Laid-back beach inspiration

beachy wedding dress

This beachy inspiration shoot has me feeling all sorts of feels…its modern, but has a nice laid-back vibe I’m totally digging.

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A little more about the shoot:

This inspiration shoot from Kelly Kollar Photography focuses on the elegance of a seaside wedding concept. The beachfront setting is a beautiful backdrop for shipwreck details and nautical elements that would look so fresh for a coastal gathering. Event designer Brita Olsen Creative brings together soft blues and whites in a tablescape made of vintage glassware, china, and gold flatware from Petunia Rose. A raw fabric runner decorated with shells and stunning florals by Peartree Flowers is accented with stone place cards with hand calligraphy by Eliza Gwendolyn. Lavender roses, scabiosa, anemone and wild grasses make up the unique centerpieces. A “message in a bottle” escort display would be such a creative way to show guests to their seats. We love how the subtle sparkle is reflected in pearlescent details on the macarons and lace adorned wedding cake by Lael Cakes, which would be so dreamy at any oceanfront affair.  Makeup artist Stacie Ford and Stylist Ani Hovhannisyan show how you can elevate the undone beauty of the sea by adding a red lip alongside whimsical couture wedding gowns by Lanvin and Mark Zunino.

Photography – Kelly Kollar Photography
Event Design – Brita Olsen Creative
Stylist – Ani Hovhannisyan
Make Up – Stacie Ford Weddings
Hair – Najeebah for Stacie Ford Weddings
Flowers – Liza Lubell for Peartree Flowers
Cake – Emily Aumiller for Lael Cakes
Calligraphy – Eliza Gwendalyn
Nail Design – Naoko Saita
Flatware – Petunia Rose
Vintage Rentals – Patina
Gown – Lanvin
Gown – Mark Zunino
Location – Shore Crest Bed & Breakfast in Southhold NY

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Real McKittrick Hotel wedding: Robin + Carly

shoes & puppy

OK, I’m REALLY excited for this one guys….I’m so happy to show off a very special wedding!  Wanna know why?  Because Robin and I went to elementary school together (or was it middle school?  Who can remember anymore??!?!)  Its been such a pleasure to see her rise in the ranks as a wedding photographer in her own right, so I wish Robin and Carly all the best!

vintage wedding dress with red shoes

cartoon invitation & outdoor ceremony decor

wedding bands

outdoor wedding ceremony

outdoor wedding ceremony

mckittrick hotel wedding

From Robin:

Carly and I weren’t originally planning on having a formal wedding.  We couldn’t resist the gorgeous rooftop garden and the 1930’s speakeasy-style bar at the McKittrick Hotel, site of Sleep No More, an off-broadway interactive theatre experience.  Since I also frequently photograph weddings, I had lots of ideas on how to keep my ceremony and party simple and cut out unnecessary stresses and expenses.  I didn’t want a huge wedding dress, I wanted something simple, elegant, and timeless, so I chose an Alice and Olivia maxi dress in a bone color.  I bought $24 red with gold detail vintage shoes and a leather clutch from Etsy to go with the leather detail in my dress.  Carly bought a deep red GANT jacket and paired it with gray pants and Ben Sherman shoes.  We tried to stick to a color scheme of reds, off-whites, gold and navy, which felt very fall to us.

We’ve been together for five years and have lots of mutual friends and family in the area. Since our plan was to move to Los Angeles this winter, we wanted to have a big New York party with our friends and family and get legally married in the amazing city where we met and fell in love.

We hired the wonderful Jessie Blum to help us construct our personal ceremony complete with our own meaningful vows and chosen quotes.  I also made sure we had Kelly Kollar, a friend and colleague, there to flawlessly photograph the day.

The space is so beautiful, we didn’t need to add much in the way of decorations.  Our friends made the flags for our ceremony and added colorful mason jars.  I also had an illustrator, Rosa Middleton, do the drawing of myself and Carly for display at the wedding.  We served mulled wine at the outdoor ceremony and provided wool blankets for anyone who was feeling chilly.  We had a violin player there as guests arrived.  After the noon ceremony we continued inside where we had an amazing band perform.  We decided to have a buffet style lunch and a candy bar with jars filled with our immediate family members candy along with stamped bags.

We chose not to do anything formally at the reception.  Our best friends gave short toasts, we danced spontaneously with our family and with each other and the last hour of the reception, after the band was done, we put on an ipod full of dance music.  After our lunch reception, we continued on to our karaoke after-party.  For me, it was the perfect wedding and a day neither of us will ever forget.

Photographer: Kelly Kollar
Ceremony & reception venue: McKittrick Hotel
Added decorations: Designed by friends
Officiant: Jessie BlumIllustration: Rosa Middleton
Robin’s dress: Alice and Olivia
Carly’s jacket: GANT Rugger
Hair Stylist: Kristin Jones from The Parlour Brooklyn
Makeup Artist: Christina Natale
Robin shoes, clutch, earrings: Vintage
Robin’s gold hair piece: Eddera
Carly’s shoes: Ben Sherman

[images from Kelly Kollar]

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