August 24, 2017
Coral Cove Park is located on the most beautiful piece of the Florida coastline in Jupiter. It’s not the typical Florida beach that one would imagine, which made it perfect for our moody, alternative bridal session. After walking up the wooden stairs through the trees, we reached a massive tower of sea grapes, and the lush green leaves provided the perfect backdrop to contrast Andrea’s red dress. As we descended another staircase onto the beach, the rugged terrain of natural limestone was revealed. This is my favorite part of Coral Cove, and it was so much fun (albeit semi-dangerous) to climb around the rocks and explore all of the crevices and miniature caves.
Not only is this alternative bridal session a refreshing take on how we perceive coastal beach brides, but it is also a great example of how to style a beautiful bride who is budget-conscious. Andrea’s unconventional red wedding dress is actually a formal dress purchased secondhand, and the beautiful matching red Swarovski crystal earrings were found at the local Palm Beach Outlets. Trending with other brides who have opted out of diamonds, her sterling silver ring features a stunning yet inexpensive tourmalated quartz crystal.
Andrea’s bouquet and hairpiece are actually DIY projects using flowers on sale from Michael’s craft store. I love fresh flowers, but for brides who are very sentimental or super-crafty, this DIY option is the perfect way to easily preserve your bouquet, keep it as home-decor, or remake it into something else entirely. The element of recycling is also present in the recycled wood pallet. Along with the fresh fruit in lieu of cake, the pallet evokes picnic-style dining that is perfect for an elopement on the beach. The finishing touch is the beautiful abalone shell centerpiece.