Intimate beach house wedding

Gia, 31 & Taylor, 37

Number of Guests: 40

Ipswich, MA

Wedding Date: May 28, 2011

Wedding Cost: $9,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Private Home, Plum Island, MA

Wedding Reception Location: Private Home, Plum Island, MA

young wedding guests on the beach with ribbon wands

wedding banjo player

tropical wedding bouquet

tree guest book

 

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

 

It was important to us both to have the focus on what marriage should be about, rather than an elaborate party. We had actually talked about eloping at one point, but really wanted to share the experience with those closest to us.

bride with flower hair clip

flower girls on the beach

flower girls with ribbon wands

flower girls with ribbon wands on the beach

flower girl running down the beach

flower girl running down the beach with ribbon wands

 

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

 

Narrowing down the guest list was very difficult. Also, because we had it in a private home, a lot of work had to go into getting it ready for the wedding.

beach house wedding

potted rosemary centerpiece

buddha statue

buddha statue on the beach

buddha statue

tropical flower centerpiece with orchids and birds of paradise

flower girl eating watermelon

 

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

 

Our ceremony was very personalized. It definitely made people laugh and cry all in one sitting and they could tell that it came from the heart.

bride walking down the beach with her father

father of the groom playing banjo

beach wedding ceremony

bride hugging young guest

bride hugging wedding guest

wedding guest with baby

wedding guest holding bouquets

girl running with wedding bouquet

bride and groom walking down the beach

 

What were the highlights of the reception?

 

Our reception was very casual so just being able to spend time with our friends and family was the highlight.

groom smoking

wedding guests having a staring contest

father of the bride at wedding reception

wedding guest in large hat

bride holding groom's hand behind her back

baby eating wedding cake

father of the bride smoking

bride in silhouette

smiling wedding guest

wedding guest wearing pearls

 

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

 

We know that everyone in attendance was there because they truly care about us. No one came out of obligation. They all truly wanted to be a part of our day and we wanted them all there. We were able to spend time with everyone, too, unlike at a big wedding where the bride and groom are too busy to see everyone.

 

young wedding guest playing with hula hoops

young wedding guests playing on the beach

young wedding guests sitting in beach chairs

young wedding guests playing on the beach

bride with young wedding guests in a hammock

bride sitting with young wedding guest

bride playing with flower girl

bride and flower girl goofing around

bride and groom with toddler on the beach

bride and groom with baby

kids in hammock

groom holding baby

bride and groom with toddler on the beach

bride and groom walking with toddler on the beach

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

 

It’s not for everyone, but if you think that you want to have a smaller wedding don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Getting your guest list down is probably the hardest part and you may hurt some people’s feelings, but if you know that keeping it intimate will make you the most happy, do it! It’s your day.

groom kissing bride on the beach

bride and groom watching the waves

bride and groom laughing on the beach

groom wrapping his arms around his bride

bride and groom embracing on the beach

 

Vendors:

 

Florist: Petros Florist, Ipswich, MA

Hair: Fiona Greenleaf

Makeup: Alyssa Dinuccio

Favors: Lucky bamboo and mix CD’s

Cake: Cakes For Ocassions, Danvers, MA

Caterer: American Barbeque, Rowley, MA

Band: Rich Stillman, father of the groom, banjo, ceremony only

Photographer: Ashley Stelzer, AE Stelzer Photography