Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Nautical Navy

I came across this cake and decided to use it as the basis of a nautical-themed inspiration board with a white and navy color scheme. I grew up in a town on the beach and love the ocean, so I am always drawn to the pictures I see of seaside and nautical weddings.

Simple, classic--even preppy--wedding attire perfectly suits a nautical-themed seaside wedding. For the groom, a tan suit; for the bride, a simple strapless dress and classic veil and updo. Navy shift dresses are perfect for the bridesmaids. White and blue flowers evoke the sea and the sky.

A themed wedding can easily go overboard, but a careful balance of nautical touches throughout comes across as polished. Sail-shaped save the date cards; flag-shaped escort cards; lanterns included in the centerpieces; a lighthouse and a compass rose adorning the cake; displaying programs in sand-filled vases; and sea stars or shells at each place setting are just a few ideas.

Row 1. Photo 1: Cake from The Knot. Photo 2: Place setting from Brides.com. Photo 3: Flag-shaped escort card from Brides.com. Photo 4: Programs in sand-filled vase from The Knot.

Row 2: Photo 1: Save the date card from Broadway Paper. Photo 2: White and navy menu from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 3: White hydrangea and grape hyacinth centerpiece from The Knot. Photo 4: White hydrangea and lantern centerpiece from Brides.com.

Row 3. Photo 1: Bride and groom on the beach from Brides.com. Photo 2: Bridesmaid dress from J.Crew. Photo 3: White bridal bouquet of hydrangea, gardenia, roses and stephanotis from The Knot. Photo 4: White rose boutonniere from WeddingChannel.com. Photo 5: Hydrangea hanging pomander from The Knot.

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