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Middle Eastern Trends To Inspire Your Beach Wedding

Last month, our editor-in-chief Chelsea had the honor of visiting Dubai and getting to know some of the local wedding community through the Arabian Academy of Wedding Planning as a guest speaker for their Wedding Biz Talk series at Arabian Ranches Golf Club. When we learned that beach weddings are hugely popular in Dubai because of its obvious coastal geography, we got excited and asked our friend, Bonita Carr, the Academy Career Advisor for this UAE campus, to share some of her local beach wedding trends with our Virginia couples. Inspiration surrounds us, and what better place to inspire than halfway across the world! So we will let her take it from here!

Fun Coral and Turquoise Outer Banks Wedding

For Merry and Trae, there were so many sweet memories on the beaches in the Outer Banks. From time spent there during their dating years to the moment when he dropped down on one knee and asked the biggest question of his life, it was at the beach where there relationship grew, so there was no question that they would get married in the same place with their closest friends and family.

At the Sanderling Resort, bright coral pinks and turquoise blues paired well with the clear beach sky and sandy shores, and it was all captured by Andrew and Tianna Photography. Coastal elements like driftwood and sea fans gave natural texture to the bright, airy reception space while Merry and Trae's wedding colors popped throughout the linens, florals, and the fabulous Lilly Pulitzer bridesmaid dresses dappled with sand dollars. We especially loved the gorgeous escort card tree with guest seating assignments hanging from coral and peach ribbons surrounded by oodles of roses, greenery, air plants, and tropical fauna. Hello, coastal wedding swoon!

Romantic Modern South Asian Wedding Inspiration

Be still our pink and texture lovin' hearts! We don't even know where to begin with this utterly romantic South Asian wedding inspiration! It's East meets West with modern chic detailing that will make any wedding lover swoon. From a vividly red and pink traditional wedding lehenga to a dusty rose evening gown, the bride (who is none other but Kinza Shah of In-Act Miss Pakistan USA 2016) enchants us with her embroidered and beaded attire only made more elegant with gilded designs while the handsome groom dons a complementary modern nehru jacket (long mandarin collared vest) with gold embellishments.

Captured by Snowdrop Photography and styled by House of Divya and Cre8tive Touch Events, tradition melds with contemporary aesthetic through the intricate henna, luxurious bridal jewelry, and rich colors in the diverse florals and tiered ombré cake. One of our favorites about this inspiration shoot is definitely the oh so charming rowboat draped in crimson roses, greenery, and magenta amaranthus. If that doesn't say newlywed romance perfection, then we don't know what will!

Other cozy vignettes include a hanging bohemian gauzy canopy over a vintage chaise lounge and a low dining table surrounded by lush pillows and fabrics which makes for a lovely intimate celebration under the stars. For couples looking to put a unique elegant spin on their Indian wedding day, get ready because you'll want to pin all of this!

Love and Paw Prints by the Water

Since their wedding will have a distinctively industrial chic style, Tiffany and Allen knew they wanted their engagement session with Molly Lichten Photography to be softer, outdoors, and in a very natural setting. And Pleasure House Point in Virginia was just the ideal spot for them! With its magical tall trees, long grasses, and soft, sandy stretches, it showcases the best of Coastal Virginia's landscape diversity. We sure do love when forests and waters meet!

To make it even sweeter, these two lovebirds even brought along their darling puppy Charlie who got in on the snuggle and giggle action. Between Tiffany's sweet handmade floral crown and flowy boho dress and the way Allen looks at her, our hearts are officially squeezed!

1+1= Too Cute Teacher Wedding Must Haves

ABC, one, two, three, baby, you and me girl! With a little Jackson 5 on our soundtrack and a whole lot of A+ inspiration, we're all about teacher brides and grooms! Our editor-in-chief was a teacher in her pre-wedding industry days, so this time of year is especially a soft spot when all the school supplies are out and "1st Day of School" photos are posted all over social media. Like most any professional, teachers are especially in love with what they do, so it only makes sense that that passion would carry over into their wedding days! Curated from Etsy, we counted up the cutest and chicest favorites for any bride or groom whose hearts sing for Sharpies on clearance, students acing their quizzes, and a good book read aloud.

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