With their families and friends spread out across the US, Amy and Ed put some thought into where they might have their wedding. Finally it hit them: why not get married in their own backyard? Amy and Ed live within walking distance of the beach where they were married in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
When I first met with Amy and Ed to discuss their wedding invitations, they hadn’t yet decided on a color scheme. After browsing through paper swatches and considering the possibilities, they decided on a steel-and-champagne color palette for their invitation and paper goods. These colors worked well with Amy’s creamy white layered wedding dress and Ed’s sandy linen suit. Their final invitation combined perfectly smooth pearlized steel cardstock with the natural textures of Japanese lace paper and eco-friendly twisted-paper ribbon in shades of creamy ivory. Inside, a light champagne liner displayed a custom map to the beach and shuttle information for guests to travel between the beach and reception. Considering their setting on a Florida beach in July, we also created wedding programs that doubled as fans.
Their marriage took place on the beach near the dunes, under an arch adorned with white lilies and starfish and surrounded by mini palms. Seashells with the couple’s name and wedding date were passed to guests after vows were made, and the entire party walked to the water’s edge, wished Amy and Ed well, and tossed their shells into the sea.
For the reception, Amy and Ed chose a second palette of bright oranges, yellows, and greens – perfect to gear up guests for the big bash that followed. Centerpieces and table settings reflected this bright color scheme. Favors consisted of margarita glasses (for use at the margarita bar) and cello bags of candy tied with favor tags that doubled as seating cards. Amy and Ed opted for an extensive surf-and-turf buffet and a large selection of gourmet cakes in lieu of one single wedding cake, so we also created coordinating buffet cards with descriptions of each menu item.
Amy and Ed’s wedding incorporated things that are important to them: a setting that reflected the home they share, supportive and loving family and friends, an intertwining of comfort and elegance, and a love that will last a lifetime! Thanks Amy and Ed, for letting me be a part of your day!
Photography: Michael Howard of Cocoa Beach Photography (All photos except of invitation, thank you card, and buffet card.)
Planner/Officiant: Beach Weddings by Joanie
Invitation, Buffet Cards, Thank Yous, and Wedding Programs: Dogwood Blossom Stationery & Invitation Studio, LLC
Venue: Cherie Down Beach, Cape Canaveral, Florida
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