Summer has only been over for a few days and already, I’m daydreaming about the beach, sand, and sun non-stop! Luckily, I stumbled upon the quintessentially West Coast beach wedding of Justin and Karissa (shot by Linhbergh Photography), and got a healthy dose of summer inspiration!
The couple met seven years ago when Karissa stopped into the auto parts store where Justin was working, and the rest (as they say) is history! They hosted an intimate Saturday ceremony for friends and family on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, but all 90 guests arrived a few days before to camp, surf, and chill around the bonfire with the bride and groom-to-be. How's that for a rad wedding weekend?!
Both the bride and groom have deep connections to the ocean, as Karissa grew up on a boat with her family, and Justin’s family is from Hawaii. They are also avid surfers. So what better place to tie the knot than on the coast where they have spent over 100 days surfing together?
Karissa was decked out in handmade Etsy finds; the “Avalon Peach Octopus Convertible Wrap Dress” by Coralie Beatrix, wood earrings from Dean at Forest Life Creations, and a pair of Kango Stallion Tony Lama cowboy boots. She rocked an American made denim jacket all weekend long! The groom wore a J. Crew chambray shirt, an old pair of khakis, and the ultimate surfer foot wear... Rainbow flip-flops.
They recited their own "traditionali-ish" vows during the quick ceremony (it lasted just five minutes!), and had a close friend (who got ordained online) serve as the officiant. The exact location of the couple's ceremony is not for us to know, as it's a super secret surf break...and some secrets are meant to be kept. After the ceremony, guests were treated to BBQ and S’mores, a casual feast lasting into the wee hours of the night.
Knowing that not all their loved ones could make it to the beach for their I Do's, the newlyweds hosted a second reception at one amazing Seattle venue - the Georgetown Stables. The Stables are filled with funky and whimsical retro furnishings, and surrounded by gorgeous old industrial buildings, making it picture perfect for the couple’s Rock n’ Roll reception vibe.
For the Georgetown Stables soiree, the bride wore a strapless polka dot Anthropologie dress, red pheasant feather heels, and a red feather fascinator. The groom wore a Ludlow suit from J.Crew, a tie from men’s boutique, Mario's, pirate flag socks from The Sock Monster, and Sutor Mantellassi shoes.
They filled the hall with great DIY touches, including farmer's market bouquets, a sweet desert table, chalkboard signage, and monster finger puppets for photo props.
The couple’s favorite part? Sitting around the campfire on the beach with friends and family, and sharing their vows with one another.
Tips for others? “Don't take sh*t too seriously,” make a wedding planning committee so everyone knows their duties on the day of, and work together as a team.