By Lindsay Cohn

Published on August 21, 2017

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Photography by BLUE ROSE PICTURES

Planning seaside nuptials? The key to pulling off a chic, oceanfront fête is restraint. Of course, you’ll want to draw inspiration from the sand and surf, but there’s no need to invite every coastal element into your big day decor—and that includes your cake.

When it comes to your wedding dessert, consider incorporating one or two under-the-sea details. Perhaps some pops of blue or shell embellishments? That way, you end up with a confection that still pays homage to your wedding locale but in a modern, understated way.  

Here are eight cakes that pull off contemporary sophistication without sacrificing an ounce of beachy charm. 

Whimsical Waves

Inspired by crashing waves, this dreamy dessert by Vanilla Bake Shop is enhanced with slate and sapphire tones, and accented with rock candy to mirror the surf’s salty texture.

Photography: Blue Rose Pictures

Planning & Design: Brilliant Wedding Co.

Cake: Vanilla Bake Shop

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Photography by TAMARA GRUNER

Shell Toppers

Planning a white wedding? You can have your classic wedding cake—with a couple of shell and rose accents—and eat it too.

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography

Cake: Bombon Bakery

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Photography by LAVENDER AND TWINE

Ocean Spray

This painterly confection from MJB Cakes looks like it was sprayed by the sea itself. Edible sugar shells and seaglass are a sublime finishing touch.

Photography: Lavender and Twine

Planning & design: Shindig Fancy

Cake: MJB Cakes

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Photography by JADE AND MATTHEW TAKE PICTURES

Ombre Tower

From the bridesmaid’s sea foam-colored dresses to the towering ombre treat from Savannah Custom Cakes and shell-adorned stand, this Fripp Island fête was flooded with nautical details.  

Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes 

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Photography by JILLIAN ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

Two-Tiered Trendsetter

We dare anyone not to fall in love with this dreamy dessert. LoveCakes married two major cake trends—geode and marble—without going overboard on either.

Photography: Jillian Rose Photography

Planning & Design: EDE by Jacqueline

Cake: LoveCakes

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Photography by ALIXANN LOOSLE

Timeless Treasure

Cassidy Budge of Flour and Flourish used a dry-brush technique to add color—antique gold and Aegean blue—and texture to the respective tiers, giving this cake an almost Mediterranean feel.

Photography: Alixann Loosle

Venue: The White Shanty

Cake: Flour and Flourish

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Photography by MARIA LAMB

Moody Blue & Silver

Modern, minimalism done right. Sweeping strokes of moody blue create a watercolor effect, while edible silver foil (around the base) adds a touch of glamour.

Photography: Maria Lamb

Cake: Sainte G. Cake Company

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Photography by PERRY VAILE ADAMS

Concentrated Color

To give this cake a wow factor, Savannah Custom Cakes concentrated the color in the center tier. And instead of a cake topper? A trio of cream roses and greenery.  

Photography: Perry Vaile Adams

Planning & Design: Ashley Rhodes Events Design

Cake: Savannah Custom Cakes 

See more creative cake ideas:

Non-Traditional Wedding Cake Ideas To Help You Stand Out
13 Show-Stopping Wedding Cake Alternatives
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