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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Jocelyn Filley Photography

Let’s talk about Martha’s Vineyard weddings for a minute, shall we?  Because this beautiful backyard affair?  It’s the epitome of Martha’s Vineyard perfection, with an extra dose of pretty.  Think beautiful blooms from Tea Lane Farm, a crazy gorgeous tented reception and one heartwarming moment after another captured by Jocelyn Filley.  See them all right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… James and I met in New York and now we live in London, but I always knew that I wanted to get married on Martha’s Vineyard. I have been going to the island since I was born and James has joined for the past few years. It is the only place where we can both completely unplug and unwind and we wanted to share that relaxing experience, as well as the beauty of the island, with our closest friends and family. We decided to keep our invite list small (under 40) and most of our guests stayed close by in houses that we rented. It was a great way to bring our friends and family from both sides of the Atlantic together!

Having our wedding on the Vineyard made planning much simpler, as we only had two or three vendors to choose from for each category. For me, the highlight of the process was designing and personalizing our invitations, right down to creating a font with my handwriting. We screen printed the invitations in white on kraft paper and included in the package a weekend schedule, packing checklist and detachable RSVP postcard. I had a lot of fun searching on eBay to find vintage stamps that fit our Martha’s Vineyard theme, including a ferryboat, an egret and a Coast Guard tribute, all in the blue-green colors of the ocean. I also designed welcome tote bags for our guests that featured a hand-drawn map of the island. Inside we included snacks (Cape Cod chips, chocolate with sea salt and bottled water), sunscreen, the Vineyard Gazette and a fun beach game (Kadima, frisbee, etc.). I also designed a map with illustrations of all of our favorite places on the island and short descriptions. Instead of a guest book, we included vintage Vineyard postcards in the welcome bags and asked our guests to send them back to us so we would have mail waiting when we returned to London.

Our invitations invited our friends and family to “a relaxed weekend of feasting and sunbathing.”  Even though our wedding weekend was cloudy, we still spent every day at the beach and we certainly feasted in the evenings. We kicked off the weekend with welcome drinks on Thursday night, featuring seafood chowder, lobster rolls and a make-your-own G&T bar. People stopped by as they arrived on island and we danced the night away to the tunes of our friend, DJ Sinton.

On Friday night, we hosted drinks and dinner at Beetlebung farm, a quintessential Vineyard experience that showcased local produce and culinary talent. Our guests sipped Bramble cocktails with blackberries from the farm and nibbled on yummy appetizers, including green beans fresh off the vine and red and yellow tomatoes. We then sat down to dinner in the greenhouse–a pasta course with summer vegetables followed by chicken and whole fish roasted in the outdoor kitchen. We finished with a simple dessert of berries, fresh cream and Chilmark chocolates.

The wedding was held on Saturday at a private home in Chilmark. We set up a tent at the top of the hill, overlooking the water. Mike Benjamin played an acoustic rendition of Van Morrison’s Crazy Love as my parents walked me down the “aisle,” a freshly mown path that sloped down to a small rise where our guests were waiting. We knew we wanted to keep the ceremony short and sweet so we nixed the idea of chairs and just asked our friends and family to gather around us. James and I stood on a sequined Moroccan wedding blanket, a tribute to my grandmother, and exchanged vows that we had each written. Given that I had planned every detail of the day, it was nice to know that I could look forward to at least one surprise. It turned out the big surprise was that our vows were very similar!

After the ceremony, everyone climbed up the hill for cocktails (Moscow Mules and Roasted Orange Negronis), appetizers and oysters. We set up two long farm tables in the tent and I found great pink and orange napkins at Anthropologie to set the color palette. With the napkins as inspiration, Krishana Collins did a phenomenal job with the flowers, creating small arrangements in vintage glass and milk glass containers. Each one was unique and they looked beautiful scattered along white linen runners on the farm tables. The final touch that pulled the tent together came from our wedding coordinator, Emily Coulter. She strung hundreds of peach lisianthus flowers on fishing line and suspended them over the dance floor. As they bobbed on the line, the flowers looked like they were dancing in the wind and gave the tent a magical feeling. By far, the best part of Saturday night was Mike Benjamin and his seven-piece band, who kept us on our feet dancing all night long.

Since most of our guests weren’t leaving until Monday morning, we capped the weekend off with make-your-own pizza night at the Orange Peel Bakery in Aquinnah. Everyone gathered around the outdoor oven, drinking wine and coming up with creative topping combinations. It was a fun and delicious way to end our weekend of feasting!

Catering: Jan Buhrman, The Kitchen Porch | Event Coordinator: Emily Coulter MV Wedding Co | Flowers: Krishana Collins, Tea Lane Farm | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Groom's Tie: Marinella | Hair: Boucle | Invitations & Tote Bags:: Printed By City Dog Screen Printing (Designed By Bride) | Music: Mike Benjamin Band | Photography: Jocelyn Filley Photography | Tent & Rentals: Big Sky Tent And Party Rentals | Wedding Dress: Cymbeline Via L'Fay Bridal

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A Fall Wedding on Martha’s Vineyard from Jennifer Langdon Photography
New England weddings hold a special place in my heart. I tied the knot along its sandy shores, so when I see a Bride do the same, I feel like we are kindred spirits. This lovely lady took her love for her summers spent on Martha’s Vineyard, and whipped up an affair I am positive everyone is still talking about. Thanks to Jennifer Langdon Photography, we can keep the party going right here.


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From the Bride… Spending my summers on Martha’s Vineyard since I was a child, I always felt a sense of peacefulness and happiness on the island. Something about the ocean, the fishing piers, the laid back island vibe, and most importantly my family’s long history there always made this a special place. My father’s family had grown up summering on the island, making their home in a small community known as West Chop, and by the time I was born his parents had become year-round islanders and more than a handful of my aunts, uncles and cousins had become deep rooted in this West Chop community. West Chop became a place where I would spend many of my summers visiting as a child and when my now husband, and I started dating years ago this was one of the first places I wanted to show him and have him experience. When he proposed in November of 2011, this became a no-brainer for where we wanted to have our wedding. The community feel of the property really exuded the atmosphere that we wanted to provide our guests with. We wanted everyone to feel like they were on “island-time” hiding away in this small and isolated community.

For my wedding style I wanted to convey the same natural and effortless look that I loved about West Chop. I ended up choosing an Amsale wedding dress that I immediately fell in love with that made me feel both bridal and relaxed at the same time (it even had pockets!). To make the dress my own, I added a sash to it that my seamstress sewed in for me. For bridesmaid dresses, I went with very simple (and non-bridal looking) silk, elastic waist dresses from Joie. My goal was to have all of the girls feel as comfortable as I did in my dress. For the boys, my husband chose basic khakis, white shirts and navy blazers that were accompanied with Vineyard Vines ties.

To extend this same style into our venue and decor, I wanted to keep my flower arrangements very simple. We chose to go with whites, light pinks and peach and then add a pop of hot pinks and other brights to help add some warmth. We also wanted to incorporate some personal touches and share our love for Martha’s Vineyard with our guests, so I tried to do so by using rocks that I had collected along the beach (with some help from my fiance, friends and family) as the place cards and table numbers. I thought this helped bring a unique and natural feeling to the reception (and it also was a great way to save money).

Other DIY projects that we did included things like the wedding programs, menu board, custom paper straws and mason jar wedding gifts and their hang tags. Although I had been cursing at myself leading up to the wedding taking on too many DIY projects, I must admit that on my wedding day it was so fun to see all of these projects come to life. Not only did it give the reception a personal touch, but it also was a fun reminder to be able to look around and think back on the hours spent with my husband, friends and family putting these all together. I definitely would recommend this to future brides; not only do these projects help save you money, but also allowed for some special memories with friends and loved ones shared over a bottle of wine to create those irreplaceable personal touches on your wedding day.

The day ended up coming together perfectly and it truly could not have been a better day, or representation for that matter, of my husband and me. Everything from the trolley ride to and from the church to the warmth of the small West Tisbury Congregational Church to the perfect fall crisp weather during the cocktail hour where guests sipped dark and stormies out of mason jars to the insanely talented (and fun!) band we had that kept every single guest on their feet all night, helped make this the effortlessly perfect day that we were longing for.

Band: Mike Benjamin Band | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress By The Shore | Bride's Jewelry: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joie | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Monelle Boutique | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaids' Shoes: J.Crew | Cake + Cupcakes: Black Dog Bakery | Cardigan: J.Crew | Catering: Tea Lane Caterers Inc. | Floral Design: Louise Sweet | Flower Girl Shoes: Toms | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groom's Tie: Vineyard Vines | Guest Book Map: Designs by Tenisha | Hair: Maggie's Salon | Invitations: Rugg Road Paper Company | Mason Jars: Discount Mugs | Photography: Jennifer Langdon Photography | Rentals + Tent: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | Sash: Modern Trousseau | Save the Dates: Minted | Shoes: Stewart Weitzman | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Wedding Venue: West Chop Club

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Readyluck

There is a special spot in my heart reserved for weddings just like this one from Readyluck. The kind of soiree that is so sweet you can’t help but smile right along with every single guest. It’s filled with great little details that you know are just so “them.” And it’s got a special kind of love that just radiates. This is the kind of wedding that makes my heart happy.

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From the designer… Well this was certainly the most sentimental mStarr wedding as my brother + my new sister-in-law tied the knot! The vineyard was really the only choice for the big weekend given their engagement took place at Kimmy’s parents’ house on the island and they spend a lot of time there. Andy + Kimmy wanted a wedding that reflected both the island’s laid-back, rustic style and desire for a wild party! It was an amazing celebration filled with personalized touches, a ceremony downpour, a rainbow, back door donuts’ famous apple fritters, photobombing doggies, a photobooth from our brother Jesse Starr Photography, and a dance floor that was packed {and I mean packed} during cocktail hour. The energy really carried through the entire night. Tt was a special experience both bringing Kimmy + Andy’s big day to life and serving as bridesmaid! 

From the beautiful bride… Martha’s Vineyard has always been a special place for Andy and I. It was the place he first met my parents, it’s where we got engaged – and almost immediately after – we decided it was where we wanted to get married. Farm Neck was the perfect venue to capture our favorite elements of Martha’s Vineyard’s unique rustic charm. The weekend long celebration was filled with personal touches thanks to my new sister-in-law, the incredibly talented Emily of mStarr. With help from our amazing vendors, we were able to create the idyllic
and truly happy setting I had always envisioned for our special day.

Event design + styling: mStarr event styling + design | Photographer: Lindsay Hite of Readyluck | Floral design: Krishana Collins | Rentals: Big Sky | Venue: Farm Neck Golf Club | Photobooth: Jesse Starr Photography | Hair + Makeup: Lisa George | Bridal gown + Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo from Flair Brides & Maids | Bridal shoes: Stuart Weitzman | DJ: Seth Isaacs from Beat Train Productions | Ceremony musicians: Michael Tinus and Rebecca Barca-Tinus | Transportation: MV Sightseeing | Officiant: Rabbi Rachel Saphire of Temple Beth Elohim

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Pizzuti Studios Photography

It never fails, as soon as the peonies bloom, I start to crave the coastlines – particularly the islands off the coast of Massachusetts. Because even though they are just a hop, skip and a jump away, somehow you feel on the other side of the world as soon as your flip flops hit their docks. So a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard? Well that’s a complete dream. It only takes one peek at all the pretty sitting in this seaside soiree from Pizzuti Studios Photography to know this couple’s dream became a beautiful reality – and you can see it all right here.

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From the Bride… Planning the wedding was a breeze. I always pictured a destination wedding, but never had my heart set on anywhere in particular. During a picture perfect Labor Day weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, Dan got down on one knee at Waters Edge during sunset. It was perfect. We were staying at The Beach Plum Inn in Menemsha in our own cottage with a fireplace, ocean views and no cell service. Complete tranquility.

The next night at dinner, we sipped champagne and watched the sun set down on Menemsha Harbor. That’s when Dan suggested “Why don’t we get married here?” I loved the idea instantly and after our entrees, we were completely sold. We inquired with the waitress who sent over the events coordinator. She told us the only opening left for the 2012 season was Memorial Day weekend. We said “We’ll take it!”

Back in Boston family and friends celebrated with us and were all surprised to hear we already had the venue booked! With 8 months to plan we set straight to work. We decided to keep things small and intimate, inviting only immediate family and our closest friends. We went with all on-island vendors, except for our photographers who we had our heart set on. I found the process easy and managed everything by using the checklist provided by the Knot website. Dan and I took several trips to the vineyard over the winter, sampling cake, coordinating with the band, rental company and Beach Plum. We didn’t over-think anything and I kept to my simple, yet elegant theme. I knew I had to have peonies and my close friend who happens to be in event planning and a florist made that happen for us. Everything came together smoothly and we couldn’t have been happier with how it all turned out.

Wedding Photography: Pizzuti Studios Photography | Wedding Venue: The Beach Plum Inn | Floral Design: Kristin Chapin of Humarock | Invitations:  William Arthur | Wedding Dress: Michael of Boston | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier via L’elite on Newbury Street | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Attire: Vineyard Vines + Jos. A.Bank | Makeup: Boucle Salon and Spa, Edgartown | Band: Sultans of Swing

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Jocelyn Filley Photography

Weddings will always make me swoon, that’s a given. But if you want to really know what makes me tick, it’s the stories behind the soirees. The effort, the thought, the days that led up to a beautiful Bride walking down the aisle to meet her Groom. Which is precisely why I fell head over heels in love with this Martha’s Vineyard beauty captured by Jocelyn Filley Photography. It’s gorgeous backyard wedding meets the sweet stylings of this lovely Bride, and it all went off without a hitch thanks to ZBR Events. See every sweet moment right here.

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From the Bride… When Jesse and I got engaged, we knew right away that we wanted to get married at my parents’ house on Martha’s Vineyard. Martha’s Vineyard is such a great place to have a wedding because you really can source so many items locally. Our caterer, Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch Catering emphasizes locally grown and sustainable food, and our florist, Krishana Collins, grows all of her own flowers right on the island. I felt really comfortable giving her free reign to design the flowers because I knew that they would be gorgeous no matter what. The only thing I knew I wanted were those dark purple dahlias in my wedding bouquet. Everything else I left up to her. She amazed me with what she came up with!

I was so lucky to have Zoe Barbey Ross and her assistant Megan Leonard of ZBR Events help plan the wedding. I knew that I could do most of the decor by myself, but I really needed their help coordinating with vendors and dealing with lots of the organization and logistics. They were wonderful. I didn’t have to think about any details on my wedding day. They understood what I wanted and they just took care of it!  

Jocelyn Filley and her assistant Elizabeth Cecil were the perfect photographers for our wedding. They were so unobtrusive but also managed to be everywhere at once. I felt like they appreciated all of the little details as much as I did, and their pictures reflect the sense of fun and humor that we tried to capture in our wedding day.

Most of the decor we did ourselves. I could not have done it without my family and all of the friends who pitched in in the days before the wedding. We framed old family wedding photos and hung them on the porch. We found a lot of great items from Pottery Barn and save-on-crafts.com including shepherds hooks, mason jars, signs, and lanterns. Jesse painted all the signs and I hand-wrote all of the name cards on shipping hang tags decorated with a paper punch. My friends were so great — they labored over string lights and gift bags and they made the fantastic chair garland out of an old Martha’s Vineyard map. My friend Cate did everyone’s makeup. My parents’ gardener Ali Hedin made the chuppah (wedding canopy) from a fallen oak tree and cut all of the stumps for the table markers and the pie servers. I used a local printer for the menus and the programs rather than trying to do it online and I’m so glad I did. I didn’t need a designer — I just put together the text I wanted using a pretty free font I downloaded, and Kevin Cain at Tisbury Printer took care of the rest.

Wedding Photography: Jocelyn Filley Photography | Wedding Venue: Private Residence in West Tisbury, Massachusetts | Wedding Planning: ZBR Events | Floral Design: Krishana Collins | Catering: Jan Buhrman from Kitchen Porch Catering | Pies: Eileen Blake Pies & Otherwise | DJ + Photobooth: Paul Donnelly | Decor: Save on Crafts | Tent + Party Rentals: Big Sky Party Rentals | Wedding Invitations: Ruby Lane | Ketubah: Urban Collective | Printing: Tisbury Printer | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Seamstress: Chrysal Parrot| Bride’s Brooch: Heirloom | Bride’s Shoes: TOMS | Wedding Rings: CB Stark | Wedding Ring Box: Robert Yapp from Miles from Mainland (milesfrommainland@gmail.com) | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Dog Collar: Arcadius Elegantly Dog | Hair: Panache Salon | Makeup: Cate Woods

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Rachel Kate Photography

Charming. If there was one word I could place on this picture perfect wedding from Rachel Kate Photography, that would be it – charming. It’s the type of fête where you can just feel the sweetness by simply scrolling through the gallery, and I can’t think of anything better than that. Add the gorgeous vistas of this couple’s beloved Martha’s Vineyard, and it’s image after image of pure pretty. See it all here

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From Rachel Kate PhotographySara and Garrett are the perfect couple. They had their beautiful summer wedding On Martha’s Vineyard in August of 2012. It was an insanely hot day but one of the most gorgeous weddings I have been lucky enough to be a part of. Garrett grew up on the Vineyard and his family still lives there. Of course the Vineyard is therefore a big part of Sara and Garrett’s lives. The got married at the Old Whaling Church and the reception was held right next door at the Daniel Fisher House. A beautiful estate that lent itself to the Vineyard charm with so many thoughtful details everywhere we looked.. The best part of the wedding was how each and every guest fit perfectly, like a puzzle into the landscape of this day. The Nantucket reds, bow ties, and pastel colors of the guest attire just went so perfectly with this day.

Wedding Photography: Rachel Kate Photography | Ceremony Venue: Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts | Reception Venue: The Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown, Massachusetts | Floral Design: Cottage Garden | Catering: Kitchen Porch Catering | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair + Makeup: Sea Spa Salon

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