The ocean has been a theme throughout the love story of this couple from the north shore of Boston. They got engaged on the beach and chose the ocean as the focus for their engagement session. They actually jumped into the water fully clothed. You can check out their engagement session on kickasscouples.com.
A year later, they got married at the brand new Beauport Hotel, which they booked before it was built. They knew they wanted a ceremony by the ocean, and the rest fell into place. With a combination of soft, elegant decor and bouquet provided by their florist; the setting provided by the hotel and the DIY finishing touches, their romantic motif in shades of gold and pink came together beautifully.
Here is what the couple had to say about their day:
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
Our wedding was at a hotel on the ocean – since it was already on the ocean and the venue itself had a nautical theme, we knew we didn't want a nautical wedding- I wanted soft romantic tones and a chic look (luckily my fiancé agreed). We decided to go with gold, ivory, and pale pink. We choose our decor within this scheme and also kept the flowers to it as well. We felt the gold meshed well with the hotels already established nautical theme and choose a pale pink to add a little romance /feminine vibe to the nautical space (later I choose a dress which had a blush skirt). The groomsmen wore black tuxedos which we felt gave the venue a more formal feel while the bridesmaids wore a variety of different pale pink dresses.
Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
I purchased many items from Etsy, and use Pinterest boards to help create a vision with my mom and my husband and his mom. We rented an arbor from our florist to set the scene of our ceremony space- it was simple birch wood frame, which the florist accented with white flowers – very simple to not take away from the beautiful ocean view we were married in front of. We also did a lot of signs which we printed at local print shops and placed in frames purchased from discount stores.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
Roses, peonies, and many more types of flowers. We wanted full bouquets, round and balanced- all white/off White with pops of icy pinks. My bouquet was larger than bridesmaids and was all white/off-white with a few icy pink muted flowers scattered throughout. Tables were in the same color scheme showing more a dramatic assortment delicately spilling over the mercury vases we choose to or them in.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We did sparklers on the beach- this was an amazing treat for the wedding party and yielded some amazing photos! Paulette actually got some of these photos laying below the sparklers to capture some stunning photos- this was really cool to see.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met at Salem State in 2007 and have dated ever since. Matt proposed to me on a beach we spent a lot of time at – Ellisville Beach in Plymouth, Ma. This beach is one you have to do a small hike along a wooded path leading to a gorgeous hidden beach. The proposal was just him and me, which was perfect for us to be present in that moment with each other.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day?
I would tell them to first book their venue and then find their photographer and band – as I think these three vendors are the most important to making your wedding day the best! (Though I would advise the couple to NOT go by venue recommendations and urge them to search for photographer and band on their own) our vendors made our day the best it could possibly be- it's worth investing time and energy to find the perfect fit!
Venue: Beauport Hotel Gloucester
Photographer: Novella Photography
Floral Designer: Sage Floral Studio
Groomsman Attire: Men's Warehouse
Jewelry: Barmakian Jewelers
Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal
Dress Store: J-Line Bridal
Beauty: J Michaels Salon
Event Venue: Beauport Hotel Gloucester