Seaside Serenity: A Laid-Back Summer Wedding by the Ocean

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Blush, pink, pastel yellow, and ivory.

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The couple dreamed of an intimate wedding, capturing the spirit of a laid-back summer beach holiday. Frigga Events aimed to blend the serene vibe of Friday Harbor with a warm, inviting palette of blush, pastel yellow, ivory, and ocean-inspired blues. The design featured elements like blue and white stripes and weaved textures, to create a cozy, holiday ambiance. This approach crafted a setting that was both elegant and personal, echoing the joy of a seaside escape with loved ones.

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In the golden glow of a Boston autumn, amidst trails lined with amber leaves, Mengting and her partner found their forever. With Mengting poised to graduate with her MBA in June 2023, the timing felt serendipitous. The couple realized their wedding guests would mirror the joyful crowd at Mengting’s graduation, blending two monumental celebrations into one. It was against this backdrop of anticipation and shared futures that they chose to say “yes” at the same time to a lifetime together. This wasn’t just a proposal; it was the merging of life’s beautiful milestones, surrounded by the warmth of impending graduation and the promise of shared tomorrows.

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For her walk down the aisle, Mengting chose an exquisite off-shoulder satin ball gown from Jusere, a renowned Chinese bridal brand. This stunning piece combined timeless elegance with a touch of modern grace, perfectly capturing the bride’s personal style. The gown’s luxurious fabric and classic silhouette made for a breathtaking statement as Mengting stepped into the spotlight. Transitioning into the reception and after-party, Mengting slipped into a second masterpiece, a mermaid dress from the Blue Willow collection by Anne Barge, available at Nyanza Bridal. This gown seamlessly blended sophistication with a playful flair, echoing the joyous spirit of the evening’s celebrations. Its impeccable design and fit highlighted Mengting’s silhouette, ensuring she dazzled guests from the first dance to the last toast.

[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]In a nod to personal style and comfort, the bridesmaid dresses were tailor-made in China, allowing each bridesmaid the freedom to select their preferred style and shade within a harmonious palette of pink. This thoughtful approach ensured that while the dresses varied in design, they shared a cohesive look through their high-waist lines and the delicate sheen of silk. These dresses added a soft, romantic touch to the day.[/field]
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At this wedding, the couple’s love for gourmet experiences took center stage, transforming their special day into an unforgettable culinary journey. With a passion for fine dining, they entrusted Coho Restaurant, a local gem, to curate a feast that would dazzle their guests from the very beginning. The welcome included light and refreshing fruit salads, rich tuna poke, a selection of nuts, and warm beverages, setting a tone of warmth and hospitality. As the day progressed, the cocktail hour introduced a lavish spread of passed appetizers featuring the likes of seared wagyu, sesame ginger glazed pork belly, crispy tofu, and mouth-watering flatbreads, complemented by a sophisticated oyster bar. The culinary masterpiece was the seven-course dinner, a showcase of the finest local ingredients. Guests were treated to a parade of dishes, including delicate scallops, Washington State clams, spicy seafood tagliatelle, and sumptuously smoked beef short ribs, each course more impressive than the last. Elevating the festive atmosphere were the wedding’s signature cocktails – Pina Colada and Paloma. These fruity and refreshing beverages were carefully chosen to mirror the laid-back, summery vibe of the wedding, offering a sip of bliss with every toast. This impeccable dining experience, from the appetizers to the signature cocktails, left guests raving, perfectly encapsulating the couple’s gastronomic vision for their big day.

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Selva Floral Design brought the soft color palette to life with an array of summer blooms featuring arum lilies, peonies, and lisianthus. These flowers, arranged in dozens of woven baskets, added a natural, textured touch to the decor. A standout feature was the curved aisle for the ceremony, creating an intimate and inviting path that led to the altar. This thoughtful arrangement of florals and decor perfectly complemented the laid-back summer holiday vibe of the wedding.

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From Coho Restaurant came the wedding’s centerpiece dessert: a 2-tiered cake with a secret berry filling cloaked in a pristine all-white design. Topped and surrounded by theme-colored flowers, it stood as a sweet, elegant nod to the day’s love-filled celebrations.

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A unique touch that truly set this wedding apart was the customized luggage tags used as escort cards. Each guest’s name was carefully carved onto a tag, which was then thoughtfully attached to a straw bag. This inventive detail not only guided guests to their seats but also embraced the laid-back holiday vibe of the event, making for a memorable and personalized keepsake that guests could cherish long after the celebration ended.

[field title=”Special Detail #2″]Another bespoke element that added a touch of seaside sophistication to the reception was the use of oyster shells as name cards. Each shell was artfully painted gold on the outside and pearl white on the inside, providing a luxurious yet natural feel to the table settings. An artist carefully handwrote each guest’s name on the shells, blending elegance with personalization. This creative choice not only complemented the beach holiday theme but also served as a beautiful keepsake for guests, encapsulating the essence of the day in a unique and meaningful way.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″]In an exciting twist of timing, the wedding took place just one day before Mengting’s graduation ceremony, adding an extra layer of celebration to the weekend. The festivities were so engaging and joy-filled that guests nearly missed the ferry back to Seattle! We find this moment of light-hearted urgency illustrated the immersive enjoyment and unforgettable atmosphere of the wedding, leaving everyone with memories filled with laughter and shared happiness.[/field]
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Photography: C & C Photography | Cinematography: First And Foremost Productions | Event Planning: Frigga Events | Floral Design: Selva Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Nyanza Bridal | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Catering: Coho Restaurant | DJ: Blue Wave Band | Groom’s Attire: Classic Tuxedo | Wedding Venue: Saltwater Farm | Beauty: Jessica Zhang | Rentals: San Juan Shindigs | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Weddings Rings: Tasaki

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