Beautiful Touches for an Intimate Beach Wedding

An intimate beach wedding can be so romantic! Invite just a few close friends and family for an affair to remember. This sweet couple made a chic beach wedding completely their own with rustic handmade décor and other DIY touches. From the serene backdrop to the laid-back reception, all the gorgeous details captured by Melissa Serra Photography will kindle your own seaside inspirations.

Bride's Message to Groom

Romantic Simplicity

Classic style is what makes this wedding so effortless. For the perfect beach bride look, wear a simple, airy lace gown.

Bride in Wedding Dress in Window

Bride and Groom Walk Down the Beach

Bride and Groom on Beach

Keep it light for the groom with a beige or linen suit that looks elegant and beach appropriate. A lovely handmade bouquet of artificial flowers and antique brooches made by the bride’s mother is a beautiful detail.

Style Tip: An artificial bouquet is a wonderful alternate to fresh flowers, especially for a destination wedding.

Bride and Groom on the Beach

A Picturesque Backdrop

An elegant arch can take a wedding ceremony from pretty to stunning! The groom and the bride’s father built this bamboo arbor themselves to frame the sea as the couple recited their vows.

Beautiful Bamboo Arch for Beach Wedding

Wedding Kiss

It’s all about the scenery! Take advantage of the tranquil panorama and take lots of photo to capture the moment.

Bride and Groom on Beach

Planning Tip: Scope out the venue early to find unique photo opportunities.

A Casual Bridal Party

Bridesmaids and groomsmen should keep it casual, too. Mismatched bridesmaid dresses are trendy this year, and there’s no better way to keep a wedding carefree than to ask each girl to pick their own dress.

Style Tip: Give bridesmaids a few dress options to choose in your color palette. This is a great way to make the gals and the bride happy!

Bride and Groom Walk with Bridal Party

Dress flower girls in adorable white eyelet dresses and matching lace headbands.

Three Flower Girls

Keep it easy and simple for the groomsmen. Ask them to wear the same suit as the groom or allow them to remove their jackets and simply wear a white shirt with linen pants.

Bride and Groom with Bridal Party

DIY Favors and Décor

DIY décor makes an intimate celebration that much more special. Almost every little detail was crafted by the couple! The bride created rustic chic vases using mason jars, burlap, a little lace and buttons. Local white, pink and yellow snapdragons added a pretty pop of color to the tables.

Floral Table Centerpieces

Mini favor jars filled with shells from different beaches are cute meaningful favors for guests to take home.

Favor Jars

Rustic Wedding Signs

A lovely and cozy reception held in the bride’s parents’ backyard had everything, from a tiki bar to stylish chandeliers hanging from the trees!

Tiki Bar Drink Menu

Rustic chic signs made by the bride and groom decked out every corner of the reception. We especially love this sweet quote!

Love Quote Sign | Melissa Serra Photography

Rustic Beach Wedding Signs


Photographer: Melissa Serra Photography | Caterer: The Chef’s Table

What special DIY elements will make your event extra special? Tell us in the comments!

Happy Planning!