A Tropical Tryst

Hey Y’all!

When I found out that this week’s inspiration was the beautiful Caribbean, I was beyond excited! The Caribbean is more than just a location, it’s a lifestyle. Laid back and relaxing, the islands are the perfect spot for a small, intimate destination wedding. Plus, what guest wouldn’t be excited about having an excuse to visit paradise?


Since I recently created an ombre ocean-themed inspiration board (click here to check it out), I wanted to find a new, fresh color scheme that represents this place that’s so close to my heart. On my most recent trip (which happened to be my honeymoon!), my husband and I brought home a beautiful conch shell. The colors of this conch are so bright, I’d never seen anything like it! The inside features striking coral tones that fade into sherbert, which are perfectly anchored by the neutral, sandy exterior.

If you’re having a wedding with a shell-themed color palette, there’s one major requirement…lots of shells! I love the idea of a wedding cake with a cascade of shells, and paper products featuring coral, starfish, and conch images are a must. Colorful shells make not only the perfect escort cards, but a great favor as well. You can be sure that guests won’t leave these pretty, personalized tokens of paradise behind!

photo credits: tablescape from Colin Cowie Weddings // bridal bouquet from Confetti Daydreams designed by Kellys Wedding Flowers // seashell escort cards from Project Wedding // ceremony arch from Style Me Pretty photographed by Anna Kuperberg // groom from Behind the Light Blog // tequila sunrise from Tipsy Bartender // wedding cake from Style Me Pretty photographed by Ned Jackson Photography designed by Michael’s Creative Baking // invitations from Etsy // bride and bridesmaids from Southern Weddings Magazine



Graciela, of Graceful Event Planning in Boston, was born and raised in Puerto Rico, so she incorporated all sorts of Caribbean traditions into her inspiration board. Graciela pictured a beautiful ceremony at the fortress in Old San Juan, where many brides choose to get married to celebrate the island’s history. The bride’s father wears a guayavera, made of special cotton that’s reserved for important occasions. A bouquet of red poppies, a cigar rolling station, and traditional Puerto Rican food round out this traditional Caribbean wedding.


Meg Cameron, of Alison Howard Events, was inspired by the sunset. I love the warm, rich tones featured in Meg’s board! It’s not often that you see a Caribbean wedding at dusk, but with the cool evening breeze and quiet sounds of the sea, I can’t imagine a more special time of day for a romantic island soiree.

Are any of you planning a seaside destination wedding, or just looking to incorporate a little piece of your honeymoon into your big day? We’d love to hear all about it!




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