This wedding was captured brilliantly as only davina + daniel can do. I'm literally in awe of all the gorgeous images, not to mention how fabulous this adorable couple is. I mean, really, just look at her dress and shoes...I'm loving each and every fabulous inch of this outdoor fete including all the touches of gold and milk glass. Talk about a refreshing combination! Click here for even more.
From the bride... Cape Cod was the perfect wedding location for many reasons, one being it is pretty close to mid-way between our two homes, as I grew up in California and Andreas is from Germany, which is where we live now. Also, my family has a long history on Cape Cod and I have always felt a deep connection to the area. We got engaged in Cape Cod during a trip in 2010 and both knew right away that we wanted to get married there as well. We always knew we would have a small wedding, we wanted the wedding to feel more like a great dinner party with good food and good wine and to just be surrounded by love and laughter. We found the perfect venue, a grouping of lakeside cottages, where we could not only throw a great party, but also house our guests. It made for a laid back long weekend for our friends to get to know each other and enjoy all of the things we love about Cape Cod.
The Monique Lhuillier dress I wore was found at a store my friend managed after it had somehow been lost in the warehouse and been continually marked down. I had emailed her almost the exact same dress from Monique's runway show as an inspiration for my wedding dress, knowing it was way out of my price range. When she stumbled upon the dress in her warehouse, she immediately sent me an email saying "I found your dress!!!!". As soon as I read her mail, I called her right away with my credit card number after only seeing a blurry picture she had snapped on her phone. It was bridal fashion fate. It fit almost perfectly and was practically free (in wedding dress terms, that is).
We switched the day around a bit and started the wedding afternoon off with cocktails, appetizers and some lawn games, rather than leading with the ceremony. It gave us a chance to take more photos and mingle with our friends and family before we became mr and mrs. I walked with both of my parents "down the aisle" to our favorite song, "Heartbeats" preformed by a fabulous local musician. My uncle preformed the ceremony and incorporated a literal "tying of the knot" activity, and had each of our guests write their name on a rope and then tied each together, tying not only Andreas and me together, but our friends and family together as well. It was a beautiful addition to our short and sweet ceremony, with our handwritten vows bringing a bit of laughter. After the ceremony, we spent our first few moments together as husband and wife in my boat rowing around the lake and were blessed with the most amazing Cape Cod sunset ever and it was magical as the grey sky turned vibrant hues of pink and red. We left out many wedding traditions (bouquet toss, cake cutting, first dance) because they didn't feel like "us" and focused on what we found most important- spending the day with the people we love. Having creative friends and family was an enormous help, as planning a wedding from another continent is not exactly an easy task, but thanks to the internet and a very helpful wedding planner (aka my mama) the weekend was a great success and certainly one of the greatest days of our lives so far.
Venue: Gibson's on the Pond / Caterer: Sumptuous Catering / Photographers: davina + daniel / Bride's Dresses: Monique Lhuillier + Antik Batik / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Flowers: Flowers by Mary / Groom's Suit: J.Crew / Groom's Shoes: H by Hudson / Hair: TJ Hazzard / Rings: Kevin Main Jewelry / Wedding Pies: Cottage Street Bakery + Marion's Pie Shop / Ceremony Musician: Fred Fried