Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside….

The seaside is a magical place; the smell of the salty sea air, the sound of waves lapping against the shore or the call of seagulls and of course the views!   There cannot be any more perfect setting for a perfect wedding than the seaside.  So I’ll admit that I get more than a little excited when I stumble across beautiful seaside weddings or events; be that the classic, charming and laid back glamour of a preppy nautical affair or a breezy, light and bright beach wedding. The backdrop of the ocean really does make for the ultimate beauteous event.    

When planning your seaside wedding the shoreline is really your oyster!! So much of the décor that you need to transform a regular seaside venue into something truly spectacular can be found on romantic strolls by the sea with your partner – we’re thinking jars of sand, pretty seashells, driftwood and even sea shore pebbles and stones.   Add some lanterns to the mix and you are well equipped to create a gorgeous seaside look.  Fill glass vases with sand and add a single flower or candle or fill with your shell collection; scatter seashells, small pieces of driftwood and pretty pebbles amongst the flowers on your tables for a whimsical feel; write your guests names on seashells and use as escort cards or place settings.  

If you are getting married in Ireland, shades of pale pink, lavender and purple flowers work beautifully with a seaside theme as they reflect the natural colour scheme of the flowers that can be found amongst the rocks on our shoreline.  For a more tropical summer seaside feel, coral, aqua or sea foam greens are perfect and of course nothing says nautical quite like blue and navy.








Image Credits:

Row 1 L to R:  www.weddingchicks.com;  www.potterybarn.com; http://pinterest.com/source/salad-eyes.tumblr.com/; http://www.oncewed.com

Row 2: all images http://www.stylemepretty.com; 

Row 3 L to R: http://www.stylemepretty.com; http://pinterest.com/source/iloveswmag.com/; http://www.stylemepretty.com; http://www.lovelylittledetails.com

Row 4 L to R: http://www.stylemepretty.com; http://pinterest.com/source/pin2fun4249.blogspot.com/; http://www.stylemepretty.com; http://www.colincowieweddings.com




A Gold Rush

The inspiration for today’s blog came from a very unlikely source….. the humble fork! I recently stumbled across a beautiful gold fork and got to thinking all things ‘gold’.  My gold crush intensified when I spotted Penelope Cruz in that fabulous sparkly L’Wren Scott gown she wore to the Bond premiere and I literally had to hold myself back from rushing out and spending my every last penny on golden treats!!

Gold evokes thoughts of luxury, glamour and opulence; think the Hall or Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles or the magnificent Palaces of St. Petersburg.  So why not add a little bit of this glamour and sparkle to your wedding day?  Even the simplest tablescape could be enhanced by replacing regular silverware with beautiful warm gold cutlery.


Add some gold frosted tea light holders, gold trimmed glassware and candles and you are well on your way to creating a stunning sophisticated setting.  Keep a clean contemporary feel by adding white linens and white flowers; team with black, red or burgundy for a dark and elegant theme or create a fresh yet grown up feel with pops of teal, orange or pink.





Of course if you want the ultimate sparkle, just add more gold!

Image Credits 

Row 1 L to R: stylemepretty.com

Row 2 L to R:  www.trend911.comstylemepretty.com

Row 3 L to R: stylemepretty.com

Row 4 L to R: stylemepretty.comelizabethannedesigns.commarthastewartweddings.com

Row 5: greenweddingshoes.com