A Fashion Blogger’s Stylish & Intimate Yacht Wedding

This intimate wedding on a yacht by the sea will melt your heart.

The beach ruins made us think this wedding took place somewhere along the French coast, in Bretagne. The cool tones, the old-world vibes, and the chic clothes seemed fitting for a Parisian pair, didn’t they?

No, in fact! Kelsie, A Little Shimmer’s travel and style blogger, is incredibly stylish (what a coincidence!). What about the location? Newport Beach in Southern California! The Utahn couple found the most beautiful spots in Orange County to take their portraits, then hopped aboard their yacht for an elegant seaborne reception.

It’s not only the lavish dresses and the beautiful location that makes us swoon but the decisions behind it all. Bride Kelsie and her late brother shared many fond memories in Southern California. They chose their destination wedding to honor them both.

The Destination

Kelsie, a travel and style blogger for A Little Bit of Shimmer, and her husband live in Utah. When they began planning their wedding, they wanted a luxurious but quiet destination wedding.

Newport Beach, CA, was chosen as the location for their discussion. This decision was made because of a particular reason. The Bride’s brother died a year earlier, and she had some of the most precious memories of him from her family vacations in Southern California. Both knew that it would be meaningful to celebrate the couple’s love in a place where her little bro had been.

The Bride and her family knew planning a destination wedding could be stressful, so they decided to take care of many details themselves.

The Ceremony

The couple celebrated their wedding with a private ceremony at the Newport Beach LDS Temple.

The Bride and her family selected the flowers from the LA Floral Market.

The Reception Style

After the wedding ceremony, the Bride changed into a new dress and took her loved ones on a lunch cruise at the Newport Yacht Club, thanks to the Newport Beach Yacht Club. Even though it was overcast, the afternoon was full of magic!

Kelsie wore an appliqued 3D lace gown with a neckline and waist made from heavily beaded lace. The decor included greenery, fresh flowers, and blush and gold accents. There were also pictures of the Bride and groom and delicious treats.

The wedding was clean, glamorous, and classy, with many personal touches. It was beautiful, magical, and intimate. It was a perfect tribute to the past, present, and future memories of happiness and love.


The couple designed the menus. The couple’s favorite Southern California restaurant served guests delicious pasta (primavera pasta, spinach, and ricotta ravioli, green salad), garlic bread, and green salad.

The vanilla and strawberry unadorned cake is a tasty treat. Cotton candy on the champagne glasses gave them a whimsical look. The wedding party received customized sunglasses that featured #happilyeverafter.

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