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Nantucket Island Great Harbor Yacht Club Wedding

Nantucket weddings are in a league of their own. When it comes to nautical soirees, that pretty little island ranks supreme, and this wedding from Jesse Starr Photography is the perfect example. It’s pure New England prepster perfection, and there is so much more waiting for you right here.


From Jesse Starr PhotographyJen and Greg got married on October 13th, 2013 at the Great Harbor Yacht Club in Nantucket, MA. Jen immediately fell in love with Nantucket on her first visit to Greg’s family house on the island and wanted to have the island feel permeate her entire wedding. The details took inspiration from the couple’s hobbies like fishing and boating and they incorporated a nautical theme throughout. They literally and figuratively ‘tied the knot’ during the ceremony by tying a fisherman’s knot binding them together. One of my favorite elements was the matching Sperry Top-Siders they wore after the ceremony. Jen and Greg were one of those couples that made the photography so easy because they were so outwardly in love and ecstatic to be with each other forever. They were all about the photography and we spent time at various parts of the island throughout the wedding day, going to Main St. and Brant Point Lighthouse for variety outside the venue. We also did a day after session at the cranberry bog and down on the beach where Jen and Greg were thrilled to get in the water! 

From the Bride…Greg and I met in college and quickly got to know each other during our late night study sessions. Greg talked highly of his friends and family and soon invited me to travel with him to the East Coast. It was an offer I couldn’t pass up and ended up flying halfway across the country. First stop on the travel adventure? Nantucket! I immediately fell in love (even more with him, his family and the island). It’s a quaint and classic New England town and something this mountain girl had never seen before.

After six years of dating and visiting the island frequently, Greg finally proposed. He made the day so special by sharing some of our favorite activities together…we fished, enjoyed the Nantucket Cranberry Festival and drove out on the beach to the very tip of the island. Greg got down on one knee at the top of Great Point Lighthouse at sunset and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

A year later we wanted to share the same excitement and memorable time with our family and friends. Most of our guests had never been to the island and we wanted them to feel the charm of Nantucket…our wedding theme was definitely inspired by the classic island look and feel. Our colors were navy and Nantucket red. Our attire was traditional suits and dresses. We also wore “his and her” Sperry Top Siders. Our arrangements were hydrangeas and sea grass, which are island staples. We created signs to help lead guests, which were made out of weathered wood similar to the shingles you would find on the buildings. And our ceremony took place on the water where we love to spend time together. There were so many meaningful moments + details…we tied a fisherman’s knot during the ceremony, signifying the joining of our lives. Our dog was the best “man” and wore a bow tie and collar that matched Greg’s attire! After a cocktail hour that featured a classic raw bar, guests entered the reception where a slideshow greeted them with pictures of us and our love ones. Tables were decorated with hydrangeas centerpieces, Nantucket road signs with different villages in place of table numbers, nautical knots and fudge from a local shop. The reception was full of laughter, dancing and picture taking in the photobooth!

Our wedding was perfect and extremely special to us, and the details were fun to work on but made the day that much more special. We will forever remember this beautiful day with the amazing pictures captured by our wonderful photographer, Jesse Starr!

Photography: Jesse Starr Photography | Videography: Border Free Productions/ Kristen Kellogg | Floral Design: Flowers on Chestnut | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Simply with Style | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Simply with Style | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Great Harbor Yacht Club | Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren | Hair and Makeup Artist: Darya Salon/ Darya and Megan | Photo Booth: Nantucket Photobooth | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Wauwinet Inn

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Nantucket Wedding from Soiree Floral and Zofia & Co. Photography

Do you know the exact moment I knew I was going to love this wedding?  It was the very second I spotted this gorgeous bride’s bouquet.  A bouquet, mind you, that was expertly crafted by Soiree Floral (oh, do they know beautiful blooms) and is bursting with peonies and a coral hue that is all kinds of crazy amazing.  (It’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous, people.)  And the bride and groom’s sweet Nantucket wedding captured by Zofia & Co. Photography?  Just as stunning, with classic meets nautical stylings dotting every inch of space.  Don’t miss a minute in the full gallery.

From Soiree FloralWho doesn’t love coral charm peonies??? This wedding is chock-full of them and glittery gold bridal shoes! OOh – la – la! The couple could grace the cover of a magazine and the bride’s second dress change shows a fun, sassy side. Enjoy all the eye candy!

From the Bride… Peter and I met in 2006 — we worked together on a Wall Street trading desk in New York City. About 3 months after our first official date, Peter took me to his favorite place in the world — Nantucket. He had been spending summers on Nantucket for about 10 years, and after my first day there I was completely smitten with the island myself. Fast forward five years to October 2011, and Peter was down on one knee at sunset on Madaket beach. By that time we had a home of our own on Nantucket, and we quickly decided there was nowhere else in the world we would rather be married. We immediately began planning a Nantucket wedding for June 2012.

We wanted our wedding to have a more modern, streamlined feel than the typical Nantucket wedding. This made flowers and decor much more important than I originally anticipated. By working with Dawn at Soiree Floral, I quickly learned that an awesome florist can tie all of the details together, creating exactly the vibe a bride wants for the entire day. We favored mostly whites and grays with bold pops of a monochromatic accent color (coral). By doing this, we were able to keep the understated chic we love about Nantucket while still making the day feel like us.

I always knew that an excellent photographer was at the top of my vendor priority list; when I found out Zofia was available I booked her immediately and never looked back. The engagement session we did a month before the wedding was critical — it helped Zofia get to know us and it helped us get comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. We now have a gorgeous wedding album full of images we absolutely love and will cherish forever.

At the end of the day, we just wanted the party to rock. Boston-based First Class Band had everyone on their feet for five straight hours with an impeccable mix of jazzy r&b, Motown and contemporary music. Stephen Creese and his staff at Great Harbor Yacht Club were flawless — completely professional and remarkably accommodating.

Thanks to the hard work of our wonderful vendors, our wedding day was absolutely perfect in every way we hoped it would be.

Wedding Photography: Zofia & Co. Photography | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Ceremony Location: St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church | Reception Location: Great Harbor Yacht Club | Band – First Class Band (Boston) | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Wedding Cake: Jodi’s Cakes | Hair: Melissa at Darya Salon | Makeup: Meagan Sullivan of Darya Salon

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DIY Nantucket Wedding from Henry + Mac

An intimate Nantucket wedding at The Chanticleer basically sounds like heaven to me, and one peek at the pretty captured by Henry + Mac and it’s safe to say it looked like heaven too. With sweet DIY touches to make the wedding personal, a candlelit dinner and florals so beautiful they’ll leave you breathless – this Nantucket wedding is a one for the books, and you can see all the reasons why right here.

From the Bride… Eric and I wanted to have a small wedding, to be surrounded by the people we love and care about the most. We got engaged in Nantucket and knew right away that it was the perfect place for us to be married. And as soon as we walked into the courtyard of the Chanticleer, we both knew that was it. It just felt right. It’s absolutely beautiful but felt relaxed and comfortable. It was a bonus was that the food is spectacular. When I started planning the decor for the wedding, my goal was for it to feel comfortable and not too fussy and for the color palette to be soft – pinks, peaches, creams, seafoam greens, gold. Most of our wedding was DIY – we created our invitations, menus, centerpieces (we spray painted the candlesticks gold and all the flowers were done by my very talented aunt). We were lucky because the restaurant is already so gorgeous that we didn’t feel the need to go overboard with flowers and decor. I loved the idea of everything being illuminated with a lot of candlelight, so there were lots of candles everywhere.

I think my dress fit the decor and space perfectly – it was flowy and breezy and super comfortable. It actually isn’t a wedding dress and I’m excited for when I can wear it again! The day and the entire weekend was beautiful and full of so much love. There were definitley some hiccups and and it wasn’t perfect, but the thing I remember most is how happy and loved I felt and that will stay with me forever.

 Wedding Photography: Henry + Mac | Wedding Venue: The Chanticleer, Nantucket, MA | Officiant: Lisa Ann Donegan | Floral Design: DIY by the Bride’s Aunt | Flowers via  Flowers on Chestnut | Beer + Wine: Cisco Brewery, Nantucket | DJ: Phil Taylor of ACK DJ Services | Hair + Makeup : Joey Rose of Rinse in Philadelphia | Wedding Dress: Chloe | Shoes: Miu Miu | Groom’s Suit: J.Crew | DIY Details: Bride, Owner of  Home, a furnishings boutique in Philadelphia

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