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Classic Cape Cod Wedding with Touches of Southern Charm

Despite all the months of planning, sometimes the best part of your wedding day happens organically. For Ali and Mike, it was when they snuck off to the shoreline for a few moments alone and to recharge and regroup amidst the excitement. This candid moment was a reminder of their promise, “I will settle you,” and also led to their favorite photo of the day. See it, and so many more pretty moments, caught through the lens of Sarah Der Photography, in The Vault!

From The Bride & Groom…We wanted our wedding to be both effortlessly elegant and shout “Ali and Mike!” down to the last detail. Our wedding incorporated some of our favorite things: love, Richmond, and Cape Cod. When we both arrived as freshmen on the Richmond campus, we spent a year falling in love with the school and the city, and the next three years falling in love with each other. Our jobs pulled us away from Richmond after we graduated college, but something told us that our love story with Richmond wasn’t over yet. We moved back two years after graduation, and the rest is history. Richmond played a big part in our love story, and we wanted to make sure that our wedding captured not only the easy-breeze vibe of springtime at the Cape but also the city that started it all.

Ali’s family started the wedding weekend by hosting a southern cuisine-inspired brunch. At the wedding, Mike and his groomsmen wore socks with spiders on them–a nod to the University of Richmond’s mascot, the spider. At the reception, the tables were named after some of our favorite Richmond and University of Richmond locations, and the ceremony cake toppers featured a bride spider and groom spider sitting in beach chairs surrounded by edible sea shells. We captured the lightness of the Cape with a relaxed brunch wedding, complete with champagne cocktails named “The Gazebo,” after one of our favorite places on the U of R campus. We created the effortlessly elegant vibe with an outdoor cocktail hour overlooking the bay, yummy and light brunch foods, and cool blue, green, and white local blooms (our florist even used sea glass in our flower arrangements!). We used handmade ombre calligraphy for the table names and escort cards, which brought the ocean indoors. We completed the brunch-y, relaxed feel by having newspapers with crossword puzzles (all about us and our friends + family!), pencils, and mimosas + coffee for guests when they arrived at our reception.

Our favorite memories from the day are when we were able to sneak away and share a few moments alone, as husband and wife (!). One moment that stands out in particular happened immediately after the chaos of the receiving line (great to do because we got to greet our guests, but it was overwhelming!). Ali is a bit introverted, so Mike walked Ali away from the receiving line and towards the shoreline so that they could have a few moments alone. Within minutes, Ali was feeling recharged and ready to enjoy the rest of the day. It was there that the words engraved in our wedding bands, “I will settle you” became reality. This moment was captured perfectly by Sarah (our favorite picture of the day!).

We were so excited to share Cape Cod with our friends and family! Ali and her family grew up sailing, swimming, and sandcastle-ing on the Cape, and she and Mike have so many fond memories of runs on the beach and evenings spent watching the sunset over the water. We really can’t imagine a more serene and beautiful place to start our lives as Mr. and Mrs.! We also recommend getting married in either the bride or the groom’s hometown–it was so nice to be home with Ali’s family before the big day!

We must admit, planning a wedding is a BIG job, and not one that comes without complications! Our best advice to engaged couples is to constantly remember the most important part of the weekend: becoming husband and wife, which is pretty much the happiest thing in the world. We were able to channel that happiness towards some of the trickier, more emotional aspects of the reception planning, and we ended up with a wedding that was overflowing with joy, love, and light.

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Photography: Sarah Der Photography | Floral Design: Cindy Of Vintage Flowers | Cake: The Casual Gourmet | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of the Assumption | Reception Venue: Oyster Harbors Club | Bride's Shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Oyster Harbors Club | Hair + Makeup: Cosmetique | Calligraphy: Dancing Ink | Band: The Moonlighters | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Wedding Dress + Veil: BHLDN

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Classic Elegance in Osterville from Sweet Monday Photography

Cape Cod and gorgeous weddings go hand in hand, but they enter a whole new level of pretty when this team of talents joins forces. And it’s the kind of pretty you’ll want to sit down with for awhile. I’m talking invitations by the amazing Ruby the Fox, lovely florals from Lilacs Floral Design, and a picture perfect cake from Delicious Desserts all captured by Sweet Monday Photography – it’s image after image of lovely inspiration, and you can take a peek at all the pretty right here.

And you won’t want to miss icing on the cake – this couple’s gorgeous film by Long Haul Films …

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From Sweet Monday Photography… Lindsey & Mike grew up in the same town, knew of each other throughout school, and went to neighboring colleges but it wasn’t until a chance encounter at a bar that led to a night of dancing which eventually led to a realization that they were soul mates. Lindsey was working in the fashion industry in NYC and Mike was in Boston, but Lindsey soon returned home so they could start their lives together. Needless to say, with so many years of mutual friends and family on hand to celebrate, and all of them passionate dancers, Lindsey & Mike’s wedding was a serious party!

Since Lindsey worked in fashion, we had high expectations for her dress and boy, did she bring it! We are obsessed with her Reem Acra gown that was both traditional but also stunningly modern and unique. The entire wedding party looked fabulous! All the rest of the details of the day took a cue from Lindsey’s dress, keeping with the classic themes of a Cape Cod wedding but with a refreshingly contemporary spin, from the Blue & Blush color palate to the paper suite by Ruby the Fox.

From the Bride… Michael and I were childhood friends whose paths crisscrossed many times over the years – we attended the same middle school, belonged to the same church and even attended rival colleges in Maine. After graduating school, I moved to Manhattan and Michael to Boston, and it wasn’t until a chance encounter when I was home visiting family over Thanksgiving when our paths crossed once more, and as they say, the rest is history!

I have to admit that as a young girl I grew up not dreaming about my perfect wedding, but rather more specifically about the perfect groom and perfect dress! Michael and I were married on Cape Cod on a beautiful, sunny, 75 degree day, and as every bride will tell you, the whole day was a complete blur – but a perfect blur. I married the most perfect man in the wedding dress of my dreams, surrounded by 225 of the most wonderful family and friends – and after that everything else just fell into place.

As a slave to details, I put a fair amount of thought and energy into planning every single detail of our day. As most brides do, I spent countless hours browsing magazines and blogs for inspiration. While I didn’t have a wedding theme per say, the décor and overall design aesthetic was influenced by the romance and charm of “Old World Cape Cod” – from the organic lush and candlelight filled centerpieces by Lilacs, to the adirondack chairs (with custom made pillows to match our invitation envelope liners!) and row boat filled with beer on the lawn for the cocktail hour. While we wanted a formal wedding, we still wanted it to still be youthful and fun. In order to set this tone, we worked with the super talented Megan of Ruby the Fox Designs to create the most perfect invitation suite and day of elements, which were traditional with a touch of whimsy. Sweet Monday Photography and Long Haul Films were the ultimate “dream team” to work with, documenting every detail of our day so beautifully.

I could not have been more in love with my Reem Acra wedding gown. Working in fashion, I knew I wanted something a little different and unlike what I had seen on any other bride – traditional yet unique, structured yet romantic – and to me, this dress accomplished all of that. The bodice of raw silk strips and skirt of layers (and layers!) of tulle and organza simply took my breath away. When I tried it on I couldn’t take it off, and knew it was the dress I was meant to dance the night away in! I also had a bit of fun outfitting the wedding party – all 25 of them! The bridesmaids wore Joanna August dresses in five different shades of blush and nude, and the groomsmen wore Navy Bonobos suits with Brooks Brother’s ties.

The weekend unfolded more perfectly then I ever could have imagined, with my all-time favorite moment being our first look, followed by our first dance to “Never Knew Love Like This Before” (Stephanie Mills). I remember thinking that it was pretty darn miraculous that I got to marry this incredible guy on this beautiful summer day surrounded by such amazing friends and family, and I can’t thank everyone enough for helping to make it the best day of our lives.

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Videography: Long Haul Films | Coordinator: Lynne Enos | Florist: Lilacs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: Delicious Desserts | Invitations: Ruby The Fox | Church: St. Elizabeth Seton | Reception Venue: Oyster Harbors Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August | Makeup: Katrina Hess | Hair: Stacey Kuehn | Band: Night Shift Entertainment | Men's Ties: Brooks Brothers | Men's Suits: Bonobos | Bridal Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid | Rentals: Be Our Guest | Rentals:: Chase Canopy

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Cape Cod Wedding with Serious Style, II

Here’s what I love about today’s wedding. The bride and groom managed to capture the essence and the innate beauty of a cape style wedding while still infusing it with funky, style-driven details that allow for their personalities to come shining through. From the peacock features to the crazy groom’s socks…there are little bits of spunk sprinkled in to every corner. And I love that. Photographed by Michael Howard, I’ve fallen hard for this wedding.

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cape cod wedding

cape cod wedding

Thank you so much to Michael Howard for sharing this with us…make sure to check out his awesome blog that has tons of weddings just as gorgeous as this one.

Cake toppers: Tessa Barr, artist, San Francisco / Gown: Nicole Miller / Bride’s shoes: Poetic Licence / Groom’s suit: Calvin Klein / Tie: Cyberoptix Tie Lab / Groom’s socks: Uniqlo / Bridemaid dress: Komarov Pleated Flutter Sleeve Dress  from Nordstrom / Paper Star Lanterns with LEDs: hand made by Chip and Lisa / Porcelain Boat Place Cards: hand made by Chip and Lisa / Sign “The Wedding of Chip and Lisa”: hand made by Chip and Lisa / Caterer & Cake: Casual Gourmet, coordinator Cheryl Stewart / Florist: Bee and Blossom / Tent: Undercover Tent / Music: Maggie Mackay and the Whiskey Boys bluegrass trio