Sara & Robert’s relaxed and simple sunrise wedding with DIY details
Remember Splattered With Paint, the etsy store that makes beautiful handmade wooden wedding creations? When the artist behind it, Sara Gindhart Vinton, told me about her shop’s back-story, I couldn’t resist asking for a peek of the handmade decor she made herself in her recent wedding and when I saw the photos, I knew it deserved a blog entry of its own. Here it is, finally!
Sarah and Robert were married in Delray Beach, FL on October 23, 2010 and had a gorgeous sunrise wedding peppered with lovingly prepared DIY details. I’ll let Sara tell you more about it:
We wanted a very relaxed, simple sunrise wedding. Rob and I used to get up on the weekends to meet with friends and watch the sunrise. It’s such a calm and peaceful time and the rising sun really is awe inspiring- a new day is being born. It really carries over into the significance of the wedding for us. Starting a new life chapter is exciting and while we don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like for us, we are so excited to be on this journey together.
I learned that simple and relaxed is not always simple and relaxed. The finished product may turn out like that, but the getting there can be anything but! Less is more was our motto. We picked a venue that could take care of the chairs on the beach, while also holding the reception and providing food/drink service. Less vendors made it easier to coordinate what went where, and when it needed to happen. My mother is was on top of all the details. For instance, when people arrive, where do they go and what do they do? If left up to me there would be people wandering all over, but she had a plan. Valet parked cars for guest (some came on bikes, some in golf carts, and a good many out of towners just walked since the hotels we arranged were only a few blocks away). A wedding sign pointed everyone down to the pool area where we had fresh coffee and juice ready. People were arriving as early as 6:45, so they needed something to wake up to. We arranged a three piece band to play that early as well. Steel drum, bongos and a guitar serenaded the guests with reggae and beach music, and as the guest moved down to the beach, the guitarist came with to play for the ceremony.
I actually had no idea about the music selections or even the flower arrangements until the ceremony. My husband really took an active role in planning and helping out my mom where ever he could.
Sara looked radiant in a simple and stunning Nicole Miller dress — “It was a sample dress at a boutique that just so happened to be closing the following day so I got a huge steal on it,” she confides — and, being the fine craftswoman that she is, she made the bridesmaid dresses, ivory hair flower with pearl center for her hair, fish favors, de-sanding station, wedding sign, table numbers, and custom designed the save the dates in Photoshop!
We encouraged our guests to be comfortable and go barefoot on the sand. So we had brushes and towels nearby for when they came up to the reception. Everything had a tropical feel to it. The desanding station was shaped like a fish, our favors were fish, our napkins had kissing fish on them, and the venue walls were covered in pale river rocks with shell chandeliers. It was simply perfect. We had gorgeous dark orange orchids everywhere, including the boutonnieres and all the ladies had wrist corsages’. We didn’t do the traditional throwing of the bouquet or the garter. And I didn’t want to have to keep up with a bouquet all morning… So wrist corsages’ fit the bill perfectly. The chairs on the beach also had the same flowers hanging from the aisle chair.
The best things about that morning were watching the red and orange sunrise as the pastor was marrying us, the cake which was homemade coconut with pina colada filling, one of my bridesmaids and a friend performing a song for us, and having the rest of the day free to play at the beach with family.
Venue/Catering: Seagate Beach Club
Photographer: Brittany Weaver
Cake: Nancy’s Cakes, 954-205-7769 From Sara: “(no website) But the best cakes I’ve ever had. She did a friends wedding too.”
Flowers: Delray Florist (“Owner Tom was so great and very helpful”)
Thank you for sharing your beautiful and inspiring beach wedding with us Sara and Robert! It shows that a simple and relaxed wedding with a beautiful sunrise as backdrop coupled with personal handmade decor certainly makes for a significant and meaningful celebration.