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Classic Nantucket Wedding Film

Living here in New England, it’s basically a crime I have yet to explore the beauty of Nantucket for myself. But after viewing this oh-so-classic Nantucket affair from Clark + Walker, you best believe it’s now on the tippy top of my list. With stunning waterside elegance and an all-white ballroom reception that will leave your jaw dropped, there’s no better way to start your Monday than hitting “play” on below. 

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From the Bride… We looked everywhere to find the perfect place to get married. But truly from the start, my husband and I loved the idea of doing a tented wedding in his parents’ backyard at the Cape. My husband’s sister had her wedding there 8 years prior and his other sister had an amazing wedding there 11 months after us.

We had no idea how much work it was going to be but in the end, it was honestly the best day of our life. We will be forever grateful to all of the amazing people and vendors who helped make the day so special.

Photography: Mel Barlow & Co. | Videography: Clark + Walker | Floral Design: William Mizuta Private Florist | Catering: The Catered Affair | Make Up: Dani Wagener | Hair: Salon Acote | Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design | Tent: Peterson’s Party Center | Furniture: Luxe Event Rentals And Parties By Design

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Intimate Nantucket Wedding

Nantucket is made for weddings just like this one. One that truly embraces the beauty of the island and lets the couples’ love shine. Captured beautifully by Katie Kaizer, everything in this gallery – from the stunning florals by Soiree Floral to the stunning couple – is pure magic. See it all here.


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From the Bride…It’s weird to look at your life in reverse and see how the little insignificant moments then, lead to the big meaningful moments now. Zach and I met on a bus in Chicago. We kept bumping into each other by accident, but enjoyed each other so much that we decided to bump into each other on purpose! Three and a half years later we were married on Nantucket Island. Nantucket has always held a special place in my heart since my family grew up vacationing here. Zach traveled here with us as well and it became a magical place for both of us. We had never been to The Wauwinet, but it looked like somewhere out of a dream and it was. Our ceremony took place on the zen deck overlooking the sea with just our immediate families surrounding us. It was a breathtaking setting next to the water with the sun shining down and the wind in our faces. The day began with clouds and rain, but that afternoon, the sun came out. How fitting that we walked out as Mr. and Mrs. to “Here Comes the Sun” played so beautifully by Andy Bullington on acoustic guitar. Planning a wedding from far away was no small task and was quite stressful at times, but our vendors were amazing to work with and truly made our dream a reality.

The ceremony was the main focus of our day. Coming from different faith backgrounds, it was important for Zach and I to write our own ceremony together to reflect our unique upbringings. Each family member played an integral part in the ceremony and participated by reading scripture, blessings, and singing together. These special traditions made the ceremony very intimate and meaningful. Linda Simmons, our officiant, really took the time to listen to us and bring our vision and interfaith ceremony together. Her kindness and calming nature really allowed us to sit back and enjoy the day.

After the ceremony, Zach and I made our way to the beach for photographs. The family enjoyed cocktails on the library terrace and then gathered for a spectacular dinner at Topper’s Restaurant at The Wauwinet. We had our own private room and the table was decorated so beautifully. The evening was magical.

The natural beauty of the island was the inspiration for the day. The grays found in the ubiquitous clapboard houses and the colors of the sea, sand, and seagrass were used as a starting point. I wanted everything to have a soft, natural feeling and to reflect the beauty of Nantucket. Soiree Floral captured and complemented that vision and created the most breathtaking floral arrangements. Our photographer, Katie Kaizer, truly captured the essence and spirit of the day through her stunning photographs.

We also incorporated some DIY projects. Zach designed and created our Ketubah or Jewish wedding contract and we wove the art he designed throughout the day, which was a beautiful beach scene. It was used as the cover of our programs, which my mom so skillfully crafted, and also as the background for our place cards and invitations, which we also made. Wonder of wonders, the sky on the day of our wedding actually looked like the sky on our Ketubah!

From start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful or special wedding day. We were so blessed to share this intimate moment with our family and are so grateful to the wonderful and talented people that came together to make our day so memorable.

Photography: Katie Kaizer Photography | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Shoes: Nordstroms The Rail | Hair: Darya Salon | Suit: JCrew | Venue: The Wauwinet Inn | Music: Andy Bullington

Sweet Backyard Nantucket Wedding

This wedding right here?  It’s how I always pictured my own wedding to be.  A laid-back meets casually elegant affair set against a stunning background with lawn games, s’mores and an amazing group of friends and family.  In other words, it’s total fun meets a whole lot of pretty. See every last minute of awesome captured by Runaway Bride Nantucket right here in the full gallery.

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From Runaway Bride Nantucket… My wife Rebecca and I felt an instant kinship to bride and groom Rebecca and Jonathan because, well, we have the same first names.  But when we learned that they were getting married on Nantucket in just a month’s time with no photographer as of yet, we knew it was pure kismet.

From the minute Rebecca and Jonathan had started planning their wedding, they knew they wanted a cozy, backyard feel, and with a guest list of over 100 people and climbing, that is sometimes hard to accomplish!  Their priorities were focused on their guests having a great time and being comfortable, so they planned their festivities in a way that matched that vision, keeping everything so simple and lovely.   Something that made this event even more touching and romantic was that Rebecca and Jonathan had already been legally married on a cold January weekday in Nantucket, on their own, just days after getting engaged, so this was truly going to be a celebration of their commitment to each other, with their family in attendance to see.

Rebecca and Jonathan rented a private home on Wherowhero Lane, a gorgeous house that slept over twenty people, with plenty of entertaining area for the reception and a fire pit for late night s’more making after the festivities.  The wedding itself was held on a long expanse of grass where both the Bride and Groom’s fathers performed a touching service.  Afterwards, the yard was the spot for impromptu lawn games and softball matches, all with guests clad in their wedding-best attire.

Food was catered by local coffee shop The Green and cupcakes by Nantucket’s Petticoat Row Bakery. Guests drank from Bell mason jars and wrote their names on homemade drink labels the bride attached with twine to each glass.  The fun continued when guests danced to iPod tunes deejayed by the groom’s brother.

The best part of the wedding for me was when Rebecca and Jonathan posed for photos in front of an old barn just down the road from the venue.  The sky was beginning to fog like it does on all perfect Nantucket afternoons, and I was half expecting to see a Unicorn walk by in the background, it was just that magical.  Rebecca’s FreePeople wedding gown really captured the laid-back yet lovely vibe she was going for, and Jonathan’s J.Crew suit complimented those colors beautifully.  This bride and groom knew how to take simplicity to a whole new level – and is one of my favorite weddings that I have ever shot!  With a honeymoon at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, I think we can all learn a little something from a couple that keeps things this sweet and simple.

Photography: Runaway Bride Nantucket | Flowers: Marine Home Center | Gown: Free People | Cupcakes: Petticoat Row Bakery | Caterer: The Green | Hair & Makeup: Barbara Hill | Suit: J.Crew | Venue: Private Residence