A couple of Virginia-born New Yorkers traveled to Sea Island, Georgia, for a glamorous, playful wedding that combined family heirlooms, a black-tie dress code, and a pre-ceremony beach party

Laird and Ross spent the hours before their Saturday ceremony eating lobster rolls and fish tacos at a casual beach party. "Everyone was in their bathing suits. We even had an old-fashioned Popsicle stand," says Laird. "Spending time with everybody was so much more important to me than following the rule about not seeing the groom before the wedding." The couple also broke with convention when choosing attendants. Ross tapped his grandfather to be his best man, and Laird had 14 bridesmaids to Ross's 10 groomsmen. "I chose to make my closest friends feel included, rather than worrying about what would look correct in the photos," she says.