We might be landlocked here in the Midwest, but that doesn’t mean you cannot have a lakeside nautical wedding. This coastal wedding inspiration is very classic with a navy palette and lots of romantic details.
As our love for wanderlust grows, and the possibility of new discoveries beckons to us, we find ourselves searching for adventures, both near and far. With the rise of preppy, coastal living infusing its style throughout the globe, many look to country coasts for inspiration.Little do people appreciate that there is one place where coastal living has been a part of life for decades. The little gem of a town that has been living the old world, charming coastal life right off of Lake Michigan is Holland, Michigan.In looking for inspiration for this style shoot, it was only natural to look not far out the windows of this lovely manor and set sights upon the beautiful waters of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan.Inside the manor, which happens to be the secret location where “The Wizard of Oz” was conceived and written, it’s like stumbling back in time to old world, New England. With nautical wares and seafaring artifacts delicately placed around the home and the feeling that if these walls could talk, oh the adventures they would tell, I decided to bring their stories to life through a wedding.In my desire for something different, I drew upon the masculinity of the home and the old world charm it evokes. Taking the traditional colors of navy blue and creamy white, and adding in antique gold and grey made the color palette more exciting, while the browns added the depth.Playing with nontraditional wedding fabrics and textures, I brought in leathers and wools in unexpected ways. The juxtaposition of textured silk linens, a floating chiffon dress, sparkles and sequins against the traditional sailor ropes and stripes kept the style dramatic yet pretty.Realizing leather was a little nontraditional for a wedding, I had to create the leather napkin rings and centerpiece holders. The chef prepared a gorgeous menu, full of fresh, colorful seafood and plated in a spectacular fashion while extraordinary wines made from heirloom grapes were expertly paired up with each dish. The vintage china brought in the old world charm to the tablescape which was accented by the nautical menus and compass favors. Classic and romantic flowers were paired with gold coral, seashells and monkey fists. In honor of the groom, I designed a masculine rum and cigar bar, stocked with his favorite cigars and rum shipped up from Barbados.All the vendors brought their years of expertise and talents in their various art forms to make this style shoot a wonderful and successful day. – Jessica of JS Weddings & Events
VENDOR LOVE –
Venue: The Wizard of Oz Manor of Royal Manors | Photographer: Andrew Ingram | Design, Styling + Planning: JS Weddings & Events | Photographer Assistant & Design Assistant: Surekha J. Boeve | Catering: Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant | Cake: Connie’s Cakes | Wine: Skandis Fine Wines | Paper Goods: Pie Crust Creative | Rentals: The Rental Company | Table Setting Rentals: Rusted Rose Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: JS Weddings & Events | Hair Stylist: Jennifer Unger | Makeup Artist: Carole G Cosmetics | Bridal Dress & Accessories: Bridal Elegance | Tuxedo: Bunny Tuxedos | Groom’s Accessories: Jessica Swagman