Today’s couple, Grace and Caleb, weren’t afraid to do things a little differently when it came to their wedding day. Wanting to start off their marriage in their own way, the bride and groom chose to forego the traditional “giving away of the bride” in favor of walking down the aisle together at their picturesque beachfront ceremony. Following the nuptials, the newlyweds celebrated with their closest family and friends at an intimate restaurant reception before being sent off into the night as husband and wife in the best way possible – with sparklers of course!

Special thanks to Zipporah for sharing their wedding day photos with us!

Florida beach wedding

Grace, 26 &  Caleb, 23

Mexico Beach, Florida

Wedding Date: September 20th, 2014

Number of Guests: 30

Wedding Cost: $6,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: On the beach in Mexico Beach, Florida

Wedding Reception Location: The Sunset Coastal Grill, Port St Joe, Florida

Sea rope sign

mexico beach, florida

bride's hand on hip

beach bride

beach wedding portrait

bride and groom portrait

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted our closest family and friends who mean the most to us to attend.

bride getting dressed

bride portrait

back detail of bride's wedding gown

bride's white wedding bouquet

close-up of groom's watch

groom portrait

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

We didn’t run into many challenges and felt that our vision for the day fell into place quite effortlessly. The only issue was with our florist not sharing our simple vision and trying to go in a different direction than we wanted.

groom first look

first look session

emotional first look

emotional groom hugging bride

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

It was difficult at first, but after we decided on the vision we wanted for our wedding – only our closest friends and immediate family – forming our guest list came easily.

close-up of groom's hands on bride's hips

intimate couple portrait

bride and groom walking on the rocks

bride and groom on the beach

bride and groom wading in the water

bride and groom on the beach

bride and groom walking down to the water

bride and groom portrait by yhte ocean

bride and groom hugging by the ocean

bride and groom kissing by the ocean

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Initially it was hard for our parents to understand not inviting all of our extended families, but they quickly understood after we explained that we wanted the people closest to us, who mean the most to us and have shown us love and invested in our lives to be there to witness our commitment.

beach wedding sign

wedding ceremony set-up on the beach

beach wedding programs

What were the highlights of the ceremony? 

The two of us walked down the aisle together. We felt that because our commitment to each other was our choice and not the bride being “given away”, and because we were about to commit to spending the rest of our lives together, that it only made sense to commence that by walking in together to make our vows. Our parents fully supported us and no one was offended.

Caleb’s father who is a pastor officiated the ceremony. Almost all of our closest friends were able to be there, and all of our immediate family. Having it at the beach approaching sunset was picturesque.

beach wedding ceremony

beach wedding guests

wedding first kiss

beach wedding ceremony

What were the highlights of the reception? 

Toasts given by our wedding party meant so much to us; the food and service provided by The Sunset Coastal Grill was fantastic; knowing that we were married; exiting with a sparkler send-off!

restaurant wedding reception

restaurant wedding reception


What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding? 

Minimized drama/stress and not feeling like we had to impress anyone or make our wedding anything other than exactly what the two of us wanted, and having only those that we felt support our lives in attendance.

sparkler send-off

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

Make sure that the two of you are in agreement on what you want and stick to your vision. If someone wants your wedding to be anything else, they have to understand that it’s your wedding, not their’s. Write wedding details down and keep each other up to date with your lists as things get updated.

sparkler send-off


Bride’s Dress: Casablanca with alterations done by brides mother

Bride’s Hair: Mary Bowman

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulu

Groomsmens’ Suits: Men’s Warehouse

Decor: Shyla Troyer

Arch: made by Groom and Best Man

Photography: Zipporah K

Videography: Richard Ceska

Ceremony Location: Mexico Beach, FL

Reception Location: Sunset Coastal Grill