Not only gorgeous but well throughout out details are the staple of a successful DIY wedding. Another important piece is a celebration is that it is within realistic capabilities! The guest list at Rosa and Eric's beautiful seaside wedding at a home on Cape Elizabeth was small, intimate and the perfect size so the stunning decor and Pinterest-worthy details could be achieved.
The ceremony details were simple, elegant and complimentary to the natural beauty surrounding the wedding ceremony location. The couple rented an amazing home right on the rocky shores of Cape Elizabeth, a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean just south of Portland, Maine. An arbor decorated with tulle and fresh, purple flowers and white chairs tied with a bow were the only additions to the garden patio where the ceremony was held. The ocean waves crashing on the rocks and birds tweeting in the bushes and flying amoung the summertime flowers were the backdrop to the intimate and emotional ceremony.
Inside the rental house, the two rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that looks out on the ocean were cleared and decorated with tables for lunch, a dance floor, cake table and a homemade photo background - all accented with a light purple and ivory. Fresh flower centerpieces and a tiered cake with fondant flowers spilling down one side were the highlights but other small details were not ignored! Everything from babies breath in a small birdcage to the galvanized metal buckets holding bottles of champagne all tied up everything into a perfect bow. Once of my favorite details was the unique guestbook idea - the bride and groom went to the seashore and collected many smoothed stones which were laid out on an antique buffet. A Sharpie was provided and guests could write a personal message to the couple, making a wonderful keepsake that will be treasured while accenting their new home together for years to come.
The seaside is the perfect backdrop to family photos and a small, intimate wedding allows for plenty of time to get beautiful bridal party and family pictures at more than one location. Just down the road is Portland Head Light, a popular tourist attraction and stunning spot to get wonderful shots of not just the bride and groom but also close friends and family.
Even a small, intimate wedding where the guest list is your closest friends and immediate family can have the traditions of a large more traditional wedding. Rosa and Eric held a lunch buffet potluck with the families favorite South American recipes and New England favorites. But before lunch the father of the groom and the father of the bride offered their best wishes with two fantastic toasts. Champagne was served and then lunch. After some time to eat, the couple had their first dance shortly followed by the father-daughter dance, the mother-son dance and then the whole family joined them on the dance floor - cutting in several times to each get their moment dancing with the bride or the groom. The afternoon ended with a cake cutting and more dancing!
The relaxed atmosphere and sea air added to the memories of the day - stress was not an option. Congratulations!
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