A Nautical-Themed Wedding in Virginia Beach, VA

Andrea made plans to have a nice dinner at Catch 31 with her sister and brother-in-law, but her big “catch” was on the stairs going into the restauran

Andrea made plans to have a nice dinner at Catch 31 with her sister and brother-in-law, but her big “catch” was on the stairs going into the restaurant. Mark was on his way to meet some friends. He made eye contact with Andrea right away, smiled, and then asked her to have a beer with him. “One year and a seven-month deployment later, I knew I was going to spend the rest of my life with him,” she says. Mark felt the same way. The Bride Andrea Rowe, 30, a business development manager The Groom Mark Kennedy, 29, a lieutenant and pilot in the US Navy The Date September 5 During an intimate moment snuggled in a blanket on the beach, he proposed. “After a few tears, a few laughs, and a million little kisses, I said yes.”

After the beachside ceremony, Andrea slipped on a lovely pair of ivory peep-toe heels adorned with bows across the toes.
Andrea and Mark found small wooden sailboats and displayed them in the centers of the reception tables. Bluntly cut red roses gave the arrangements a structured geometric shape.
Andrea let her sister and best friend choose their solid navy taffeta dresses, which matched the nautical feel of the day. The guys wore blue-and-red whale-striped ties with their khaki pants and blue blazers.
Mark matched his bride’s bouquet with a single red rose on his lapel.
On the reception tables, bright red table runners laid atop classic navy linens. To complement the nautical décor, the couple used red and white roses for centerpieces.
A red, white, and blue tower displayed delicious cupcakes iced in white buttercream. Red rose petal and ribbon details mimicked the bouquets.