Vintage Nautical Chic Beach Wedding: Courtney + Brad

I thought this Bahamas wedding was perfect to start the week off. I love that Courtney + Brad had a beautiful beach wedding turned into beach party – what a fun day! The guests were even instructed to bring bathing suits for the reception! After saying their vows right by the ocean, the couple had a delicious breakfast with their guests and then spent the next several hours on the beach with volleyball, dancing, cupcake attacks, bocci, a private bar and personal cigar roller, and lots and lots of laughter. What a fun wedding – gather your family and best friends, throw in a beautiful day and a beautiful backdrop in a beautiful location, tell your partner you will love them forever and then party the day away. Thanks so much to Our Labor of Love for the photos and Canvas and Canopy Events for the gorgeous event design!

beach wedding sign

bride with ostrich feather bouquet

A bit into their day from Courtney, the bride: “Werewolves vs Sharks” was the underlying theme to our Bahamian wedding. Werewolves because we like the song “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon and sharks because “Jaws” is Brad’s favorite movie. From there it evolved to include a lot of vintage nautical pieces and rock-and-roll elements. Cortnie from Canvas and Canopy Events was able to incorporate our barrage of eclectic ideas andmade everything seem to make sense.

groom in blue suit

My dress was a “mermaidy” mint green dress with a royal blue ostrich feather bouquet. Because we are originally from Vegas, the groomsmen had vintage poker chips for boutonnieres.

poker chip wedding boutonniere

beach ceremony structure with driftwood

Their morning beach ceremony had a shipwrecked feel with vines growing up the whitewashed benches. Courtney walked down the aisle to “Breathless” by Nick Cave and lyrics from the song adorned the entrance to the ceremony. From Courtney, “The attire was “nautical chic” which I thought was self-explanatory but apparently it threw our guests for a loop. People showed up in sailor hats, suspenders, and all sorts of nautical garb. It was fun to have our guests get into it.

beach ceremony structure with driftwood

beach ceremony structure with driftwood

bahamas beach wedding

bahamas beach wedding

bride and groom with feather bouquet

bridesmaids in purple dresses

The bridesmaids carried brooch bouquets and each wore dresses in different shades of blue.

beach wedding bride and groom

bride with lots of necklaces

wedding invitations on playing cards

beach wedding reception on the beach



beach wedding decor

egg as wedding decoration

wedding flowers white and green

beach wedding food

A breakfast buffet was served after the ceremony and featured a surprise by Brad’s brother who flew in vocalist Patrick Park to entertain! After breakfast, they changed into bathing suits and partied til dusk at the beach. Music was really important to them, so guests received a cd of their favorite songs in their welcome booklet. They also had song lyrics everywhere in the decor – from the eggs placed on the breakfast tables to calligraphed pillowcases at the beach party.

beach wedding favors

Guests left with beach bags, a “Too much fun, Too much sun” kit that Courtney made, and cigar boxes with different bottle openers.

wedding totes beach

beach wedding cake

bathing suit wedding bahamas

bathing suit wedding bahamas

My mom and I DIY’d where we could. We made chandeliers out of origami boats and vintage fishing lures, hand-stamped and decoupaged the eggs, braided the napkin rings, etc. It was an amazing day that celebrated us as a couple but also let our guests enjoy the day equally with us.

Big congrats to Courtney + Brad and thanks so much for sharing your fun wedding celebration with us!

vendor love to:
photography: David + Kendrick of Our Labor of Love // event planning + design: Canvas and Canopy Events // calligraphy: Laura Hooper // the reclaimed wood sharks: John Birdsong // bridesmaid brooch bouquets + boutonnieres : Noaki Jewelry // feather bouquet: Diamond Willow // wedding dress and  headpiece: Stephanie James Couture // bride’s swimsuit: Thom Thom Vintage on etsy

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  1. How beautiful are those peacock feathers?! This whole theme is stunning. Happy Monday :)

  2. the location is splendid! :)

  3. Wow! The place has such a beautiful view of the ocean! Sure wish I was there :)

  4. The amount of detail just wowed me. Loved the poker chip boutonnières, the lyric calligraphy, and the gifts for the guests. Fantastic! :)

  5. Her headpiece is UTTER perfection!!!

  6. This wedding has to be one of the most unique & fun looking weddings I’ve seen.

  7. This is my new favorite wedding on GWS. After the Rainbow Wedding. THIS IS AWESOME.

  8. Oh-my-heckin-goodness! This is SPECtacularly filled with custom details that make it SO much fun! I only wish all weddings were this personal :)

  9. Beautiful wedding, it looks like you had a great time with friends and family. I like the unique theme and how some things were DIY-it’s a special personalized touch.

    The vintage poker chips are a great idea-did you make them or where are they from?

    What were in the too much fun, too much sun kits?

    Thanks for sharing

  10. wow, where did the bride get that beautiful swimsuit?
    I adore it!
    Love the Nautical theme!

  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE every single detail! What an incredible wedding. Love her dress, the feather bouquet, the touches of Vegas and the gorgeous driftwood altar design.

  12. Have to know where they got those swimsuits!

  13. Oh, wow! That dress! Just, that dress! It’s beautiful! And what a great location!

  14. Thanks so much for the feature Jen! :) Sarah, the brides swimsuit is Betsey Johnson.



  15. What a fun, beautiful and one of a kind wedding.Such an adoreable couple. Unique and fabulous in every way! I love it!!

  16. This wedding looks amazing! I love the ideas the designer came up with to make it look so creative and unique. Beautiful, great feature!

  17. What a lovely feature! I did the poker chip boutonnieres. So much fun :)

    Noaki or

  18. Fabulousness as always – Awesome job Cort!

  19. I love this wedding- Cortnie did an amazing job designing and styling it in the Bahamas!! Thanks for featuring it Jen. GORGEOUS!!!

  20. Awesome theme! It´s so personal and so creative… Thumbs up for the design Canvas and Canopy! Love all the DIY details…

  21. What a backdrop, this is gorgeous!

  22. holy smokes…such a wonderfully put together wedding. love the theme and the shades of blue!

  23. This wedding looks awesome! The decor is amazing.

  24. I love all the fun and different details.

  25. This wedding is AWESOME. I have a big smile on my face. Wish I was one of the guests!

  26. How unique is this! Just love everything about it.

  27. Those boutonniere are RAD! Would LOVE a DIY on them. :)

  28. LOVE Cortnie’s work!!! This wedding is super fun.

  29. RADDEST beach wedding ever!!!!

  30. Love the dresses! Also breakfast for the meal is such a fun idea! Love the wedding!!!

  31. Awesome detail shots. Especially on the beach – well done David & Kendrick.

    A real fun wedding. You can tell this from the photos… love the button holes too.

  32. Awesome wedding!!!
    Just wondering…were the playing card invites DIY or purchased through a company? I love them and my fiance likes them too.

  33. Are you interested in selling your dress??

  34. Great inspiration idea. Lovely wedding.
    Many wishes from Greece.
    στολισμός εκκλησίας
    στολισμός γάμου
    στολισμός βάπτισης
    λουλούδια γάμου

  35. Oh wow! The level of details captured here is amazing! This is one of the better beach weddings so far. Great storytelling.


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