real wedding: rustic chic with a nautical twist {selena & chris}

Morning my lovelies! How has your week been so far? A little wedding planning and perhaps winding down a little for Christmas? December seems to be just flying by doesn’t it?

In contrast with all things festive, this week I seem to be loving coastal weddings, with Ariane & David’s beautiful DIY beach wedding yesterday, and today Selena and Chris’s rustic chic wedding with a nautical twist by Jennifer Armstrong Photography.  They choose a simple outdoor ceremony on the marina, a beautiful setting on Pender Island, British Columbia, that needed next to no decoration, followed by a casual yet chic reception with sweet home-made details.  For a rustic touch they used pieces of tree trunks to create height in the table centres, and added a nautical twist with twine, along with lovely personal touches like using photo’s of them in frames as their table numbers!  For me, the combination of succulents and billy balls (crespedia) is an instant winner, teamed with blousy white and green hydrangeas for an elegant twist.

Here’s the gorgeous Selena with all the details ~

My husband and I first met while at sea cruising to Alaska. I was the singer on ship and he was the travel guide. We instantly took an interest in one another. I even found myself keeping an eye out for him when I was ashore. Something just clicked with us. Even though we were very different in many ways we had a connection through our sense of humour and  our sensibility. He just got me. Chris proposed to me in Jasper National Park near a beautiful lake. We had talked about getting engaged but this was still a surprise to me! He consciously didn’t get down on one knee because he wanted us to be equals. It was very romantic and very him!

Since we met at sea, having our wedding in a nautical setting was perfect for us! We wanted a rustic chic theme, with lots of natural colours, plus yellow, white and lavender in the flowers.  We wanted to setting to speak for itself, but also for the event to represent us.  The result was having some of our own DIY details, and letting the magic happen!


Our ceremony was held on the terrace at Poets Cove just in front of the marina.  We didn’t have to do much planning for that, because we were married under a beautiful tree with the sea behind us, what more can you ask for?  From the terrace, we went inside through open french doors to the reception.  We had tablecloths made by my mother, as well as wooden coasters and tree stumps on the tables that my father and Grandfather made.  We used mason jars wrapped with twine, and a few Etsy purchases to decorate the ballroom.

My advice would be to spend your money on your dream location and then give it your personal touch with homemade decor – the best of both worlds!

I was surprised to find my perfect dress in a small town in Iowa.  It was strapless, fishtail-style with lots of ruching. Elegant and slimming but not too bling-y!  I added sparkle with my bracelet and diamond earrings.  Our immediate family walked down the aisle with us, so they matched our summery, rustic theme with their dress, in pale colours.  This made our day less cookie-cutter and traditional, and a bit more casual.


I LOVED our wedding day, but my favourite part of our wedding was the day before when we had a welcome BBQ for all our guests! We served fish taco’s, and my mother in law served local wines.  The sun was setting over the marina, children were playing and our guests were all together for the first time enjoying the incredible place we had chosen to celebrate our love.

What was your first dance, and how did you choose the song?

Brand New Day by Joshua Rodin.  We chose it as it has a very special meaning to us, but it wasn’t as clichéd as some first dance songs!

Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?

It’s a lot of work putting together a wedding!  Especially when you aren’t hiring a wedding planner.  My advice would be to have a set plan, style and theme and then delegate little jobs to others, your loved ones will be happy to take a small part in the planning of your special day!  Do as much work as you can ahead of time, that way you are organised and ready to go.  There will be little stresses throughout your wedding, so it’s nice to be prepared.  And remember to give a bit of attention to each of your guests, after all they came all that way to see you and your new husband!


Supplier Credits

Photography: Jennifer Armstrong Photography // Dress: Allure Bridals // Shoes: Nine West // Jewellery: David’s Bridal // Stationery: NIC. Graphic Design // Venue & Catering: Poets Cove Resort & Spa // Flowers: Flowers on Pender // Hair: Hope Bay Salon // Cake: Pender Island Bakery (to a moist chocolate cake family recipe)


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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so honoured to see selena & chris’ beautiful day featured on your blog. All their gorgeous details, the summer sunshine, & the simplicity, love & wonder of their day shines through. Many thanks! jennifer