When it comes to choosing your engagement shoot location, nothing beats the coast! Today we’re revisiting some of our favorite oceanfront e-sessions to inspire your announcement portraits. From balmy summer afternoons to brisk autumn mornings, these sweet sessions prove the seaside is the perfect setting all year long.

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Olivia & Chandler, Bethany and Dan Photography

Christy & Brad Justine Johnson Photography

Christy & Brad, Justine Johnson Photography
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Katelyn & Shawn Chelsea Proulx Photography

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Karina & Caleb, emilie inc. photography 

Jaclyn L Photography

Allison & Greg, Jaclyn L Photography

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Planning a 2018 wedding on the coast? Take a tip from the sea and let your wedding destination inspire your invitation design. Nautical paper goods are never going out of style. We love how this theme translates into new trends; from modern, minimalist to whimsical watercolors and everywhere in between. Happy scrolling!

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Gus & Ruby Letterpress

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El’s Cards

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Parrott Design Studio via Oh So Beautiful Paper

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[Photo: Ashley Caroline Photography]

Peter Loves Jane

Peter Loves Jane [Photo: Erin Kate Photo via Ruffled]

Scotti Cline Designs

Scotti Cline Designs [Photo: Brian Tropiano via Inspired by This]

Callidora Letterpress + Design

Callidora Letterpress + Design

Love Jenna and Swiss Cottage Designs

Love, Jenna and Swiss Cottage Designs

Harbor Studio

Harbor Studio

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Parchment Nantucket [Photo: Zofia & Co. via Elizabeth Anne Designs]

 

 

 

 

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Bethany & Dan Photography

Nothing says, “dapper” quite like menswear with a maritime twist. We’re loving the latest in formal fashion that draws inspiration from the coast. Favorites include classic suits, nautical boutonnieres and unique prints–stripes, seer sucker or lobster ties anyone? [Photo: Sara & Mike, Bethany and Dan Photography]

One Eleven Images

[Photo: Chaitra & Will, One Eleven Images]

Kelly Cronin Photography

[Photo: Kacey & Kevin, Kelly Cronin Photography]

Studio Nouveau

[Photo: Kristin & Jesse, Studio Nouveau]

Birch Blaze Studios

[Photo: Anders & Kate, Birch Blaze Studios]

Lexi Lowell Photography

[Photo: Lauren & Pete, Lexi Lowell Photography]

Darling Photography

[Photo: Darling Photography]

Cortney Vamvakias Photography

[Photo: Alyssa & John, Cortney Vamvakias]

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[Photo: Nicole & Steve, emilie inc.]

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[Photo: Kayla & Patrick, Lisa Elizabeth Images]

 

 

 

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Get your party pants on ladies! It’s time to celebrate the bride-to-be in your life. Take inspiration from what makes your bestie unique to create a perfectly personal theme that she’ll never forget.

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DIY Bouquet Bar

For the crafty bride in your life. Set up fresh cut flowers and ribbons for a hands-on activity that doubles as a favor. [Photo: Ruth Eileen Photography via Style Me Pretty]

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Cooking Lesson

Bake your cake, and eat it too! Cooking lesson showers are on the rise. We love how this theme combines guest activities and dining into one ball of delicious fun. [Photo: Hallie Duesenberg via Favors and Flowers]

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Backyard Barbecue

This one goes out to all the laid back ladies! Host a backyard barbecue or picnic stocked with the bride’s favorite food. She’ll love the casual vibe and personal touches. [Photo: Sara Ford Photography via My Wedding]

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Make Your Own Mimosas

Kick bridal brunch up a notch with a DIY mimosa bar complete with medley of fresh juices.
[Photo: Yasmin Sarai via Inspired By This]

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Take A Hike

Wilderness enthusiasts  will love a shower in the great outdoors.  Overnight camping is a great choice for intimate groups, while an afternoon hike or evening s’mores roast is a great for a longer guest list.
[Photo: Little Ivy Design via Etsy]

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Photo Booth Fun

Strike a pose! A photo booth welcomes guests to ham it up and take home sweet snap shots as party favors.
[Photo: B. Jones Photography via Wedding Chicks]

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Game On

Games are a staple at bridal showers. Select a line up of old favorites and new twists to keep guests laughing all evening. [Photo: Martha Stewart Weddings]

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Girl’s Night

Nothing says, “Let’s party!” like a little black dress. An LBD theme–with the bride in her Little White Dress–is perfect for a formal, yet fun soiree. [Photo: Lavender & Twine via Green Wedding Shoes]

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Belle Mer

While Rhode Island may be small in size, the state’s bevy of beautiful celebration sites go above and beyond. We’ve managed to narrow it down to ten of our favorites that will surely leave you swooning. From classic seaside settings to pastoral landscapes, Little Rhody really has it all! [Photo: Belle MerDreamlove Photography]

The Stone House

Stone House Little Compton, RI 

Nestled on 2.7 acres on the tip of Sakonnet Point, The Stone House is a secluded nuptial escape the combines historic charm and modern luxury. Today the property reflects the quaint charm of its storied past while upholding the highest standard of amenities. You’ll love the restored architecture, well-appointed guest rooms and private beach. 

Castle Hill Inn

Castle Hill Inn Newport, RI

This romantic estate has it all: splendid interiors, unparalleled water views, a custom sail cloth tent and so much more! On site personal event planners will work with you to bring your wedding day vision to life. From intimate dinner parties to grand 400 guest affairs, the staff is well-versed in creating unforgettable events. [Photo: Melissa Robotti]

Aldrich Mansion

Aldrich Mansion Warwick, RI

Situated on seventy acres overlooking Narragansett Bay, this French chateau is ready and waiting for your fairy tale wedding. Manicured gardens and elegant architecture come together to create an air of European artistry. The mansion accommodates celebrations for up to 230 guests and also offers an on-site chapel. [Photo: Steve Holmes]

Greenvale Vineyards

Greenvale Vineyards Portsmouth, RI

Invite guests to enjoy a taste of local fare and flair! Located along the Sakonnet River, the vineyard offers a pastoral setting for your Rhode Island wedding. The restored stable can accommodate smaller parties up to 49 guests, while the property’s lawn offers ample space for a larger tented reception and outdoor ceremony. [Photo: Zenobia Studios]

Regatta Place

Regatta Place Goat Island, RI  

Celebrate Newport’s rich sailing culture with a wedding at Regatta Place. Located in the heart of Goat Island Marina, this elegant venue features views of Newport Harbor, impeccable cuisine and tent waterfront space for up to 200 guests. [Photo: Jaclyn L Photography]

Mount Hope Farm

Mount Hope Farm Bristol, RI

Dreaming of a rustic wedding? Look no further! This historic farm offers a countryside backdrop without sacrificing the classic coastal character of Rhode Island that we’ve all come to know and love. Mount Hope Farm’s two distinctive venues, The Barn and Cove Cabin, include ample celebration space and on-site catering by Russell Morin. [Photo: Gumula Photography]

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Belle Mer Newport, RI

The epitome of seaside glamour, this oceanside resort sits on seven manicured acres on the edge of Narragansett Bay. You’ll have your pick from three breathtaking event spaces: The Water Salon, The Island House and Ocean Lawn. Each showcases its own unique style while upholding the venue’s aura of luxe sophistication. [Photo: Dreamlove Photography]

The Sullivan House

The Sullivan House Block Island, RI

Built at the turn of the century, this hilltop estate is located just off the main land on Block Island. Wherever you look you’ll enjoy 360 degree views of the sparkling Atlantic. On site catering and party rentals relieve the stress of planning and offshore reception so that you and your loved ones can simply relax and celebrate! [Photo: Kelly Vasami]

The Bohlin

The Bohlin Newport, RI

Nestled in the heart of Newport Harbor, The Bohlin is one of Rhode Island’s newest seaside wedding venues. The impressive waterfront patio and tent offer plenty of room for both ceremony and reception, all just steps from the water! The on site event staff and catering team will ensure every detail of the day comes together without a hitch.

Glen Manor House

Glen Manor House Portsmouth, RI

Nothing sets the bar for romance quite like a breathtaking mansion surrounded by acres of lush lawns and gardens. The manor is located on the banks of the Sakonnet River, with jaw dropping features like splendidly restored architecture, historic decor, sparkling chandeliers and multiple terraces. [Photo: Jaclyn L Photography]

 

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Saint Clement's Castle & Marina

Tying the knot in Connecticut? Begin your venue search with these incredible destinations that speak to the state’s coastal character, agricultural past and rich history. [Photo: Saint Clements Castle & Marina / Love and Perry ]

Lord Thompson Manor

Lord Thompson Manor Thompson, CT  

Enjoy an exclusive destination wedding experience in the quiet countryside of Connecticut. Lord Thompson Manor is a historic location with beautiful reception options, enchanting gardens and sumptuous accommodations. [Photo: Ashley Largesse Photography]

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The Barns at Weslyan Hills  Middletown, CT 

This rustic venue has it all: fresh farm-to-table cuisine, expansive grounds, impeccable service and of course, a beautiful barn.

Candlelight Farms Inn

Candlelight Farms Inn  New Milford, CT

At Candlelight Farms Inn, storied elegance meets modern charm. Host a tented reception on the Inn’s expansive lawn or a rustic affair in The Hangar. The property can accommodate weddings for up to 300 guests, offering a variety of wedding packages to serve your unique celebration vision. [Photo: Tim Nosenzo Photography]

Saltwater Farm Vineyard

Saltwater Farm Vineyard Stonington, CT  

A preserved coastal farm, restored WW-II era airport and vineyard–this venue is unique to say the least. We love the ceremony site overlooking the grape lanes and interior design that combines rustic character with modern style. [Photo: Julia Jane Studios]

Wadsworth Mansion

Wadsworth Mansion Middletown, CT 

Originally built in 1900 as a countryside retreat, today Wadsworth Mansion is one of Connecticut’s most sought-after event venues. The property’s architecture and impeccable grounds maintain the elegance of its past, while the staff and amenities ensure the comfort of the present. [Photo: Eric Foley Photography]

Interlaken Inn

Interlaken Inn Lakeville, CT

This lakeside escape is perfect for couples seeking a simple, yet sophisticated celebration site. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive access to the property, complete with top notch amenities like comfortable suites, on-site pool and waterfront lawn. [Photo: YMVisuals]

Water's Edge Resort & Spa

Water’s Edge Resort & Spa Westbrook, CT

For over 30 years this beachfront resort has provided couples with the perfect place to tie the knot. Located on the shores of the Long Island Sound, the property upholds it’s reputation as one of the best in New England with their excellent service, gorgeous grounds, premium spa and so much more. [Photo: Leslie Dumke Studio]

Saint Clements Castle & Marina

Saint Clements Castle & Marina Portland, CT

Your fairytale awaits at Saint Clements Castle and Marina. Nestled on 90 acres in the Connecticut River Valley, this destination features lush gardens, stone courtyards, grand ballrooms and scenic views of the Connecticut River. [Photo: Kevin Kelly Photography]

The Riverview

The Riverview Weatogue, CT

Enjoy the serenity of rural Connecticut with the glamour of an upscale city venue. You’ll fall in love with The Grand Ballroom’s sparkling chandeliers, cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and polished granite dance floor. [Photo: Lindsay Flanagan Photography]

The Loading Dock

The Loading Dock Stamford, CT

This modern event space is the perfect alternative for couples seeking a chic industrial atmosphere. Hardwood floors, exposed ductwork and brick walls create a blank canvas to let your personal design tastes truly shine.

 

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