Playful Beach Engagement by Minerva Photography

Good morning east-coasters! The weather in New Jersey has finally cooled to a bearable temperature…just perfect beach weather! With just a few short weeks until the arrival of September, we thought we would share  with you this playful beach engagement. And guess what south Florida residents- if you are looking for a talented photographer, you are in luck! This gorgeous session was submitted to us by Minerva Photography, based out of Fort Lauderdale. Picture perfect couple and adorable dog not included.

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From the photographer…

We set a date for Liz and Justin’s engagement session and just hoped for the weather to behave itself since we were having a string of crazy weather this spring! So of course I was freaking out when I was driving through a giant storm on my way to the little island of Key Biscayne to shoot their beachy lighthouse session. Literally less than half of a mile away where we chose to do our session is right where the edge of the storm was, so we were left with some amazing images with gorgeous sunlight with intense storm clouds in the background. That’s Florida weather for you! I absolutely love the energy that this couple brings! Laughter, having fun, and being open to new ideas (even crazy ideas like the photographer telling you to run into the ocean and roll around in the sand) creates a great experience and outcome for engagement sessions.

Sunrise Beach Engagement by ABJ Photo

I am a sucker for anything beach-y and this gorgeous sunrise beach engagement is no exception. Submitted to us by ABJ Photo, this e-session has it all- a gorgeous couple, fantastic scenery and amazing photography. There is not much more an editor can ask for in a submission. It just goes to show that when a shoot is done right, you don’t need a lot of props. Sometimes simple beauty goes a long way. Enjoy!

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From the talented photographer…

Our inspiration for the engagement session was to show Donnie and Bethany in a location where they spent much of the early part of their relationship- Wrightsville Beach, NC! The two were both living down at the beach, and even met due to Donnie’s roommates. They love everything about the beach and spent many afternoons riding bikes to watch the sunset. Our schedule did not allow for sunset photos, but we were excited to capture some moving images during a peaceful sunrise. The beach was our own for the first hour of daylight, and the morning was certainly one to remember! Not to mention that Donnie spent many hours after work restoring the cute Carolina Blue bike for his Tarheel bride!!! It was a surprise for her the morning of our session! Donnie proposed to Bethany during a surprise weekend trip to Asheville, NC. They enjoyed the Biltmore Estate for the weekend, and Donnie popped the question in front of the home after a nice dinner.

New Jersey Beach Wedding by Erin H Photography

Our next wedding comes to us from our own east coast state of New Jersey. This gorgeous beach wedding, submitted by Erin H Photography, is a lovely mix of both nautical and romantic. We love the beach-y touches, like the starfish wedding cake, combined with the softness of the beautiful peony bouquets. A talented photographer and beautiful bride top off the fabulousness of this beach-y affair.

From the photographer…

Where do I begin?! This wedding was so much fun, so gorgeous, so amazing…just so perfect in every way. I got to begin the day with Jennifer and her bridesmaids at an amazing house in Deal, NJ. This house was a photographers dream. There was perfect lighting, beautiful grounds and an empty living room that seemed to be made just for this day. With her gorgeous bridesmaids helping her into her gown, Jen just glowed when she was dressed and her eyes smiled when ever I picked my camera up to photograph her. Such a gorgeous bride! After their first look at Sea Bright Beach, we had the best time with her bridal party. It seriously was so much fun to work with them. Well, it wasn’t really “work” but more like hanging out with friends and making some amazing photos. Jennifer and Mike were married at Waters Edge in Sea Bright. After an ocean front ceremony in front of family and friends, the party began and didn’t stop until the very last song was played by the always fantastic NJs Best DJs. They truly are the perfect couple and I am was so lucky to be their photographer. Enjoy this presentation of photos.

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vendors: photographer: Erin H Photography // venue: Merri Makers Waters Edge

Cruise Ship Wedding by Andi Grant Photography

I just love our next wedding, captured and submitted by Andi Grant Photography. This cruise terminal wedding is the perfect example of a couple creating a wedding that is fundamentally “them”.  Leah and Chris met while working as performers on a cruise ship, so it was only fitting that their celebration took place on a ship! This particular story holds a special place in my heart because Dan and I also met on a cruise ship. You can read the story of how we met here. But back to the gorgeousness of this nautical affair…
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From the talented photographer…

This couple fell in love while working on a cruise ship, the groom a singer, the bride a dancer…they then got married at The Half Moone Cruise and Celebration center in Norfolk VA, which totally made sense. It’s a high end wedding for sure, with a gorgeous color palette and beautiful lighting. cake pop cake. Christian Louboutin special edition shoes. She bought her dress at Kleinfelds.

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Vendors: photographer: Andi Grant Photography // event planner: Reva Stein Event Planner // floral designer: Leslie Hartig Floral Design // lighting: blue steel lighting design // venue: Half Moone Cruise Terminal

 

A North Carolina Beach Wedding by Tina Jay Photography

We are obsessed with beach weddings (after all, we are The East Coast Bride) and this one does not disappoint. Captured by Tina Jay Photography on a gorgeous North Carolina day, we love the ribbons at the ceremony, the bold yellow and purple color combination and all of the ocean inspired touches (just look at that cake)!

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vendors: photographer: Tina Jay Photography // caterer:  Sanderling Resort and Spa // reception venue:  Sanderling Resort and Spa // cinema and video:  Life Stage Film // cake designer:  Great Cakes of the Outerbanks

A Beach Themed Connecticut Wedding by Janie Algeri

Happy Monday, East Coast Brides! Wedding season is in full swing now - best of luck to all of our brides with summer weddings! Today we bring you a fabulous beach themed Connecticut wedding with so many handmade details that reflect this super fun couple.

From the beautiful bride, Caitlyn:

Each detail for the wedding and reception was unique! We made just about everything with the help of friends and family.  We had a beach themed wedding and our colors were purple and white.  The invitations I found started us on a roll - they were a “message in a bottle”. Each little glass bottle had an rolled invitation with sand and mini shells. The stopper was tied on with cream colored raffia. The centerpieces we made were used at my bridal shower and during the cocktail hour at the wedding. They were hurricane lamps that had a lavender candle, sand, shells and starfish in each one.  We used a treasure chest box as a receptacle for wedding cards and placed it on the gifts table.  We decorated it with fish-netting seashells and starfish, and when the top was open, our initials were on the inside made out of tiny shells. 
We made the table placement markers for guests. Each guests’ name and table card were attached to either a seashell, starfish or sand dollar with lavender ribbon. We placed the name cards in a white wooden tray filled with sand and instead of using table #’s we named each table after a local beach (my brother designed the individual table marker with a beach/starfish graphic design with the beach name).
On that same table we had a extra large piece of cream colored coral that held special stones for each guest to take, Each stone had a word inscribed on it: family, friends, love, peace, inspire, trust, faith, believe, harmony, hope, charity and dream. My cousin surprised us with a poem she wrote for us using all of the words on the stones. We framed the poem in a shadowbox type frame that had sand and shells set loosely behind the glass! The centerpiece for each table was an oversized brandy snifter with purple colored river stones and a lavender colored beta fish. Lavender rose petals and votive candles encircled the snifter.
One of the most exciting parts of the planning process was designing my bouquet.  It couldn’t have come out more beautiful, it was amazing. We also wanted my son to match the groomsmen and my fiance (his father).   We could not find him a young boys tie to match with the groomsmen and my fiance so we bought a regular size mens tie and brought it to a seamstress.  The seamstress cut down the tie to fit perfectly for my little boy.  With the extra material from the tie, we also made a matching belt for my son and my mother surprised me with a matching garter!

The most memorable part of our wedding day was being able to share our wonderful day with our son. Seeing my two special people, my soon-to-be husband and my son, waiting for me as I walked down the aisle brought me to tears.   Having the unique opportunity to share our day with our 18 month old son was unbelievable and incredibly special.

Congratulations, Caitlyn and Josh!

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vendors: venue: Madison Beach Hotel, Madison, CT // photographer: Janie Algeri of VIP Events LLC  // event design: Beth McDevitt  (Madison Beach Hotel) and bride // cake: Creative Cakes By Donna  // dress Designer: eCrater.com // hair and makeup: Lauren Sloditski // bridesmaids’ dresses: Pretty Maids by House of Wu // handmade starfish necklace: Alice Woods, A Single Strand // men’s attire: Tommy Hilfiger khakis (Macy’s), White oxford button up shirt (Macy’s), brown belt and brown sandals (Burlington Coat Factory) and Starfish Tie (Vineyard Vines) // floral design: Debra Baldwin, Blakes and Baldwin (bouquet design by florist and bride) // dj: Richie Vance Productions // stationary: HansonEllis.com

Sailing Engagement Session by Howell Atkinson Photo+Cinema

Our next engagement session, captured by Howell Atkinson Photo+Cinema, might just be one of my personal favorites. A bride who likes to run and a couple who likes to read? Engagement photos on a boat by the beach? Sounds familiar. Check out some of my engagement photos here if you are not sure what I am fussing about. See a resemblance? Thought so. But back to the couple. I’ll let these photos speak for themselves.


Courtney and Luke met in Pharmacy school in Charleston SC. Between the stacks of books, medical terms, and rounds Luke grew to have a certain adoration for Courtney. At first Courtney did not return the feelings but after years of studying together, taking classes together and going through one of the hardest points in their lives Luke felt Courtney’s ideas on him change. This girl who loves the beach, running and sailing was the one for him. We shot their engagement session on Sullivan’s Island in Charleston SC. These two REALLY brought it. We incorporated some books of the wedding planning kind that they now study together since graduating from pharmacy school and a sailboat to reflect her love of sailing. 

A Bonnet Island Estate Wedding by Therese Marie Wagner Photography

Nothing I say can adequately describe the sheer beauty of this Bonnet Island Estate wedding. Captured by the talented Therese Wagner, of Therese Marie Wagner Photography, this wedding is beautiful from the inside out. A most gorgeous bride, handsome groom, and beautiful family and bridesmaids perfectly match the exquisite details of this picture perfect wedding. Be sure to read the description written by the bride below.

 From the stunningly beautiful bride, Shannon…

Being that my wedding was held down the shore in NJ, I wanted to keep the ‘shore’ theme in mind during the planning process. I also wanted my wedding to be formal (not Black Tie Formal, but not Beach Attire either).  When I would think of the shore/beach, two aspects came to my mind – the color Navy and Starfish.  I decided I wanted to reflect that in key elements, including, the bridesmaids’ dresses, bridesmaids’ bouquets, favors, cocktail hour, invitations, etc.  After deciding on those two themes, everything came into place.

Bob and I met down the shore, we grew up down the shore, we fell in love down the shore, and we got engaged down the shore.  Most of our relationship has been centered on that.  We wanted to make sure that the wedding reflected us as a couple.  The location of the wedding itself was a reflection of Bob and I, because it was there, down the shore, where everything has always been important to us.

I was extremely stressed before the wedding! Because I am a perfectionist, I wanted every little detail to be perfect, which caused me to go a little nutty!  When the day finally came, everyone expected me to be a ‘Bridezilla’, except I was the complete opposite. I was the calmest I have ever been.  The day was finally here and I could relax, nothing more could be done.  The moment that was most memorable to me, was the few minutes before I was about to walk down the aisle to meet Bob at the altar.  Bonnet Island’s chapel is beside the actual estate, next to the marshes and along the water. It is this beautiful chapel, which reminds you of a Nantucket Barn.  Everyone was waiting inside, the music was playing, my bridesmaids had already walked in and they closed the doors before my entrance. I remember standing there arm in arm with both my Father and my Mother (I had both of them walk with me), and I just felt calm and couldn’t have been happier. I was with my two loving parents, who have given me everything a daughter could ask for (including a beyond beautiful wedding among other things) and I was about to walk down to meet my future husband. It was the best feeling in the world and I’ll never forget that moment.

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vendors: venue: Bonnet Island Estate // photographer: Therese Marie Marie Wagner Photography // event coordinator: Merri-Makers Catering // cake: The Bake Works // dress designer: Monique Lhuillier // shoes: Jimmy Choo // hair: Ten Hair & Make-up // makeup: Jeanine Mangan Makeup Designs // jewelry: My own & my Mothers // hair pin: Thomas Knoell // bridesmaids’ dresses: Melissa Sweet // men’s attire: Jos A Bank // floral design: MDS Floral // music: Manhattan City Music // stationery: Stephanie Somodi – Designing The Most Inviting Day // favors: Country Kettle Fudge