Despite it's reputation from a famous MTV show, the Jersey shore is one of our state's finest treasures. From historic landmarks to good ol' fashioned fun, the Shore is full of everything we adore about summer, and this bachelorette celebration is exactly how we want the shore memorialized. Jennifer Larsen and Stephanie Williamsen dreamed up a sweet and patriotic 4th of July shoot in Lavallette, and we're already pining for some beach time. Proof that your bachelorette celebration doesn't need to be elaborate, this session is sweet-summertime, perfection.
From Stephanie Williamson... Bachelorette celebrations are a chance for the bride to spend quality time with her girls before the big day, creating memories and getting some R&R in before the craziness of the wedding takes over! What better way to celebrate the bride-to-be this summer, than a holiday weekend down the shore? I worked with Jennifer Larsen to create this 4th of July Bachelorette Beach Weekend inspiration shoot filled with sweet and fun summertime activities.
We wanted to include all of the traditional 4th of July activities that ring true of some favorite childhood memories of summertime at the New Jersey shore. Captured right in Lavallette, NJ, some of the weekend activities included shopping at boutique stores, riding bikes on the boardwalk, getting soft serve ice cream on a cone, beach picnics, and of course, sparklers. This inspiration shoot truly captures a perfect summer girls' weekend.
Making whole the experience special from the start, Jillian of Bella Carta Boutique crafted a beautiful invitation with a unique presentation. The hand-delivered invites were designed as a personalized box containing an envelope and small invitation.
The weekend celebrations start off with a welcome dinner. This beach picnic styled dinner was designed using natural elements, simple table settings and colors that complimented the surroundings. We created a unique and relaxing setting that would make any bride feel special! Welcome gifts for the each attendee were laid out at every seat at the welcome dinner. The adorable Parris Chic Boutique tote bags contained all the essentials for a perfect weekend including: the weekend's itinerary, first aid kit, a fun summer Essie nail color, bride tribe temporary tattoos, and of course a mini champagne bottle to toast the bride! We topped the dinner off with a dessert and signature cocktail station that exuded summer night vibes; complete with cherry pies and a Tequila Blackberry Lemonade.
We wanted to include an interactive activity that doubled as a creative party favor. The sand candle experience was the perfect way to incorporate the beach elements and create a memory for all the girls to take home. (See DIY instructions below.)
And because 4th of July is all about the love for our country and true patriotism, an authentic American flag is a staple decorative piece for any celebration. We truly hope this shoot inspires some of the wonderful bachelorette weekends happening this summer and helps to create many memories.
DIY BEACH SAND CANDLES
You will need:
Candle Wax | Candle Wicks | Improvised Double Boiler (Or alternatively a ziploc bag and black container to melt wax with the heat of the summer sun) | Shovels | Sticks | Bucket | Sea glass, shells, or other decorative elements
1) Gather shells and sea glass from the beach and rinse them clean.
2) Find a shady spot, moisten the sand to a firm consistency (think sand castle), and dig your hole that will serve as a candle mold. Make sure to tightly pack the inside walls of your candle mold so the shape holds firm. Have fun with different shapes and sizes!
3) Press decorative elements like sea glass or shells into the walls of your candle mold.
3) Melt your wax either in a double boiler if you have access to a stove nearby at your hotel or beach house etc. Alternatively place wax in a ziploc bag, and put that bag in a black container and leave it to melt in the hot summer sun.
Keep in mind, the hotter the wax is when you pour it in the hole, the thicker the layer of sand around your candle will be. If you use very hot wax to create a thick sand shell, you can carve shapes in the outer layer by scraping with a tool, such as a small shovel.
4) Place your wick in the bottom of the candle hole. Make sure your wick is a good bit taller than the top of your candle mold. Use sticks laying across the opening of your candle mold to hold the wick standing straight up and in place.
5) Slowly pour the wax into your hole until it fills the hole to the top.
6) Enjoy dinner and games on the beach while the wax cools and your candle sets!
7) When completely cooled and the wax is solidified, carefully dig around the candle to loosen it, and remove your candle from the sand. Trim your wick as needed.
Featured Vendors: Photography: Jennifer Larsen Photography | Stationery: Bella Carta Boutique
Event Design + Styling: Stephanie Williamson | Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu | Hair + Make Up: Michelle Elise Artistry | Styling: Styling Concierge by Jennifer | Tote Bags: PCB Home | Wood Laser Place Cards: Ever Laser | Calligraphy - Alli K Design | Temporary Tattoos: DayDream Prints