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Marion Summer Waterfront Wedding

Weddings like this one captured beautifully by Joyelle West Photography remind me why nautical New England weddings will always reign supreme in my book. With the gorgeous Beverly Yacht Club playing hostess, stunning florals from Sayles Livingston Flowers and a couple you just know had the best day ever, this gallery is just pure preppy perfection. See it all here.


From the Bride…My husband and I are from the same town and met while growing up. Both of our families still live there and we tend to spend a lot of time up there during the summer months; we love to take advantage of being by the ocean. When we started talking about the wedding there was never really any question as to where it would be held.

The setting played a big part at our wedding. June is such a beautiful time of year in Marion so I felt that we could rely on the environment to provide a lot of the color. We wanted the wedding to be as personal as possible and we were lucky enough to be able to have the reception at the lawn of my grandmother’s house. In addition, we decided to ‘parade’ down the street of the small town from the church where we had the ceremony to the yacht club where we had a receiving line and some light refreshments. From there we took my father’s boat across the harbor to the reception. We have both spent a lot of time on that harbor, so for us it made the day even more special

I felt that adding too many decorations at the reception would have competed with the beauty of the location so I wanted to keep things very simple (which can be surprisingly difficult when planning a wedding). I decided on light flowers with pops of coral and sage and simple white tables. I love being by the water, but wasn’t interested in having a nautical theme. My aunts and I arranged two DIY projects for my friends and family during the bridal luncheon the day before. We made hanging lanterns out of Mason jars, ribbons, wire and tea lights and glued custom flags onto striped cocktail straws. A friend and I also stamped different images on the table cards and hand stamped the table numbers as well.

My dress was from Saja and was exactly what I was looking for. I felt so comfortable in it. The veil is from my mother’s side of the family and goes back quite a few generations. I thought it was the perfect compliment to the dress. My grandmother leant me some beautiful sapphire and diamond earrings (borrowed and blue!) and a bracelet to put on as the finishing touches.

We had an amazing day weather-wise and (at least to me) everything was perfect down to our wedding ‘cake’, which was made out of wheels of cheese. What else could a girl ask for?

Photography: Joyelle West Photography | Florist: Sayles Livingston Design | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Hair And Makeup: Rachael Berkowitz | Band: Clark Eno Orchestra | Groom's Attire: Field Custom English Tailors | Bride's Dress: Saja | Bridesmaids Necklaces: Emily Condon Designs | Caterers: Blue Rock Catering | Cocktail Hour: Beverly Yacht Club | Day-of Coordinator: WedBoston | Tent/Uplighting: Chase Canopy

Marion, MA Wedding at the Kittansett Club

Seaside soirees have my heart. There is something about that fabulous mix of fresh salt air and easy elegance that just makes me swoon. So this wedding from Orchard Cove Photography? It’s so up my alley. With a Bride in a stunning Monique Lhuillier gown, breathtaking florals from the lovely Sayles Livingston Flowers and perfectly placed details thanks to Wendy Joblon – this fête is the definition of seaside chic, and you can see it all here.

Country Club

From the Bride…Our wedding was all about easy elegance – although it was in our backyard, Peter and I wanted it to be more than just a backyard wedding! The setting – our home, the water, and the golf course – was the source of inspiration for the entire day. It was romantic with a touch of seaside elegance. Once I picked the dress, it felt like all of the other details fell into place. It was the perfect gown for the setting – airy and romantic. Since we were not having our ceremony in a church, it was important for us to keep the feeling of an altar, so we used a platform to designate the space on the lawn where we said our vows.

We kept the decor for the ceremony minimal – the water and lighthouse provided the perfect backdrop for the service. A palette of white, navy, and blush pink, with silver accents, kept the details of the wedding cohesive. I’ve always loved white and soft pink since I was a little girl, and paired with navy it provided a crisp contrast that evoked the feeling of a summer seaside celebration.

Peter and I had purchased the house before we got engaged and were renovating it right up until the week before the wedding! It was a miracle that we got it all done in time. Additionally, we were a little hesitant about having an outdoor ceremony. Having played a lot of golf right next door, we knew how unpredictable the weather could be and how windy it could get, even on a seemingly beautiful June day. As we spent more time at the house, we knew that we had to take a chance and get married on our lawn, where we got engaged and would spend the rest of our lives together.

After the ceremony, guests headed directly across the road for cocktails and the reception at the golf club, so there was no “break in the magic” of the celebration. At the end of the night, guests took home jars of rosehip jelly, made from the fruit of the Rosa rugosa plant. The native beach rose grows by the water where we were wed.

The most surprising moment of the day came just after my dad and I walked out of the house and across the stone patio, we were at the top of the aisle when the wind caught my veil, which then completely covered my dad’s face! We both tried to pull it back, but to no avail. After what seemed like an eternity, we decided to just keep going down the aisle, which ended up turning us directly into the wind so the veil blew back into place. It was a moment that had EVERYONE laughing and ensured I had quite the dramatic entrance.

Photography: Orchard Cove Photography | Videographer: Vantage Point Films | Event Planning: Wendy Joblon | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Crane & Co. | Reception Venue: The Kittansett Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Shine by Tayla | Hair: Luxx Beauty Bar | Band: Soul City | Dessert Display: Artisan Bake Shop | Gown Boutique: Mark Ingram Atelier