Editor’s Note: I’m pulling this warm summer coastal inspiration from the archives for this chilly winter day!Doesn’t a New England coastal wedding at sunset sound like perfect bliss? Well, lucky for you, two very talented souls joined forces – Heidi, of White Loft Studio and Maya, of Poppy Love Weddings, and created the most beautiful blueprint for just that:
Says photographer Heidi, of White Loft Studio, “I was amazed by Maya – she provided an inspiration board prior to our shoot but I had no idea what to expect. When we met at Plum Island Point, it was like this entire wedding just popped out of the back of her truck…every detail was perfectly executed and set-up within 30 minutes time. We waited for the perfect late-day light and then shot like crazy for the last 30 minutes of sunset to capture it all!”
Says Maya, of Poppy Love Weddings, “The concept of this inspiration shoot, Indigo Coast, came from my love of being on and around the water in Plum Island Sound, Massachusetts. Late in the summer, the sunsets are incredibly colorful and serene. I imagined that it would be an ideal location to hold an intimate ceremony and reception dinner full of charming coastal details. When I spoke with Heidi, of White Loft Studio, about my concept, she immediately knew of the perfect location – Plum Island Point, a classic New England backdrop. She captured the beauty of the coast at sunset, flawlessly.
I wanted to create an inviting combination of beach rustic plus seaside elegance. I brought in subtle boating elements, like the canvas-covered wine bottles, petite canvas flags, and woven components like the wicker spheres. I used indigo as my anchor color and as soon as I laid eyes upon the David Stark Brush Stroke dinnerware at West Elm, I knew it was the perfect fit. To soften the look, I incorporated soft romantic blooms in a *quiet riot* of pink and peach hues set into perforated metal containers for the floral centerpieces. I layered fabrics, included driftwood-type bench seating, and added comfy nautical print pillows.
A key ingredient of my design aesthetic is the mixture of high and low pieces. Because I focused most of my budget dollars on the impact of the place settings, I had to get creative with the other tabletop details. I found the batik print table runner in the half-off section of the Jo-Ann fabric store and was able to scoop it up for peanuts. Of course a trip to the craft store was in order, where I grabbed a few small wicker balls from the floral department and was inspired by all the color and texture in the knitting department.
The cake was dreamt up by Heidi and beautifully executed by Hilary of Eat Cake! – a single-tiered cake of layered ombre ruffles. The complex yet airy ruffled design lends to the ethereal look of the day.
The ceremony area was my favorite part of the set up. It was purposefully kept bare and simple – marked by a modern lucite console table with large rustic wicker spheres (also from West Elm). Here is where I incorporated the canvas flags and added the vintage style glass ring box, adorned with a sweet banner that read ‘love & cherish.’
I carried the pale aqua blue yarn detail throughout the design – wrapping simple glass votive holders with it along with tying the wedding bands together and it even made for the prettiest of bouquet wraps in lieu of ribbon!”
Maya was gracious enough to share some of her top tips for mastering a harmonized look like the one she created in this shoot.
– Seek out what you love, choose subtle elements that convey those feelings and repeat them throughout your décor.
– Don’t be afraid to mix prints and textures. Dressing a table is like putting an outfit together, excessive matching is always très boring!
– When meeting with your floral designer, focus your efforts in conveying your color and shape preferences. Becoming too specific with exact blooms and shades can hinder the designer and ultimately, the completed design.
– Forget perfection! Instead, aim for authenticity – there’s nothing worse then an over-produced event that over shadows the true meaning of the day.