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Classic Nautical Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

As you New Englanders know, Martha’s Vineyard is prime real estate when it comes to wedding. But capturing the nautical style while still being utterly timeless, chic and on trend is a little bit tricky. Enter, this adorable fete. With photography by Kelly Dillon Photography and a film from Ready Set Film, you are in for a 101 of Seaside Chic. And there is more here!


From The Bride…We met on in December 2009. Yes, one in five couples!

Since Mike had attended College of Charleston for undergrad, he had always wanted to take me there. We planned a trip in April 2013. Upon arrival at the cute bed and breakfast, Mike had ordered champagne to the room and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. We had a day to ourselves and went sightseeing around the city. On the second day, we went to the beach near where he lived during college. After laying out on a blanket for a bit, Mike proposed! Short and sweet…he opened the ring box, told me he loved me, and asked if I would marry him. I said yes! We cuddled for a bit and took a couple pictures to commemorate the moment.

After that, we went for a burger (our favorite food) at a great local place. Then returned to the hotel, where I was instructed to dress up. After changing, we walked downstairs to find a horse and carriage. We took a ride around old Charleston. Very romantic! We ended the ride at a fancy hotel, where Mike said we were going to get a drink on their rooftop. I had always said that I wanted my friends to be around to celebrate my engagement, as my Mom had passed away in 2004 and I felt it would be comforting. Upon getting to the rooftop, I was surprised by my now Maid of Honor (Laura) and Bridesmaid (Caroline), as well as their boyfriend/husbands. It was such a perfect moment and really completed the day! We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with our friends, enjoying the beautifully classic Charleston, and getting so excited about the future.

We actually don’t have any roots in Martha’s Vineyard. Maybe it’s our planning sides, but we loved the idea of taking on an unknown place and making new memories. Overall, we really just want our close friends and family to have fun and be in love at our wedding. It is a destination party weekend.

One of our unexpected and favorite parts of the day was the wind during the ceremony and pictures. Out on the lighthouse/beach, it’s very windy and most people complain about that. We think it added a natural, unexpected energy. It blew my veil and toned down the formality that weddings can have. Best part of it all – We can always go back to the spot we got married and remember the day.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Videography: readyset[film] | Floral Design: MV Florist | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative | Ceremony Venue: Edgartown Lighthouse | Reception Venue: Harbor View Hotel | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Makeup: House Of Colour | Hair: Sea Spa Salon | Entertainment: Mike Benjamin Band | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A Bank | Rentals: Seaside Celebrations

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Martha’s Vineyard Beach Proposal and Engagement

Be still my beating heart! There’s nothing I love more than a proposal and this soon-to-be-groom pulled out all the stops on gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard. Ashley Caroline caught every adorable moment from the proposal to a surprise engagement shoot afterwards on the beach. So in honor of National Proposal Day – take a seat, grab a tissue, and click through every moment of this gorgeous couple’s special proposal here!

From Ashley Caroline Photographer … Logan not only surprised Julia with a gorgeous rose gold engagement ring at sunrise at her family’s camp in Martha’s Vineyard, but he also surprised Julia with an Anthropologie dress that she had been admiring for weeks. After Julia and Logan shared the wonderful news with family, we had a mini engagement shoot in her colorfully flowy dress on the private beach steps outside of the camp. It was an incredibly romantic and sweet proposal and I can’t wait to photograph their dreamy wedding in Martha’s Vineyard in September! From The Bride… Logan proposed on an early Sunday morning at my family’s little camp just feet away from the water on Martha’s Vineyard. This little home has been in my family since the 1960’s and the amount of memories I have here with my family could fill up a whole shelf of books. We were staying at the camp with our dear friends Ashley and Mike. I had just helped Ashley photograph a wedding the day before and I went to bed with no thoughts of getting engaged the next morning. So when Logan woke me up just as the sun was rising and asked if I wanted to go for a walk on the beach everything clicked. I almost jumped out of bed with excitement. Since I am a photographer, I always want to wake up to watch (and photograph) the sunrise and it’s something we do together often but had never done at the Vineyard before. We went out on the beach and the wind was breezy but not windy. Logan and I sat down next to each other and he got really quiet. After he started talking for a few minutes Logan stood up in front of me and got down on one knee. I have the most amazing image of Logan in front of me and nothing but the quiet, blue ocean behind him. He asked if I would marry him, I started crying and he pulled out the most gorgeous ring. I said yes and we hugged, not ever wanting to let go. And at this point our ninja photographer Ashley jumped out of the dunes having captured everything. After Logan proposed and we cried, hugged and ogled over my rose gold ring Logan said he had one more surprise. He ran inside and came back with an incredible Anthropologie dress. A dress I loved so much I went to Anthro at least 5 times this summer just to try it on. Logan went to all the stores in the city and was able to track down the last dress in Connecticut. We went inside and called our families whom were all standing by waiting for the call. After all the calls and texts were made, I put on my new dress and we went down to the channel to go fishing with Ashley and Mike. Cause why not? We came back (empty handed unfortunately) and were greeted by my parents and brother (who lives in California but just happened to be visiting) and we had Black Dog pastries and mimosas. Logan really is the sweetest and most thoughtful guy out there. He’s always listening and planning and this morning was no exception. It was the best and most perfect morning of our life together. We are now planning our wedding for next September on Martha’s Vineyard. I’m not sure how we can beat the amazing day we got engaged, but I know we will.

Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Dress: Anthropologie | Venue: Private Residence

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Romantic Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

I love it when a Bride embraces color for her big day. From the handmade Chuppah, to Thea Kennedy illustrated invites, to Krishana Collins beautiful bouquets, every detail planned by this Allen Farm couple was custom. Brighter Lights Media captured the cheerful film below, while Our Labor Of Love snapped up a gallery complete with a beautiful Gabriella’s Marchesa gown that’ll make you swoon.

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From the Bride… We met 7 years ago on a Birthright trip to Israel during college. We met on the first day and were inseparable ever since. We were long distance for over a year and then started our lives together in NYC. The year we were engaged was super crazy, in addition to planning the wedding we were both also working full-time and getting our MBAs, we joke that if we made it through that year we can make it through anything.

I grew up spending my summers on Martha’s Vineyard and always dreamed of getting married there. My husband proposed at Gay Head lighthouse making the island even more special to us. Planning the wedding I wanted to make a weekend of events for our guests. We had guests traveling from all over the world and we wanted them to get a real feel for what Martha’s Vineyard is all about. We kicked off the weekend with a BBQ at my parent’s house. We had the Rehearsal Dinner at Seafood Shanty which turned into an impromptu dance party! We also had a goodbye brunch at my parent’s house (catered by Morning Glory Farms) which was the perfect way to end the weekend.

Leading up to the wedding I was a planning and crafting machine and was probably Etsy’s biggest customer that year. I took the process very serious and obsessed over every napkin and toothpick. The weekend of the wedding I was completely zen and at peace, it was like I got all of the nervous energy out during the planning and I was able to really enjoy the weekend and take it all in. I slept so soundly the night before the wedding and woke my maid of honor up by blasting “Let’s get married” on my Iphone.

I was not the type of bride to be able to plan my wedding around one color or theme, I was feeling overwhelmed until I decided to plan the wedding like I would decorate my apartment. With ikat, stripes, pops of color, cobalt blue, cool grays, florals, chevron and metallic. I used pattern and texture as the jumping off point which really helped to focus me.

It is hard to pick just one favorite part of the day but a few stick out. Our first look at the Sculpture Garden at the Field Gallery because growing up my parents made us go to the Sculpture Garden every summer to take photos posed as the sculptures. We have a lifetime worth of awkward family photos. After we got engaged I made my husband stop the car so we could take a photo there, it really turned out to be a special place. We had our first look here and it was one of my favorite moments of the day, it was so intimate and meant so much to be able to steal a few private minutes for just the two of us.

One of the highlights of the wedding was the surprise dance my husband and wedding party performed, I was shocked! They had a choreographed routine to Justin Timberlake that blew my mind. It really helped set the tone for a night full of dancing and every time I hear the song it makes me smile. We used Sultans of Swing and were so impressed with our band, the crowd loved them so much that my maid of honor booked them for her wedding just a few days after ours.

For place cards we used photos of all of our guests printed by Social Print Studio and secured on a table by crystals. My husband thought I was crazy for taking this project on but it turned out to be one of my favorites. The months leading up to the wedding were so stressful and full of wedding related details, it was fun to take some time out of the process and look through old photos and remember what the day was all about. It really reminded me how many amazing friends and family members we have in our life, this was our way of honoring them.

My mom made our Chuppah, it is probably one of the most special and personal details of the wedding. It is a quilt with photos of our parents and grandparents at their weddings. It was so special to look up during the wedding and see our family. My mom is an amazingly talented quilter and sells her work on Etsy. We decorated the chuppah with beautiful pink and orange blooms. It felt like we were in a secret garden.

Our photographers, Our Labor Of Love, was an easy decision. I had been following their work for years and knew I wanted them. I was so happy to find out that this LA based team was familiar with Martha’s Vineyard and it was great to work with a photographer that I not only loved, but that also knew the area. Our videographer, Brighter Lights Media, turned out to be one of our favorite vendors. They were so easy to work with and went out of their way to get to know us instead of just treating us like every other client. I continue to recommend them to all of my friends.

Photography: Our Labor of Love | Videography: Brighter Lights Media | Coordination: With Grace Martha's Vineyard | Floral Design: Krishana Collins, Tea Lane Farm | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Cakes By Liz | Invitations: Thea Kennedy | Wedding Shoes: Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: V. Jaime Hamlin & Sons | Makeup: Julie Pope | Hair: Edward Lampley | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A Banks | Alchohol: Mount Tabor Park | Bridal Shop: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Bridal Suite: Vineyard Square Hotel | Buses + Trolley: MV Sightseeing | Ceremony And Reception: Allen Farm | Chuppah: For Comfort Quilts - Etsy | Confetti: Pom Love | Confetti Bag Stickers: Wink Events - Etsy | Confetti Bags: Somerset Market - Etsy | Corn Hole Bags: Villa Del Sol D'Oro | Custom Cameo Stamp: Hoot Owl Press - Etsy | Custom Koozies: Totally Koozies | Custom Stickers: Azultruquesa - Etsy | Custom Totes: Totally Promotional | Dessert Bar Signs: Crown and Clover | First Look: Field Gallery | Groom's Ties: The Tie Bar | Groomsmen House: Captain Morse House | Heart Stickers: Sea Sprout - Etsy | Heart Toothpicks: Nikki Crafts - Etsy | Late Night Apple Fritters: Back Door Donuts | Love + Heart Pillows: Layla Grace | Napkins + Drink Stirrers: Peacock Paperie | Placecards: Social Print Studio | Programs: Etsy; The Parchment Place | Rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | Table Numbers: Wine Accents By Linda - Etsy | Table Runner Fabric: Fabric Guru

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