That fabulous cake (& all the catering!) courtesy of The Casual Gourmet.
Matt and I share a love of sports and, quite appropriately, met when we signed up for the same local softball team. Matt had a few friends on the team and at our first practice he jokingly asked as they walked to the field “Ready to meet our future wives?” Those same friends served as groomsmen and toasted us on our wedding day two years later.
Since all of my family and college friends live nearly 1000 miles away (some of Matt’s friends even farther!) and we knew that they would be making the trip somewhat of a vacation, we decided on a semi-destination wedding on the Cape about an hour and a half from where we live in Boston. After coming across the Cape Cod Museum of Art, I immediately contacted the events coordinator to arrange a visit and we never looked anywhere else. From the picturesque New England-style building and large front lawn (perfect for an outdoor ceremony) to the wonderful art throughout the galleries and charming sculpture garden (ideal for early evening cocktails), we loved every bit of it.
Throughout the wedding planning process, our main focus was reflecting ourselves in the details – and having as much fun as possible with our guests! Our style concept was Cape preppiness (chic navy dresses, charcoal gray suits, and cool plaid ties) with a Southern twist to reflect my upbringing (lots of pearls and mason jars). I initially wanted to serve mint juleps as a nod to the Kentucky Derby held in my hometown of Louisville, but since they are an acquired taste we decided on delicious Firefly iced tea vodka cocktails instead. We included the mint julep idea in other ways by using sprigs of mint for the groomsmen and fathers' boutonnieres and having bourbon as one of the bar selections. My mother and sister made pralines from scratch and I serendipitously found mint julep flavored taffy so both treats were tied with twine and given to our guests as favors.
We also incorporated a subtle baseball theme since many of our early dates involved attending or watching Red Sox games and our engagement photos were shot at Fenway Park. We used the beautiful theme song from Field of Dreams (aptly titled “The Place Where Dreams Come True”) as our prelude and “Dirty Water”, the song played after every Red Sox home win, was the perfect recessional to kick off the festivities. And being an ice cream lover, one of my favorite details was serving Hoodsie cups as a late night snack; naturally, it’s the local brand served at Sox games!
We were extremely fortunate to work with some fantastic vendors who helped bring together our vision. The Casual Gourmet is widely regarded as the best on the Cape and helped us create a fantastic menu with the best wedding food we’ve ever had. Our florist, Designer’s Touch in Brewster, was an easy choice since the event coordinator at the museum is one of the co-owners and such a doll! I opted to do my own centerpieces, but the bouquets, boutonnieres, and wheat grass place card display they created were absolutely perfect. The choice of band was very important to Matt since he is very into music and neither of us is very fond of standard wedding reception entertainment. He has school connections with two members of Call 2 Consciousness, a rock band based in Stanford, CT, and booked them to play a mix of their original music and cover songs. They were phenomenal! Finally, a big priority was photography since our pictures are what will continue to remind us of all the joy we experienced that day, and clearly our choice of Meghann Gregory couldn’t have been better.
Bride’s Gown & Necklace: J.Crew / Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew / Handmade ties: Etsy, shop baconneckwear / Catering & Cake: The Casual Gourmet / Band: Call II Consciousness / Photographer: Meghann Gregory Photography / Flowers: Designer’s Touch & DIY / Venue: Cape Cod Museum of Art / Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Shoes: Caparros, purchased from Piperlime / Programs: Etsy, shop Interprintations / Custom Cake Banner: Etsy, shop ReadyGo / Cocktail Stirrers: Etsy, shop misspicklespress / Bridal Clutch: Etsy, shop ao3designs