talents, since they get full creative freedom. Here is the amazing artwork and stationary put together by Jill of Shindig Bespoke.
We went wild with our shore-inspired bouquet. Peonies, smokebush, roses, big textured leaves and honeysuckle came together for the preppy natural look so popular "down the shore."
A simple spray rose bout wrapped in twine was the perfect accent for our groom's navy suit.
Cocktails anyone? We used bold navy and white striped linens for the cocktail hour, the true colors of a nautical beach wedding! Our blue rope jars held bunches of white lark for a casually gathered look.
The clean, neutral lines of Breakwaters' interior means it will be perfect for any color scheme. We chose mushroom linens for the guest tables, and altered arrangements for a textured scene. We love how the cake table can sit in the middle of this open and airy room, instead of forgotten in a corner.
Our driftwood wall held placecards for our imagined guests. Love how that bright green looks!
We are always drawn to the idea of having a few different styles of centerpieces. For our tall version, we used our tall gold stand with an arrangement of ferns, hydrangeas, roses and astilbe. We drew the eye back to the base with scattered gold mercury votives and pieces of driftwood.
How amazing are these name cards?! We love the script AND the perfect piece of wood that each name was written on. Hats off to Shindig Bespoke for providing such uniqe stationary and signage.
Here is a closer look at our blue rope vase with bunches of white lark. The driftwood and votives tied all of our looks together and completed this beach themed shoot.
Our third and final centerpiece option was bunches of pink hydrangea, lisianthus and roses in our wooden boxes for a simpler design.
The Breakwaters supplied a variety of food and drinks to show what they would offer to future couples. Love the coordinating signage by Shindig Bespoke! We coordinated with our own arrangement of hydrangeas, foxglove and eucalyptus in our seahorse champagne bucket.
The sweetheart table deserves extra attention since it serves such an intimate purpose for clients. We brought the pretty with this petaled linen, and scattered pewter arrangements of succulents, peonies, scabiosa and ferns along the front with a simple green garland. We framed the couple with a wreath backdrop to complete the setting.
How. Amazing. Is. This. Cake. Darren of the OC Cake Studio knocked this baby straight out of the park, with GORGEOUS watercolor tiers and touches of SUGAR CORAL (that's right, they are made of sugar!) We can't. He is just too good. The best part? They always taste as good as they look.
As promised, here is the video from our talented cinematographers at Be Films! Be sure to check out the awesome band from East Coast Entertainment. Enjoy!