beach wedding ideas

A beach is the quintessential backdrop for a jaw-dropping wedding. Coreen Murphy, my sis and founder of The Food Click, knew this well when she decided to hold her nuptial fete at the gorgeous Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA. Her day was nothing short of fabulous, thanks to all the DIY details, gold sparkle and budget-friendly ideas that went into this magical ceremony.

wedding pool party

1. Pre-Wedding Pool Party: The day before the wedding, we threw a pool party for the bride. This was a great chance for Coreen’s friends who couldn’t make it to the bridal shower to celebrate with her.

bridal getting ready room ideas
custom wedding coasters
bride getting ready room

2. Getting Ready: Coreen rented out a hotel suite for the bridal party to get ready in. I decorated the room with some DIY decor, including photo coasters, personalized love pillows and a large photo canvas.

wedding getting ready
wedding necklace and shoes

3. Bridal Accessories: Coreen accessorized her dress with a set of pearls and nude heels.

wedding rings

4. Rings: Coreen opted for a nontraditional ring with her black diamond engagement ring, which paired perfectly with her diamond-spotted wedding band.

wedding crown

5. Bridal Crown: Coreen’s golden crown was my favorite accessory of the weekend. The subtle bling and delicate leaves added a romantic touch to her ethereal look. Although Coreen purchased hers, you can make your own by following this laurel head wreath tutorial.

wedding dad first look
beach wedding dress ideas

6. Dress: Coreen’s blush-colored dress with light floral detailing was the perfect choice for a sunset wedding. She glowed in the yellow and red light as she walked down the aisle.

groom getting dressed

7. Groom’s Look: Since the wedding was on the beach, the groom chose a casual suit over a tuxedo. Marek paired his preppy white suit jacket and pants with a checkered button-down. His black bow tie completed the look.

gold wedding stationery ideas

8. DIY Stationery: Coreen wanted her wedding full of gold detailing, so I designed and printed glam stationery for her.

wedding hotel bags

9. DIY Hotel + Bridesmaid Bags: Coreen put together these hotel and bridesmaid bags herself. For the hotel guests, she filled kraft paper bags with yummy snacks and a sweet note. She handed her bridesmaids dollar-section totes from Target (budget-friendly tip alert!) filled with beach accessories, including towels and “Team Bride” neon tanks to wear during Beach Olympics. Yep, the day after the wedding, Coreen and Marek threw an athletic competition consisting of spoon races, potato sack relays and bocce ball. It was a fun and unique way to bring the bridal party, groomsmen and wedding guests together.

cliffs beach wedding site

10. Ceremony Setting: Coreen and Marek held their wedding ceremony at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego. The cliffs made for some stunning and dramatic views.

diy wedding arch

11. DIY Bamboo Arch: Coreen and Marek DIYed the bamboo arch that served as the backdrop for their nuptials. To make the arch, they found the bamboo on Craigslist and simply nailed the pieces together. They glued bases on to the bottom of either side for stability.

bridal bouquet

12. Bridal Bouquet: Coreen envisioned neutral and whites with pops of sunset colors as the theme for her big day. Her florist nailed Coreen’s bouquet.

white bridesmaid dresses

13. Bridesmaids: As you might have guessed from Coreen’s choice in engagement rings, she’s not your typical bride. Coreen flipped the traditional color scheme by having her bridesmaids wear white, while she wore a light, blush-colored ball gown.

bridesmaid flower crowns

14. Flower Crowns: Flower crowns completed the bridesmaids’ look. You can get this look for your bridesmaids with this easy DIY flower crown tutorial.

wedding ceremony kiss
wedding ceremony exit

15. The Exit: Their exit was complete with a white runner covered in white petals.

rooftop wedding reception

16. Reception: Coreen and Marek held their reception on the rooftop of an industrial building in downtown San Diego. It served as a harmonious dichotomy to their organic ceremony.

bride and groom introduction
wedding first dance

17. Husband + Wife Introduction: The jazz band led their first introduction as husband and wife while we all clapped and cheered. The couple then immediately began their first dance.

homemade wedding centerpiece

18. DIY Centerpieces: One of the bridesmaids put together all of Coreen’s floral centerpieces using flowers she purchased from Trader Joe’s. Who says you need a florist to do your centerpieces?

DIY wedding chair back signs

19. DIY Chair Signs: Coreen made these Mr. and Mrs. chair signs out of wood plank pieces and paint. One of her bridesmaids adorned them with fresh flowers.

DIY wedding stationery

20. DIY Favors: Guests went home with chocolates topped with DIY thank you tags I designed and printed. I was so happy to be a part of my sister’s big day.

beach wedding

Photographer: Joshua Aull Photography

Bouquets: La Belle Bloom

Ceremony: Sunset Cliffs

Ceremony String Quartet: La Jolla Strings

Roof Top Reception Venue: 10th Ave Arts Center

Catering: Phil’s BBQ & Convivial Catering

Cake and Gift Box Chocolates: Caxao

Reception Music: Teagan Taylor Trio

Tables, Chairs & Linens: Raphael’s

Dress: David’s Bridal

Make Up: Evonne An

Stationery: Kristi Murphy

What ideas would you borrow from this gorg sunset beach wedding? Let us know in the comments below.