A Nautical, Bohemian Waterfront Wedding at Lighthouse Point Park in East Haven, Connecticut

Watercolor stationery, striped flower girl dresses and blue flower arrangements lent a decidedly nautical feel to Mary Boynton (25 and a teacher) and Ryan Healy’s (28 and a teacher) waterfront wedding.

“The park possessed so many elements that a traditional banquet hall couldn’t compete with,” Mary says of choosing to celebrate their newlywed status on the beach. “After all, how many venues have a lighthouse and carousel?”

“I wanted to look as beachy and natural as possible,” Mary says of her laid-back bridal style.

Shortly after sealing the deal, the newlyweds walked back up the aisle to “You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates. 

Mary added cap sleeves to her ivory lace gown, which boasted subtle sequins for added shimmer. A chapel-length veil and elegant diamond earrings rounded out the look, along with gold sandals that Mary ditched prior to the start of the ceremony. “Most of the bridesmaids went barefoot like I did,” she says. 

Mary enlisted the help of her father to create each centerpiece, boutonniere and bouquet. “He knows my style so well and executed everything even better than I imagined,” she says. Boxwood vessels displayed low arrangements of blue hydrangeas, and groomsmen donned white freesia on their lapels. To spruce up the stark white sweetheart table, Mary’s father added a verdant runner made of ferns, eucalyptus, baby’s breath and gardenias. The bride also created each one-of-a-kind escort card using gold ink and blue paint.

Treats included a classic vanilla confection and red velvet cupcakes.