Words cannot express how lucky I was to meet this amazing couple from California…THE happiest, sweetest, coolest people on earth.  We talked for hours on the phone throughout the whole planning process and finally got to meet a few months before the wedding (though I already felt like we had been friends forever).  Suzanne and Tristan wanted a classy nautical wedding similar to a few of our inspiration boards they saw online.  After a few different personalized inspiration boards, we decided to move forward with this one:

Once we had a good starting point for the overall feel of the wedding, we began working on the graphics. We wanted to create a graphics suite with coordinating details that would give their guests a feel of the wedding style from the invitation and reiterate that style throughout all of the details at the event. 

We discussed every single aspect of the wedding and chose the best vendors to help us pull off a seamless event that people would remember for years to come.  The wedding was held at the Lesner Inn in Virginia Beach…a gorgeous building on the water with incredible views of the Lynnhaven Inlet AND the Chesapeake Bay…where the couple had the most adorable first look session with Marie Violet Photography!


The gorgeous bridesmaids were dressed in alternating shades of blue and teal…

And the handsome men wore a sandy colored suit with blue plaid ties…

 The bridal party was a lot of fun…the types of people any bride and groom would want to surround themselves with on their big day!

After the bridal party pictures, the ceremony took place on the back deck overlooking the water during sunset {sigh…}.  While a guitarist played, guests filed in and found their seats.  Then the wedding party processed down an aisle lined with driftwood, flowers, and buoys and took their place alongside the stunning wedding arch created by Palette of Petals.

Mary and Shannon from Palette also created the bouquets, bouttonnieres, floral centerpieces, and decorated the cake!

The reception decor alternated between a trio of mercury glass vases wrapped with wire and lanterns with three small mercury glass arrangements.  At each place setting was a menu and a favor for the guests, all tying in perfectly with the colors and graphics. (I took these pictures, don’t judge…)


The STUNNING lace wrapped cake was created by my favorite, Emily Patti of Patti Cakes.

The entire wedding was filled with so many unique and gorgeous details…it’s going to be hard to top this one.

 Finally, because there are too many to post individually, a gallery of some other amazing moments…

Planning, Decor, Graphics: Style by Design
Venue: Lesner Inn
DJ: Bobby Reynolds from Hey DJ
Guitarist: John Baldwin
Makeup: Sarah Smith from Kiss and Makeup
Hair: Yolanda from Gary Allen Salon
Officiant: Pastor Adam Bradshaw from Spring Branch Church
Guest Transportation: Venture Tours
Rolls Royce: Royal Coach Limousine