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Nautical Chic New England Wedding Tuesday, October 18, 2011 ~ 9:43 a.m.

I see so many beautiful weddings every day...some are vintage, others are romantic, modern, seasonal, whimiscal, fun or offbeat...but there is something about a nautical wedding that will always get me. This is probably because I used this theme as inspiration for my own wedding! Navy blue and white is undoubtedly my very favorite wedding color palette, and throw some stripes in there? LOVE. Nothing better, in my opinion. That's why when I received this beautiful seaside wedding from my favorite New England wedding photographer, Corey Hendrickson, I knew it was simply a matter of time before I shared it with you guys.


Using a wedding color palette of navy blue, white and bright yellow (Sound familiar? These were my wedding colors, too!), this wedding was designed by Your Day Your Way to reflect the bride and groom, Cindy and Jeff's personalities and personal tastes. The couple wanted a waterfront event that was "Preppy, classy and fun," which naturally gave way to the distinctive "Nautical chic" theme of the day. The wedding ceremony was held seaside overlooking the beautiful Chesapeake Bay at the Silver Swan Bayside in the Queen Anne Marina located in Stevensville, Maryland. I really love the peaceful setting and the simplicity of the ceremony setup with white garden chairs decorated with bunches of white hydrangeas in mason jars and tied with yellow ribbon.


The bride wore a gown by Priscilla of Boston, and each of her bridesmaids wore blue dresses by J.Crew and held bouquets of strikingly bright yellow roses. Jeff and his groomsmen definitely had the nautical look down pat with printed ties by Vineyard Vines, navy blue blazers, khakis and Sperry Topsiders. The ceremony was followed by an seaside cocktail hour, and then guests were invited inside for an evening reception. The reception venue was equally as beautiful as the outdoor setting, decorated with navy blue linens topped with arrangements of "White and fluffy flowers" placed inside mason jars for a more "rustic, nautical touch." After sending off the newly married couple with sparklers in hand, guests went home with custom made navy blue koozies as wedding favors, and bags of sweets from the candy bar set up at the reception.


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Nautical Chic New England Wedding - Vendors & Credits

Photographer: Hendrickson Photography Weddings
Event Planner: Your Day Your Way
Reception Venue: Silver Swan Bayside
Cake Designer: Fiona's Cakes
Ceremony Musicians: The Maryland Sage String Trio
Band: The Winn Brothers Band
Invitation Designer: Allison Barnhill DesignsVendor on Paper Wedding Professional
Dress Designer: Priscilla of Boston
Bridsmaid Attire: J.Crew
Groomsmen Attire: Ties by Vineyard Vines and Sperry Topsiders

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Rachel Marie Photography (Orange County, CA)

Oct 18, 2011 1:46 PM

I've been loving your 'real' wedding posts, Sarah! This nautical theme is great. And the yellow flowers are so fun!

The Perfect Palette (ga)

Oct 18, 2011 2:53 PM

such pretty colors - loving all the details.

Jennifer Rea (San Diego)

Oct 18, 2011 3:18 PM

Love the bow tie and the yellow candy for the candy bar. So cute!

Collleen {Soundtrack To I Do} (Salinas, California)

Oct 18, 2011 3:25 PM

Beautiful!! Her dress is stunning. Love those last few shots - magical.

Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} (Orlando, FL)

Oct 18, 2011 5:46 PM

The yellow and navy look great together!

Lindsay (Calgary AB canada)

Jan 18, 2012 10:17 AM


Love your color choice-beautiful! Looking to do a similar blue for my wedding with the JCrew dresses: what blue did you choose?

Sarah (A Paper Proposal) (Denver)

Jan 22, 2012 11:34 AM

Hi Lindsay! Thanks for your comment :) The bridesmaids are wearing silk taffeta bridesmaids dresses by J.Crew in Dark Pacific.

Erika (MD)

Jul 15, 2013 9:26 PM


I love these photos but want to make a correction to this article! The Silver Swan Bayside is in Stevensville, MD - not NH! I got married there last May and we loved it.