Be Inspired by a Nautical Wedding Shoot on a Sailboat

For a picturesque elopement or portrait session, consider a romantic sail.

Be Inspired by a Nautical Wedding Shoot on a Sailboat

Photo: Julin Athalia Lee for The W Portraiture

Brides and grooms desiring nautical nuptials will find inspiration in this styled shoot, which takes place at sea on a sailboat. "The inspiration behind this elegant sailboat shoot came from a couple of lines in a Walt Whitman poem, 'To sail forth... with thee... on gossamer wings,'" shares Nichole Monjay of Florarama Modern Design. "We took the vision and ran with it."

Introducing the event, an invitation suite in soft pink and seafoam hues features anchor and compass motifs. Maps and antique details add a unique element to the décor, as well as breezy sheer silk, rosy velvet, and romantic lace in autumnal pink shades. An organically gathered bouquet and a rustic-inspired centerpiece feature beige Quicksand roses, pink proteas and celosia, silver dollar eucalyptus, acacia, and agonis foliage to create a "just-washed ashore look," explains Nichole.

The styled bride wears two looks: a long-sleeve allover sheer gown with lace appliqués and a vintage-inspired long-sleeve gown with mutton sleeves and illusion details. Nichole shares that the styling is "a perfect, romantic setting for an eloping couple who want to sail off together on gossamer wings!" Take inspiration from the shoot for a blissful engagement session, a post-ceremony sail for just the two of you before the reception, or a beautifully styled elopement!

Nautical theme wedding invitations for styled shoot

Private dinner set up on bow of sailboat

Bride on sailboat in illusion long sleeve sheer wedding dress

Protea organic wedding bouquet on rock in ocean

The Adventures of Captain Bonneville antique book

Rustic protea wedding centerpiece on sailboat for photo shoot

Agate slice napkin ring around pink napkin

Bride on sailboat looking at sunset in sheer wedding dress

Protea wedding bouquet with driftwood and rustic lanterns

Ghost chair with gold side accent table next to ocean

Bride on sailboat in long sleeve vintage inspired wedding dress

To sail forth with thee on gossamer wings map print

Nautical wedding cake with gold anchor

Piece of wedding cake on boat dock

Bride in sheer long sleeve wedding dress on bow of sailboat

Photos by Julin Athalia Lee for The W Portraiture

Cake: Stone Layne Baked Specialties; Coordination: Simply by Tamara Nicole; Dresses: Dream Dresses by P.M.N; Floral Design & Styling: Florarama Modern Design; Hair: Meghann Oliberos; Invitation: Impress Ink Stationery Design; Makeup: Katya Gudaeva; Model: Camille Christine for SMG Models; Plates: Grand Event Rentals; Ribbon: Silk and Willow; Vintage Trunk: Vintage Ambiance