Indian River Life-Saving Station | Dewey Beach
Welcome to the most perfect beach wedding blog post ever. I’m so excited to share a little preview of Jane and Brian’s Indian River Life-Saving Station wedding in Dewey beach! On top of being an absolutely amazing couple, Jane and Brian’s wedding featured an epic wedding party, heaps of flower girls and ring bearers, orange crushes, an amazing live band, ocean views, and a gorgeous sunset!
Just an FYI, I’m totally obsessed with everything about this wedding. Like I’m always obsessed with my clients and the beautiful days they have, but this particular wedding felt like something I personally would put together for myself. If you’re just now following along with my work, you might not realize that I spend a boatload of time on the beach in Delaware over the summer, it is by far my favorite place, crabs are my favorite food, and being by the ocean is my favorite activity.
Anyways, let’s dive in!
The day started off at a hotel in Dewey and was pretty chaotic… in the best way possible. Jane’s bridesmaids and “merkman” were so bubbly and you could feel how excited everyone was for the day to finally be here! Brian’s groomsmen were a little more subdued when I first arrived but I think that is because they were doing fun things like ironing shirts and figuring out how to put boutonnieres on.
How glorious are all of their details? The invites were so pretty, the personalized crab mallet, HER DRESS?! Amazing.
Venue: Indian River Life-Saving Station
Dress: Rue De Seine Bridal (Shop: Lovely Bride)
Rentals: Coastal Tented Events
Catering: Bethany Blues
Make Up: Glam with Katie
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Johnny Wilson Music
Reception Band: Entertainment Exchange – Keynote
Hair: Hair by Amy J (Amy Johnston)
Invitations: Vogel Design
Design & Florals: The Flower Valley & Bailey Lane Crew – Jane’s family friends!
After arriving to the venue and unpacking all my goodies, I stumbled upon Jane’s family, friends, and more doing all the set up and design at Indian River Life-Saving Station. It was so beautiful and they were all so kind.
Once the gents arrived, we jumped into doing some photos of Brian and his pals. They were all troopers considering I made them go stand in the beaming hot sun without their sunglasses on! They looked great!
Then the ladies arrived and it was time for Jane and her dad’s first look. It was so, so sweet. Jane’s dad was so thrilled and they even took some time to soak in how beautiful the ceremony space was set up (and the gorgeous weather, too)!
Then came Jane and Brian’s first look. It was so happy! Brian’s face totally and completely lit up! I mean, look at how happy he is!
After their first look, we jumped into some wedding party and bridesmaids photos! This group was so great! Check out all the cute flower girls and ring bearers. They were so adorable and so well behaved.
I grabbed a few portraits of the two of them before the ceremony.
Then, it was time for these two to make it official. Their Indian River Life-Saving Station wedding ceremony could not have been any more perfect. VIEWS FOR DAYS! So much joy! Great readings! But I’m sure you all can guess my favorite part… the BEACH BALLS! Beach ball recessionals are now officially my absolute favorite thing I’ve seen included in a wedding.
After taking some family photos for the couple, I took just a few more portraits of Jane and Brian. My amazing second shooter, Rachel, snagged a few of cocktail hour, including the most important: Conley’s Crushstacean… while I hate puns, I love the fact that they had a crush station at their wedding.
The reception got started with a BANG. Jane and Brian did their first dance and then invited everyone to come onto the dance floor for a bit of pre-dinner dancing. The band was so good, everyone was on their feet dancing, and people were having SO MUCH FUN.
During dinner time, things simmered down for a few moments, but then the speeches and dances started. Jane’s parents did a great job at welcoming everyone to the wedding and welcoming Brian to the family (they got him really pumped up by naming a sandwich and/or a drink after him – I wish I could remember)! Jane’s sister totally crushed her speech – she was so funny and hysterically reminded Jane of how much better life got after her little sister was born. Brian’s brother’s also did a great job at equal parts hating on Brian while also adoring him, like all best man speeches should do. They also gave him a “flabongo” – a flamingo beer bong, which I had never heard of before. Learn something new at every wedding. And both of them had dances that were fun and touching.
We went out to do a few sunset portraits on the beach, and then the party truly started! There was flossing, spin the fake bottle, cake (including Brian swinging around the knife like a sword), and lots of dancing. There was even an unexpected performance by Brian, which was totally amazing.