Do you remember the adorable Megan and Jeremy? We featured their beautiful engagement session by Captured Photography by Jenny in January, then Megan came back during their planning to share their inspiration with us... everyone was falling in love with her fabulous ideas!
They tied the knot this June in Miami (YAY, congrats you two!!) and we're giving you a peek today... with the red, white and blue color palette, and fun nautical touches, we thought it would be perfect to share with you on Labor Day! We'll be focusing on all the perfect little details the couple put together, complete with a ton of advice and insight from Megan, the beautiful bride... but before I turn it over to her, I couldn't help first obsessing a bit over their pre-ceremony portrait session. Aren't the images just stunning?
I'm a little obsessed with the wedding party attire - adorable! And I can't imagine a more beautiful church ceremony... St. Patrick is amazing.
And now, for the lowdown on the fab details from Megan: When I started to plan my nautical wedding, I had no idea the possibilities. It actually took me a few months to even decide on the theme, but when I did my mind set sail! I started researching everything nautical, vintage nautical, ocean, navy and white, vintage seaside and more. The results were endless online and magazines were a great help too. As I began to discover all the fun and unique ideas out there, I realized I had my work cut out for me and I really need to focus on one thing at a time.
I started with the reception tables because I knew they were all going to be decorated the same and I would need multiples of whatever materials I chose. Since the centerpieces are the main focus, I worked on those first. I looked for a vintage container, something that you would see in a seaside setting or maybe on a ship. The shape cold be anything, but I knew I needed a rustic, chic material. My first thoughts were a galvanized pail. I researched and found a huge selection of French galvanized buckets, which came in many sizes and had a long slender look to them. This made them appear to be more like vases, rather than a clumsy water bucket. I was sold on the French style and started looking around. There were some good deals online and at save-on-crafts.com, but I actually found some bargains at my local Target and Jo-Ann Fabric. I ended up staying local because it allowed me to save on the shipping cost, which is always something to consider.
As soon as I finished picking out my centerpieces, it was as if the table decorations just fell together. I wanted a crisp, ocean feel so I used white linens as my base with a navy and white striped runner. The stripes gave the table a perfect dash of nautical essence. I chose some long fingered starfishes to lay a top of each charger accompanied by a navy napkin and a menu. The starfish were a steal in bulk online at Atlantic Coral Enterprise Inc and they arrived quickly. This all came together very well, but I wanted something to pop. After much brainstorming, I decided on wooden buoys to serve as our table number holders. I found a very sweet lady on eBay who was willing to make me fifteen of them at a great price. She allowed me to pick the colors and she made each one different in design. They came out amazing and all I did was paint the numbers on each one. Plus, we had one left over so I was able to make a special one for our table with our wedding date!
After putting together my tables I was able to focus on the smaller details. I tackled the sweetheart table first knowing that I only wanted a few touches on the table. I already had my personalized wedding date buoy and some flower arrangements, so I didn't really want anything else for on top of the actual table. Plus, I had always thought those hanging signs for the back of the bride and grooms chairs were really cute, but I wasn't sure how to incorporate it. The resolution hit me when I saw a life preserver with a welcome banner across it. I thought, why couldn't I just do that with the word bride and groom? I generated a few ways to put my creation together and headed to Michaels. When I got there I bought 2 Styrofoam rings that were flat on one side, two rolls of white silk ribbon, one roll of red silk ribbon, two flat wooden bars that resembled the shape of a ruler, letters that spelled out bride and groom, red and navy paint and last but not least a hot glue gun. I wrapped each of the Styrofoam rings with the white ribbon and hot glued it down. Then I cut eight small pieces of red ribbon and wrapped four of them on each ring. When the glue on the ribbon was drying, I began painting each wooden bar and all the letters. I painted one bar red and one bar navy and then painted the letters to each word in the opposite color. After all the paint was dry, I glued each letter to the bar spelling out bride on one and groom on the other. As soon as the words were tightly on each bar I glued a bar across each one of my life preserver rings. Then presto! We have bride and groom personalized life preservers! It was a fun week night project.
The sign-in table is the first thing your guests see when they arrive at your reception. Therefore, in my mind the sign-in table is pretty much your guest's first impression and I'm big on memorable first impressions. I wanted to give my guests the freedom to be creative and give us more than just their name. That's when I took to the internet for ideas! I was looking for an item that was big enough to hold a fair amount of signatures, but could look neat after displayed in my house. When I saw these two long paddles with signatures all over, I knew that's what I wanted. My husband and I looked online and found a great pair of paddles for $30, it was a steal! Not only did I want the paddles, I wanted my guest to leave us a cute note or some marriage wisdom. While I was talking to my sister-in-law one day she told me of the perfect idea, a message in a bottle. So I went to my local HomeGoods store and found a perfect glass bottle! It was a true blue glass and stood about 3 1/2 feet tall. There was nothing it needed except the 100 squares of paper I cut out for our guest to write on. I won't lie though, we haven't read any of the messages yet, we are going to wait for our 1 year anniversary.
The favors were a snap! All I had to do was think of something from my childhood. Growing up I had went to the Jersey shore every summer and one of the things I loved was saltwater taffy. What fun edible treat could be better for a seaside wedding? So I found a seaside taffy shop that was willing to ship me the 12 pounds that I needed and at a great price. Now all I needed was something to put the taffy in. I searched on Etsy and found the most amazing nautical thank you bags. It was as if they were made for us! Already in our colors and the vendor was willing to do special pricing for a bulk order. I honestly couldn't have asked for anything more. Picking the favors turned out to be one of my most enjoyable planning projects.
For the gift table, I knew that I just needed something to hold our guest cards and some flowers. I brainstormed many different nautical items that would pass as a box or a holder. I thought of the obvious first, like a treasure chest, bucket, net, or boat. However, they just weren't fitting in and I had already staged a boat to hold all the wedding beer and a net for the seating card to hang on. So I thought what do fishermen catch fish with? Net, pole, spear... wait, a cage! Frantically I looked up fishing cages or traps and I found the lobster trap. It was rustic and different and had a gate for an opening. I loved it! We ordered on from a small seaside company up north and I must say the trap was perfect but it was really big and the shipping price was even bigger. I definitely think it was worth it though. Plus, I found a great lobster crate to hold my wedding favors!
Over all, the wedding planning was a blast. Being able to stretch my limits of creativity was well worth all the late nights researching. I truly believe that being crafty, expressive and personable in your wedding décor makes your guest feel more at home and see how much if means for you to have them there. I probably drove my husband a bit crazy in the process, but when we were able to see that final project it was like magic.
Pretty magical, right? If you want to see more (and hear the story behind the whole day) check out their feature on Southern Weddings. Congrats you two, and Megan, thanks so much for sharing your story and the 'behind the scenes' info with us!
Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick Church, Miami Beach | Reception Venue: Ronald W. Shane Center | Photography: Captured Photography by Jenny | Event Coordination: Patty Pozas of My Event Boutique | Floral Design: Christina Hevia of CH Creations | Hair & Makeup: Felix Zeledoni with Hair Venture | Dress: Allure Bridal | Veil & Hair Accessories: Sibo Designs | Shoes: Ted Baker | Cake: Todo Dulces | Submission: Two Bright Lights