Natural decor elements inspired by the sea are always right at home in beach weddings, but today’s team (including Ashley Williams Photography, Urban Shindigs, and Luxe Botanique) went in the opposite direction and placed them amidst the sand dunes of Southern California. Using sea glass and non-floral bouquet elements, this styled shoot blends the best of both beach-y and desert wedding inspiration for a look that’s keeping us deeply inspired.

California sand dunes wedding - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

From the event designer, Urban Shindigs: It all came to me in a “Blue” haze. Luxe Botanique was wanting to create something with simple natural elements like sand, grape wood, cotton, and air plants. Most minds would immediately go to the beach… but mine went to the blue skies over the majestic California Sand Dunes. I wanted to embrace the raw elements the dunes had to offer. I pulled some natural items from Witty Rentals. We used cowhide for the table linen, equipale leather chairs, and of course a collection of bone skulls.

California sand dunes wedding - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

floral alternative bouquet - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

cotton bridal crown - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

wedding decor with sea glass - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

desert wedding centerpiece - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

groom looks - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

blue non-floral bouquet - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

For the fashion styling I wanted a slate blue look. It first started with the the slate blue Adrianna Papell gown from Bella Bridesmaids. The cap sleeves, beaded sharp lines, and glittering sequins combined to create the stunning look. To top off the brides look we pulled the natural metal/stone jewelery from Kim Egel Jewelry. The groom’s slate blue Allure Suit by Allure Men came from Friar Tux. Hair & Makeup was done by the amazing Erin Dunaway. To keep this shoot raw and natural we wanted a real honest couple. Ashley and Bryan were a perfect match! No flowers were used at all in the bouquet. Instead, Luxe Botanique used rustic textiles like cotton, dried mushroom, seed pods, blue thistle, foliage and an air plant to complete the look. Twinkle & Toast designed a blue water color handwritten invitation to go along, as well as custom sea glass escort cards. It paired perfectly with our stunning cake designed by Hey There, Cupcake. This shoot was all captured by the very talented Ashley Williams Photography & Audrey Alba Films.

marquee signs - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

California sand dunes wedding - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

bride and groom in blue - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

California sand dunes wedding - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

bridal accessories - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

sea glass escort cards - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

sea glass cake - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

California sand dunes wedding - photo by Ashley Williams Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-sand-dunes-wedding

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Ashley Williams Photography

Event Design

Urban Shindigs

Florist

Luxe Botanique

Dress

Adrianna Papell

Dress Store

Bella Bridesmaids

Jewelry

Kim Egel Jewelry

Hair and Makeup

Erin Dunaway

Groom's Attire

Friar Tux

Wedding Cake

Hey There, Cupcake

Rentals

Witty Rentals

Marquee Light

My Marquee SD

Paper Goods

Twinkle & Toast

Videography

Audrey Alba Films

1 comments
  • Katherine’s Daughter Events, Pittsburgh

    I love sea glass and I’ve never seen it used in such inventive ways. What a beautiful wedding!