beach wedding

Maybe you’ve been planning this day for as long as you can remember. Or perhaps you’re in a swivet about what to do or how you’re ever going to get it done—it’s a lot of work!

Sit down. Breathe deeply. Then allow these supremely gorgeous North American wedding venues to transport you. A little daydreaming could inspire the direction of your dream wedding. Or you may just find a new happy place to mentally retreat to for a dose of zen.

The Surf Lodge

The Surf Lodge

Montauk attracts Brooklynites looking to put sand between their toes and waves beneath their boards. Although the town draws crowds (it’s sometimes referred to as the Hamptons for hipsters), it maintains a tranquil cool that befits any wedding. The Surf Lodge offers both indoor and outdoor spaces to stage your ceremony or soirée. Whether on a sunny deck, beachside or in their clapboard restaurant, your partnership will benefit from good vibrations.

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Our friends at Rustic Wedding Chic share how to style a coastal rustic wedding for your own bridal look and your ‘maids.

Set sail with your guests as you take off on one of life greatest adventures: your wedding! Whether you are planning to say “I do” in a tropical setting, at a beachside affair or on the shores of your favorite lake, our three carefully curated looks will help set you in the right direction.

Donna Morgan ‘Laura’ dress | real wedding photo by Glass Jar Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic | ML Monique Lhuillier bridesmaid dress

Ted Baker London Fit & Flare Dress | Miu Miu Nautical Stripe Pump | real wedding photo by AMW Studios via Rustic Wedding Chic | Jenny Yoo ‘Isabel’ bridesmaid dress

Olia Zavozina Lace Wedding Dress | TOMS Classic Crocheted Shoes | real wedding photo by Blue Colibri via Rustic Wedding Chic | Alex Woo Pendant Necklace | kate spade new york clutch

 Love this style? Check out our Rustic Wedding Ideas Pinterest board for more inspiration!

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Jen and Chad’s beach wedding in Florida was full of laid-back charm. Read on for their big-day details, as told by Jen.

The Story: Our relationship began 10 years ago, when we met at a mutual friend’s college party. By the end of that night, my number was programmed into Chad’s phone as “wifey”! We spent our last two years of college attached at the hip and never had a dull moment when we were together.

After school we went our separate ways but later found each other again in Chicago. We have been enjoying each other and the city ever since!

HeroThe Scene: April 13, 2013, Pink Shell Beach Resort in Fort Myers, Florida

We wanted our wedding to be an elegant and fun beach affair. We mixed the casual setting of the beach and hotel with a more formal Chicago reception feel that Chad loves.

For decor, there were so many special details provided by my maid of honor, who is a designer. We had personalized program fans, coasters and bags of saltwater taffy for the guests.

There was a signature drink bar including Bay Breeze and Hurricane cocktails recommended by me and Chad. Peach was our accent color, used in the bouquets, menus and programs, striped straws and our taffy!

We kept the attire casual, with my bridesmaids in short chiffon dresses from Donna Morgan (in Peach Fuzz) and the men in tan suits with no ties. And everyone was barefoot!

My Look: My wedding dress was a Nicole Miller silk crêpe de Chine strapless gown. I wore my hair loosely tied to the side, accented by a skinny crystal headband and simple earrings.

My Wedding Stylist: Amie Kesler, Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

I couldn’t have had a better experience with Amie! Prior to my first dress consultation I had e-mailed her a picture of a Nicole Miller dress that was my top choice. Upon my arrival, Amie informed me that there was a sample of the dress on sale—it was a couple sizes too big, but after trying the dress on with it clipped back, I couldn’t resist it!

Nordstrom’s alterations department turned my dream dress into the perfect fit. Since it was under my original budget, I was able to buy beautiful accessories to complement it!

Our Special Moments: Chad and I were truly touched by how many friends and family flew across the country to see us get married on the beach. My mother, stepfather, brother and his family have all relocated to Fort Myers, so this is our home away from home. Our other friends and family live either in Illinois or elsewhere throughout the country, so it was a special moment for us both to walk out that day and see 90 friends and family members waiting for us to have our dream wedding on a beach.

We ended the night on the dance floor in a room overlooking the ocean and stars! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Photographs by Fort Myers Wedding Photographer Sebrie Images

Did you find your wedding gown at Nordstrom? We love a good wedding story! Email Nordstrom Wedding Stories for details on getting your wedding featured on our blog. And for more inspiration, make a complimentary appointment with a Wedding Stylist or browse our Wedding Suite.

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Winter is relentless, and we’re still bundling up by the fire in our cashmere sweaters, basking in the glow of another holiday season full of engagements and winter weddings. But that won’t stop us from California Dreamin’ of palm trees, peonies and piña coladas! So wax your surfboards, hop in your Ford woodies and join us for a “beachy keen” tropical love story.

Pair peaches and corals with ocean blues and greens for a charming, vintage beach feel on your wedding day. Add a floral clutch and a mint-green layered necklace to your bridal look, and you’re ready to say, “I do!”

Want this look? Check out some of our favorite picks from the Wedding Suite at Nordstrom:

Pictured: Taylor Dresses Tonal Stripe Dress | Rachel Layered Statement Necklace | Erdem ‘Jane’ Gown
Tasha Clutch | Ralph Lauren Headband | Sondra Roberts Clutch
Christian Siriano Gown in select Wedding Suites | Nina ‘Begonia’ Earrings | Trina Turk ‘Fiji Flower’ Bikini

XO,
Mandy and the Lover.ly Team

Inspiration images via Lover.ly

Photo by: Meg Smith Photography on Snippet and Ink via Lover.ly | Photo by: Cappy Hotchkiss on Snippet and Ink via Lover.ly | Photo by: Ruby Yeo Photography on Bridal Musings via Lover.ly  | Photo from: Thunderbirds 55-57 on Inspired by This via Lover.ly | Photo by Martha Stewart Weddings on Polka Dot Bride via Lover.ly | Photo by: White Loft Studio on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly | Photo by: Tinywater on The Brides Cafe via Lover.ly | Photo by: Katrina Louise on Wedding Chicks via Lover.ly | Photo by: 927 Photography on Polka Dot Bride via Lover.ly | Photo by: Meg Smith Photography on Snippet and Ink via Lover.ly | Photo by: 927 Photography on Polka Dot Bride via Lover.ly

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There’s something so delightful about a garden wedding. Anything alfresco is bound to be on the more relaxed side—usually with elegant touches of whimsy.

If you’ve got an invite for a garden soirée, we’d suggest opting for a simple, brightly colored dress in knee or tea length. Since you’ll be letting all that beautiful color do the talking, go with neutral accessories—classic earrings, stacked bracelets, etc. Heels, of course, are a must, but reach for a nude wedge—it’ll ensure you don’t start sinking into grassy terrain.

Pictured: Alice + Olivia Bell Sleeve Dress | Alexis Bittar Encrusted Skinny Bangle | Alexis Bittar Tapered Bangle | Trouvé Faux Wrap Dress | Diane von Furstenberg Draped Sheath Dress | kate spade new york dress | Tory Burch Envelope Clutch | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Stretch Bracelet | Taylor Dresses ‘Zigzag’ Fit & Flare Dress | L.K. Bennett Wedge Pump | Tory Burch Bead Earrings

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We love a beach wedding. What could be more romantic than saying “I do” with waves lapping and the sun setting in the background? Thankfully almost any event that takes place shoreside means the rules of dress are a little more relaxed—who knows what might happen with all that sand and water everywhere.

So, what to wear that walks the line between beach bum and black tie?

We suggest a breezy, vibrant maxi dress with a high/low hemline. If your trip requires an overnight stay, stick to wrinkle-averse jersey knits (lace or sequins are also less temperamental). Keep your accessories simple (the bride’s the one who should be making a statement here); try something gold with colored enameled accents like coral, turquoise or white, and don’t forget a lightweight scarf for breeze and sun protection.

Chic, flat sandals are a must for the beach, as are sunglasses and a pretty tote for carting your camera, H2O, sunscreen etc.

Pictured: Cynthia Steffe Halter Dress | Diane von Furstenberg Sunglasses | Milly Canvas Tote | kate spade new york scarf | Ivanka Trump Sandal | Sequin Large Bangles | kate spade new york earrings

If you’ve got a guy who needs some help, the same idea applies of a put-together casual look. Summer-weight suits or suit separates and a white, textured or patterned button down look sharp while keeping their cool. Loafers or boat shoes and a classic-looking pair of sunglasses finish off a plus-one-worthy outfit that’s unstuffy, but totally dapper.

Pictured: Michael Kors Linen Pants | Salvatore Ferragamo Belt | John Varvatos Star Sportcoat | Persol Capri Sunglasses | Cole Haan Loafer | Dsquared Dress Shirt

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Let us help you find the look of your dreams with four curated boutiques to suit any wedding style.


A dash of old Hollywood and modern-day luxury: Classic Affair.


Trendsetting gowns and showstopping accessories: Fashionable Fête.


A touch of whimsy to complement your alfresco festivities: Garden Soirée.


Breezy gowns and comfy sandals for destination nuptials: Beach Party.

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