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Summer is coming, and on Long Island, that means the beach. No matter where she ended up having her wedding, I think every Long Island bride dreamed at least briefly of a beach wedding. Everyone looks good at the beach, wedding dresses look gorgeous against the blue ocean, and the sort of boho sandy toes-casual vibe of beach weddings can come as a bit of a relief to brides overloaded on Pinterest images of the “perfect” wedding. Of course beach weddings can be as formal or over-the-top as any wedding, but our wedding flowers today are being inspired by a more simple, natural, boho look: loose arrangements, neutral colors, lots of greens, and rustic containers.

One thing about getting married on the beach is that while the background of sun, sea and sand already exists, the ceremony site needs to be created. Which of course gives couples an opportunity to make it their own, to tell their own story…or to let a talented floral designer or wedding planner interpret it for them. One very popular method at the beach is to build a ceremony arch or chuppah out of lightweight poles or found materials and decorate it with flowers and/or lightweight fabric to blow in the wind.

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This couple chose vintage barrels instead of an arch for their beach ceremony:

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Iron shepherd’s crooks are a popular method for delineating the aisle and are a convenient site for more floral decor.

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Vintage beach pails can be an adorable container for flowers.

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Lanterns are also extremely boho and beach appropriate. It’s also hard to get more boho than a teepee, even one made of flowering branches.

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This couple’s Ibiza (boho capital of the world) wedding had it all: ethereal curtains blowing in the sea breeze; flower tied to the wedding canopy/arch; lanterns on the ground, bride in headband/diadem. Boho beautiful.

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Another well-known boho capital is right here on Long Island, the Crows Nest in Montauk. This wedding, gorgeously photographed by high-end photographers Christian Oth at the Crows Nest, is the ultimate in boho chic, from the surfboards, to the twine-wrapped bridal bouquet, to the bride’s crocheted wedding dress.

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Receptions for beach weddings usually continue the theme with loose floral arrangements with lots of greenery, candle- or lantern light, and casual table settings.

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Without a single starfish or shell, this arrangement suggests the beach and the surrounding dunes.

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A glass jar filled with white sand holding the table number is all that is needed, along with a similar container from the ceremony, to keep the beach vibe going.

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It’s easy to recognize a “beachy” or “boho chic” feel at a well-designed reception. What’s not easy is replicating that sort of style on your own. That’s why the services of a great floral designer such as Bella Flowers are crucial if you’re more into boho glam than plastic clams at your wedding and reception. Whatever your personal style, give us a call at 631.271.7050 and make an appointment to discuss the most beautiful (or boho) day of your life.