Honeymoon Hotspot: Assateague Island

Image Source: @environmentsofgrace

Image Source: @environmentsofgrace

We decided to switch it up with this month’s Honeymoon Hotspot! Have you ever heard of Assateague Island? This island falls in both Virginia and Maryland, and is very unique in its habitat. In fact, it’s protected by three different federal agencies. Why do we love it so much? The incredible wildlife experience! Assateague Island is home to a variety of wildlife, but our favorite has to be the wild horses. How cool is that? Additionally, over 320 species of birds can be found on the island. A real nature-lover’s dream come true. Bonus points for being super accessible on the east coast!

Image Source: Visit Maryland

Image Source: Visit Maryland

What else is there to do? Lots! Pick from sightseeing cruises, kayak tours, crabbing, bird watching, fishing, hunting, biking and so much more. Oh, and Assateague Island has over 37 miles of beautiful beach -- who doesn’t love a good beach? Walking, swimming, gathering shells, you name it! There aren’t accommodations on the island itself, but both entrances to the island offer a variety of places to stay, places to eat, and even more things to do!

To get onto Assateague Island, you’ll need to come from either Ocean City, Maryland or Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Chincoteague Island is right by the most picturesque parts of Assateague Island and only minutes away. If you’re looking for a more low-key, romantic place to stay, this is your place! While there are plenty of hotel and rental options for housing (camping too!), and many restaurants to choose from, your nightlife and entertainment options are certainly more limited and slower paced. There are a handful of museums for your enjoyment as well!

Image Source: Travel and Leisure

Image Source: Travel and Leisure

Ocean City is another great option. It’s about 20 minutes away and is home to a really fun boardwalk. So if you’re someone who also really enjoys activity and being around people and entertainment, opt for Ocean City instead. Aside from the boardwalk, there’s plenty of other recreational options. From water sports, to golfing, mini golfing, amusement parks, beaches, you name it! There’s certainly no lack of activity here.

The Minimalist Story

We were inspired by the gardens and architecture of this late 1800's historical home nestled next to the Emily Dickinson homestead in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts. The house and surrounding grounds helped us create a space where we could incorporate the unique elements of softness, texture and romance.

Our vision for this seasonal shoot was to embrace a balance of nature's elegance and feminine romance. We created a soft design with hues of creams, greys and blues, a palette that softened our base of earth textures; wood, succulents and ivy.

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While touring the grounds we decided to set our table beneath the canopy of a gorgeous old tree, whose low hanging branches created a stunning backdrop. Our table was a mix of wood, bark and succulents softened by accents of gold and sweeping fabric. It was the type of setting would make any guest linger in their seat to absorb the surroundings and details.

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Our bride was styled in a beautiful lace BHLDN gown and elegant accessories. Her hair was simply done and her soft makeup with a hint of pink lip was all this bride needed to allow her stunning lace dress to take center stage.

The setting was dreamy, and perfect for a lush, cascading bouquet filled with Dogwood, roses, peonies, the first sight of dahlias and on-site greenery designed by Flowers by Justine.

From the elegant invitation with its perfect velvet envelope, the earth inspired cake with its handmade details of succulents and grapevine, to the beautiful balance of nature and romance, the new Minimalist Bride is defined.

Event Design: Parsimony Vintage | Photography: Melanie Zacek | Fine Art Photography | Model: Maya Simone | Succulent Favors: AudandEl | Table Number: Everlaser | Floral Design: Flowers By Justine | Hair and Makeup: Michelle Anne Hair Design | Wedding Veil and Hairpeice: Bridal Heirlooms | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Rentals: Jerome's Party Plus | Cake: Pete's Sweets  | Jewelry : DMG Gallery  | Ring Box: OaknShield | Invitations: With Wild and Grace | Wedding Venue: Amherst Women's Club