Nautical Chic Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Autumn is showing its true colors across the nation now and we couldn’t be happier, but even the greatest lover of fall would have to admit this shoot from Unearthed Vintage and Michelle March makes them long for the days of summer again. Fusing chic sophistication with a love of all things nautical — including a tongue-in-cheek nod to “tying the knot” — this styled shoot is a surefire hit in our books!

nautical inspired ideas
red white bouquets

A few words from Katie of Unearthed Vintage: Living so close to the water, nautical inspirations are around us on a daily basis. I have always loved the traditional look behind nautical decor, so much so that my husband Jovan and I got matching anchor tattoos. I was truly inspired by the natural beauty that the beach has to offer. I love where the beach grass meets the sand, and where the sand meets the water, creating amazing sand bars and designs with no effort. All of these beautiful things in nature come together to make for a perfect backdrop.


nautical bridal beauty

nautical bridal beauty

nautical bridal beauty


diamond engagement rings

diamond engagement rings

I wanted to create something that added a twist to traditional nautical decor that added to the beauty that the beach has to offer. After sharing my visions with Michelle March Photography, she helped bring it all to life. We chose to combine a few traditional pieces like the life saver, buoys, pulleys, and lantern, with a few unexpected pieces, our canary wharf carreta as a signature drink table, nautical rope and driftwood crafted together as a ceremony backdrop, bright fun polka dot napkins, and a deep red tufted settee right on the sand for a fun photo op for our couple.

nautical stationery ideas

red velvet cakes

The look would not have been complete without the beautiful floral design of Julia Rohde Designs, or the icing-less red velvet cake on an oak barrel cake table. On the day of the shoot, I couldn’t help but be inspired by our beautiful couple with amazing chemistry, and the amazing team of vendors who made this all possible, especially after battling a morning of torrential rain and high winds.


nautical bridal beauty

nautical table ideas

nautical inspired receptions



View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Key Biscayne, FL / Photographer: Michelle March / Event Styling and Vintage Rentals: Unearthed Vintage / Shoot Venue: Crandon Park / Wedding Flowers: Julia Rohde Designs / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Hair and Makeup: Christina Vidal / Wedding Cake: Cloud 9 Bakery & Cafe / Paper Goods: Llorente Design / Videographer: Michael Burgos Films

12 comments
  1. Shelley

    These vendors are some of my absolutely favorites in the South Florida area! Such a beautiful shoot that came together from all your amazing talents! Beautiful shoot, beautiful Florida vendors!!!! XO

  2. Michelle March Photography

    What an honor it is to have this labor of love on Ruffled! Thank you so much for sharing it with all your readers. We hope it inspires brides to look outside of the traditional fall ideas and marry down in Florida when it’s not as warm, but still very beautiful.

  3. Unearthed Vintage

    Thank you Ruffled for featuring our nautical inspiration shoot today! It was an honor to work with such an amazing team of vendors! Thanks to all that helped bring our inspiration to life!

  4. Jessica

    beautiful, beautiful!! fantastic job, Michelle! I need that cake in my life! lol ;)

  5. Aurelie

    I love all the white and red, the pictures are beautiful.

  6. Megan {Bayside Bride}

    This shoot is to die for! Everything from the cake to the flowers to the beachfront setting is perfect! Good work!

  7. Keepsake Memories Photography

    These photos are amazing!! I love the pop of color. This shoot is so inspiring.

  8. Janey

    There are so many kinds of wedding dresses available these days which look awesome on the bride. The vintage style is always liked by the women and with the help of your post, they will come to know more about it.

  9. Liondragoncustom

    Not often you see a couple celebrate two such gorgeous weddings! Beautiful photographs, love the wedding in particular.

  10. Ellie

    I love this! Location, props, couple everything is just stunning!

  11. Rose {Rose and Ruby Paper Co.}

    Amazing photos. Love them.
    The hints of red are just lovely – works so well.
    x

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