A Nautical Wedding at the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Laura Lertdarapong, 28, a design services consultant, and Dan Abraham, 29, a creative director, met while Laura was working her shift at Capogiro Gela

Laura Lertdarapong, 28, a design services consultant, and Dan Abraham, 29, a creative director, met while Laura was working her shift at Capogiro Gelato. Dan would come in for gelato after bartending at a nearby restaurant, and one night when he walked in alone, Laura asked if he would like to go out sometime. Dan invited Laura to a concert that night, and ever since they've been together. The couple dated for nine years until Dan proposed to Laura at the top of the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine while they were on a family trip. It only made sense as they went forward with wedding planning that they would have a nautical theme. They decided to have their wedding at the Vesper Boat Club, which was usually rented out for club events and local University events. "The club was exactly what we were looking for," Laura says. "They let us choose our own vendors and they were located on the historic boathouse row on the Schuylkill River, which fit our nautical theme. We wanted to have the ceremony outdoors, so they allowed just our wedding party on the dock while the guests watched from the upper balcony." The couple picked a navy blue, white and gold palette for the wedding decor to compliment the boathouse look in addition to matching the nautical theme at large.

Simple nautical icons filled the white spaces of the wedding invitation's clean layout and typeface. Navy blue and gold accents decorated the invitations, which were letterpress printed by Paravano Company
Laura wore an long ivory wedding dress made of silk chiffon and crepe with an A-line shape, purchased from J. Crew.
Rings on White Wedding Invitation
Blue Kate Spade Iberis Heels
Bride With White Dress and Veil
White Garden Rose With Fern Boutonnieres
Laura stood smiling with her bridesmaids, who all picked their dress with the exception that it had to be navy blue. All of the bridesmaids wore white flower crowns.
The bride held a white bouquet mix of peonies, ranunculus, garden roses and baby's breath with a pop of blush pink. The flower arrangement was tied together with a gold ribbon, designed by Belovely.
Dan wore a navy tuxedo and a polka dot navy bow tie from J. Crew and stood with his groomsmen, who were his brothers Matt and Jonathan. The groomsmen wore vintage double breasted navy blazers from Burberry.
Married Couple and Navy Blue Wedding Party
Intimate Moment Between Married Couple
Bride and Groom on Wooden Staircase
Reception at the Vesper Club
Wedding Chalkboard Sign for Ceremony
The couple gave guests a gold compass as wedding favors, symbolic of their nautical theme, with a tag attached that read: "Love and Adventure."
Chalkboard Sign With Anchor and Flowers
Family Kiddish Cups at the Ceremony
Outside Ceremony on the Dock
Ceremony With Wedding Party on Dock
The couple wrapped themselves in Dan's Bar Mitzvah tallis that his mother wove as part of a traditional jewish custom.
The compass favors, wedding programs, yarmulkes, card basket and guest book made by Artifact Uprising were placed on a navy blue and white striped table at the reception.
Belle Cakery created a three-tiered vanilla cake decorated buttercream frosting with thin raspberry and chocolate ganache layers underneath. The middle tier was covered in gold foil flakes and the cake had fresh flowers on top.
Bride and Groom Reception Entrance
Groom Popping Champagne With a Sword
The bride and groom popped a bottle of champagne and poured it over a tower of glasses for guests to toast with.
Married Couple Holding Hands on Dock