Have you been searching the internet and every wedding planning magazine you can get your hands on for the perfect Amelia Island beach wedding inspiration?
If you’re looking to be inspired, this shoot is nothing less than perfect for that role. Hear from Christine at Christine Austin Photography who put together this Amelia Island Beach Wedding Inspiration shoot showcasing ten different vendors!
What was the theme for the Amelia Island Beach wedding inspiration shoot?
The theme was an Intimate, Romantic Beach Wedding with unique elements and details for the reception table that aren’t normally seen at the beach.
Reasons for choosing the venue:
We ultimately selected Amelia Island State Park because of the ability to bring the horses to the beach. What we also found to be a benefit of the location, was the different views and scenery that the area has to offer. It brought in additional textures and color tones from the big rock boulders, wood pilings, bridges, and the grassy dunes.
Tell us the story and inspiration behind the shoot.
My heart when I first started thinking about this concept was I really wanted to do a wedding-inspired shoot that had horses on the beach. Ultimately what fueled this vision was my original plan to ride the horse I was leasing at the time, into my own wedding back in 2016. Though due to a hurricane, I wasn’t able to do that.
I think this vision was not only fulfilling what I wasn’t able to do back in my own wedding but was digging deeper into showcasing ways a couple can customize each detail in their own wedding – even down to horseback riding off into the sunset with their spouse!
When putting everything together the hope was to create a beautiful, unique wedding setup, while also allowing the beauty of Amelia Island State Park to still speak for itself.
I also wanted this shoot to be attainable and relatable to brides and grooms who may see these images – with that in mind, I had my close friends Naomi and Austin participate. I wanted our “married couple” to actually be married and there to be authenticity to the images captured.
What made this even more amazing was that the horses (Baby and Duke) were owned by Naomi and Austin, so they genuinely were being themselves during our time together.
The additional couple in attendance as guests, Josh and Flo, were also good friends of everyone, which also spoke to the genuineness of the interactions.
Stylistically, our approach was to blend romantic elegance, spring colors, and current design trends of smaller, intimate weddings that occur here in Florida. In addition, Amelia Island State Park is one of the few beaches in Florida that allow horses on the beach, so this allowed us to incorporate a unique twist as well.
Each detail played off of the spring colors of light blue with hints of blush and peach throughout. For a smaller, intimate wedding we selected a petite-sized cake and added other fun dessert alternatives of banana pudding shots and macaroons at the dessert table.
For the furniture decor, we wanted to use wood tones that would mimic some of the weathered driftwood that can be found around the area – this allowed each of the decor pieces to pop against those more natural tones.
To maintain elegance at the beach, we carefully selected fine china and glasses that stylistically matched our theme but also pushed the barriers of what you may normally see at a beach wedding.
For our outfit and hairstyle selections, we wanted to incorporate dresses that would actually be worn at the beach in Florida, since it can get rather hot throughout the entire year and allow our bride to have the elegant, flowy dress well. This is where we chose to have two dresses for our bride and started with an up-do hairstyle that also could be let down into a messy braid ponytail.
For our female guest in attendance, we matched her dress to the lighter blues throughout the decor and allowed the dress to be dressed up.
For our groom, we wanted to show how casual attire of just a simple white button-up and khaki pants can also be elevated by adding in suspenders when the bride changed dresses.
Lastly, we selected and stylized our invitation suite to match our spring blues and driftwood tones. The addition of some shells (that were actually found on the beaches in Northeast Florida) was a way to bring some of the beaches to the detail shots while also keeping things clean and fresh.
Overall, I hope that anyone viewing these images will feel inspired to put their special touch on an intimate beach wedding and appreciate the beauty that Amelia Island Florida offers.
Can you describe what you provided for the Amelia Island Beach wedding inspiration shoot?
Primarily, I provided all the still photography that was captured at the shoot and created the vision board and main inspiration/color palette. With the help of Pink Parrott Weddings & Events, I also provided part of the planning and vendor connections to bring the shoot to life.
What would this look cost if a couple asked you to provide it for a wedding?
Wedding day collections begin at $3,300 and include photography coverage, 2 photographers, a complimentary engagement session, timeline creation assistance, and edited digital files. Custom-designed wedding albums are also available for an added fee.
Hear from the vendors:
MMW provided the beautiful tablescapes in this shoot. Specifically, MMW provided its Water’s Edge Collection of blended blue patterns of vintage fine china, silver chargers, silver flatware, blue and silver-plated goblets, champagne glasses, blue cloth napkins, blue taper candles with crystal candlestick holders, table runners, and blue table decor and votives. MMW also provided the stunning genuine blue topaz ring for the flat lay.
The inspiration for this shoot lies solely with the creative genius of Pink Parrott Weddings & Events and Christine Austin Photography.
The cost of this tablescape starts at $195 per table. The exact price depends on the number of items that are ordered.
Willow Wisp Cakes
Willow Wisp Cakes provided a small two-tier wedding cake that had a blue and white watercolor exterior. I also added “mother of pearl” luster dust in certain areas to add a bit of shimmer and pop, especially when it would catch in the sunlight. I really wanted the cake to reflect the natural beauty of the island. A cake of that size would cost $150 and would serve 20 people.
NIC Studios was responsible for hair and makeup. Maria, who did hair, and Jessica, who did makeup, used the inspiration board created to come up with hair and makeup for the models. Light tones for makeup and hairstyles that would best fit for a beach wedding.
Bridal makeup and hair from nic studios would cost $270 which includes airbrush foundation.
A Fantasy in Flowers provided the bridal bouquet, bride’s halo, garlands for horses, guest table centerpiece in a footed bowl, sweetheart table arrangement, flowers for place settings, cake flowers, and the extra vase arrangement.
The overall vision and colors were provided by Pink Parrott. Our designs were created to balance a loose textured look with the soft complementary palette.
It would depend on the specific items needed and season, but an average cost would be around $2,500.
For the “reception” set-up, we created an intimate dinner set up providing a custom short-legged farm table with an assortment of pouf seating and accent pillows all on top of a pretty, soft pink and turquoise area rug. Over at the head table area, we used two gorgeous antique armchairs.
The inspiration was the venue. We played off the stunning backdrop of Driftwood Beach, creating a non-traditional, chic romantic setting with all the boho beachy vibes. We wanted to keep it simple yet elegant, not wanting to distract from the amazing views.
The items provided for the shoot cost $1,500 plus set up and delivery costs.
Rachel & Garren • Photo and Film provided a feature film as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the styled shoot. Our inspiration for creating this film was based on the delicate details Christine spent months dreaming up.
It was romantic, soft, and trendy. We chose the song & pace based on the clips that showcased the shoot – also keeping in mind we wanted a nice romantic flow! Our videography packages start at $1500 and range based on hours needed.
Christine and I worked together in contacting and meeting vendors for the shoot and in creating the timeline. On the day of the shoot, I led the rental vendor and our assistants in having all items set up correctly for Christine, the photographer.
Christine’s mood board inspired me to go a tad bit boho on our guest table. I could visualize that if you’re at the beach you usually sit on the sand, so we went with a low boho type of guest table that guests could relax on cushions that would make it nice and comfy to sit on the sand. Wedding Management (day-of) packages start at $1300 and Full Planning & Design start at $3500.
Special thanks to all the vendors that participated in the Ameilia Island Beach wedding inspiration shoot:
Cake: Willow Wisp Cakes @willowwispcakes
Apparel: Glamour and Grind Rentals @glamourandgrindrentals