Beach Formal Wedding in Paradise

beach formal wedding guest outfit

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! 💕

So I spent my weekend at a therapist friend's destination wedding in Captiva Island, FL. The weather could not have been any more perfect-- there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and it was nice and cool all weekend. All the wedding celebrations took place in the South Seas Island Resort. It was the most beautiful wedding I have ever been to, and not just because it was in paradise. But paradise it was! Just look below!

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This shot above was taken by the wedding photographer (@setfreebrandon on Instagram).

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beach formal wedding guest dress
"beach formal" wedding guest
therapist friends
Some of our master's cohort-- mostly MFTs, two MHC's, and one Ph.D. student.
FL outdoor/beach wedding
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Captiva Island sunset
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DSC_0874"beach formal" wedding guest attire

I initially wasn't sure what to wear to this wedding because of the setting and location, but I ended up going with my fuchsia eShakti dress from my most popular blog post to date. I loved that it was bright yet muted enough for a not-quite-spring Florida beach wedding. Since the dress is plain enough to work in a variety of settings, I added some bold statement jewelry and glittery details to get the "beach formal" vibe. The necklace (which I got for $17 a few years ago at LOFT) is a very chunky, heavy, floral/coral looking thing that I like to think a mermaid would totally wear to a wedding. Lol. Plus the shiny bag and shoes!

It was a magical weekend filled with love, friendship, laughter, and all the feels. I had never been to a beach wedding before, and everything came out so damn gorgeous. It all felt like a movie.

P.S. The grainy photo quality in this post drives me nuts but I was more focused on being in the moment than getting the best shots. Don't regret it. I do regret not showing you my little cardigan that I wore later though, when it got cooler. It was the same exact color as my dress and looked like the two pieces came together.

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DRESS: c/o eShakti // NECKLACE: LOFT // BAG: vintage // RINGS and BRACELET: Nordstrom Rack // HEELS: ModCloth // LIPS: Anastasia liquid lipstick + MAC Rebel on top

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