Beach Wed­dings

My Wedding - - FLOWERS - By Vir­ginia Thomp­son

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

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