Nantucket Wedding by Brea McDonald Photography
October 10, 2011
New England
DIY Inspired

Good morning, SMPers and a happy Monday to you!  We're welcoming you back to yet another lovely week of inspiration here on Style Me Pretty Massachusetts with these oh-so charming Nantucket nuptials captured by the amazing Brea McDonald Photography.  Boasting gorgeous red and blue hues, a breathtaking tented reception and a plethora of fabulous DIY details, this adorable couple braved Hurricane Irene to throw a New England bash to remember.  Plus, my new favorite wedding gown!  Check out all of the pretty details here!










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From the Bride... We didn’t choose colors or have a particular theme or motif in mind when we started planning; if anything, I suppose we were inspired by Nantucket herself! The only thing I was sure of was the groomsmen’s attire - I loved the quintessential island look of Nantucket reds paired with blue blazers and Sperry topsiders. Jake definitely received quite a few strange and skeptical looks from his Canadian groomsmen when he tried to describe the color of the pants they would be wearing for the ceremony! From there we just followed our instincts and incorporated as many fun colors (like the blue bridesmaid dresses and my blue shoes) and details (like the American/ Canadian flags and starfish boutonnières) as possible and luckily it all came together!

Our wedding wouldn’t have been complete without a little travel complication (in the five years Jake and I have flown back and forth to visit one another NOT ONCE have we had an entirely smooth round trip – it’s become a running family joke), but we certainly didn’t factor in the appearance of a hurricane!! I hadn’t spent my entire year planning for the perfect tented wedding only for it to be spoiled by Hurricane Irene – we broke out the cute yellow rain boots, prepped the Colby umbrellas and fielded phone calls from desperate guests cancelling at the last minute since all modes of transportation off the island had been cancelled for Sunday.

Amazingly, the weather held out for us that day and the overcast skies made for great pictures. The wedding was better than we ever could have dreamed – I was able to showcase all the little DIY projects I had worked so hard on (including the menus, programs, escort card display, signature drink setup and straws), the lanterns my dad and father-in-law stayed up all night stringing looked fabulous, one of our groomsmen got up on stage and sang a song especially for us and my brothers (one being a volunteer firefighter no less!) and groomsmen surprised us with a fantastic self made fireworks display that would have rivaled any formal 1st (for the Canadians!) or 4th of July celebration – only fitting since Jake and I had decided to inscribe our wedding bands with the phrase “To A Lifetime of Fireworks”. We literally missed the hurricane by hours – as soon as the reception ended the wind picked up and vendors were on site to break down the tent and collect the rentals. All of our guests were stuck on Nantucket the next day, but we kept the festivities going by hosting a “stranded” party! We honestly could not have asked for a more fun or memorable wedding weekend!!

Wedding Photography: Brea McDonald Photography / Caterer: A Taste of Nantucket / Flowers: Jean Cawley of A Taste of Nantucket / Band: Jeff Ross and the Atlantics / Tent: Nantucket Tents / Wedding Dress: Amsale / Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer / Bridesmaid Shoes: Jack Rogers / Groomsmen Ties: Etro from Barneys / Groomsmen Pants: Murray's Toggery Shop / Groomsmen Shoes: Sperry Topsiders / Hair and Makeup: Darya Salon / Hairpiece: Bride’s Head Revisited / Table Signs: Marty Kelly Paper