Marion Summer Waterfront Wedding

Venue: Private Home

Photographer: Joyelle West Photography

Florals: Sayles Livingston Design

Bride’s Shoes: Bagley Mishka

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN

Caterers: Blue Rock Catering

Tent/Uplighting: Chase Canopy

From the Bride… My husband and I are from the same town and met while growing up. Both of our families still live there and we tend to spend a lot of time up there during the summer months; we love to take advantage of being by the ocean. When we started talking about the wedding there was never really any question as to where it would be held.

The setting played a big part at our wedding. June is such a beautiful time of year in Marion so I felt that we could rely on the environment to provide a lot of the color. We wanted the wedding to be as personal as possible and we were lucky enough to be able to have the reception at the lawn of my grandmother’s house. In addition, we decided to ‘parade’ down the street of the small town from the church where we had the ceremony to the yacht club where we had a receiving line and some light refreshments. From there we took my father’s boat across the harbor to the reception. We have both spent a lot of time on that harbor, so for us it made the day even more special

I felt that adding too many decorations at the reception would have competed with the beauty of the location so I wanted to keep things very simple (which can be surprisingly difficult when planning a wedding). I decided on light flowers with pops of coral and sage and simple white tables. I love being by the water, but wasn’t interested in having a nautical theme. My aunts and I arranged two DIY projects for my friends and family during the bridal luncheon the day before. We made hanging lanterns out of Mason jars, ribbons, wire and tea lights and glued custom flags onto striped cocktail straws. A friend and I also stamped different images on the table cards and hand stamped the table numbers as well.

My dress was from Saja and was exactly what I was looking for. I felt so comfortable in it. The veil is from my mother’s side of the family and goes back quite a few generations. I thought it was the perfect compliment to the dress. My grandmother leant me some beautiful sapphire and diamond earrings (borrowed and blue!) and a bracelet to put on as the finishing touches.

We had an amazing day weather-wise and (at least to me) everything was perfect down to our wedding ‘cake’, which was made out of wheels of cheese. What else could a girl ask for?