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Intimate Cape Cod Wedding

As much as I love a larger, grander affair, intimate weddings are my favorite.  There’s just something about celebrating your day with only your closest friends + family that makes me happy… and this darling Cape Cod affair?  Filling my heart with joy.  A nine person guest list, beautiful blooms from Wild Bunch Studio and moment after moment of pretty captured by Kate Preftakes.  Sigh.  See it all here.

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From the Bride… Being an enthusiastic-to-passionate type, I can get very excited and wound up in the moment. So for my wedding day, I knew I needed to find a way to keep the celebration relaxed and low-key. We had scheduled later receptions with our respective hometown family, friends, and live bands in New York and Chicago. But an intimate wedding day involving just our parents, siblings, and officiant (a priest friend) proved a great way to keep the focus on each other.

My husband, Matt, had grown up summering on Cape Cod and enjoys sailing, so we made that our setting and style inspiration. A graphic designer friend, Donny Skelton, created invitations, programs, and menu cards with a modern, unstuffy take on that theme, incorporating a sailboat and diagonal stripes. I chose a corset-style dress with subtle striping to reflect the East Coast’s preppy, seaside vibe. My sister and Maid of Honor wore a statement pearl necklace. The men wore cravats—just like my stylish groom’s Italian grandfather had tied on at his wedding—and morning coats with tails. Our coral and navy color scheme, a fresh take on the standard nautical red and blue, completed the elegant coastal-infused feel.

Our ceremony was held in Cape Cod’s traditional gray shingled St. Pius X Catholic Church, which was also Matt’s family parish. My friend Tom Gibbons, now a priest in Toronto, flew in from Canada to preside. He made our ceremony personal and full of laughter. For instance, after pronouncing us husband and wife, he said, “Lynn, you may now kiss the groom.” Our nine guests tossed coral rose petals to send us off, and we drove off in a Toyota Prius with my name on the license plate. And Matt’s name had been added on through some cute surprise decorating by my siblings!

We took pictures among the sailboats at Claughlin’s Landing, a classic beach on the Cape’s southeastern tip. Then we held a post-ceremony dinner at the Chatham Bars Inn, one of the loveliest old-fashioned resorts in Massachusetts. The Captain’s Room, with its 12-person seating, was perfect. Our florist, Katie McConnell of Wild Bunch Studio, created the most beautiful table we’d ever sat around. Texturally, contrasts set things apart: a rustic stone runner against elegant candles in mercury glass; spiky orange pincushion flowers against soft spray roses.

We went around the table, and each person offered a funny or heartfelt toast. Photographer Kate Preftakes had beautifully captured the special moments of our ceremony and then our time on the beach. To finish, she caught us laughing, toasting, and occasionally tearing up during the dinner. It completed the intimate wedding day we’d imagined.

Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography | Floral Design: Wild Bunch Studio | Invitations: Donny Skelton | Reception: Chatham Bars Inn | Bridal Gown: Dove By Modern Trousseau

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Cape Cod Wedding at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

This wedding is pure perfection.  A stunning Cape Cod affair with drop-dead gorgeous details (think beautiful blooms from Lilacs Florals + breathtaking views) and one of the happiest bride and grooms you will ever meet (their First Look was epic).  It’s a Wequassett Resort and Golf Club day that will definitely go down in history and you can see it all captured by Deborah Zoe in the full gallery.

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From Deborah Zoe Photography… There is nothing quite like the charm of a Cape Cod wedding. And Lauren and Patrick’s wedding at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club fit the bill perfectly. Navy blue blazers, preppy Vineyard Vine ties, a lace detailed dress, clear blue skies and an ocean view, what more could you ask for?!

Well, an amazing couple of course!! Lauren and Patrick are quite the pair. Lauren with her bubbly and effervescent personality, Patrick with his humor and friendly charm. Together they epitomize warmth, kindness and a genuine spirit. On their wedding day, friends and family could not say enough about this beautiful couple (and Lauren’s infamous dance moves). Witnessing these two together those words could not have rang more true. Lauren and Patrick are truly one of a kind.

Photographer: Deborah Zoe Photography | Videographer: Harborview Studios | Florist: Lilacs Florals | Invitations: William Arthur | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: L'elite | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club | Hair Stylist: Boston Hair Stylist + Co | Lighting: Ormonde Productions | Band: Legit from Night Shift Entertainment | Ties: Vineyard Vines | Groomsmen's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Bridal Boutique: Allegra Bridal | Bridal Gown: Augusta Jones | Hair Clip: luxedeluxe | Instrumentalists: Intermezzo Players | Linens and Placesettings: Be Our Guest | Make Up Artist: Kimberly Fosher Makeup | Resort and Golf Club: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

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Cape Cod Wedding

Cape Cod weddings are in a league of their own when it comes to shoreline soirees. They have casual elegance down pat, and when Troy Grover is behind the camera capturing every beautiful moment of said soiree – that’s when Cape Cod weddings get even more fabulous. Take this beauty for instance, it’s perfectly captured and beautifully executed, and you can see them every bit of the pretty right here.

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From the Bride…Kevin and I met in Boston playing kickball in 2006 and knew right from the beginning it was meant to be. We spent a few years in long distance while Kevin was at business school and I was finishing my MBA and were finally able to tie the knot in September 2013. We love cape cod in the fall and because a majority of our guests came from out of town and have never been to the cape, we wanted to make sure to give them a weekend getaway to the cape, one of our favorite places. Planning was difficult because we had to plan our wedding from afar from NYC where we currently live but thankfully great vendors helps to ease the process. We both love a big party and wanted to celebrate it in full style with a black tie wedding and incorporate our theme of romantic tones of neutrals, whites and charcoal gray. Thankfully the weather couldn’t have been more perfect for our special day and guests were able to enjoy the cape cod scenery at our cocktail hour on the Ocean Terrace which had an amazing ocean view. Reception continued into the Mansion Ballroom and ended with a sparkle sendoff. We couldn’t have planned a more special day!

Photography: Troy Grover Photographers | Floral Design: Designers Touch | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Casual Gourmet | Invitations: blissfully invited | Invitations: Blissfully Invited | Church: Our Lady Of The Annunciation Chapel, Dennisport, MA | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | hair and makeup: SERAI Beauty | Band: K2 band | Tux: Ralph Lauren | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Venue: Ocean's Edge Resort

Shining Tides Wedding

Cape Cod hosts some of the most memorable weddings we’ve ever laid our eyes upon here at SMP, and this darling Shining Tides affair is certainly no exception.  A traditional affair with a lovely rustic kick, it’s everything we happen to adore about fab Cape Cod nuptials… it’s totally pretty, seriously heartwarming and all kinds of awesome.  See every moment captured beautifully by Scobey Photography in the full gallery.

From the Bride… The most important trait that Ryan and I share is our love for family. Our wedding was, first and foremost, about celebrating our union with the closest friends and family. I always dreamed about having a Cape Cod wedding, where I spent every summer I can remember. When we found Shining Tides in Mattapoisett, we could envision guests holding cocktails on the lawn and dancing the night away on the porch overlooking the harbor. Instantly, we knew this was the place.

After finding the perfect traditional New England backdrop, we wanted to go in a somewhat unexpected direction with the décor. Instead of nautical, we felt rustic elegance would reflect our style more accurately. With the raw wood porch and white trim, bright pops of pink florals and twinkle lights created the warm and welcoming atmosphere for our guests, even after the sun set. The lace runners, candles and romantic lanterns finished off the romantic feel seamlessly.

Another really important goal Ryan and I wanted to accomplish was to throw an awesome dance party. We were pretty sure the mission was complete when our guests, from the youngest cousins to the newest friends to the eldest aunts, clad in their navy sunglasses inscribed with our wedding instagram hashtag, almost brought the porch down chanting “one more song!” after the band regrettably announced the party was over. It was truly the perfect night to start our journey together surrounded by the people we love the most.

Photography: Scobey Photography | Floral Design: Flourish | Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bakery: White's Bakery | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Russell Morin | Band: The Free Downloads | Groom's Suit: Zegna | Transportation: A&A Metro | Dress Boutique: Lelite | Estate: Shining Tides

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Yuna Leonard Photography

So… I’m pretty much obsessed with this wedding.  Like that swoon over every last detail and memorize every moment kind of obsessed that sort of goes hand in hand with a breathtaking Martha’s Vineyard affair.  You know what I am talking about – sweet blooms from MV Florist and Gifts, fab paper goods from Paperless Post + Minted and one drop-dead gorgeous moment after another captured by Yuna Leonard Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.

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From the bride… Vlad and I met in Sydney, Australia while we were in college on a study abroad program. On our six-year dating anniversary, he got down on one knee in our Boston apartment and asked me to marry him with a rose gold ring his grandmother had brought with her from the Ukraine.

As we began to plan for our wedding, we tried to stay focused on creating a day that felt true to us, rather than following conventions. We were both intrigued by the idea of a destination wedding, but didn’t want the location to be too limiting for our guests. One place that had been special to us through the years was Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. We decided to travel there the weekend after Thanksgiving to see what the possibilities might be. We rented mopeds and rode around the island, checking out a few places. When we arrived at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society barn, known to locals as the “Ag Hall,” we knew it was the perfect spot for us. Not only had we met on an island (albeit a very large one), now we’d be married on one as well!

The very first vendor we booked was our photographer, Yuna Leonard. She has a way of capturing moments that look real yet dreamy. The next decision we made was food. One of our favorite things to do is eat, so it was really important to us to create a delicious experience for our guests, and ourselves. We decided on Southern barbecue from the amazing Blackstrap BBQ. With the major necessities in place, a theme of casual, festive elegance emerged. We chose gray, navy, and shades of coral to help us plan the details for our day.

A few of the most special touches were designed by family members. My mom and grandparents built a gorgeous chuppah out of bamboo and a tablecloth that had belonged to my great-grandmother. Vlad’s grandmother made stunning tablecloths for the reception using fabric we picked out. We weaved the letters M and V throughout different parts of the day, as they are not only the first letters of our names, but also form the abbreviation for Martha’s Vineyard.

The week of our wedding, we rented a historic Gingerbread-style house on the island. Some of our friends and family stayed with us, and others stayed nearby. This allowed us to really take in the whole wedding week and spend time with our guests watching sunsets and eating lobsters fresh from the fishing boats.

On the morning of the wedding Vlad and the groomsmen got ready on the upper floor of the house, while the girls and I were glammed-up downstairs. Two vans then came to pick up Vlad and I, and we rode separately to the historic East Chop lighthouse where we did our first-look. It was such a special moment when we saw each other and we will never forget it. After that we went to the beach to capture some shots with the wedding party, and the sun came out just long enough for us to take our photos. As we were finishing, the sky suddenly opened and we all ran back to the vans as quickly as we could!

Our guests arrived at the ceremony on Martha’s Vineyard sightseeing buses. While they were getting seated, we had our ketubah ceremony under one of the alcoves of the barn. Vlad helped design our ketubah with an image of the island and nautical ropes, using our wedding colors. Our Rabbi worked with us to create a ceremony that was everything we envisioned and more. We wrote our own vows, and I would recommend doing so, because it made the moment very personal and meaningful. Vlad’s grandfather, a talented musician, played violin during the processional and recessional, which was truly special.

During planning we always talked about wanting to have a really fun party. At the cocktail hour we had an oyster shucking station with our favorite oysters, which was a big hit. I created a photo-booth-like area using a banner, chalkboards, and props, so that guests could stop by and take photos throughout the evening. Our southern barbecue buffet created a relaxed and delicious dinnertime. I surprised Vlad with a robot-surfer groom’s cake that combined two of his favorite things, and even had a bathing suit that matched one he always wears surfing. With the huge barn doors open on three sides of the building, guests could wander in and out as they pleased to gaze up at the stars as it got dark. A very close and talented friend of ours DJ’d, and created a vibrant atmosphere for dancing, getting everyone up on their feet.

The most important thing Vlad and I needed to keep reminding ourselves of throughout the planning process was to create a day that was true to us and what we wanted. With that in mind, we were able to bask in a truly memorable and celebratory day, that was absolutely “us.”

Photography: Yuna Leonard Photography | Floral Design: MV Florist and Gifts | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cakes: Val Cake | Invitations: Paperless Post | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jcrew | Bridesmaid Dresses: Urban Outfitters | Catering: Tastyplates | Makeup: tada makeup | Hair: Lindsay Griffin | DJ: Roman Levin | Men's Attire: Zara | Officiant: Rabbi Richard Winer | Transportation: Vineyard Coach and Concierge | Wedding Venue: Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society | Alterations: Best Fit | Bridesmaids' Bracelets: Petite&Co | Bride’s Ceremony Veil: Blissetts | Bride’s Earrings: Cherry Hills Bridal | Bride’s Face Veil: Alisa Brides | Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bride’s Wedding Ring: Homsy Jewelers | Cake Topper: N.Hayes Designs | DJ Equipment Rental: Boston Pro Sound | Day-Of Coordinator: Joanna Fairchild | Groom’s Cake: Amanda Oakleafs Cakes | Groom’s Wedding Ring: BRAG | Hanger: Bridal Cute Hangers | Liquor/Beverages: Ort Market | Personalized Napkins: The Knot Wedding Shop | Rentals: Seaside Celebrations | Robes: Silk and More | Save-the-Dates: Minted | Straws + Straw-flags: Dime Store Buddy | Table Number Bins: Target | Tablecloth Fabric: Zimman’s | Wooden flower holders: Save On Crafts

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Cape Cod Wedding at Ocean Edge Resort from Lauren Methia Photography

I’m fighting every urge in my body to let the girly “oh my gods” gush out of me right now. This wedding, from Lauren Methia Photography, has done it. The couple, the flowers from Winston Flowers, the beautiful sunset on the beach, the colors… it’s brought out my inner wedding nerd, and I’m loving it. Everything is so beyond perfect, it’s kind of ridiculous.

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From the Bride and Groom… We met and fell in love as students at Tufts University. After six years of creating wonderful memories together, from study sessions in the library to weekend getaways exploring new cities, we were both excited to get married and start our life together as husband and wife. Greater Boston has been home to both of us for many years, our dream was to get married within Massachusetts, in a venue that would be a fun and memorable retreat for our friends and family traveling from all over the world to celebrate our special day. After visiting Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Cape Cod, we knew that it was the perfect venue for beach-loving souls like us.

True to our heritage, our wedding was performed in customary Hindu style with elements of Western culture interspersed within. The wedding was held on the Mansion’s front lawn, followed by cocktails on the terrace overlooking the ocean, and the reception in the ballroom. Indian weddings are large, full of color, and particularly busy, and our wedding was no different. It was exciting to see the long hours and months of planning culminate so beautifully in a day we’ll remember forever. The ballroom decor, by Winston Flowers, was especially amazing. Lauren Methia Photography was not only able to prepare extensively for the weekend and capture it beautifully, but was also adept at adjusting on the fly with ease to overcome changes in the itinerary seamlessly. Lauren’s attention to detail and talent was a source of comfort to us, not only during the wedding weekend, but also the entire planning process.

Cinematography: Imagique Weddings | Floral Design: Winston Flowers | Makeup: Dana Dodson | Hair: Kristen Moshiek | Baker: Casual Gourmet | DJ/Music: DJ Yogi, Boston Sound and Light | Mansion: Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club

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