Sophisticated, Beach-Inspired Wedding by Tanja Lippert Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

I’ve been waiting for weeks to share Marko and Merryl’s incredible beach-inspired wedding in Half Moon Bay!  Now that it’s finally time… I’m overjoyed and thoroughly excited.  This is one to bookmark/pin/and glean loads of inspiration from.  The couple married on a bluff overlooking the ocean.  A palette of fuchsia, navy and grey popped against an overcast summer day.  Oh… and did I mention the florals by Flowers Claire Marie?  Just wait and see…Here’s a peek at their gorgeous album by Tanja Lippert PhotographyMerryl was the picture of bridal sophistication in her exquisite Amsale gown.  The men looked classy in khakis, striped ties, and navy blue blazers.  Vibrant fuchsia bouquets contrasted the maids’ charcoal grey Dessy dresses.  Their style?  Impeccable.  

But wait… that’s not even the half of it… see more from Marko and Merryl’s day right {here} and read their story just below.

All our best this stylish and altogether beautiful pair!

Photographs by Tanja Lippert Photography

Wedding Coordination by Kathryn Kenna of The Wedding Resource

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Florals by Flowers Claire Marie

Bridal Gown by Amsale

Bridesmaid’s Dresses by Dessy

Bride’s Hair by Carrie L’Esperance

Invitations by A Day in May design

Cake by Elegant Cheese Cakes

Reception Entertainment: Busta-Groove Band

From the Bride: 

We met in September 2005 through a mutual friend at work, but it certainly wasn’t love at first sight. Marko, our mutual friend and myself all went out to lunch on my second day of work.  Marko had already been working for the company for two years and had recently been promoted. During the entire lunch he kept talking about his promotion, how he knew all the partners at the company and how he could show me to ropes. I found him completely obnoxious and hardly engaged in the conversation. Since I had determined that I did not like this guy and completely disengaged from the conversation, Marko found me to be quiet. My best friend and I have completely different taste and I figured since I didn’t like Marko, she would. So I tried to set the two of them up at our company holiday party. When it was clear they were not hitting it off I asked her why she didn’t like him. Her response was “Because it is clear he is into you!” No romance bloomed between my best friend and Marko. Two years later in October 2007 Marko and I went out for a Happy Hour drink. One drink turned into two, which turned into dinner, which ended in Marko asking me out on a date. The rest is history as they say!

We were married on a bluff overlooking the ocean and wanted to incorporate that feel into our wedding, from the small shells in the men’s boutonnieres to the bark painted offwhite in the ballroom to resemble coral. When I was in high school I worked in a florist shop and since then my favorite flower has been cock’s comb and I really wanted to integrate that into our wedding. Our florist did a wonderful job of creating a cock’s comb “platter” that our cake sat on top of. I wanted the ballroom to feel warm and intimate.

On the day of our wedding, the weather was slightly overcast which made for beautiful pictures! We had over 150 guests of our family and closets friends. I wore my Grandmother’s guarder, which was blue. My grandmother had 10 children and it has become a tradition for the granddaughters to wear the guarder at their weddings. The guarder served as my something blue, old and borrowed. One of my favorite moments was seeing my dad’s face and reaction to seeing me for the first time. I knew he would cry! He made me emotional right before I had to walk down the aisle, but once we walked outside to the ceremony and as soon as I saw Marko,  I felt a peace and calmness come over me. All my nerves dissipated and all I could see was my future husband standing before me beaming from ear to ear.

Marko and I had three requirements that were a must for our wedding: Good friends and family, good food and good music!

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