Planning a Beach Wedding


cereusart beach wedding photo

As the spring/summer wedding season approaches, I thought we’d do a series on the perfect beach wedding.   As many of you know, I had a DIY/Etsy Handmade  beach wedding.  I’ve been asked to assist my cousin with her wedding and find myself completing many wedding orders so I thought that it might be fun to share some of the things I learned while planning my own wedding.

First, I’d like to showcase a few of the Etsy vendors that helped make my wedding one of the happiest days of my life.

Monogram Personalized Bridesmaid wine glasses
Monogram Personalized Bridesmaid Wine Glasses by ScrapsofLovebyJen
Votive Wedding Favors by ScrapsofLovebyJen
Votive Wedding Favors by ScrapsofLovebyJen

For more beach

Bridesmaids Bracelets by Petit Simplicity
Bridesmaids Bracelets by Petit Simplicity

For more beach wedding inspiration, visit my Beach Wedding Pinterest Board.


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Beach House Decor

I am constantly scouring the internet looking for unique coastal and beach interior design.  Living in Virginia Beach, I’m pretty spoiled – the ocean is practically in my backyard. :)   You’d think that having the beach so close would be enough…it isn’t. I enjoy finding new ways to bring the beach indoors.

Susan Castor Wilson is one of the most sought after interior designers.  I especially enjoyed the Susan Castor Collection Beach House Project.  Located on the Texas Gulf Coast the house boasts eco-conscious elements as well as casual and sophisticated coastal styling.

Let’s take a look!

I am in love with this hammock.

I like the light turquoise accents in the kitchen.  Check out the flower arrangement on the counter!

What a delightful bathroom.

The lamp!

Unique stairway

Beautiful, yet functional

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Coastal Cooking – Shrimp Pate

We’re having some folks over for drinks this weekend so I thought that I’d review my cookbooks for something I haven’t tried in a while.  Here’s one of my favorite coastal cuisine recipes for Shrimp Pate.

Shrimp Pate

4 (71/2 oz) cans shrimp

1/2 c butter, melted

1/3 c mayonnaise

1 small onion, minced

2 T fresh lemon juice

dash tabasco sauce


1 c ketchup

2 T horseradish

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Mash shrimp (food processor) well and add onion.  Pour butter over shrimp and onion.  Add mayonnaise, lemon juice and Tabasco sauce.  Mix and pack into mold.  Refrigerate for 3 hours.  unmold and pour sauce over pate.  Serve with crackers.


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