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Romantic Pastel Cape Cod Wedding

I’m lucky to call New England home, especially when weddings as beautiful as this one take place in our stunning state. Graced with sunshine and salty air, this seaside celebration is filled with pretty pastel accents, a gorgeous Lovely Bridal Shop gown, and one lucky-in-love couple. Summer Street Photography was on hand to capture all the merriment and it’s waiting for you here!

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From the beautiful Bride… After spending my summers as a kid running around the beaches of Cape Cod and after Adam proposed on the rocks on Bank Street Beach, we knew we had to get married there. Chatham was such a special place for us and for my family it seemed perfect that we begin our future there together and share the fond memories with our guests. People asked us what our “theme” was all along the planning process and we never really had one, we just DIY-ed everything we could DIY, from the BAR marquee sign, to the garland hanging from the tent, and even all of the signage.

We were so unbelievably lucky to be surrounded by amazing and loving family and friends. Our officiant, Cameron Thomas, is a college friend of Adam’s and our florist, Jessica Stage-Fiesinger (of Stage Floral Styling) was the Matron of Honor and one of the bride’s very best friends, so every bit of this event was meaningful and special to us. Those vendors who weren’t before, sure became our friends by the end. Bob Oldsman of White’s Catering is one of the nicest, most fun-loving and helpful people we have encountered and everyone from Summer Street Photography (Chuck, Vina, and Kendra) made it so that we will have these memories forever.

As this was a destination wedding for all we had 4 days worth of serious help from our favorite people in order to make this day the best we could have imagined. We had been together for almost 9 years before getting married and wanted this wedding to be a reflection of our journey. Our goal was great food, great drinks, and great fun. We ended the evening with a bonfire and s’mores on the beach and ended the weekend with a hangover-curing brunch the next morning. We definitely think we succeeded in reaching our goal. Best. Day. Ever.  

Photography: Summer Street Photography | Florist: Stage Floral Styling | Gown: Watters Via Lovely | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale & Jenny Yoo Via Bella Bridesmaid | Food: White's Catering | DJ: Sara Williams Mobile DJ | Groom's Attire: Asos | Wedding Venue: The Hawthorne | Bar & Farm Table Rentals: True North | Bride Earrings: BHLDN | Bride Engagement & Wedding Ring: Shiree Odiz | Cakes & Desserts: Artisan Bake Shop | Dress Customization: Esin From Sew Elegant | Groom Wedding Band: 2nd Street Ring Craft | Hair & Make-up: Lasha Keller & Juan From Elements Hair Studio Brooklyn, NY | Reception Dress: Custom Made By Rebecca Schoenveld | Rentals: Undercover Tent & Party

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Nautical Cape Cod Wedding

This is what I’m calling nautical with a twist.  A pretty little seaside affair with beautiful details and a sophistication that only New England’s finest vendors could craft.  Think Chocolate Creative DesignSayles Livingston Flowers and Urban Lace Events all coming together to create a Cape Cod worthy affair with a hint of golden glamour.  See it all captured by Brian Dorsey Studios right here.

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From Urban Lace EventsThe Bride and Groom live in New York City, but have spent many holidays and weekends in Cape Cod where the groom enjoyed childhood summers with his family. When choosing a wedding venue, the couple desired a location where friends and family could come together for a relaxing getaway. After visiting Chatham Bars Inn, the couple fell in love with its seaside location and elegant yet relaxing atmosphere.

With its seaside location, the couple envisioned a reception with a nautical feel. We see a lot of nautically designed weddings each year so we really wanted to elevate it and create a design with originality and sophistication. With Lucinda Wesson from Chocolate Creative Design on board to create the wedding paper, we knew it would be just that! The couples favorite detail was the Save the Dates that included a beautiful custom designed fabric pouch complete with a brass “porthole” and map of Cape Cod. The bride loved how the save the date set the tone for the wedding and got guest excited for the big day. The pattern used for the save the dates was carried throughout the wedding with the custom made table runners, menu cards, and wrapping paper for the bridal party gifts.

Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios | Event Design: Urban Lace Events | Event Planning: Urban Lace Events | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Flowers | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Church | Reception Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Band: Dexter Lake Club Band | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Invitations and Save The Dates: Chocolate Creative Design | Trolley: Cape Destinations

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Vintage Chic Chatham Wedding

Already married the year before in Cyprus, this couple wanted to share their joy with all of their loved ones back here in the States so, with the help of The Pink Polka Dot, threw one classic New England bash, complete with clams, lobster and festive treats by Delicious Desserts. Krista Photography captured it all from sweet ceremony to rocking reception; see it all right this way.

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From Krista PhotographyIt’s not often that a bride and groom are both wearing handmade, by the GROOM, attire at their wedding! From the start we knew that Jess and Amir’s wedding would be unlike any other. They were actually married over a year ago in Cyprus (where they met and where Amir is from), so their wedding on Cape Cod was more of a huge party.

To give their families and friends, who came from all over the world, the feel of a wedding, Jess and Amir planned a short ceremony by the water where they re-newed their vows to love one another forever. Guests were invited to gather around, with some seating for those who couldn’t stand. The ceremony was performed by the bride’s godmother/aunt and was full of personal touches. Friends of the couple sang Elvis’ “Love Me Tender.” The bride’s grandmother recited “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a poem that has been said by mothers to their daughters for generations in this family. And they concluded by having all of the guests ring tiny bells that they plan to string together and ring when they have disagreements in the future.

Following the ceremony, guests were able to stroll around the property with drinks, appetizers and mini-containers of Chex mix. When it was time to head under the tent, guests checked with the gorgeous seating chart that was created by Ellen O’Toole Calligraphy. After a series of heartfelt toasts from the father of the bride and the sisters of the bride and groom, it was time to dive into lobster and clams! The couple had created custom bibs for their guests to stay clean during the feast.

The dance floor opened up early and was hopping for most of the night. While the couple did not do an official “first dance,” Jess and her dad started a traditional father/daughter dance that quickly morphed into Tubthumpers “Chumbawamba,” complete with taking a “whiskey drink,” a “vodka drink,” a “lager drink,” and a “cider drink”. It was epic! The Sultans of Swing kept the party rocking long into the night.

Photography: Krista Photography | Wedding Planner: The Pink Polka Dot | Floral Design: Seagrass Floral Studio | Catering: Clambakes, Etc | Make-Up: Jessica Lederman | Hair Stylist: Betsy Johnson | Calligraphy: Ellen O'Toole Calligraphy | Band: The Sultans Of Swing | Bar Service: Perfect Pour | Dessert Table: Delicious Desserts | Estate: The Mack House | Shoes And Belt: BHLDN

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Romantic Nautical Cape Cod Wedding

This Bride is a my hero. Not only did she plan a gorgeous seaside affair filled with nautical charm, but she also designed and sewed her own wedding gown! From the newlywed’s summer sail, to Beat Train Productions serenading, every minute is what dreams are made of. And with Trent Bailey Photography behind the lens every detail is downright dreamy, and it’s all right here!

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From the beautiful Bride.. Being from New England and having spent many summers on Cape Cod and Nantucket, I always dreamed of having our wedding there. When I met my husband in San Francisco and discovered after his first trip to Nantucket that it was one of his new favorite places to vacation, I knew having our wedding on the Cape or Nantucket would be perfect. My father had suggested Chatham Bars Inn, stating that it was the most beautiful place he had seen for a wedding in that area. So I hopped on a plane and flew across country to visit Chatham Bars Inn with my parents. Even in the winter time, it was beautiful and it didn’t take long before the decision was made! Being a designer with a love for everything coastal and preppy, we decided to base our design around the nautical theme. It seemed very fitting for the location and our style!

I had always wanted to make my own dress, and after seeing an amazing Oscar de la Renta wedding gown in a fashion show, I was inspired to do it. It was the perfect balance of simple, elegant and timeless. With the preppy theme we had chosen, I decided simple and elegant would perfect. I began by using what I had seen on the runway, and creating my own version of that style. With some very helpful encouragement and guidance from my Aunt Karen on the East Coast, who is a seamstress, I started the process. I wanted to do everything myself, and my luckily she was there to lift an eyebrow when she saw me doing something that was completely wrong and would direct me to restart! After a huge amount of work, it turned out just the way I wanted it to. It was such a special part of the wedding and after getting all put together, I was presented with a beautiful Hermes Bracelet from Sean that I had been eyeing forever! It was the perfect touch to give me a smile just before going down the aisle.

Our Ceremony was held outside by the Ocean and my brother Greg officiated the ceremony. He made it fun and light hearted while also keeping it very special and personal. It was the perfect way to start our marriage. My Uncle John played the flute with accompaniment as guests arrived and then for our walk down the aisle. During the ceremony, my mother, my Aunt Suzie and my Uncle Don sang and played the Guitar in honor of the family that had passed. There were so many personal touches that made the wedding feel so special. We took pictures out on the beach and boardwalk before the wedding and we even stumbled upon a sailboat that had just conveniently docked!

My 13 bridesmaids wore very simple pale yellow J. Crew Dresses with simple pearl earrings and white pagmina scarfs, and the perfect sunny day just completed the look. The night before the wedding it had rained so hard and we were so thankful for the amazing weather we had that day. The men wore the classic preppy Cape Cod look: Khaki pants, blue blazers and boat shoes with preppy Nantucket Tartan ties. I pulled in a pop of color for the girls with Navy and White Stripped Ribbon on their bouquets to tie in with the guys outfits. We also had metal pales with flowers hanging down the aisle with the same preppy stripe ribbon on either side to tie it all in together. Our flower girl and her brother walked down the aisle with a pale of flowers holding the ribbon together. It was adorable! And our ring bearer looked so cute in his suit carrying the rings down for us.

Lauren Rhodes, one of my bridesmaids, sang a very special song for the Father Daughter dance to start out the reception. Her voice was incredible and it was one of the most special moments of the night. After all of the dances, Photographers Trent and Dara Bailey took us out for a sunset photo session. The lighting was absolutely perfect and it was so nice to have a few minutes with Sean out on the beach before rejoining the festivities. My Father and Sister, my maid of honor, delivered the most amazing speeches followed by Seans Best Man Tim who gave everyone a laugh! Looking around the room during the speeches and the dinner. It was so great to see so many special people and we were so happy with how it all came together. The day was a complete success.. We did sparklers when the night fell and everyone danced until the venue closed! It was truly the most perfect day for both of us.

Photography: Trent & Dara Of Trent Bailey Photography | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers By Nichole Bourne Florist | Wedding Dress: Designed And Hand Made By The Bride | Invitations: : Knots & Pearls | Wedding Shoes: Ferragamo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew | Wedding Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Bridal Party Hair Stylist: Wedding Hair By Gina Joubert | Custom Fabric For Pillows And Table Runners:: Gary McBournie For Antilles Designs | Custom Table Number Buoys: Tina Kish From "The Unpolished Barn" On Etsy | Father Daugher Dance Music: Lauren Rhodes Sang "I Hope You Dance" By Leanne Womack | Flower Girl Dress: : Janie & Jack | Groomsman And Ring Bearer Attire: Vineyard Vines Khakis And Belts, Theory Jackets, Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirts, Tommy Ties, Sperry Topsiders. | Music: Beat Train Productions | Music: Instrumental John Curran (flute) & Accompaniment | Pillows And Table Runners: Karen Vogel | Video: Robert Smith | Wedding Officiant: The Brides Brother Gregory Curran | White Oxford Shirts For Getting Ready: Rae Danae Designs On Etsy

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Romantic & Natural Cape Cod Wedding

A storybook day at Chatham Bars Inn is romantic enough, especially when Jen Huang is behind the lens. Lauren James ensured this Capeside affair went off in the prettiest way possible, and those Hatch Creative Studio blooms are sure to stop us in our tracks. We couldn’t possibly pack the prettiness into one post, so we’re dedicating the day to Jen Huang… Can’t wait? Join us in the gallery.

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From Jen HuangMarcel and Jamie met each other 10 years before they began dating. Marcel and her brother were fraternity brothers and quickly became great friends. The timing always seemed off, as they were living in separate cities and only saw each other a few times a year. All of that changed in August 2011, when Marcel visited Justin and Jamie for a weekend with friends at the Jersey Shore. It wasn’t long after that Marcel was faced with having to ask Jamie’s older and notoriously protective brother for his blessing of their budding relationship. Two years later he relocated to Philadelphia and, again, asked her brother for her hand in marriage. He proposal a few days before the July 4th holiday having arranged for close friends and family to join them “down the shore” that evening where it all began for an engagement celebration.

Jamie has been in the wedding industry since 2006. She began her career at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia in Event Management where she remained for 8 years. Most recently Jamie opened her own wedding and event planning company in Philadelphia, Lauren James Events. With a career like hers, it comes as no surprise that every detail for Jamie’s wedding day was planned down to the smallest detail, with the exception of the venue, long before Marcel came into her life. She always knew she wanted a destination, tented wedding where she could build her dream from the ground up. Bringing all of their friends and family together for a getaway weekend would be the perfect way to celebrate. Luckily for her, Marcel is from Rhode Island and she’s always loved New England’s natural beauty. When she told Marcel she wanted to get married in New England he suggested Cape Cod. This felt like the perfect fit for their guests living on the east coast. Knowing that guests would be traveling far, Jamie and Marcel wanted to ensure that their destination selection was a place where most guests had not been and a place that offered much to explore and enjoy on their free time. Cape Cod had it all. When visiting the Cape, they chose a few venues to look at. After seeing Chatham Bars Inn there was no doubt that this was their wedding spot. Jamie and Marcel could picture their guests enjoying cocktails on the hotel terrace, catching up over lunch in the Beach House, and relaxing down by the ocean. When Jamie found Barb from Hatch Creative Studio she knew she was the one who could bring her visions to life.

Jamie loves weaving decorations with fashion to coordinate the perfect room for the audience. Much of her design inspiration stems from Anthropologie. For her cape-side wedding she gravitated towards a rustic feel to compliment the historic Inn with natural woods and soft colors to emulate the quiet Cape Cod beaches awash with driftwood. Style and decor was of high importance as the first impression would set the tone for all that was to come. Having been set on her menu early on her focus was on bringing the food to life and utilizing the stations as a focal point for decor. Guest’s arrived to a garden party for cocktails hour on a croquet lawn and entered through perfectly styled, distressed doors where they were greeted with the night’s specialty cocktail, a Moscow Mule served in a copper mug, Marcel’s favorite. The Bellini bar, which is the bride’s favorite drink, was perfectly vibrant and colorful with fresh fruit purees. The food stations and Bellini bar were displayed on wooden ladders and tables completed with hand painted signage custom-made to each station. Wanting to represent both Jamie and Marcel, a custom food station was created with New England Lobster Rolls and Philadelphia Cheesesteaks. Place cards hung off of lace twine on picture frames in the center of the lawn. Even with a large guest count Jamie sought to create a warm, intimate feel for her guests with the use of low tablescapes and romantic candlelight. Her dream was always to have her first dance under a tent, lit by bistro lights, to create a dreamy, whimsical setting. Mix-matched farm tables, chairs and vintage plates added to the fanciful nature of the setting. Water goblets offered a pop of color to each place setting, custom napkins displayed the night’s dinner menu and colorful tassels were draped above the dance floor and on the band’s backdrop.

Chatham Bars Inn and the Cape location had everything to offer for a four-day weekend filled with events. Most events could be hosted on property from the Thursday night rehearsal dinner lobster bake in the Boat House, to the private ferry trip to Nantucket for a luncheon at the White Elephant on Friday afternoon, to the welcome party Friday night in the Beach House, the pre-wedding festivities were not to be missed. On Saturday, their wedding ceremony took place under a floral chuppah with the blessings of a rabbi and a priest. Jamie’s sister in law in a black dress and brother in a Navy suit lead the bridesmaids and groomsmen and stood by the couple as they wed. (Jamie’s twin nieces and baby sister very nearly stole the show as they dutifully tossed petals to line the aisle for Jamie and her Father.) The ceremony was followed by cocktails, dinner, and dancing to The Elements. Jamie then slipped out of her Vera Wang and into an Alice and Olivia dress for the after party. The couple closed out the night with an after party with DJ Chris Devine. Brunch Sunday morning was hosted in the Boat House, where guests reminisced and bid farewell to the ocean view and wished Jamie and Marcel Mazel Tov!

Photography: Jen Huang | Event Planner: Lauren James Events | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Reception Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Makeup Artist: Deb Houghton | Makeup Artist: Julie Kate & Co. | Hair Stylist: Kristen Moshiek | DJ: DJ Chris Devine | Band: The Elements | Groom's Attire: Trussini | Officiant: Rabbi H. Hirsch Cohen | Officiant: Reverend James David | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Transportation: Kon Limousine Service | After Party Dress: Alice And Olivia | Bridesmaids' Gifts: Barbara Ellick Designs | Ceremony Musician: AJ Edwards | Cigar Roller: Boston Cigar Factory | Event And Floral Designer : Hatch Creative Studio | Event Coordination: SD Events | Flower Girl's Attire: Mischka Aoki | Jewelry: Rings And Earrings: Govberg Jewelers | Luncheon: The White Elephant | Nantucket Island Ferry: Freedom Cruise Line | Printed Materials: The Paper Perfectionist | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Rentals: Sperry Tent | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Rentals: Be Our Guest | Rentals: Luxury Loo | Welcome Party: Chatham Bars Inn

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