Nantucket Wedding from Soiree Floral + Cary Hazlegrove Photography
January 30, 2012
New England
CasualYacht ClubReligious Institution
It's almost February, LBBers, which means it's pretty much almost March... which in turn means it's almost April too... long story short, it's almost time for some fabulous beach weddings right? We're jumping the gun a little (don't worry - we still LOVE everything about winter nuptials, we just needed a little watery vaca this morning) and heading straight for Nantucket with this gorgeous wedding, captured by Cary Hazlegorve Photography. The fantastic floral design, courtesy of Soiree Floral, is just one of the many things - like those adorable flower girls, or the rope bracelets the 'maids are sporting - we love about this wedding. Click here for the rest!
Eliza and Anthony started dating in April, 2008 following an introduction by Eliza’s brother-in-law, Chip, who attended Princeton University and played lacrosse with Anthony. It seemed like just an introduction, but it was so much more. Eliza had just moved from Philadelphia to New York City in pursuit of her career as a nurse, but little did she know she would also find her future husband. Three years later, Anthony proposed under the Tree in Rockefeller Center following The Christmas Spectacular.

It was never a question where Eliza and Anthony wanted to have their wedding. Eliza’s Family has been going to Nantucket for over 40 years and Eliza has been there every year since her birth. To her, it is a family place, full of memories and tradition. When she was younger, she would put on rope bracelet the day she arrived on island and keep it on until it the end of summer. The bracelet always ended up worn with memories of her summer. She wanted to share these memories and create new ones with her family and friends, with her and Anthony’s special day as a centerpiece.

Fall has always been Eliza and Anthony’s favorite time on Nantucket; the colors of the island are still vivid from the summer sun and the ocean is still warm. Since they started dating they have visited the Island mid or late September, avoiding the summer crowds, having the beaches virtually to themselves, and lighting a fire when the sun went down. They were sure October was the perfect time for a wedding, and it turned out they were right. It was 65 degrees and sunny on their special day. It was simply magical.

It was important to Eliza and Anthony that their wedding not only represent them as a couple, but also the beauty and tradition of the island. From the moments guests arrived, they were greeted with bags filled with traditions of the Island; good luck pennies to throw off the departing ferry towards Brant Point and a small box of chocolate covered cranberries, a tribute to Nantucket’s October Cranberry Festival. And what better venue than the Great Harbor Yacht Club! A homage to the nautical traditions of the Island.

The bridesmaids looked beautiful, with their scallop shell necklaces, starfish earrings, and traditional Nantucket rope bracelets from Eliza’s Childhood. The colors of the bridesmaids dresses was pewter, a tribute to Nantucket, or the “The Gray Lady”, as it is known to those who visit her often. The maid of honor’s dress was dark red, representative of the cranberries that are a fall staple of the Island.

Guests were greeted with a ‘Sea Breeze’ upon arrival to the reception, a tribute to Eliza’s Granny Titi. It was her favorite drink.

Local artist, Jeanne van Etten, also known as the “Nantucket Mermaid,” created mermaid and pirate themed escort cards for each guest. The cards were of course used to direct guests to their table, but were also designed as postcards with personalized E & A postage attached. A detail thought of by the bride to enable each guest to write the newlyweds their best wishes and place them in the mail. Returning from their honeymoon, the couple was greeted with some spirited memories from a memorable night.

Floral Design: Soiree Floral / Venue: Great Harbor Yacht Club / Church: First Congregational Church / Photography: Cary Hazlegrove Photography / Day of Planner: Jimmy Jaskic / Bridal Car: Hyland Drivers / Caterer: Simply with Style / Paper Goods: Jeanne van Etten / Photobooth: Nantucket Photobooth / Dress: Matthew Christopher / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: RJ Miller / Makeup: Elizabeth Wiggins, Beauty by the Sea / Tuxedos: Brooks Bothers, Golden Fleece Morning Coat / Bridesmaid's Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Band: Sultans of Swing