Beachfront nuptials are the epitome of a summer wedding—a classic choice, particularly for a destination affair. And it's easy to see why—there's nothing quite as dreamy as the wide expanse of the ocean as your ceremony backdrop, a dazzling sunset, or the whisper of a balmy breeze as you exchange vows. Truly, seaside weddings make for some of the most stunning affairs, and you'll end up with the most beautiful wedding photos.
Besides the movie-worthy setting, there are several advantages to having a wedding in such paradise. For the couple that wants an affair without all the bells and whistles, the beach offers a much more casual and relaxed option. Swaying palm trees and a sandy floor automatically set the stage for a laid-back ambiance. Not to mention, the casual affair offers an excuse to wear sandals or flats, or even no shoes at all.
If it's a destination wedding, the beach also offers a more intimate vibe since those truly closest to you will make the trip. And while you might think a destination wedding may extend past the boundaries of your budget, think again—the gorgeous background of a beach creates an atmosphere that stands on its own, without the need to spend on any décor to dress it up.
Of course, there are a few factors you'll want to take into consideration to perfect your big day on the beach. As with any outdoor wedding, you should keep a close eye on the weather, including the wind, which is stronger near the coastline. And because the beach often brings on the heat, you may want to consider holding your ceremony in the morning or around dusk for more comfortable temperatures; an hour before sunset is the perfect time for optimal lighting. Once you have these details nailed down, it's all about enjoying your relaxed beach wedding. To spark your inspiration, we've rounded up some of our favorite captures. From sweeping sunset views to rugged oceanfront cliffs, read on for 32 beach wedding photos that will convince you to begin planning a seaside ceremony.
If this isn't bliss, we're not sure what is. Watercolor skies and a graceful sea of vivid teal serve up a serene setting.
Running on the Beach
Nothing paints picture-perfect romance quite like running along the shoreline hand-in-hand.
A curving coastline from a bird's eye view makes for a stunning backdrop for this couple's portrait.
With waves splashing against black rocks hosting an elegant bride and groom, this shot is pure seaside magic.
A Dreamy First Look
What a stunning spot to share that coveted first look. We love that this couple decided to utilize the gorgeous backdrop of the beach for this moment.
A small cove with a spirited vibe marked by crashing waves and craggy rocks is the perfect photo-op spot for adventurous couples.
A Seaside First Kiss
Set the stage for a stunning backdrop for your first kiss. We love the way this couple used a platform right on the beach for a romantic ceremony.
Uniquely Rugged Cliffs
Rugged cliffs and a roaring ocean combine for a majestic feel with a breathtaking view.
Dancing on the Beach
A foggy day on the beach proves just as beautiful as a sunny one, especially when paired with a romantic dance for two.
Dreamy Captures on Driftwood
A misty haze brings grey seas and skies for understated elegance with an indie edge.
A Stunning Sandy Shoreline
Sand like velvet and water smooth as glass—an aerial perspective captures the shoreline in a new light, making a romantic setting for this chic couple.
A Cheerful Color Palette
Embrace the warm hues of sandy beaches and moody blue hues. We love the bright and airy look of this couple's wedding party palette.
A Fairytale Glow
Softy, dewy hues across the horizon bring a subtle glow to the foreground in this fairytale overlooking the sea.
Take time to jet off to the beach just the two of you. Coastlines are covered in hidden coves, so you can capture the perfect romantic shot with your new spouse.
Stranded With the One You Love
Being shipwrecked isn't so bad when you're stranded with the one you love. This castaway shot has some serious jungle island vibes.
There's beauty in the rough—an outcropping of lava rocks and a powerful current create a gorgeous effect.
Splashing in the Sea
The golden hour lives up to its name in this playfully romantic shot, creating an amber ambiance as this couple takes their beach photos to a whole new level by daring to trash their dress and tux.
Sharing a Kiss at Sunset
This sky explodes like a roaring bonfire. With a mountainous landscape and vivid sultry hues mimicked in the shoreline, what more could you ask for in a beach portrait?
Cotton Candy Skies
It's hard to find a dreamier setting than this one rich in pastel tones, from periwinkle skies to aqua waters.
A Rugged Frame
A sliver of choppy sea framed by boulders makes a grandiose backdrop for a newlywed kiss.
Paradise Under Palm Trees
Palm trees, azure ocean, and a sandy shore? This shot is straight out of paradise.
Rocky Shorelines and Dreamy Lighting
Nothing says wedding beach perfection like a sweet kiss among a spray of waves against a rocky shoreline.
Seaside cliffs overlooking the crashing surf are mesmerizingly breathtaking.
An Awe-Inspiring Sunset
Lush fauna frames an intimate moment made all the more magical by a setting sun that elicits cotton candy skies.
Sweeping Ceremony Views
Say "I Do" with crashing waves behind you for a stunning ceremony view. We love this gorgeous altar right on the beach.
Moody Blue Skies
This shot literally takes our breaths away. The deep blue is taken to a whole new level as it merges with husky mountains and hazy clouds, peppered by a glittering coastline.
Dreamy Portraits During Golden Hour
A gentle tide, rugged coastline, and white sunshine lighting up the horizon create one picturesque beach.
A Built-In Color Palette
The beauty of a beach wedding is that your color palette can easily be decided for you. This couple opted for a blue tux to pair with their nautical hues.
Dancing During Sunset
How dreamy is this capture? A rosy sunset floods over a frothy sea for a mystical effect.
What a stunning spot to walk with your partner hand-in-hand. We love this capture as the couple heads through the grass toward the beach.
A Dreamy Dip
With natural, bright and airy hues, this made for the perfect backdrop for a romantic kiss.
Walking Into the Sunset
We can't think of a better end to your day than a romantic walk on the beach with the love of your life.