Nautical Directions: Stunning Inspiration for Your Seaside Soirée

From: Summer 2016 edition
A navy-striped ribbon adds a fashionable touch to this Elizabeth Mackenzie gown.

Creating a union between a couple’s style and the decor—from the catering menu to the bride’s shoes—is an accomplishment that elevates a wedding to the next level. Photographer Kimberlee Miller, XO Bloom’s Sarah Z and Command Performance Catering’s Annette Kirkhuff and Annette Baldwin combined forces to create a sun-dappled, navy-and white-striped palette cinched together with touches of twine at the Westlake Yacht Club in Westlake Village. Soft blushes and hints of orange add a sunset flair to the florals, while a chic seafood menu—including fish and chips served in wooden crates and bite-size lobster rolls—bring a seaside influence.

Elizabeth Mackenzie Designs’ delicate, cap-sleeved wedding gown is accented with a navy-and-white grosgrain ribbon for a subtle nautical touch and enhanced by Kate Spade espadrilles while the groom compliments in navy Friar Tux suit and gray-striped bowtie. In keeping with the theme, hairstylist Kathleen Hagan created a loose, waterfall braid for the bride’s look, while the groom’s striped bow tie complements the bridal attire. Thick sailing rope plays a subtle role as the binding on the bouquet and boutonnière as well as masquerading as fondant on the wedding cake’s top layer.


XO Bloom’s soft bouquet is wrapped in nautical rope


Coordinating boutonniere with twine