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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Coastal Elegance Wedding Inspiration

Words by Diane Kolanović-Šolaja
Photos courtesy of Kelly Czupkiewicz
The inspiration for this styled shoot was the soft teal tones of the Atlantic, according to the photographer, Kelly Czupkiewicz. She recruited the help of event planner Diane Kolanović-Šolaja who selected soft blues and muted neutrals to complement the Hayley Paige and Calla Blanche gowns featured in this shoot. "Our goal was to capture the light and airy spirit of our coastal towns," Kelly says, "while also providing an air of elegance and sophistication in the decor." Diane explains the elements included in this inspiring destination wedding photoshoot below.

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Growing up on the Jersey Shore, I've found myself consistently in awe of the beauty of our beaches. The scent of the sea and the warmth of the sun always invigorates the soul. I wanted to showcase the elegance of the Jersey Shore, but also showcase how to transform ballrooms into unique spaces. So, I teamed up with the best of the best and we created this beautiful shoot at Clarks Landing Yacht Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.

I wanted to show how complementary colors and textures still look beautiful together without matching every design element. Creating different tablescapes within the ballroom is a great way to design a more intimate setting. Nuage Designs provided the beautiful textured linens, from a soft touch velvet to an almost silk-like runner to represent the movements of the sea. With the help of the immense talent of Narcissus Florals, the ballroom was filled with warmth with three distinct designs from over-the-top tall centerpieces to intimate and textured low centerpiece designs. 


The accents of slate candles, candelabras and floating candles transformed the ballroom into an intimate gathering. The bridal dresses provided by Castle Couture were gorgeous designs from Hayley Paige and Calla Blanche. Tulle was the main focus and we had plenty. The beautiful textures and incredible detail made all of our models, all former or current brides to Clarks Landing Yacht Club, feel like princesses all over again.

We hope we inspired you to host your wedding at the Jersey Shore!

Vendors: Event Designer: Diane Kolanović-Šolaja of Dee Kay Events; Photographer: Kelly Czupkiewicz of Kelly Sea Images; Reception Venue: Clarks Landing; Floral Designer: Narcissus Florals; Gown Designer: Calla Blanche; Gown Store: Castle Couture; Painter: Lauryn Ahearn of The Live Event Painter; Bakery: Pastry Paige; Tuxedo: Chazmatazz Formalwear; Ring Designer: Johnsen Diamond; Bridesmaids Dresses Store: Bella Bridesmaids; Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Hayley Paige Occasions; Makeup Artist: Make Me Up Eva; Hair Stylist: Alison Kolanovic; Calligrapher: Written House Calligraphy & Lettering; Invitation Designer: Paper Rock Scissors & The Jess Press; Linens: Nuage Designs; Videography: Sweet Start Weddings


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