32 Seaside Photos That Will Convince You to Have a Beach Wedding

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Couple smiling in the ocean during golden hour

Grace and Jaden Photography

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.

Watercolor Skies

Newlywed Couple on the Beach at Sunset<
Meg Courtney Photography

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

Bride and Groom Running on the Beach
Grace and Jaden

Nothing paints picture-perfect romance quite like running along the shoreline hand-in-hand.

Surreal Backdrops

Bride and Groom Wedding Portrait on the Beach
Heart and Colour Photographers

A curving coastline from a bird's eye view makes for a stunning backdrop for this couple's portrait.

Crashing Waves

Rocky Beach Wedding Portrait
Amber Phinisee Photography

With waves splashing against black rocks hosting an elegant bride and groom, this shot is pure seaside magic.

A Dreamy First Look

Bride standing behind groom on beach
Henry + Mac

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.

Turquoise Hues

Bohemian Bride and Groom Beach Wedding Portrait
Angie Diaz Photography

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

Couple kissing with bridal party cheering
Katie Ruther

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

Bride and Groom on Rugged Beach Cliffs
Tyler Branch Photo

Rugged cliffs and a roaring ocean combine for a majestic feel with a breathtaking view.

Dancing on the Beach

Bride and Groom Dancing on the Beach
Sawyer Baird

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

Indie Bride and Groom Beach Wedding Portrait
Bonita Gabrielle Photography

A misty haze brings grey seas and skies for understated elegance with an indie edge.

A Stunning Sandy Shoreline

Aerial Beach Wedding Photo
Ed Peers

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

Couple kissing on the beach with wedding party
Zibetti Photo and Film

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

Bride and Groom Seaside Wedding Photo
Ryan Chard Smith

Softy, dewy hues across the horizon bring a subtle glow to the foreground in this fairytale overlooking the sea.

Hidden Coves

Couple kissing on the beach
Henry + Mac

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

Beach Wedding Photo with Canoe
Maži Stebuklai

Being shipwrecked isn't so bad when you're stranded with the one you love. This castaway shot has some serious jungle island vibes.

Dramatic Contrast

Aerial Rocky Beach Wedding Photo
Bradyhouse Media

There's beauty in the rough—an outcropping of lava rocks and a powerful current create a gorgeous effect.

Splashing in the Sea

Sunset Wedding Photo on the Beach
Grace and Jaden

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

Sunset Wedding Portrait on the Beach
Meg Courtney Photography

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

Beach Wedding Pastel Portrait
Heart and Colour Photographers

It's hard to find a dreamier setting than this one rich in pastel tones, from periwinkle skies to aqua waters.

A Rugged Frame

Bride and Groom Ocean Wedding Portrait
Van Middleton

A sliver of choppy sea framed by boulders makes a grandiose backdrop for a newlywed kiss.

Paradise Under Palm Trees

Destination Beach Wedding Photo
Angie Diaz Photography

Palm trees, azure ocean, and a sandy shore? This shot is straight out of paradise.

Rocky Shorelines and Dreamy Lighting

Destination Wedding Photo on the Beach
Mary Costa Weddings

Nothing says wedding beach perfection like a sweet kiss among a spray of waves against a rocky shoreline.

Seaside Cliffs

Wedding Portrait on Seaside Cliffs
Grace and Jaden

Seaside cliffs overlooking the crashing surf are mesmerizingly breathtaking.

An Awe-Inspiring Sunset

Nautical Wedding Portrait
Bradyhouse Media

Lush fauna frames an intimate moment made all the more magical by a setting sun that elicits cotton candy skies.

Sweeping Ceremony Views

Couple kissing under altar on the beach
Ana & Jerome

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

Bride and Groom Portrait with Sea and Mountains Backdrop
Julia Wade Photography

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

Bride and Groom Wedding Photo on the Coastline
India Earl Photography

A gentle tide, rugged coastline, and white sunshine lighting up the horizon create one picturesque beach.

A Built-In Color Palette

Couple kissing in greenery on the beach
Jana Williams

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

Beach Wedding Photo of Bride and Groom
Meg Courtney Photography

How dreamy is this capture? A rosy sunset floods over a frothy sea for a mystical effect.

Walking Hand-In-Hand

Bride and groom walking through grass to the beach
Heather Waraska

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

Couple kissing with the sunset behind them
Valorie Darling

With natural, bright and airy hues, this made for the perfect backdrop for a romantic kiss.

Walking Into the Sunset

Couple walking on the beach at sunset
Zibetti Photo and Film

We can't think of a better end to your day than a romantic walk on the beach with the love of your life.

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