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Ray and Elizabeth are a love story years in the making; best friends for three years, they decided to give dating a try! After multiple four-hour drives to be with each other, Ray popped the question in July of 2015! Their seashore inspired wedding incorporated splashes of blue, delicate sea glass, and a touch of sparkle. They had a touching ceremony by the water, and then celebrated with family and friends with a fantastic party. Keep reading to learn more about what inspired the wedding details, their favorite vendors, and Elizabeth’s advice for future brides!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
Sea Glass. I wanted an ocean theme without being too obvious. Ray and I love going to First Landing State Park (it’s where we got engaged), so I wanted to bring in elements of that as well (driftwood, hanging Spanish Moss on the arch during the ceremony).
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Friends and family. We both hail from Maryland so about 90% of our guests were from out of town. We wanted them to let loose, have fun, and feel like they were on a beach vacation at our wedding. We wouldn’t be together if it wasn’t for them and their support.
Which local vendors made your day EXTRA special?
The Lesner Inn– Having our service on the water, seeing the sunset, the food, the coordinator Catelyn. Amazing.
Fluttering Flowers– They were amazing, they took exactly what I described for our colors and theme and they nailed it. I’m not a big flower girl, a fact I was upfront about, they just blew me away with what they put together. The Driftwood Arch!!!!
Daissy Torres Photography– We loved her. Adored her. My husband and I hate having our picture taken and she was totally cool with that. The images from our wedding make me happy every time I look at them. She’s fantastic.
What is your best piece of advice for other local brides?
Use the resources you already have. For my sea glass centerpieces, my father collected all those clear glass bottles on his walks up at the Va Beach oceanfront (Thanks Dad!). Family wants to help out and if you let them it will make your day that much easier. You’re just one person. You want to enjoy your day. Accept help!
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Photography: Daissy Torres Photography // Wedding Venue: Lesner Inn // Florals: Fluttering Flowers // Cake: Incredible Edibles // Hair & Makeup: Wink at Hilltop // Bridal Gown: All the the Rage // Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse // Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal // Bride & Groom’s Ring: Zales // Bridal Jewelry: Charming Charlie’s & Here and Now Bridal // Bridal Shoes: Betsey Johnson // DJ and Lighting: Astro DJ // Table Sign: MaggieJDesigns // Guestbook: BrightRoomStudios