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Tranquil Bohemian Beach Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

A gorgeous bohemian event on the beach, complete with a hanging tassel backdrop, stylish bar, and incredible floral design? Say no more. This shoot from the wonderful team of Alexandra Wallace, Lovelyfest Events, and Precious and Blooming utilizes paper goods from Wedding Paper Divas to create a simple and relaxed day that’s just as exciting as it is tranquil and peaceful.

tranquil bohemian beach wedding inspiration - photo by Alexandra Wallace

From the event designers, Lovelyfest Events: Growing up in Southern California has been influential in shaping our overall style and aesthetic as designers, and never having lived more than 10 minutes from the beach, the ocean is a major source of that inspiration. For this shoot, we wanted to reflect the casual and simple nature of true ‘California style’, with a non-traditional beach wedding. Living in a town with countless seaside wedding venues, we sought out to design a wedding that could encompass a beach feel without cookie-cutter “beach” items ( i.e. seashells and sand). This shoot took place on one of our favorite cliffs by the sea in Shell Beach with one of our favorite wedding photographers, Alexandra Wallace. She really encapsulates a modern and unique vibe in her photos, and we knew she could showcase this one perfectly. With this setting came various scenes of natural beauty; a gaping view of the ocean and a naturally marbled cliff wall on the sand. The cliff rivaled any backdrop we could create ourselves! The ocean and sky provided a simple backdrop for our table, with it’s blue hues juxtaposing the focal colors of our shoot: rose quartz, mustard yellow, crisp white, and pale gray.

bohemian wedding ceremony - photo by Alexandra Wallace

Ruffled - photo by Alexandra Wallace

Ruffled - photo by Alexandra Wallace

Ruffled - photo by Alexandra Wallace

romantic table decor - photo by Alexandra Wallace

As with all of our weddings, our design of this shoot began with the overall look, theme and vibe, followed closely by the choosing of an invitation suite. Paper products may seem like a trivial detail, but for us, these little details can help keep the design focused and cohesive. After scouting our venue and finding unique aspects of it that inspired us, we chose the Gilded Marble Invitation suite from Wedding Paper Divas. The deep Dijon hue of this invitation reflected the color and marbling of the cliff walls where our shoot was to take place, and the white geometric details and bold lettering spoke to that simple and modern California style we were seeking out. We set up an exposed wood dining table from Embellish Vintage rentals high on the cliff where only the ocean could be seen behind it. This in turn helped keep the focus on the table itself, with the backdrop of the sea being a complement to our design. On each place setting sat a menu from the same Gilded Marble invitation suite. Because of it’s detailed design, we kept the table decor very simple. We accessorized with modern gold flatware, stark white plates, gray stoneware and modern brass napkin rings. Our vintage champagne coupes sat on geometric rose quartz coasters, giving the table a more modern feel. The cool gray napkins lent a sophisticated yet understated feeling to each place setting, and driftwood knife rests brought the beach setting into play.

Ruffled - photo by Alexandra Wallace

blush wedding flowers - photo by Alexandra Wallace

Ruffled - photo by Alexandra Wallace

beach wedding table - photo by Alexandra Wallace

Ruffled - photo by Alexandra Wallace

We worked closely with florist Kellye from Precious and Blooming to come up with a floral design that didn’t feel too contrived, something very California chic. She designed a stunning centerpiece that was looked as though it was laying on the table, to create a more at-home, foraged feel. We accented the table with real pink Himalayan salt blocks, pink hued taper candles and vintage salt cellars filled with pink salt. Finally, we added in modern white chairs around the rustic table to really bring together that laid-back, modern California feel. Since the cliff wall was a major source of inspiration for our design and our choosing of paper products, we knew it had to be the focal point of the ceremony. The natural marbling on the wall is a stunning feat of nature and we couldn’t keep our eyes off it! We hand-crafted tassels and created a ceremony backdrop against the wall complete with foraged wood and florals from Kellye. The modern white chairs served as the perfect modern accent and were a stark contrast to the soft hues of the beach.

Ruffled - photo by Alexandra Wallace

drink bar - photo by Alexandra Wallace

drink tags - photo by Alexandra Wallace

We left our cake designer, Papercake Events, creative freedom to come up with a cake design inspired by the sea and our Wedding Paper Divas invitations. On the bottom tier of the cake, Whitnie mimicked the marbling of the Gilded Marble invite, and on the top used geometric accents keeping with the modern theme. Instead of placing flowers on the cake, we had Precious and Blooming come in with leftover florals, creating a loose and unique look at the bottom of the cake table. We’re always looking for new ways to show off floral arrangements, and it doesn’t always have to be in a vase! Embellish Vintage rentals is always expanding their inventory, and although most of it is classic and antique, we easily weaved it into our modern, eclectic design. With their vintage bar cart we added in custom cocktails, more geodes and pink salt blocks, and extra cards from the invitation suite. You never know when you’ll need extra paper goods, and escort displays are always a great way to tie in those fun details! Overall, the marbled invitation suite tied in perfectly with the ocean and cliffs of Shell Beach. We worked with all local vendors to make this styled shoot come to life, as we really wanted to encapsulate what a local beach wedding could be. We hope we can inspire brides to think outside the box when designing their own wedding, and that what is typically done in your venue doesn’t have to be the same for you!

wedding cake table - photo by Alexandra Wallace

Ruffled - photo by Alexandra Wallace

geometric wedding cake - photo by Alexandra Wallace

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

From Wedding Paper Divas: Sometimes the soul yearns for something simple. No heels or fancy frills. Our idea for a relaxed wedding happened as we were driving along the coast. A venue really sets the tone for a wedding, and we knew we wanted to dream up some tranquil inspiration, on one of our favorite shorelines. A beach wedding isn’t for everyone. But if you think it may work for you and your beau, get ready to sink your toes into the sand. There is something so idyllic about a Bohemian wedding theme. It beckons the flower child within you. From the muted flowers, rosy Himalayan rocks, worn wooden table, and old fashioned bar cart, these vintage pieces showcase the heart of what some whimsical free spirits may choose to have on their special day. We made sure to add warmth to the décor, as California winters don’t always have an abundance of color. The stylist and I used shades of pink, gold, and blue for this styled shoot. From the cocktail drinks, to the reception seating area, we made sure to take this theme full circle. From softly rolling waves, to endlessly romantic sunsets, is there a more perfect way to exchange I Dos?

Wedding Vendors


Alexandra Wallace

Floral Design:

Precious and Blooming

Event Styling:

Lovelyfest Events

Wedding Cake:

Paper Cake Events


Embellish Vintage Rentals

Paper Goods:

Wedding Paper Divas

Photos by:

Alexandra Wallace

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Al Fresco Beach Wedding in La Jolla

Beach Weddings

This gorgeous Tuscan inspired wedding created by Evangeline Lane Photography, First Comes Love San Diego and Organic Elements is nothing short of breathtaking. The touches of Italian influences throughout every part of this wedding will make you believe that it took place right in an Italian villa. From the gelato bar to the lush florals, this wedding is absolutely stunning.

Tuscan countryside inspired wedding in La Jolla - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

From the photographer, Sarah: We wanted a Tuscan daytime family style wedding. We wanted it to feel like we were at someone’s home. I used to live in Florence and spent a lot of time in Tuscany out in the countryside. It was important to recreate this feeling. The hotel was a perfect place to do that. We didn’t have a color scheme per se but we wanted natural colors and not one color to stand out.

Ruffled - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

Ruffled - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

cascading bouquet - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

Flower recipe: I had a really long cascading bouquet. My mom also had one at her wedding in 1984. Mine had coral garden roses, soft pink peonies, pale coral dahlias, soft orange dahlias, tuberose, dark centered white anemones, white ranunculus, silver dollar eucalyptus, and olive branches.

Ceremony - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

cascading floral decor - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

Groom - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

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Lavender - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

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Centerpiece - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

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Tuscan Tables - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? We planned it in 6 months, it was perfect. Not too much time to stress. We also loved having it on a Sunday so we could enjoy the whole weekend with friends and family. I would highly suggest a Sunday wedding… We all went to the pool after and that night we just relaxed. I loved having it during the day because we got to be with all of our guests and have fun.

Place Setting - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

Reception Tuscan Table - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

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coral centerpieces - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

Ruffled - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

Dessert table - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

Favors- photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

chair back wreaths - photo by Evangeline Lane Photography

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

From the photographer, Evangeline Lane Photography: Sarah and Aristo have a love for all things Italy. While planning their La Jolla wedding, it was important to find a location that allowed us to create an intimate feeling of having your closest friends and family over at a private villa. We found the perfect setting in Estancia – the Olive Lawn felt like the Tuscan countryside with steps where the couple said their “I Dos.” In lieu of a wedding party the couple had the children enter before them – with flower wands and crowns. For the reception, we brought in a sheer chiffon canopy to shade the garden and adorned extra long tables with burlap table cloths topped with crisp white linens and etched glassware. Each place setting was completed with a menu with a place card clipped to it along with a sprig of fresh herbs. For florals, large footed bowls overflowed with greenery and flowers of all different colors and the end of the tables were capped with flower runners that reached the floor. To complete the theme, food was served family style, there was a gelato bar and of course plenty of Italian wines served tableside.

Wedding Vendors


Evangeline Lane Photography


First Comes Love San Diego

Floral Design:

Organic Elements

Venue and Catering:

Estancia La Jolla

Wedding Dress:

Romona Keveza

Wedding Shoes:

Christian Louboutin


Ellen Hunter

Hair and Makeup:

Erika Reno Artistry

Groom's Suit:

Suit Supply

Groom's Shirt:


Groom's Tie:

Tom Ford

Groom's Shoes:

Ermenegildo Zegna


Cafe Zucchero

Gelato Cart:

Gelato Paradiso


Roman Holiday

Wedding Invitations:

Crane & Co.

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Get ready for a serious case of wanderlust, because today we’re recapping our stay in the Maldives. I can hardly believe it myself – Maldives. That atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean that we all drool over on Pinterest. After visiting Sri Lanka (more here and here) with lots of culture and nature to see, we headed for the jaw-dropping Constance Moofushi in the Maldives.


Mr and Mrs Smith knocked it out of the park when they helped narrow down resorts for our stay in Maldives. There are so many ridiculously amazing resorts in the Maldives, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The best hotels there are definitely a splurge, but if you pick carefully and go at the right time, you can get a tremendous value for a dream honeymoon. Plus with all the perks and goodies that booking through Mr and Mrs Smith will get you, there will be nothing for you to worry about but picking outfits to pack.



From fresh fruit to supplies, everything needs to be flown in to Maldives. We highly recommend getting an all-inclusive package like how we did at Constance Moofushi. The Cristal Package is a long list of inclusive items, which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails and snacks; and activities such as a Dhoni boat trip. This is hands down, the absolute best all-inclusive food we’ve ever had. The food is gourmet with an enormous selection to choose from, and the menu was different every day of the week. The dessert buffet alone is what dreams are made of!




What to do in Maldives

Maldives goes beyond than just being a dreamy screen saver with surreal beaches. If you’re into snorkeling and diving, Maldives is also known for its abundant and diverse marine life. Constance Moofushi is one of the best resorts for diving, which offers diving trips aplenty.




One of the highlights of our Maldives’ stay was swimming along whale sharks. These gentle giants swim up to surface to warm up after having their meals in deeper waters, so you can even spot them from the boat! We went early December and spotted several whale sharks that day, but you can spot year-round.

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Another favorite was a daytrip to a sandbank, a teeny patch of sand in the middle of the ocean. An hour away from the resort by boat, you are invited to what it seems to be a real life, tropical version of Petit Prince-meets-Robinson Crusoe. The almost cartoon-like tiny island is such a surreal view, you need to go just for this. This daytrip is included if you have the all-inclusive Cristal Package, so it’s a no-brainer. Childcare at Constance Moofushi is equally outstanding if you have little ones.




maldiveshoneymoon-moofushi18Mr and Mrs Smith nailed this one. This is the type of resort that knows your name and your child’s name from arrival to departure, just to give you a tiny glimpse on what level of service they have. We have been dreaming of going back since!





Our last stop before going home is Dubai, which is coming next!

photos 6, 13, 17 and 21 courtesy of Mr & Mrs Smith, all others and video by Ruffled

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