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An aqua-themed garden party wedding

An aqua-themed garden party wedding

Written by Katie Byrne

Blakeley and Curtis exchanged vows in a homepsun nautical-coloured celebration


Blakeley, 22, an artist and floral designer, and Curtis, 25, a real estate broker, married at Blakeley's family home in Annapolis, Maryland.

Our venue was the house I had grown up in, but it's very special to both of us. As we grew up by the sea, we wanted to reflect this in our wedding, so we played on a nautical palette of turquoise and navy with a pop of peach.

We chose a religious ceremony - one that was fun and celebratory as we wanted our guests to feel comfortable in our home.

The feel I wanted for my wedding dress was stylish and classic. Shopping with my mum one day, I fell in love with a tulle skirt at Bridals by Jodi, and a seamstress helped me to design a simple bodice. My bouquet of David Austen roses, peonies and eucalyptus looked stunning.

My bridesmaids wore silk chiffon gowns from J.Crew in a vibrant aqua colour and held different bouquets which comprised garden roses, ranunculus, poppies, peonies and parrot tulips.


We had our meal beneath a marquee, and our tables were styled to emulate miniature gardens, with colourful flower arrangements and trailing foliage. Our centrepieces comprised candlesticks draped in ivy and we used roses, peonies and tulips for additional floral decor.

For place settings, we had small flags stuck in apricots, whilst cakes of varying sizes, shapes and flavours were displayed on cake stands in different shades of blue.

After dinner we had a brass band lead us in a parade back to where the ceremony took place, which had been transformed into a dancefloor. 

We had twinkling lights to create a romantic evening glow, while guests tucked into cake and ice cream.

My favourite moment... I loved looking at Curtis and thinking, 'You're my husband!'.

My advice for brides-to-be... Make sure you spend plenty of time on the planning so that on the day of your wedding, you're just riding the wave.

Steal their style!

Photography: Natalie Franke Flowers: Charleston Stems Dress: Bridals By Jodi Bridesmaids' dresses: J. Crew Groomswear: Macy's

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