Exclusive ENGAGED! River Valley Inspiration Shoot – River Beach Dreams – Full Online Gallery


Ethereal and breathtaking are the two words that come to mind when seeing this gorgeous river beach wedding inspiration shoot. With sweeping views of the Ohio River, the Edgewater Grille in Historic downtown Newburgh was the ideal place to create this light and airy style. No other venue in the Tri-State can provide you with the kind of stunning views that Edgewater can.

The talented Shillawna Ruffner of Shillawna Ruffner Photography captured every unique detail from the sand and candle centerpieces to the shell encrusted bridal head-piece made by our very own Managing Editor, Nikki Davis. A long-time dream of hers to bring to life, this coastal inspired theme was a year in the making. The team from Zeidler’s floral completely blew us away with the stunning combination of unique plants and shell details in the bridal bouquet and the many air plants and succulents they tucked into our tablescapes. A wonderful addition to our setting was the hand-crafted Ohio Valley driftwood tables and lantern provided by Built on the Rock, also located in Newburgh. Not only are the tables absolutely beautiful but they would make for great heirloom gifts for engaged couples.

Our model’s dress from AnnaLe’s Twice Chosen Bridal was perfect for the casual beach vibe. Elegant, unique and perfectly suited to the beach, this dress is actual sold as a prom dress! Who says you need to break the bank to find the dress of your dreams!?!

The textured cake by Piece of Cake Bakery complemented our color scheme and the coral and shell details found throughout the setting. This iced beauty almost didn’t make it in one piece to the shoot! A well-meaning helper accidentally carried the cake box on its side. Luckily with some re-texturing and strategic floral placement, you would never know the disaster we almost had on our hands. It just goes to show you, like with any wedding or event, hiccups will happen. It all depends on your response to the situation as to how the outcome will be.

Thank you to the entire group of vendors that brought their very best to this inspiration shoot, the collaborative efforts brought to life a setting better than we could have ever imagined!

Now get yourself an Pina Colada and feast your eyes on all these beachside details.










PRODUCED BY  JoElle Knight & Nikki Davis

PHOTOGRAPHER  Shillawna Ruffner Photography

VENUE Edgewater Grille – Newburgh, Indiana

FLORAL Zeidler’s Flowers

DECOR & RENTALS JoElle Elise Design


STATIONERY JoElle Elise Design

CAKE Piece of Cake Bakery

PASTRIES Edgewater Grill

DRESS AnnaLe’s Twice Chosen Bridal

HAIR Shannon Aleksandr’s Salon and Spa

MAKEUP Sammi Morrow