Guest Post: The Nautical Black Tie Bride by Natalie Franke of BaySide Bride
We are thrilled to be sharing a special guest post from Natalie Franke, co-founder and editor of Bayside Bride! Natalie is a seasoned wedding photographer from nautical Annapolis, Maryland, and her wedding blog, Bayside Bride, is an incredible resource for brides in the Chesapeake and Annapolis area. Enjoy her fresh perspective on what nautical touches to include in a classic black tie affair by the sea! –The Black Tie Bride
The Nautical Black Tie Bride grew up with an appreciation for the water. She loves the smell of the salty air, the rush of wind through her fingertips, and the comfort of maritime tradition. She believes in family, in appreciating the coastal lifestyle, and in cherishing the symbolism of sailors + yachtsman.
Nautical Black Tie Affairs bring sophistication to a more relaxed seaside culture and it isn’t uncommon to have the bride leave her Jimmy Choo’s in the sand to go bare foot, or forgo heels all together for a more boat-appropriate alternative. Anything from Jack Rogers to Sperry Topsiders can be found hiding beneath the embroidered lace or elegant tulle of a nautical bride’s gown!
Nautical Brides believe in tying the knot and forging a union that will last a lifetime… Knots are also a symbolic measure of strength that many nautical brides incorporate into the decor of their wedding day designs! They also trade having their wedding bands engraved with their anniversary date, for the nautical coordinates where they married by the sea!
When given the option, the Nautical Bride would rather arrive by boat than by car. I love the idea of renting a vintage boat (or borrowing a family member’s yacht) to enter your reception in a nautical fashion! Watching your friends and family cheer from the shore is an amazing way to begin the celebratory festivities over a glass of champagne!
Other Classic Ideas for the Nautical Black Tie Bride include: A live oyster bar at cocktail hour, custom crab mallets for hotel welcome bags, and a sunset cruise for the rehearsal dinner! And you can never go wrong with the iconic symbols of maritime tradition: the anchor, compass, rope, pennant flags, and the colors of the sea!
There are endless possibilities for giving a Black Tie Wedding a Nautical Twist… just remember to relax and let your dreams set sail!