What is not to love about a beach wedding? Seriously, I can’t think of a single thing. The sweet colors of the ocean, sky, and sand, the gentle breeze, the gorgeous sunsets. Beach nuptials are probably the best. Ever. Like this New Jersey affair. They felt the allure of the water, and no surprise, a FAB wedding followed. Lucky for us, Kay English Photography captured it all with her signature style – and the swooning continues. Pop over to Kay’s blog for more of this one! And if it’s more sand you’re craving – I bet you could find one or two beach parties on the Destination Blog!

Rick and I wanted to getaway. We had been talking about where we would like to travel to and decided on Belize.  Rick apparently had a proposal all planned out in his mind, but I thought we were just going to do some snorkeling.  The whole journey, Rick was sweating with the ring in his pocket, trying to keep it hidden while moving it from his pocket to his carry-on bag each time we went through security.

The night we arrived, we got dressed up and went out for dinner.  After a delicious Belizean dinner we went for a walk along the beach where Rick proposed with the palm trees swaying and the stars reflections shimmering off the ocean. As soon as he knelt down on one knee, I was completely surprised and very excited!

Rick and I both really enjoy the beach, but our favorite time is during the spring and fall when the weather is just perfect and you are the only ones enjoying it. We knew we did not want an indoor wedding, but wanted something elegant, yet casual at the same time.  Our tented beach setting ended up being exactly what we pictured. The bonfire completed the fun with everyone enjoying s’mores.

Our inspiration was “romance at the beach.” We wanted to have a fun party in a pretty setting. The colors were white, tan, and eggplant purple. The invitation was designed to represent the sandy waves of the beach. The maids of honor picked out a beautiful Amsale dress in eggplant, which complimented the sandy color perfectly.  I wore my mother’s veil, which was absolutely beautiful. Rick is a surfer so I had his boutonniere made on a mini wooden surfboard, which he absolutely loved!

Our favorite moment of the night was during our first dance when all of our nerves finally subsided and we looked at each other and smiled. We realized that we remembered all of our steps and that even if we didn’t, we were having the time of our lives.

Dress: Amsale / Photography: Kay English Photography / Florist: Viburnum / Venue: Ocean Place Resort & Spa / Makeup: Amanda Rae

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