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Nautical Westport, Massachusetts Wedding Part I

We featured their darling engagement on SMP New England, and not-so-secretly stalked their hashtag #joshandlusayido through the entire wedding weekend, and today we finally got our hands on the photos you’ve all been waiting for. Straight from the lens of Brumley & Wells, we’re diving into part one of their Westport nuptials, with mStarr Event Design, Petal Floral Design and Mayflour Confections behind every pin-worthy moment. Don’t miss the film by Blue Kite Cinema below, and sit tight for part two up next!


From Emily of mStarr Event Design… This incredible wedding was a year in the making…and what a year {and subsequent celebration} it was! Lindsey was one of our most favorite brides to work with: she had a vision in mind and never wavered from it. It was our job to conceptualize + weave everything together. With the most stunning of backdrops {two private residences!}, this wasn’t exactly difficult to do and the end result was a jaw-dropping design chock full of personal details that reflected this beautiful couple perfectly.

From the reception bar Josh built himself, oyster shell salt + pepper cellars at every place setting and calligraphy from Lauren at A Fabulous Fete, to the outdoor dance floor and multi-dimensional escort display, it was a creative field day for this gal! Getting to work with Jacob of Brumley & Wells is always a treat and knowing he was there to capture everything made the day even more special.

From The Bride… The one thing that I knew for sure years before getting engaged was that I wanted to get married in the quiet coastal town of Westport, MA. My grandparents built a house there when I was very young, so it’s a place where I have fond summer memories and after meeting Josh in college, it became a place where we both spent many summer weekends making memories together. So although we had the reception location set (my grandparents’ Westport Point home), the hunt began for a ceremony venue. And after striking out for several months at all the local wedding venues for various reasons, we finally got really lucky one Saturday last fall.

We actually went to visit what would be our ceremony venue just to scope out the house on the property as a potential place to rent for our family. But after seeing the beautiful stone house, the sweeping lawn overlooking the ocean, and the beautiful vine-covered pergola in the front yard, Josh and I both looked at each other and knew that it was the place we wanted to get married. We were so lucky to have stumbled upon such a stunning little property above Westport’s Elephant Rock Beach just by chance, and even luckier that the homeowner happily agreed to let this completely random but completely smitten couple have a wedding there. When the big day finally came this August and I locked eyes with Josh when walking down the aisle towards that beautiful pergola, it was like something out of a dream. We tearily made it through our own vows, and then spent about an hour at that venue with just the two of us and our photographer and videographers (the amazing Jacob, Nick & Colin) to take the majority of our wedding photos. The light was perfect, and the views were spectacular. I’ll never forget those first few moments as husband and wife in that beautiful spot – and the photos speak for themselves!

As our getaway car, Josh surprised me with the cutest green 1952 GMC truck. He knows I have an obsession with vintage trucks, and I nearly cried when I saw it parked there waiting for us! He had seen a local neighbor in Westport driving it around town, and he and my Mom pretty much stalked the owner until he was kind enough to lend it to us for the day. That drive back to the reception was actually one of the most memorable parts of our wedding day – the ride was the only real quiet few minutes that Josh and I got to spend alone together the entire day, and in that it was also terrifying and hilarious that we were alone, with no cell phones, driving this old truck that sounded like it could break down at any minute. But thankfully we did make it back, pulled right up onto my grandparent’s lawn, and were so overwhelmed with love as we saw all of our friends and family standing there cheering and welcoming us.

And then the party began! Our jaws literally dropped when we walked into our tent for the first time. All the details from the tablescapes to the florals to the food were perfect thanks to an amazing team of vendors led by the incredible mStarr event design and 42 North. It was everything I had envisioned and more, and most importantly, it really felt like us. The night was spent the best way I could imagine – dancing under the stars, drinking rose wine, snacking on local fried clams, and looking out across our candlelit tent seeing all of our smiling guests.

At the end of the night just before the band finished, we set off a firework show that Josh had put together and in that same moment, it began to lightly rain. That two minute rain shower was so perfectly timed that it was almost like it was planned, and was so welcomed to relieve everyone from the 90 degree heat. Spending the band’s last song dancing outdoors under string lights, rain, and fireworks was a pretty magical ending to what was without a doubt, the best day of our lives.

Photography: Brumley & Wells | Cinematography: Blue Kite Cinema | Event Design: mStarr event design | Event Planning: 42 North | Event Styling: mStarr event design | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Mayflour Confections | Ceremony Venue: Pond Meadow Estate | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Bride's Shoes: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: Timothy S. Hopkins Catering | Makeup: Katrina Hess | Hair: Sandra O'Boyle | Invitations & Calligraphy: A Fabulous Fete | Band: Wilson Stevens | Groom's Attire: Asos | Groomsmen Attire: Asos | Bride's Accessories: Vintage | Bridesmaids' Earrings: Anthropologie | Bridesmaids' Tattoos: Flash Tattoos | Film Processing: Mammum Film Lab | Rentals: Patina | Rentals: 12th Table | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Rentals: True North Rentals | Rentals: Peterson Party Center | Restrooms: Hallman's Septic | Tent Rentals & Lighting: Sperry Tents

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Westport Casual Elegant Wedding from Lens Cap Productions

This is how I picture every New England wedding to be.  A soft, romantic love-fest with an intimate chapel ceremony, followed by a backyard tented reception chock-full of lovely.  In other words, a perfect day crafted by a talented team of vendors (think Lens Cap ProductionsSperry Tents and Greenlion Design) featuring one of the cutest couples you will ever meet.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… Though we met in college and shared similar social circles, Christopher and I did not really connect until six years later at an impromptu local alumni get together I helped plan in Boston where we discovered we had a lot in common. After swapping countless pictures and stories of our beloved golden retrievers that night, it was clear we had many shared interests & values and that a relationship was in our future. Our very next date after that was to a Red Sox baseball game a few weeks later where I was treated to cold beer and an extra large “Monster” hotdog at the game. Chris now jokes that watching me scarf down park food on that hot summer day in under a minute, was the moment he fell in love with me!

Five years later, on an unsuspecting sunny St. Patrick’s Day afternoon, outside the very apartment in which I lived for most of our courtship (and as Christopher reminded me “where it all began”) he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.

We knew we wanted a short engagement, so we set a date for four months later. Already committed to one another, our family, friends and cherished dogs, we wanted to exchange vows to reflect these important relationships and let them shine for what they are. So much of our relationship was rooted in our shared appreciation for simple joys, we wanted to maintain that space without the pageantry weddings can often hinder. With that in mind we decided we wanted to create the feeling of an ‘at home’ kind of a wedding. I’ve always admired DIY, crafty weddings and those thoughtful and personal gestures to our wedding.

We were married in a quintessential New England chapel. From the moment Christopher and I saw the beautiful red doors of this quaint Westport chapel, we knew this was the place we wanted to declare our commitment to one another. The ceremony was intimate & simple and reflected our relationship
metaphorically, but it also allowed us to create a focus on the vows…

“I take you to be my wife/husband
I promise above all else to live in truth with you
And to communicate fully and fearlessly
I give you my hand and my heart
As a sanctuary of warmth and peace
And pledge my love, devotion, faith and honor
As I join my life to yours”

As an added bonus to the already charming ceremony, we drove away from the ceremony in my mother’s 1976 yellow convertible Volkswagen beetle. It was special to begin our journey together as husband and wife in a fun and familiar family car, with our dogs in tow in the back seat, a private moment alone on the way to celebrate our recent nuptials. I sat up on my knees the entire ride back waving at every passing car, my veil flying in the wind, while Chris honked the old horn. As we pulled down the driveway one of the members of our band played ‘here comes the bride,’ announcing our arrival.

My parents were generous enough to let us hold the reception at their riverfront home in Westport, MA. With such a gorgeous backdrop set we made sure to honor our surroundings by serving locally sourced foods from the nearby farming community, beers from the craft brewery down the street, used a local bakery for the cake & desserts and garden picked flowers and herbs from my parents gardens, even using my Mothers watering can collection to show off some of the blooms. My mother is also an incredibly talented seamstress, having made many outfits for my sister and I as children, including my high school prom dress. And while she didn’t attempt to make a wedding gown, she did make the veil for my vintage headpiece, as well as sewed the table runners and pennant banners for the wedding. We even decided to use some of her sewing pieces as props throughout the wedding.

Wedding photos of our grandparents, parents and siblings were displayed – honoring those uniquely different marriages in our families that we reflect and continue to learn from. Wildflower seed packets were given as favors to guests in hopes that they through the simple yet symbolic gesture of planting flowers, we aim to share our happiness, express how grateful we are for the people who have nourished us individually and also in our relationship as it grew. It was the wedding of our dreams… we felt the day reflected who and what we value/are and we were able to share it with the people we care about most in this world.

Photographer: Courtney Perkins Ryan | Photography: Courtney Perkins Ryan | Florist: Greenlion | Wedding Dress: Vows | Invitations: Wide Eyes Designs | Ceremony Venue: Acoaxet Chapel | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Smoke And Pickles | Hair & Makeup: The Beautiful Bride | Band: Rare Form | Groom's Suit: Tommy Hilfiger | Cake & Desserts: Beach Plum Cafe | Cake Topper: Hand Painted by Bride, supplied by Goose Grease | Guest Book Poster: Once Upon a Paper | Other Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Tent & Table Rentals: Sperry Tents

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Seaside Wedding in Westport from Ze Liang Photography

Seaside soirees have my heart. My subconscious draws me to them, and before I know it, hours have passed as I pour over all the prettiness. Take this beach beauty by Ze Liang Photography for instance – I opened this gorgeous wedding quite awhile ago, and here I am, still drooling over all the sweet details and lovely seaside settings hours later. Not that I am complaining of course, because this gallery is one fabulous way to spend a day. See it all here.

Country Club

From the Bride… Shortly after we were engaged, we knew we wanted to celebrate our nuptials somewhere near the water. We are beach people at heart and knew no other place to get married than Westport, Massachusetts. Westport is a special spot – a place where I spent my summers with family while growing up, and a place we both visit whenever we can get out of the city!

A few adjectives to describe the day would be colorful, preppy and blissful!

Our vision for the wedding was nautical chic while also keeping it casual and intimate. When we found the Acoaxet Club, we knew immediately that this was the right venue for us. What I loved about this venue is that they only host a handful of weddings each year and we were lucky enough to be one of them. The charming seaside scenery really appealed to us. While it’s typical to see navy with the nautical theme, we wanted to switch it up a bit and have a little pop of color. I was drawn immediately to this coral/knot fabric and knew then and there that our primary color for the day would be coral.

There were many DIY projects we took on that kept us busy during the planning process.from the beautiful table runners to the monkey fist knots. One of my favorite details was the lobster trap that we used for both our card box and escort cards. I loved the buoys which were all hand painted by my mother and I. We really wanted to create an original wedding that showcased our personalities. It was important to us that all the small little details showed through on our special day.

Some special touches that were incorporated into the day included my brother who officiated our ceremony which made the atmosphere of the day even more warm and intimate. We felt truly blessed to have the people we love around us while we exchanged vows with each other. Another little touch that really was special to me was the bouquet.not only for the gorgeous flowers but for my late grandmothers handkerchief that was wrapped around the stems and a charm of my father who passed away. Having that charm was a reminder as I walked down the aisle that he was there with me on my special day.

All of our vendors were wonderful to work with. Our biggest priority of the day was music. We wanted all of our friends and family to have fun and dance all night long. We have attended many weddings in the past and we knew even before we were engaged that we a live band was a must. We chose Now & the Forevers and they were incredible. Our dance floor was packed the entire night! They played music from classic oldies to old school rap and everything in between. I love that they are not your typical wedding band — they were hip and fun and original.

The whole day turned out beautifully. My husband and I made sure to take in every minute of the day. There were times where we would both just stop and enjoy the moments. We both agree that it was the best day of our lives and it couldnt have been any better!

Photography: Ze Liang Photography | Floral Design: Bettes Finishing Touch | Wedding Dress: Anaiss | Cake: Cakes by Jenn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine Collection | Makeup + Hair: Caitlin Murphy Stylist | Wedding Venue: Acoaxet Club | Charm: AristoCrafty | Day of Coordinator: Jennifer Corvese Hyde | Hair Piece: Misun Bridal | Second Photographer: Wandering Seaman Photography