A Nautical Wedding at Riverside Yacht Club in Riverside, Connecticut

Amber Sheldon (31 and works for a retained executive search firm) and Alex Moore (32 and a Yahoo! account executive) shared a vision for their wedding: They both wanted a tented reception on a lawn at a yacht club, making the Riverside Yacht Club in Riverside, Connecticut, an easy choice of venue. The ceremony took place in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, decorated with a white aisle runner, candles and flowers to create a sophisticated and romantic ambience. Following the recessional, guests moved to the yacht club for an outdoor cocktail hour with the water and boats serving as the backdrop. White tables decorated in fishing nets and wicker lounge seating with seashell-patterned pillows kicked up the nautical theme. The sailcloth-tented reception featured bistro lighting over gray tables decorated in lanterns, gold-painted seashells and blue koozie wedding favors with anchors. A color palette of gray, coral and navy with gold and turquoise accents created a beachy, chic atmosphere. After Amber and Alex shared their first dance as newlyweds to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne, guests kicked up their heels to tunes from the Central Park Orchestra. “They played a huge part in making the night so ridiculously fun!” says Amber.