Throwing a beach wedding this summer? Have your wedding cake complement the seaside setting by drawing design inspiration from the ocean. The treasures of sea life — shells, sea stars, coral, pearls — are all motifs that translate beautifully on wedding cake, as these six stunning examples illustrate.
Starfish (above): For a chic take on a summer wedding cake, combine sand-colored tiers and nautical rope details (fashioned from braided fondant) with a sculptural sugar starfish.
Photo: [Carol Ly](http://www.carollyphoto.com/)
Mussel Shells: This romantic, watercolor-painted cake is inspired by the colors of the sea; a pair of mussel shells make for an ocean-inspired cake topper.
Photo: [Kate Murphy Photography](http://www.katemurphyphotography.com/)
Coral A simple all-white wedding cake is crowned with a topper fashioned from royal icing to resemble a piece of coral.
Photo: [Maggie Austin Cake](http://www.alibrannan.com/)
Oysters & Pearls: Love the simplicity of the oyster shells and sugar pearls.
Photo: [Tortik Annuchka](http://tortik-annuchka.com/)
Shells and Nautical Rope: This stunning confection is perfect for a beach wedding and features edible shells, twisted fondant rope, and a different pattern on each tier.
Photo: [The Pastry Studio](http://thepastrystudio.com/)
More Starfish: Decorate a crisp, white wedding cake with sugar sea stars in different ocean-inspired hues.