You are going to love this summery coastal wedding from Courtney Bowlden Photography! The blue and white color palette was perfect for this waterside event. Most of the details were DIY, the couple and their crew creating everything from the signage to beer tap stand to candy bar.

My vision for our wedding was I wanted it to be classy and cute. The color theme we chose was light and powder blues. We also used navy and gold and mixed in some light blush colors. We wanted to get married at a private estate near the water. The Admiral’s House is literally our dream house. We love the colonial look and then the breathtaking views of the water and downtown Seattle.

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

My wedding dress was very detailed with lace and beading. The bridesmaids wore light blue dresses with a gold belt. The groom and groomsmen wore navy suits with light blue bow tie (groom) and ties (groomsmen). The wedding was cocktail attire for the guests.

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

The most important to us was to create a fun event for everyone. We wanted everyone to have a good time. That is why we did a DIY snack bar, a big dance floor, yard games, photo booth and a DIY beer stand.

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

Our wedding flowers were light blue hydrangeas with white roses and blush roses. We also mixed in greenery and all the bouquets looked very organic. We did all the decorations ourselves. We bought all the decorations and made all the signs. My dad built a beer tap stand which was awesome. We also did the whole candy and snack bar ourselves.

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

Our wedding cake was 3 levels. We had it made with 2 different flavors. Chocolate peanut butter cake and coconut blackberry cake. It was watercolor painted and had flowers on top of it with a Mr. and Mrs. Alcorn topper. For favors we did a candy bar with bags for guests to fill and take home.

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue coastal DIY wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Venue | The Admirals House | Florals | En Fleur Floral Design | Cake | BAKED. | Rentals | CORT Party Rentals | Hair & Makeup | Lindsey Lyon | Dress | Enzoani | Groom’s Attire | Men’s Wearhouse | Bride’s Shoes | Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses | Lulu’s | Submitted via Matchology

We have fallen head over heels for this sweet lavender wedding from Cassi Claire Photography. The bride’s beaded lace Anna Campbell gown is breath-taking and adds the perfect romantic touch. We love the lavender details, like the sprig escort cards made by the bride’s mom.

We chose our location, Manhattan College, because that was where we met. Also, they have a beautiful chapel on campus. We went with light colors for flowers, dresses, decor, etc. because we both prefer gem tones and natural colors. We originally looked at the Loeb Boathouse under the assumption that it was completely out of our price range; however, it ended up being cheaper than places in Westchester! Also, because I (Alana) grew up on the beach in Massachusetts, I needed to feel like we were on some kind of water. Also why I chose light colors. 

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

My engagement ring has two diamonds from my nana’s 3 stone diamond engagement ring. The third stone was used in a necklace for my sister as her maid-of-honor gift (Flynn’s idea…what a mush). For the bridesmaids, I wanted a color that all of my eleven girls could look good in! Light lavender was the perfect option for us. Flynn doesn’t like standard tuxes, so we went for a custom blue suit for each of the fourteen groomsman, with custom liners for each jacket. Flynn’s of course being the star spangled banner. 

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

It’s important to mention that I have a sister who passed away when I was 3. She was in the NICU and doing ok, until she had an infection. In my bouquet, my mother’s, and my younger sister’s (who is my best friend in the whole world) there was a single yellow rose representing the sister and daughter that was lost. In the middle of the ceremony, I took a single yellow rose to the statue of Mary with Flynn. 

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

We made our bridal party an actual party and included all of our closest friends and obviously our siblings. First and foremost, this wedding was a party. Also, we made sure that our bridal party would be spending the day with their significant others. So all of us partied on the trolly back into the city before taking pictures at Bethesda Terrace. Cassi was a saint for lining up almost 30 buzzed/playful people and getting all of us focused. 

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

Our seating cards were done by Alana’s mother. They were small bouquets of dried lavender with names and table numbers attached. Also, as Alana’s wedding gift to Flynn, her friend helped her rewrite the song “say you won’t let go.” Her friend played the guitar while one of the singers sang the song. Mike’s gift was a surprise bag piper who played while we all exited the church. I cried. A lot. I love champagne and prosecco! Therefore, our favor was mini Lamaraca bottles! Also, Flynn had American Flag sunglasses made that had our hashtag #eatdrinkandbeflynn on the sides!

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

We wanted a very simple cake. We’re minimalist people at heart. So, we used the bridesmaids bouquets as decorations around our cake and saved on money! In addition, we chose specialty cupcakes for our guests!

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender Central Park wedding | Cassi Claire Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Cassi Claire Photography | Ceremony Venue | Manhattan College Chapel | Reception Venue | The Loeb Boathouse | Florals | Lenox Hill Florist & Events | Stationery | Alden Press | Cake | Empire Cake | Makeup | Makeup by Adria – Refresh a Face | Table Cards | Pineapple Street Designs | Entertainment | Live Music Pros | Dress | Anna Campbell | Groom’s Attire | Indochino | Bride’s Shoes | BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses | Jenny Yoo | Submitted via Matchology

What a better way to end the week than with vintage Dior? Dapper Day at Disney is a vintage lovers dream and Paige Mercer Photography always captures magic! These couples were able to find matching dresses from the same collection for an utterly dreamy vintage Paris shoot at the France pavilion at Epcot.

The wardrobe for this portrait session was inspired by Dior New Look. On February 12, 1947 Christian Dior launched his spring/summer collection which brought back the spirit of haute couture to post war France. The line was seen as revolutionary, bringing back extreme silhouettes with full skirts and defined waists. My best friend and I, on a stroke of luck, managed to find two dresses from the same line (Taffy’s of California), sold by two different vintage sellers. Magically, each dress was in our respective measurements! Because of that magic, these dresses are probably my favorite vintage pieces we’ve collected.

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

vintage Dapper Day portraits | Paige Mercer Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Paige Mercer Photography | Event | Dapper Day | Venue | Epcot at Walt Disney World | Hair & Makeup | Samantha Vanwie and Brittany Schmeltzer | Dresses | Fast Doll Fine Vintage and Vanguard Vintage | Shoes | Giorgio Armani | Menswear | J C Penney | Submitted via: Matchology

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