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tea at sea


The bright and cheery hues of this bridal shower are making me quite happy on this early summer’s day. Tea at sea is the party concept and these photos are a testament to why I love the summer beauty of San Diego. The theme would make a festive adaptation for upcoming summer parties or showers and could easily be transitioned to a lake, river (or with rafts instead of boats) a swimming pool.

We took our shoes off, danced in the sand and decorated row boats for the occasion. Iced tea was served in plastic cups and on colorful plastic serving trays to ensure a safe adventure at sea. We played games on the beach and laughed together off the shore as my shipwrecked cake floated by.

Photography by Carly Taylor for a subtle revelry. Special thanks to Kristen and Nichole for agreeing to be photographed and warding off the pirates;)

See the other posts from this day: The ice tea bar and waterproof drink labels.

PS. Instructions on the shipwreck cake are as follows (in case you’d like to create your own): Make a gorgeous cake you are thrilled about, allow it to fall and be wrecked right before the camera starts shooting, send it out to sea and call it shipwrecked… Happy Monday!



  • Stephie
    June 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Love it Victoria! I love tea – now I just have to wait until it’s warm enough to venture out by the sea! Stephie x

  • Rebecca
    June 6, 2011 at 6:28 am

    This is so bright and cheery! Love!

  • colores
    June 6, 2011 at 7:00 am

    how nice and colourful pictures!!! Looking for my summer beach holidays!

  • nata
    June 6, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Weird question: Does anyone local to San Diego know how to get to that location? I just adore it and I would love to something similar (since I live in the area). I see the Coronado Bridge, but that’s about all I could figure out. haha.

    • carly
      June 7, 2011 at 6:18 am

      nata – we were at tidelands park in coronado. the beach right after you cross the bridge on the right. :)

      • nata
        June 7, 2011 at 8:13 am

        Thank you so much Carly!! I just LOVE these photos…so simple and beautiful!

  • lizzie
    June 6, 2011 at 8:35 am

    this is insanely cute, lady! so cheery. making me want to go camping and canoeing with friends for sure.

  • Lena
    June 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I absolutely love this-so fun and sweet!

  • here be dragons
    June 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Wish I would have known when this was happening. I would have walked by! Fun and colorful.

  • Rach
    June 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Gorgeous. Sounds like such a lovely time!

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