When lovely photographer Geneve Rege sent us this self described “black tie bohemian” wedding, we jumped all over it! Becca and Chris’s fresh take on the beach wedding goes to show that not all beach nuptials need to be rainbow umbrellas and flip flops. Instead, this wedding has notes of both Great Gatsby glamour and artisanal touches that make it music to our winter-weary ears. Go ahead and revel in all the details in our gallery and oogle that gorgeous tent! Thanks for sending it over, Geneve!

formal purple beach wedding

From the bride, Becca. From the beginning of planning our wedding, Chris and I used the term “Bohemian Blacktie” to describe our wedding. We envisioned something that was fancy and whimsical but in a comfortable way. We told our guests that the dress code was anything that made them feel the most fancy and in their skin.

formal purple beach wedding
Cape Cod holds a special significance in our relationship so we knew we wanted to be married on the beach, but we also knew we didn’t necessarily want a beach-themed beach wedding. We just wanted the peaceful, powerful, magical quality of the sky, sand, and sea to come through in the style of our wedding. Chris proposed to me at sunrise in the exact same spot on the beach where we had our wedding so there wasn’t really any other place on earth that could have felt more right for us to celebrate our marriage!

formal purple beach wedding
formal purple beach wedding
We collected vintage keys and glass bottles all year from various flea markets and antique shops and they served as our placecards and centerpieces. Chris and I tied little tags onto each individual key and wrote all our guests’ names and table numbers on them. A friend lent us a gorgeous antique barn board door which we nailed 120 pegs into to hang the keys. Above the door we placed a hand-painted sign that read “You hold the keys to our heart”.

formal purple beach wedding
formal purple beach wedding

We (along with my mom) collected HUNDREDS of unique vintage glass receptacles and each table had different shapes and sizes of glass. They were all filled with combinations of sand, shells & stones (that Chris, our bridal party and I collected the day before), water, lavender freesia, and candles.

formal purple beach wedding

formal purple beach wedding
Any advice for brides planning their weddings? The greatest advice I can offer is to embrace the whole range of emotions that come up as a bride. It’s a huge rite of passage and the dark emotions are just as important and valid as the joyful ones! A bride should never be freaked out if they find themselves experiencing feelings of separation, loss, or anger—that’s all part of the messy, beautiful, rich transition! I feel like, personally, embracing the dark and the light was what allowed me to be really present and grounded when the big day finally came!

formal purple beach wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Cape Cod, MA):

Ceremony and reception location: Private Residence on Cape Cod / Florist: Wedding Flowers by Nichole / Photographer: Geneve Rege / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet “Fern” Dress / Veil: Lovely Bridal / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell for Ibiza / Hair: Tre Soleil Day Spa / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy / Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen suits: DKNY / DJ: Keith from Cape Tunes / Caterer: The Cuisine of Mark Connolly / Wedding Cake: Casual Gourmet / Wedding invitations: DIY by bride and groom / Videographer: Nic Petry of Dancing Camera

Geneve Rege is a member of Blue Label.

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