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.
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