Photos by:

Emma Cleary

All it took was one look at New York City’s India House before Emma Cleary and Juli Vaughn Designs knew they just had to design a styled wedding shoot around it. Enter an inspired nautical wedding, which was carried through to every detail of the photoshoot — including the incredible Kelly Faetanini gown!

Nautical Wedding Inspiration
nautical wedding invitations
nautical groom looks
green hydrangea flowers
nautical wedding
rope wedding headband
Nautical Wedding invitations

From the event stylist, Juli Vaughn: It is somewhat rare that a venue inspires an entire photo shoot, but India House in the historic Financial District of NYC with its antique model ships and posh maritime decor was the exception.

Nautical Wedding inspiration
rope wedding cake
nautical wedding cakes
Nautical Wedding inspiration
dip dyed china
Nautical Wedding inspiration
nautical wedding tablescapes
Nautical Wedding paper goods

It is unique enough to inspire two creatives (Emma Cleary Photography and Juli Vaughn Designs) to put their talents together to create a shoot that answers the question: What would a wedding look like for a couple that loves the sea but lives in the city? It would start with the perfect sailing theme, blend the modern elegance of New York with the natural vintage twist that anything nautical evokes, and be “tied up” with plenty of blue shades and rope accent.

Nautical Wedding inspiration
indoor wedding reception tables
scalloped wedding dress
Nautical Wedding inspiration

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: New York City, NY / Photographer: Emma Cleary / Styling, Floral and Event Design: Juli Vaughn Designs / Event Venue: India House / Wedding Dress: Kelly Faetanini / Hair: Red Carpet Brides / Makeup: Olya Schechter / Ties: Dibi Ties / Wedding Cake: Elegantly Iced / Banners and Flags: Liddabits Design Shop / Wedding Invitations: Julia’s Poppies Design / Models: Wilhelmina

  • The nautical theme is too perfect !

  • Love the theme. The photography is stunning. The cake is unique so is the name in the bottle.

  • Oooh adore those navy blue earrings!

  • Everything from the dress to the bow ties to the invitations to the cake scream nautical…this is a gorgeous wedding!

  • I love the name in a bottle place cards! This is such a lovely theme for a wedding.

  • Probably the most elegant nautical wedding I’ve seen, What a fresh idea.

  • Head over heels with the blue teardrop earrings! How much are these?

  • Beautifully elegant wedding! I particularly love the nautical wedding invitation and stationery set :)

  • Bubbly Creations

    I love the bottles as place cards, a really unique idea