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Sunday Romance

Warmer weather is finally starting to spread, which means one very exciting thing for the wedding world: more beach soirees! Jess and Nick are beach bunnies in their own right, so it seemed only natural they would exchange vows in the sands of California. With Sunday Romance behind the camera and Beau and Arrow Events taking the reigns for the design and installations, it’s no wonder their wedding day turned out as beautiful as it did!

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From the bride, Jessica: Nick being an avid surfer and myself a beach lover have been to Nicarauga, Costa Rica, Australia, and Hawaii. This love for surfing, the beach, and for each other is what really inspired our style for the wedding. We wanted a laid-back but put-together ceremony and reception by the beach with our closest family and friends. We had ideas and a general feel, but couldn’t get the colors, general aesthetic, and decor to go together. I wanted a slightly rustic feel with nods to my childhood in Texas, so combining that element into a beach wedding was overwhelming to me. The Beau & Arrow ladies gave us a set color palette, design ideas & direction, and introduced us to the vendors who were the perfect fit to carry out our vision.

grooms boutonnieres

aqua beach wedding ideas

succulent wedding boutonnieres

aqua beach wedding ideas

garden rose bouquets

aqua beach wedding ideas

seafoam bridesmaids dresses

Relaxed and beach-y elegance with a touch of rustic is how I would describe our wedding style. Our color palette consisted of muted aquas, seafoams, beach glass inspired colors, silver, with white flowers, succulents and air plants. I also really loved the touches of mercury glass.

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beach wedding ceremonies

beach wedding ceremonies

The big DIY project was the dessert backdrop that Beau & Arrow Events created for me. A fun scale pattern was used on some of my paper elements throughout the reception and to tie that the ladies came up with this idea. It also covered the main doors/windows to the actual house that was not utilized during the wedding. It was extremely time consuming as each circle was cut out of construction paper and then layered onto three 4×8 insulation panels that made up the one seamless backdrop on the day of the wedding.

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aqua beach wedding ideas

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Be true to your style and spend your money on things that matter to you as a couple. And find a planner that shares your vision. Our planners helped us to find the perfect venue and vendors that created a wedding day that was completely us. We were able to stay on budget and get everything that we wanted, because our planners understood exactly what we wanted. If you hire vendors you trust and who match your style, you don’t have to micro-manage them and thus will be able to enjoy the planning rather than be stressed out!

state shaped favors

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aqua beach wedding ideas

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We had one of our closest friend be the officiant. The ceremony was perfect because he knew both of us and was able to speak about our relationship from the beginning. It was way better than hiring an officiant that creates a cookie cutter ceremony.

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scallop dessert backdrop

aqua beach wedding ideas

outdoor first dances

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “On My Way Back Home,” Band of Horses
Bride’s Processional: “She’s Everything,” Brad Paisley
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Newlyweds’ Entrance: “It Takes Two,” Rob Base & DJ E Z Rock
First Dance: “In Your Eyes,” Jeffrey Gaines
Guest danced to a mash up of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sir Mix a Lot, and Journey for the reception

Wedding Location: La Jolla, CA / Wedding Photographer: Sunday Romance / Event Design and Styling: Beau and Arrow Events / Wedding Venue: The Martin Johnson House / Wedding Flowers: Root 75 / Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai / Wedding Veil: Gorgeous Complements / Earrings: Crina Design / Wedding Shoes: Toms / Hair: Rachel Lehman / Makeup: Amy Clarke Makeup / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy / Wedding Caterer: Coast Catering / Wedding Desserts: VG Bakery / Rentals: Moss Rentals / Wedding Music: Injoy Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Sleepy Dreamer / Paper Goods: Brightly Designed

  • The aqua green is simply stunning in this seaside wedding. Awesome images!

  • I always think I’ve seen my favorite wedding then I see a new one and I fall in love! I love the aquas and the soft hues! So pretty! I love that groom has sneakers on! hehe =) The bride’s dress is gorgeous!! =)

  • Yay! Thank you so much for featuring our wedding today and on our six month wedding anniversary too! Perfect timing! Our vendors were all a dream to work with. And the biggest thanks to Beau and Arrow! Love you, ladies! I wish I could get married every year!

    • Tanya

      What color were the bridesmaids dresses? I know it says they were by Dessy but I’ve been searching high and low for this color!

      • Jessica


  • Love, love, loved being a part of this very special wedding! We adore Jessica & Nick with all of our hearts and are so glad to see their beautiful day featured on your wonderful blog. Thanks so much for sharing all of the wonderful photos and details!

  • Beautiful pictures – I love the mint colour palette of this wedding!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Jessica x

  • The mix of colors in this wedding are beautiful next to the water. I love all of the extra touches they added like the tall grass plums and the ribbon and paper goods. The brides bouquet is stunning!

  • Just love the light blue deco! Shall use it for my weddings, thank you ruffled for some amazing photos of the beach weddings.

  • I love the first picture – go right into it, the first kiss as husband and wife, very cute! The colors are great – so apt for a beach wedding! Perfection = this La Jolla Wedding.

  • Gee

    Sooooo lovely and perfect!

  • Rainey

    I really wanted to see more pictures in the gallery! Why is it not working!?!?!?

  • Tanya

    What color were the bridesmaids dresses? It says they are by Dessy. I love it! :)