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Friday, May 30, 2014

A Beachside Bash

Words by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry

The very first time Liz brought Anthony on a family vacation to Cape Kiwanda, the couple knew they would get married there. The Oregon coast was magical. It possessed every quality they loved from the rolling waves to the plethora of adventurous activities. Liz and Anthony knew this would be the perfect representation of their relationship and couldn’t wait to share this special place with their loved ones.

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The key to this destination wedding was flexibility and creativity. One of the selling factors of the locale was the brewery located on the beach. However, the couple found out there was a surf competition the day of their wedding right in front of their venue, which added some challenges to the planning process considering there would now be 500 additional people during their ceremony. “There were things out of our control, but in the end, it turned out better than I could have ever imagined,” explains Liz.

Because the couple did not use a wedding planner, they relied heavily on vendor recommendations from locals and the Internet. Pinterest was a huge help, allowing Liz to find and save pictures of different elements from the flower arrangements to the cake, so she could send the ideas to her vendors, ensuring everyone was on the same page. Etsy also played a large role, allowing Liz to customize her bridal party design. “I found an artist I liked on Etsy and I worked with them to design my own bridal jewelry. I then worked with her to create bridesmaids necklaces that matched the groomsmen’s ties. I was very happy with how things turned out, and it required a lot less work on my part,” says the bride.

Anthony and Liz let their creative juices flow while arranging their wedding details by incorporating several DIY projects into their event. Their Save the Dates were old photos of the couple in front of the brewery with the beach in the background made into coasters. The couple also designed beer mugs as party favors. With a talented and artistic bridal party, they were never short on help. They held a crafting party before the wedding to create table signs and placeholders with beer labels and wine corks, which was a fun way for everyone to bond.

Had the couple hosted their wedding in their hometown, it wouldn't have been the same. “Our guests are still raving about how much fun they had at the wedding and how much they loved the site,” says Liz. “Remember, in the end, you are marrying the person you love…everything else are just details! That was my mantra when conflicts arose.”

Photographer: Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry, Ceremony/Reception Site: Pelican Pub and Brewery, Florist: Sunflower Flats, Cake: Pelican Pub and Brewery, Hair & Makeup: Human Beauty, Gown Designer: Mori Lee, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Calvin Klein, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Mori Lee, DJ: True Love Sound

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