Beach Wedding Looks
One of the top question we get asked is "what will my beach wedding look like?" The answer to that is - if you can explain, or show in photos, what you want we'll make it happen. However, for the most part, a majority of couples have the same basic idea of what a beach wedding should look like.
The look of a private beach
To start, everyone wants a nice sandy beach, preferably with no extra people in the background. That's the reason we aim for what's called the golden hour for photography. In theory, not only will you get some of the best sunlight of the day, at the end of it, especially here on SW Michigan beaches, we usually get the most stunning sunset colors which make the most beautiful backgrounds for wedding photos.
On top of that, the golden hour is typically at or after the dinner hour so, most beach goers are gone or leaving, giving you the look of private beach in photos, and saving you from a $10 per car parking fee, too.
Beach wedding Decor
Now that we have our "private beach" setting, we put a 4-pole arbor on it and decorate it with a white drape. Then you will have a choice between using colored sashes to tie the drape with or upgrading to flower rings to secure them. Next, you will decide on how to decorate the arbor, options range from a large centerpiece for the top to small pieces for each side. Deck it out or leave it plain, the look is completely up to you.
Decorate your Aisle
After that, it's on to the aisle so, you can customize your walk in the sand. We offer shepherds hooks and lanterns in both white and black, along with jars of flowers, that can be hung or placed in the sand. You can also fill the lanterns with candles, flowers, or both if prefer.
How do we do all this
We work closely with you, and a team of wedding professionals, like our florist who will interpret your inspiration photos with lavish fresh flowers. You'll send us photos, fill out questionnaires, we'll walk through your day with you, and our team will be there on the big day to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Beach Wedding Photos
Most importantly, your wedding will be captured by an experienced wedding photographer, one's who runs their own businesses, highly respected professionals in their own right. Then why do they do one-hour elopement and small wedding packages? Because one, Sam, is a founding partner, she was instrumental in developing our first packages. But, when she isn't available we needed another outstanding photographer who could fill in. We got super lucky when Kim moved to town, and we've been working with her ever since. So, between the two, one is usually available.
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A Basic Beach Wedding
Alison & Mike chose to use a shade of green to match the bridesmaids dresses. We set their ceremony site up so that the South Haven lighthouse was in the background. As you can see the chair ties dress things up and add a great pop of color to a very neutral setting. This is what we consider out basic set up, the chair sashes are included in all our packages.
And here's a close up of the arbor and us during the ceremony, there is always laughter when I'm performing.
A Customized Beach Wedding
Hailey & Drew upgrade their beach wedding. We added flower rings for the arbor, plus the shepherds hook, lanterns, and flower petals for the aisle for her. She loved the look, and you can see more of it HERE
Eloping on a beach
Angie & Ivan eloped with their 4 children as witnesses. We set their arbor up at the end of the walkway so they had Lake Michigan in the background and a solid aisle to walk down. Angie wanted her arbor plain so we use white ties that matched the drapes but, removed them for this stage shot. The birds are real and I love her mermaid dress, stunning!
Another couple, after their larger wedding, during their couple's mini-session at the end of their time with us. We removed the ties on the drapes to allow them to blow in the breeze but left the top piece on their arbor as an accent.
This couple had a simple wedding on Oval beach so, we had to get the traditional shot of them in the dunes grass, and with their cooperation this one turned into something a little different. Their warm embrace under the stars took several shots, and at least 20 minutes but, it was so worth it. Oval beach at night has never looked better!
Arbors in other places
We also put the same arbors up in other places, too. One of the first was for a couple who owned a house on a lake but wanted to dress up the yard with a tropical feel for the ceremony. Here's a shot from my cell phone of what the arbor and dressed up tiki torches looked like, they brought in the potted plants and flowers to fill out the look; so pretty!
So, as you can see, no two beach wedding look the same, and yours will be no different. However, with our packages you will have everything you need to bring your own wedding vision to life, all in one package. That's why there is no easier way to have the beach wedding you want.
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Dream Day Weddings is a boutique wedding planning company, based in Saugatuck, catering exclusively to low drama and LGBT couples. They also work in collaboration with local wedding professionals to create stylized elopements, intimate ceremonies, and beach weddings packages, in Saugatuck, Douglas, and South Haven, Michigan