Today is July 1st and Summertime is well under way! Sunny blue skies, cool ocean breezes, sand between our toes… Are you dreaming of the beach as much as we are? If yes is your answer, you’ll love today’s feature inspiration of the Beach Wedding. We are loving tropical themed ideas to inspire a bride’s sand and sun filled wedding setting. Incorporate these unique touches in your wedding and we know your guests will be wowed!

For guests who have traveled from out of town for your wedding, compile a tote bag to welcome them! Include a beach towel, sun screen, bottle of water, and any other fun items you would find useful to enjoy sunbathing.

Welcome Tote for Guests

Add a starfish or beautiful shells to guest place settings. These seaside treasures are lovely items to keep and always remind your guests of your memorable beachside nuptials.

Place setting.

Short bridesmaid dresses are both beautiful and perfect for the beach. Have your attendants in fabrics such as chiffon or shantung which are cooler fabrics for outdoor settings.

Anne Barge bride and her bridesmaids

Wedding Favor Idea – Tie your programs to straw fans. The fans are a fun and practical favor for guests to use to keep cool under the sun. They will thank you!

Fans for guests

Wedding Favor Idea — Flip flops for guests are a fitting and useful wedding favor. Set them near the ceremony site for guests to slip into as they walk on the sand to witness your vows. Or, have the flip flops out at the reception for dancing into the night!

Flip Flops

Drape a bamboo canopy to shade the beachside ceremony site. (This should also shelter you from the sun and help to alleviate any squinting in photos). To make walking on the sand easier, lay down straw mats for the aisle and altar.

Beachside Ceremony

For the bride, style your hair in loose waves with a floral wreath for a bo-ho romantic look.

Floral wreath by Twig and Twine.

Single out the Groom in a taupe or grey suit while the groomsmen don crisp white dress shirts.

Groom & Groomsmen

At your reception, serve tropical themed cocktails: pina coladas, margaritas, mojitos. For a clever non-alcoholic drink, offer guests refreshing coconut water served in coconuts, of course!

Tropical Drinks

For more unique ideas to personalize your beach wedding, visit the AnneBargeBride Pinterest page:

Happy Planning! xo

Real Wedding – St Simons Island

Weddings on St Simons island in Georgia always have an extra bit of magic to them. And this real Anne Barge bride’s wedding certainly has charmed us!

Amy and Joe were married in January. The bride grew up vacationing to St Simons Island and wanted to honor the happy memories with her grandparents by holding the wedding there. The ceremony was held at the Wesley United Methodist Church with the reception following at the Boathouse at Frederica.

The bride wore “Victoire” from the Anne Barge Couture collection. The wedding gown is a trumpet silhouette of French Alencon lace over silk organza. The gown’s bateau neckline is trimmed in scalloped lace and the low sheer back is elegantly finished with button closures. Amy completed her classic look with hairpins made from her grandmother’s and great grandmother’s antique brooches. Something old and borrowed repurposed into something new. Perfection!

Images by Alea Moore Photography.
Wedding Planning by Caroline Carter Events.

Something Blue - Monogram and wedding date inside bride's dress.

Wedding photos of family members decorated the reception

Happy Wedding Wednesday! This week’s featured real Anne Barge bride is Melanie. She and Grant were married in one of our favorite parts of Northern California: Carmel! The ceremony was held at the Carmel Mission with the reception following at the Carmel Valley Ranch.

The bride is gorgeous and all smiles in the “Skye” gown from our Blue Willow Bride collection. The dress was found at Kinsley James Bridal in Walnut Creek, California. The stylists at Kinsley James accessories with a lovely belt from Something Treasured. We think Melanie looks beautiful!

The wedding day was expertly overseen by event planner Giulia Events. Christine Cater Weddings designed the florals and bouquets. As an alternative to wedding cake the couple chose to serve cupcakes from Sprinkles. (Yum!) Please enjoy these wonderful photographs captured by the talented Hazy Lane Studios.

First Look from Dad!

Congratulations Melanie & Grant!

Real Wedding – Paris, Je t’aime

We were thrilled when the French Wedding Style blog featured an Anne Barge bride’s wedding in Paris, France. We adore the ‘City of Lights’ and who doesn’t? We know you will love this wedding too!

Cami and Kevin were wed in Paris surrounded by a small gathering of family and close friends. The bride wore Anne Barge wedding dress style “Piper” with an Alencon lace bolero and silk satin sash accenting her waist. The bride also wore her Mother’s lace edged veil. Classic and elegant.

The wedding reception was held at one of Paris’ luxury hotels, the Plaza Athenee. The intimate dinner party was overseen by event designer Fete in France. Each guest received favors of delicious macaroons from patisserie Laduree.

We know you will love the album shot by One & Only Paris Photography.

Real Wedding – Liberty House

Katie and Ryan are high school sweethearts. The couple’s friends and family were overjoyed when they heard of their engagement. The wedding took place in July at the Liberty House restaurant in Jersey City NJ.
The bride wore a French Alencon lace gown by Anne Barge with a keyhole back. To complete her bridal ensemble, Katie wore a tulle overskirt. This additional item gave the bride two distinct looks: full skirt for the ceremony and slim fitting gown for the reception celebrations!
We know you will enjoy these gorgeous images from Michelle Lange Photography.

Bouquet by Limelight Floral Design

Congratulations to Katie + Ryan!

Real Wedding – Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Our featured wedding of the week is a resplendent affair from New York City. Lindsey and Marcus were married at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

The bride wore style “Fairfield” from the Anne Barge collection. Fairfield is a French Alencon lace sheath originally designed with a strapless neckline. For Lindsey, the neckline was customized to an off-the-shoulder neckline with long sheer sleeves. The classic silhouette perfectly highlighted Lindsey’s beauty and is reminiscent of style icon Grace Kelly. For her something blue, she chose Manolo Blahnik satin pumps to complete her bridal attire.

Ariston Weddings & Events created the florals for the celebration. The story of their union beautifully unfolds in photography from Weddings by Two.

Enjoy the Wedding Wednesday feature! xo

Real Wedding – Naples FL

Happy Wedding Wednesday! This week’s featured couple are Rachel + Scott who were married in Naples, Florida. Wedding details were expertly overseen by planner: Along Came Stephanie.

The bride wore Anne Barge collection style 612 – A resplendent ball gown with tiers of tulle trimmed in horsehair and Alencon lace appliqués. Rachel looked gorgeous!

Enjoy these snapshots from Rachel and Scott’s wedding day!

Images by Audrey Snow Photography

Gown from Malindy Elene Bridal, Tampa FL

Wedding gown 612 - Anne Barge collection

Flowers by Botanicals on the Gulf

Flowers by Botanicals on the Gulf

Real Wedding – Bainbridge Island WA

On this Wedding Wednesday, we are excited to share details from a wedding in Washington State.  The couple, Brooke and Louis, met while working at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital and attending medical school at the University of Washington. For their wedding location, they chose the beautiful setting of Bainbridge Island in the San Juan Island archipelago.

The bride wore Amherst from the Anne Barge collection. The Amherst wedding gown has an elongated bodice of shirred tulle with a strapless neckline and voluminous pick-up skirt. The romantic details of the gown’s design perfectly suited the natural beauty of the island…And the bride in the gown takes our breath away.

The bride and groom incorporated several DIY details to their special day. From hand-made invites to using the hydrangeas from their parent’s yard in the bouquets, no detail was not personalized by the couple. We know you will enjoy these images from their wedding day as much as we do!

Photography: Yvonne Wong

Venue: Manor House, Bainbridge Island, WA

Gown: Amherst by Anne Barge from NORDSTROM Wedding Suite, Seattle.

Manor House, Bainbridge Island WA

Everyone dressed up for the wedding!

Happy Hour included a blind wine tasting game!

Favors included recipe cards and heart shaped measuring spoons.

Congratulations to Brooke & Louis!

Actress Grace Kelly is renown for her impeccable elegance and sense of fashion. Her marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco solidified her legendary status as not only Hollywood’s princess but a style icon for generations.

Grace Kelly’s classic style inspired the “Grace” wedding gown by Anne Barge. The dress has a cummerbund waist just as Princess Grace’s and is trimmed in French Alencon lace at the empire bodice and hemline. We are honored to share a few photos of real brides who wore the Grace gown for their own fairytale weddings.
Timeless beauty always shines!

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco

Grace Kelly on her wedding day in April 1956.

"Grace" - Anne Barge Collection

Real Bride in Grace by Anne Barge

Real Bride in Grace by Anne Barge

Real Bride in Grace by Anne Barge

NYC Wedding - Real Bride in Grace by Anne Barge

Real Bride in Grace by Anne Barge

Real Wedding – Chicago Elegance

For this Wedding Wednesday we visit the Windy City of Chicago. This week’s featured wedding exuded traditional elegance in every way. Who doesn’t love a classic ballroom wedding…especially when it is at the Ritz Carlton!

The couple, Michael and Jodi, made all of the wedding decisions together. This included a ‘first look, no look’ before the ceremony was to take place. The anticipation of first seeing each other was made all the more present upon the bride’s walk down the aisle where the couple recited self-written vows beneath the chuppah.

For the reception, the grand ballroom of the Ritz Carlton Chicago was decorated in vibrant tones of purples and greens with stately touches of gold. A cocktail hour for guests allowed family to take portraits before joining the reception. The bride in her style 617 wedding gown by Anne Barge looked radiant on her special day. Photographer Julia Franzosa beautifully captured the love of the couple as they celebrated with their union surrounded by those dearest to them. We hope to share some of that special love through this post ~ Enjoy! xo

Bouquet by Phillips Florist

First Look, No Look

Flowers by Phillips Florist

Succulent favors also serve as escort cards for guests