The day began with the sun sparkling by the water’s edge as we exchanged vows. White linen curtains billowing out across the sand, framing the commitment of long time lovers. We were with the people closest to our hearts who toasted us with champagne by the foreshore. Beach weddings are always so romantic and I remember one I had the pleasure being involved in on Waiheke Island a few years ago. They were a couple from Europe and had come to New Zealand for their wedding - just the two of them ,no family or friends. The brief was to find a private beach where there was some shade. There had to be a heart of red roses in the sand which they could both stand inside of for their ceremony. They arrived in a vintage car that drove along the beach to the location. The witnesses were the photographer and I and, when the ceremony was over, we all had a glass of champagne.
Beach weddings are always very relaxed. You can create some rustic ocean glamour using a combination of sea grass, roses, crystals, timber, coral, petals and lanterns. If your wedding is in a tropical location, provide your guest with welcome bags of bottles of water, tissues, an itinerary for the wedding, a welcome letter, a can of beer for the guys and individual fans or parasols for the ladies.
Choose seasonal blooms that suit the climate of your location so they stay looking fresh throughout the day. Use tropical flowers like the different varieties of orchids and frangipani, mixing it up with dahlias, anthuriums, succulents, roses, and leafing. Think natural florals and fruits ,maybe using fresh strawberries in little mini buckets for guests.
It’s also important that your guests have somewhere