Rachael Pearce and Adam Meeks have loved the beach since the beginning. The Maryland natives have known one another since they were kids, and ran in the same circles as they grew up. But it wasn't until the summer of 2007 that they had their first date. "Fittingly, it was a day on the beach," remembers Rachael. Nearly five years later, after four years of long-distance dating, Adam drove from Baltimore to New York, where Rachael was getting her masters' degree, and took her to the North Fork of Long Island for a mini-vacation. "We picnicked on lobster rolls, toured the vineyards, and stayed at a cozy bed and breakfast," Rachael says. On a foggy afternoon, Adam took Rachael to an empty beach and asked her to be his wife. "It was intimate, natural, and romantic. It perfectly represented our relationship," says the bride.
The couple headed back to the beach for their wedding on June 1, 2013. "I grew up spending summers in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware," says Rachael, "and thankfully Adam fell in love with it, too. It was the perfect place to blend old memories with new ones." So the pair tapped Easton Events to design the coastal 'do, and brought in Patricia Lyons to photograph every moment.
Read on to see how they brought their seaside inspiration to life!
The invitation suite combined navy and mint green with a boardwalk theme, including a lighthouse motif and wave-inspired liners.
Rachael kept her look fresh and simple with a strapless silk gown by Amsale. "I loved the oversized bow on the back," she says. She paired her gown with a bouquet of blush and ivory peonies and garden roses, and carried her maternal grandmother's handkerchief and paternal grandmother's pearl necklace. Her diamond and pearl earrings were a wedding-day gift from Adam.
"My bridesmaids' seersucker dresses were the inspiration for our entire wedding," says Rachael. "They were light, beachy, and flirty, but still classic and chic." The seven 'maids included Rachael's sister, Devon, who loaned the bride her own veil for the big day.
The mint green-and-blue ceremony programs included a page describing Rachael's something old (her grandmothers' handkerchief and necklace), something new (her dress), something borrowed (her sister's veil), and something blue (the initials and wedding date embroidered inside her gown).
"My nephew, Beau, was the ring bearer," says Rachael. "He wore a sports coat to match the groomsmen, and carried a 'Here Comes the Bride' flag." After lots of practice, Beau did a great job, using the full-sprint style to get down the aisle to his dad, a groomsman.
The altar at Westminster Presbyterian Church was decorated with two arrangements of honeysuckle, peonies, and roses in vibrant green and blush.
After the ceremony, Rachael, Adam, and their wedding party headed to the beach in Rehoboth for photos while their guests were shuttled to The Clubhouse at Baywood Greens.
Escort cards were displayed during cocktail hour on a wooden table topped with bud vases full of gardenias.
As guests sipped the couple's signature mojitos, they played corn hole on a custom set featuring a lighthouse design and seersucker stripes. "My family loves to play, and we wanted to give our guests something fun to do while we were taking pictures," says the bride.
Inside the clubhouse, tables were topped with arrangements in blush, pin, apricot, mint green, and cream. Centerpieces combined hydrangeas, roses, honeysuckle, and viburnum berries and were lit with candles in rock salt votive holders. Rachael and Adam's chairs were decorated with white roses, greenery, and ribbons.
There was no shortage of sweets at Rachael and Adam's reception. They served lemon cake, filled with fresh strawberries and topped with peonies and garden roses, as well as a spread of cupcakes, mini key lime pies, cake pops, and strawberry shortcake parfaits. "The desserts at the tasting were so good, we couldn't pick just two. So we had them all!" says Rachael.
The guest book was Adam's DIY project. He attached envelopes to the pages of an album, then asked guests to leave a note and seal it with a monogrammed sticker. "After our honeymoon in Greece, we took a picnic to the park to read all the notes," says Rachael. "It was so fun getting to relive the night and read our favorite people's memories, advice, and love notes!"
Ceremony Venue: Westminster Presbyterian Church || Reception Venue: The Clubhouse at Baywood Greens || Wedding Planner: Easton Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Amsale || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair & Makeup: Lora Kelley || Bridesmaids' Dresses: LulaKate || Groom's Attire: John Varvatos || Wedding Bands: Kuhn's Jewelers || Floral Design: Beehive Events || Invitations & Paper Goods: Cheree Berry Paper || Music: Attraction || Catering: The Clubhouse at Baywood Greens || Cake: Cake Art || Rentals: Festive Fare || Videography: Blue Sky Films || Photography: Patricia Lyons Photography