Lately, I have been seeing so many beach inspired rooms. I personally love the beach and my parents have been taking my sister and I to the Gulf coast since I can remember. We started out on the coasts of Florida and through the years made the Alabama beaches our favorite. When my sister and I were young we vacationed on the beach at least once a year, sometimes twice. Our most recent trip was to Ft. Morgan, AL for our wedding. I couldn't imagine any other perfect place than this. Until BP had their little mishap....
We had already paid our deposit for our beach house and were worried what was going to happen with our "perfect" plans. Luckily, the water cleared up and there was NO oil in the water(that we could see or taste, at least). They opened the beaches back up about two weeks before the wedding and it turned out to be perfect after all!!
See how blue the water was??!
This wedding was planned on a serious budget. If I couldn't find what I was looking for at the right price, I made it. Including the bamboo arbor we stood under while being married.
I made all the flower arrangements, except the bouquets and all the decorations, with the help of family and friends. We made all the food and desserts.
I iced these cookies the night before the wedding!
If you can't tell, my wedding was starfish themed. I fell in love with the way the starfish looked and totally went with it.
The best part is that I got to bring most everything home with me as momentos. I found an arrangement similar to this one and wanted it so badly.
The kit with the vase, sand, candle, shells and starfish was over $50 each plus shipping. I headed over to our local Old Time Pottery and picked up two similar vases and white candles. My mom filled the vases with sand from the beach and shells she found as well as very inexpensive store bought starfish. There were two and they turned out perfectly all for about $20 for both centerpieces, saving about $80!! I brought one home and she has the other. Mine is sitting on my armoire in our master, I love looking at it everyday knowing it holds sand and shells from the beach we were married on!
I wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of wonderful family and friends! There were only about 15 in attendance, not including the wedding party and everyone chipped in and helped with something, whether it was building the arbor, smoothing the sand, or making food and starfish decorations for the aisle chairs.
It was the most perfect wedding and we loved our local minister. He incorporated the ocean and sand and told us true love is endless, just like the ocean. Sigh.
If anyone is interested in the details of the decor or vendors we used in that area, feel free to contact me. They were all AWESOME! I would recommend them to anyone with small or large budget!