I have always been fond of the nautical themed wedding look.  Whether it is during fleet week in New York were are the navy sailors line the deck all in white or the memory of my mom dressing me up in a sailor suit at the age of two for a fashion show on a cruise ship.  Okay, I don’t remember that, but I have photo evidence and it was pretty darn cute.

There is something sharp and pleasing with a navy blue and white color scheme.  This particular nautical themed wedding at St Pete beach community center was captured by Stephanie Dishman Photography.  What a perfect nautical ensemble – even down to the super adorable flower girl and ring bearer pulled in a navy blue boat.  Ahoy there matey!

Nautical Themed Wedding ~ Bride’s Comments

 
3 Nautical themed wedding invitations and garter with rhinstones
4 engagement rings on top of nautical wedding themed invitations1 White bridal dress with sweet heart neckline and rhinstones

What was the best advice you received when you were planning your wedding?  

The best advice I received, which was from my mother, was “This is the only time it’s okay to be selfish, so do what YOU want!” 
39 bride wering rhinstone necklace22 Groom with navy blue bow tie
2 Round diamond engagament ring with halo
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31 bride in mermaid shaped sweet heart neckline wedidng dress and bridesmails in teal color dresses at nautical themed wedding

Describe the bride/bridesmaids’ attire and list designers where possible.

“My bridesmaids all wore mint colored Angelina Faccenda by Mori Lee dresses. The color and fabrics were all the same but each bridesmaid wore a different style based on their body type and what they felt comfortable in. My maid of honor wore a long dress, where the others were all in shorter styles. I chose to tie it all together with matching shoes, which were nude peep toe sling backs and matching nautical jewelry.”
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14 wedding welcome sign in nautical theme

What wedding favor did you give your guests?

We gave plantable paper anchors that we found on Etsy, which when planted will grow flowers or herbs. 

8 rolled up blue and green paper with twine at wedding13 Wedding ceremony at St. Pete Beach Community Center with white chairs and blue fans

How many guests were invited and what was the final guest count?  

“We invited around 120 guests and the final guest count was 116.”

23 Flower girl and ring bearer in sailor suits and being pulled in a blue boat down wedding aisle
24 flower girl in a sailor suit pulled in a blue boat at nautical themed wedding ceremony25 Brde and father walking down aisle at nautical themed wedding ceremony at St. Pete Beach Community Center

Which pieces of music did you use during the ceremony? (Processional, Brides Entrance, Interlude, Recessional)

The bridal party walked out to “Over The Rainbow & What A Wonderful World” by Israel Mamakawiwo’ole. I walked out to the instrumentals of our first dance song “I won’t give up” by Jason Mraz and the processional was Bob Marley.
29 groom huging bride's father at nautical themed wedding ceremony at St. Pete Beach Community Center27 Nautical themed wedding ceremony at St. Pete Beach Community Center28 nautical themed wedding ceremony at St. Pete Beach Community Center30 Bride and groom walking down aisle in nautical themed wedding ceremony

What types of flowers did you have?

My bridesmaids bouquets were three single white lilies, and my was an arrangement of different types of orchids.
32 Bridal bouquet white orchids with blue and white striped bouquet wrap for nautical themed wedding35 White orchis for bridal bouquet in nautical themed wedding

What was your budget? Did you go over or stay under?  Where did you save money? 

I honestly never started out with an exact budget. I tried saving money where I could, like chosing a venue that allowed us to use all outside vendors. Try booking vendors early because sometimes they will give you a discount.  I also chose to do a lot of “do it yourself” projects, which was a lot of fun. After everything was said and done the budget came close to $12,000 dollars.
18 nautical themed wedding reception table
6 glass candle holder with white and blue stripes and a star fish9 mr and mrs sign in white and teal
11 painted palm tree photo with the wedding date12 Wedding guest book for thumb prints
22 Nautical themed wedding reception with blue and white striped table runner and teal napkins with pearls
16 A blue wedding reception napkin with peals over a navy blue and white table cloth
19 Nautical themed wedding reception with teal napkins with pearls and a white and blue table cloth7 wine juge with a sand dollar
21 Nautical themed wedding reception with a candle with twine and a star fish and a blue vintage key20 nautical themed wedding reception with an anchor
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What were the highlights from the ceremony & reception?

I can’t choose an exact highlight, but it was a great feeling to have everyone that we love being under one roof at the same time! 

37 Bride and groom dancing at St. Pete Beach Community Center in nautical themed wedding

Vendors:

Photographer:  Stephanie Dishman Photography
Second Shooter: Caroline Smith
Hair Stylist: Combs and Company
Caterer: Delectables Fine Catering Inc.
DJ:DJ MC Brownie
Floral Designer: Ibritz Flower Decoratif
Hair Stylist: Lilis Weddings Makeup and Hair Styling Group
Event Venue: St. Pete Beach Community Center

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I think the hardest thing to do after you have put your wedding vision together is to hand those plans over to your wedding planner, whether that is a professional or friend. It is not easy to let go of the reigns and entrust someone else with making sure your wedding day is just right.

I put my final “vision” together in a word document last night for my good friend and Chief Organizer Extraordinaire. The vision was a whopping 21 page document of wedding decorating dauntingness.  She, along with a team of friends, will be in charge of decorating that day. For a control party-planning-freak like myself, it is hard not to be physically involved that day and have my actual stamp on it.  

This wedding really caught my eye.  After putting my vision together and stressing out about all the small details, I have realized that a simple Manhattan Beach wedding is probably the way to go!  I love how Lindsey Gomes Photography captured some great photos of this couple around Manhattan Beach and even drew some attention with the locals and tourist.  

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Manhattan Beach Wedding Vendors:

Photographer:  lindsey gomes PHOTOGRAPHY
Hair Stylist: Soreya Yann
Reception: Tin Roof Bistro
Make-up: Erin James
Florist: Instyle Flowers
Ceremony: Manhattan beach (8th and Strand)

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