Something about nautical weddings always makes my heart beat a little bit faster. Newlyweds Shawn and Richard seem to feel the same way, because they adorned their big day with sea-inspired touches, from anchor invitations to rope centerpieces to one of the cutest escort card ideas we’ve ever seen, cards attached to compasses! Thanks to Christina Szczupak for sending this wedding our way.

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From the bride, Shawn: Richard and I choose Woodway Beach Club as our venue because of the southern view of the Long Island Sound. We wanted a beachy wedding, but didn’t want to lose the New England feel or the tradition of a wedding in a Church. When Woodway agreed to set up bonfires along the beach, we knew it was the perfect place.

nautical new england wedding

nautical Connecticut wedding
nautical new england wedding

nautical Connecticut wedding
nautical new england wedding

nautical Connecticut wedding
nautical new england wedding
nautical new england wedding

nautical Connecticut wedding
nautical new england wedding

Throughout the entire planning process, we tried to incorporate casual nautical themes. We found a lot of our vendors on Etsy, who were able to incorporate our colors and nautical theme. My favorite part of the planning process was the moment we both (finally) agreed on a wedding band. Once we knew our guests would be dancing, the rest of the pieces just fell into place.

nautical new england wedding

nautical Connecticut wedding

nautical new england wedding

nautical Connecticut wedding

More images in the gallery

Wedding Location: Darien, CT / Wedding Photographer: Christina Szczupak / Wedding Venue: Woodway Beach Club / Flowers: Carrie Wilcox Floral Design / Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai / Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s Suit: Jack Victor / Groom’s Shoes: Ferragamo / Cuff Links: David Donahue / Wedding Cake: Sweet Lisa’s / Escort Cards: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Wedding Invitations: Seahorse Bend Press


Comments (15):

  • kim Brubaker on March 17, 2016

    Reaaly like the Compasses where did you find them??
  • Jennifer on March 14, 2016

    I was wondering where she got the compasses. I have only been able to find them in bright gold.
  • Morgan on January 19, 2016

    Love the anchor flower girl dress! Where did you buy this from?
  • Jocelyn on May 6, 2015

    As Anthony’s best man, I can finally say that he truly got the weinddg cake of his dreams. This cake was truly inspirational because it depicted the fairytale of Anthony and Jennifer . Of all the weinddgs that I have attended over the years, I can honestly say that I’ve never witnessed so many people making it a point to snap a pic of this cake. One glance at this cake, makes you appreciate the time, effort, and incredible detail that was put into this piece of art. All the characters come to life in this cake depicting the world of Super Mario. Amazing job.
  • Foto clipping on February 11, 2014

    Beautifully the photography....very impressive decoration I must say :)
  • Chelsae Isaac on January 10, 2014

    I Loved everything about this wedding, and it is very similar to how we are setting up ours. We had planned on do compasses for wedding favors. I have looked on line but liked the ones here so much better. Any idea where they were purchased?
  • Barbara Mug on March 12, 2013

    This is one of the most amazing wedding party I have ever seen... All the details are so inspiring and so well coordinated.. Bushes as favors are my favourites! Bellissimo Warmest regards from Italy Barbara Mug
  • Kate on March 7, 2013

    Wow!! These are the best wedding pictures that i have seen. I must say congratulations to the photographer who took such excellent photographs. Wedding has always been a gala event, for sure, family, friends together blessing the couple, it an event full of love, bonding, fun, music.
  • Jill at Mystic Knotwork on February 27, 2013

    Great wedding. Shawn thanks for sharing the link, I love to see how people incorporate our knots into a truly nautical wedding. I've never seen those compasses before. That is an astoundingly fun way to give a small wedding favor as well as a nautical way to help your guests find their table. Thanks again for sharing your ideas and congratulations! Jill
  • {The NotWedding} on February 18, 2013

    Charming wedding! The details are adorable.
  • NC Wedding Planner - Orangerie Events on February 18, 2013

    I love the details of this wedding. It's so refreshingly elegant! thanks for sharing!
  • Brandy Blackford on February 18, 2013

    Love, love, love this wedding!!! The details are amazing - the compass favors, charm bracelets, the anchor's tying everything together!!! And that flower girl is adorable!!!
  • Amy Fly Away Bride on February 18, 2013

    This is such a pretty wedding. Love the bleached type of lighting, it gives a lovely soft feel : )
  • NoisyButterfly on February 18, 2013

    This wedding is breath taking. I just love the freshness of the blue water, the beach, the gorgeous church. The bridal gown is stunning.
  • Hot Chocolates - Chocolate Fountains on February 18, 2013

    Loving these beach shots... the shoes are to die for!! :) Congrats guys xoxo


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