Seaside Bridal Shower Inspiration

bridal soiree by the sea

We know that lots of you are in the midst of planning a bridal shower for your best pal, so today we thought we’d share some inspiration for a fun, girls-only bridal soiree by the sea! Cali-based photographer Sarah Kathleen has been teaming up with event designer {ever after} artistry-ca to create a series of styled shoots based on the love stories + fairytales we grew up with and inspired by something no girl can live without: her girlfriends. BIG yes to that! Here’s a bit about this particular beachy bridal fête, from Sarah herself:

We wanted this shoot to have a romantic, feminine, relaxed feel – embodying the friendship and femininity that can be found at a bridal shower. The gold net-like dress by Sarah Seven paired with a crown by Untamed Petals launched us headfirst into bringing our inspiration to life. Then we had 5 lovely ladies draped in shades of navy and accented by jewelry by Baxter Moerman. The details were inspired by bubbles and sand, in the most modern of interpretations.

bridal invitation

bridesmaids by the sea

floral fan bouquets

We love the mystical feel of the bouquets by Jamie of Happily Ever After Flowers! And wait ’til you see the gorge table garland Jamie created, coming up in just a sec!

gold wedding dress

gold wedding dress

bridesmaid

bridesmaid dresses

sea inspired hair piece

sea inspired hair piece

sea tablescape

skinny candles

starfish plate setting

mermaid card deck

watercolor sign

ghost chairs

bridal soiree by the sea

We could so see ourselves hanging with these ladies at this pretty table!

bridal soiree by the sea

sangria

dessert pots

gold wedding dress

gold wedding dress

whimsical sea bouquet

bride in the water

bride in the water

See even more from this fun shoot in the film captured by Megan Michelle Films:

We hope this shoot helped inspire some of you who are planning a bridal shower or any party with a relaxed, seaside feel!

photography: Sarah Kathleen // event designer: {ever after} artistry-ca // equipment rentals: Central Coast Tents & PartiesEmbellish Vintage Rentals // bridesmaid dresses: Free People // florals: Happily Ever After Flowers // catering: Haute Catering // videography: Megan Michelle Films // paper goods: Olive & Emerald // linens + coverings: Picking Daisies // hair: Rhyan Townsend Hair & Makeup // dress designer: Sarah Seven // veils + headpieces: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge // jewelry: Baxter Moerman

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Rustic DIY Mississippi Wedding: Kasia + Dave

Mississippi wedding

For Kasia + Dave, putting together a DIY wedding that was inspired by old Mississippi, and held in the picturesque countryside of Kasia’s hometown, was their idea of perfect. Every little bit of their decor was handcrafted by the two of them, giving each piece of the day special meaning. Kasia wore the prettiest vintage wedding dress – her mother’s dress! –  updated beautifully by Corine Zach and she + her gals carried the sweetest wildflower bouquets by Haze at the Flower Company. Their’s is an example of a vintage celebration totally done right + we’re definitely loving every last bit!

From the bride, We wanted to have the kind of wedding that we’d like to attend ourselves. We designed our own non-traditional invitations, served fried chicken with mac ‘n cheese, and made sure the bar was fully stocked with bourbon. Instead of picking “wedding colors” and having everything match, we opted for decor that would help us achieve a rustic, laid back mood.

Thanks so much to Jennifer Emerling for the gorgeous photos + big congrats to the happy couple!

art inspired invitation

Mississippi wedding

K + D say their first look was one of their fave moment’s of the entire day.

vintage wedding dress

bow tie groom

Mississippi wedding

Mississippi wedding

bridal updo

Mississippi wedding

Mississippi wedding

Mississippi wedding

And they spent some time with Jennifer roaming the Mississippi countryside for some pre-wedding portraits. It seems like there were a million places to snag the perfect photo op!

Mississippi wedding

bow tie groom

vintage wedding dress

ceremony program

Processional: Bridal Party: Air in G – Johann Sebastian Bach; Bride: Arioso – Johann Sebastian Bach

Recessional: Allegro Maestoso – George Frideric Handel

First Dance: To Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan

ceremony

Mississippi wedding

wildflower bouquet

Mississippi wedding

Mississippi wedding

Mississippi wedding party

striped groomsmen socks

mint heel bridesmaids

The bridesmaids chose lace dresses from Free People + Anthropologie. We love how they were the perfect complement to Kasia’s vintage lace dress!

wildflower bouquet

Mississippi wedding

Mississippi wedding

escort card display

vintage sign venue

pop culture celebrity portraits

rustic tablescape

pop culture celebrity portraits

pop culture celebrity portraits

Simple vintage decor was all this setting needed!

rustic tablescape

naked cake

Mississippi wedding

Prioritization: We decided early on what was important to us and as time and budget started to run out, we felt okay dropping things from the bottom of the list.

Pinterest: We created a whole account for the wedding. It was so helpful to visualize every element, and seeing all the pins in one place let us get a clear sense of what was working well together and what wasn't.

Perspective: It was important for us not to compare our wedding to anybody else's. We let ourselves do things exactly the way we wanted, and not because something was expected to be a certain way.

photography: Jennifer Emerling // ceremony venue: St. Joseph Catholic Church // reception venue: The Stables at Woodside Estates in Starkville, Mississippi // ceremony officiant: Fr. Lenin Vargas // ceremony musicians: Maria Sherman, Jackie Edwards-Henry, Shandy Phillips // ceremony planner: Dawn McGinley // event design: Bogusia Haupt and Kasia (mother of bride & bride) // event planner: Bogusia Haupt // florals: Haze at the Flower Company // wedding dress: vintage (mother of bride’s dress from Poland, updated by Corine Zach // hairpieces: M&J Trimming // veil: AnnaMarie Bridal Veils // shoes: Lucky Brand // hair: Kaycee at Hair Express // makeup: Laura Mercier // manicures: Lucky Nail and Spa // bridesmaid dresses: Free People and Anthropologie // groom suit: Banana Republic // groom + groomsman ties: Ted Baker // videography: Morgan Carr at Heritage 1221 // paper goods: Designed by Dave and Kasia (groom and bride), printed by Village Invites // catering: Jay Yates at the The Veranda // cake: Bogusia Haupt, brownies from City Bagel Cafe // cake topper: Melabo Wed // engagement ring: Doyle & Doyle // wedding bands: Mel Krumholtz at Wedding Ring Originals // music: Will at Golden Triangle Productions

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Rustic Mediterranean Wedding Inspiration

mediterranean flower arch

Let’s all take a mental vacay to the Mediterranean this afternoon + step into the gorgeous, rustic setting Jennifer Fujikawa designed, then captured on camera, oh-so perfectly! For couples who love the charm + beauty of a destination wedding in Europe, but know traveling abroad just isn’t in the cards, be sure to take notes (and pin lots of photos!) from this pretty editorial. There are so many lovely ways to incorporate those rustic, sought-after Mediterranean details in a celebration that can take place much closer to home!

From Jennifer, This Mediterranean-style wedding was intended to include just the right amount of substance and style. Our stylish couple enjoys traveling, the ocean and great eating. We imagined what a wedding would look like in their classic home by the sea. Earthy colors and tones were everywhere; in the home, the floral arrangement & bouquet and even the food. The food vignettes are appetizers, desserts and drinks the bride & groom would serve at the wedding.

mediterranean floral invitation

cathedral veil

lace bridal gown

mediterranean flower arch

We’re kiiiind of obsessed with that gorge, lace off-the-shoulder dress from Allure Bridals! And we’re equally as into those amazing floral details created by Charmain of Emblem Flowers. So, so pretty.

mediterranean flower arch

lace back wedding dress

mediterranean orange bouquet

mediterranean flower arch

bride and groom

Jennifer says, Carefully prepared and placed, but hearty enough to fill their guests’ stomachs. Kumquats, pomegranates and rosemary helped the beautiful florals become “fresh flowers that played with your palate” and they also fit in nicely with our overall color tone. The table setting was a simple silver and tan over wood, embellished by our gorgeous floral arrangement.

mediterranean tablescape

orange floral arrangement

mediterranean bride

orange floral arrangement

cocktail foods

hummus trio

cheese plate

cheese plate

raspberry cocktail

mediterranean inspiration

We’re not ready to come back to reality yet! This editorial was just too pretty. Big thanks to everyone below for creating such a beautiful + inspirational setting!

photography: Jennifer Fujikawa Photography // florals: Emblem Flowers // hair + makeup: Blooming Beauty By Cammy // venue: Private Residence Rental Los Angeles, California // dress: Allure Bridals // hairpiece + romper: Marisol Aparicio // tableware: Vintage Table Co // invitation: Hello Macherie // event design + coordination: Jennifer Fujikawa

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryJennifer Fujikawa Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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