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How to Pick the Perfect Floral Designer with Whitney B.

From SMP blogger bride, Whitney B.… If you are anything like me, when it came to envisioning my wedding day, I knew I wanted an abundance of flowers, but I had no clue where to begin with searching for a floral designer. After researching several different designers and looking through hundreds of pictures and websites, I finally narrowed it down to my #1: Shawna, owner of The Wild Dahlia. Below are some of the reasons why and tid bits of advice for all you future wives:

Find Someone With an Aesthetic You Love

When picking a floral designer, look at their use of color, their signature style, and their featured bouquets within their portfolio and on their social media accounts. As a bride, one reason I chose The Wild Dahlia is because I loved the look and feel of Shawna’s centerpieces and bouquets that I had seen featured on Instagram feed, on wedding blogs, and in portfolio pictures. I also loved the fullness of her signature bouquet style and her use of large statement blooms – such as garden roses and peonies mixed with greenery to create a full and romantic look – which is exactly what I was looking for.

Find a Floral Designer Who Understands Your Vision

Also consider a potential floral designer’s ability to understand your vision and run with it, while also making it unique and a little bit outside of the box. While I love flowers and had very specific blooms that I wanted incorporated, I also really wanted to lean on my selected floral designer and trust her to take my tastes and preferences and create a floral plan that not only fit our personal tastes but also felt unique and different than everything we had been seeing. I also took into consideration that The Wild Dahlia was a vetted vendor on my wedding planner’s (Always Yours Events) vendor list, and that it was very evident that Shawna could be entrusted with our vision and to be an integral part of our wedding vendor team.

Find a Floral Designer Willing to be Creative

Finally, consider his or her ability to be creative with your floral AND your ideal budget. During our first consult with Shawna, we loved her can-do spirit and ability to be creative with not only our vision but also our budget. We had a specific floral budget in mind, and Shawna helped us find creative ways to make our design work within our ideal budget while never sacrificing the aesthetic or design from day one. For example, we will have gorgeous arrangements at our ceremony that we wanted to see incorporated for more than just 30 minutes of our day, so we have worked with Shawna to take those florals and repurpose them for spaces later in the evening where they will be impactful and continue our design throughout all the reception spaces.

I hope some of these tips help you find the perfect floral designer for your own wedding day! I cannot wait to share with you all the design and floral from our wedding at the Wequassett very soon!

Happy Flower Picking-

Whit B.


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Photography: Carly Michelle Photography | Cinematography: Brighter Lights Media | Event Planning + Design: Always Yours Events | Floral Design: The Wild Dahlia | Stationery: Amanda Day Rose | Makeup: Natalie Lelless | Hair: Jennifer Tawa | Wedding Venue: Wequassett Resort and Golf Club | Bride: Whitney Bischoff

Whitney Bischoff

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Romantic Gold Infused Chatham Bars Inn Wedding

A wedding infused with gorgeous gold accents has SMP written all over it. So, when this pretty little number landed in our inbox we just couldn’t wait to share it. You see, it’s a day filled with not just love but plenty of pretty. I’m talking sparkling sequined accents and one gorgeous BHLDN gown (just to name a few)! Straight from Kelly Dillon it’s a gallery of goodness and it’s all right here.

From the beautiful Bride… Tommy and I both grew up in Weymouth; we went to High School together and graduated a year apart. We always had mutual friends and socialized with one another every so often. In our later 20’s we both bought homes in Weymouth that were only a block apart. One of my best friends was living with Tommy at the time and this is when we really started to spend more time together. We all started having a weekly dinner together on Thursday nights. I love to cook and entertain and Tommy loves to eat! Tommy always cleared his plate and would rave about my cooking. He would never let me clean a dirty dish or pan in the kitchen. I think that’s really when I started to fall for him. He would wash and I would dry and we would just talk. Our relationship really developed over food, wine and time. One of these Thursday night dinners was spent eating grilled pizza and drinking wine by a fire in my backyard. That night Tommy and I were the last ones by the fire, he kissed me and life changed for the better in an instant. We started dating and as the saying goes the rest is history.

Tommy always plans nights away for special occasions. For my 33rd birthday he planned an amazing weekend for us at the Chatham Bars Inn. It was my first time staying there and my love affair with CBI was born. Later in the year for my Mother’s birthday I planned a night away for her, my Father, Tommy and I at Chatham Bars Inn. What I did not know was Tommy had a plan of his own. My Mom and I went to Chatham early in the day to spend time together shopping, having lunch, just doing Mom and daughter stuff. Tommy “had to work” and he would drive down with my Dad later in the day. That afternoon Tommy went to my parent’s house and asked my Father for his daughter’s hand in marriage and of course my Dad agreed. That evening we had dinner reservations at the Sacred Cod, we decided to have a cocktail before in our main inn room. Tommy always starts the night with a toast, so of course when he asked us all to join him on the balcony to toast the birthday girl, I still suspected nothing. After a very touching toast to my Mother, he turned to me and told me how beautiful I looked then reached into his pocket and got down on one knee. I knew immediately he was about to propose and the only way I know how to describe what happened next is comparing it to an out of body experience. The world just went away…along with my ability to hear. I put my glass of wine down and held onto that railing tight; I thought I was going to pass out right there and then. I just remember looking down at Tommy and the most amazing ring I had ever seen in my life. I did not hear one word that came out of his mouth so I can’t really say I heard his beautiful proposal. He finally stood up, hugged me tight and that’s when I started to cry and was able to finally get out…YES, YES, YES. It was the most wonderful moment of my life, up to that point ;). We spent the rest of the night celebrating and talking wedding. We decided that night that we would have our wedding at The Chatham Bars Inn. How could we do it anywhere else? The next morning when we woke up Tommy proposed again and this time I heard every word.

The next Saturday we were back at CBI booking our wedding for November 29, 2014 in the Beach House. Two days later I found out I was pregnant with our daughter, Sadie Grace. I really didn’t have a chance to plan anything more than the date and location at that point. Learning we were having a baby in June changed my focus completely. Everything shifted to becoming a mother and planning for a baby. Being a bride definitely got put on the backburner. A few months later my sister Sara sent me a pin of a stunning dress. I knew as soon as I laid my eyes on it I had to have that dress for my wedding day. Little did I know the Isadora dress from BHLDN was sold out everywhere. After some serious internet searching and international phone calls to find the dress, I still came up with nothing. After a month or so I gave up and decided it wasn’t meant to be. But as my sister Sara always has, she came to my rescue and found me the last Isadora dress from BHLDN.

The description of the Isadora dress is “a liberal sprinkling of gold and silver sequins” and that’s exactly what inspired the theme for the wedding. Everything décor wise stemmed from the design of the dress. From our beautiful gold gilded wedding invitations to the playful escorts cards and wedding cake that were dripping with golden dots to the to the handmade gold sequin tablecloths that shimmered and caught the light beautifully, to the golden LOVE artwork that my sister and I found together. Everything just fell in place perfectly. I definitely ran with gold and glamorous and never looked back!

The flowers for the wedding were so important to me. I wanted them to be able to stand up to the boldness of the gold theme that would be running throughout the reception space, but I wanted them to be a bit more subdued and tranquil while still making a big impact. I knew I was in good hands with Kristen Erickson from Flourish. I told her exactly what I wanted and we worked together to come up with what I think were two breathtakingly beautiful table scenes. One table would feature a single large arrangement and the other was made up of three smaller arrangements. The vessels were silver mercury glass and that is how I worked the silver sequins of my dress into the décor as well. They married perfectly with gold tones of the votives with the soft candlelight. It all sat on top of ivory linen with a beautiful sheer dove gray table runner. When I walked into the reception space on our wedding night I could not have been more overjoyed. The space looked so incredibly beautiful! It sparkled and it was everything I had envisioned and more.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Florist: Flourish Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Reception Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Wedding Shoes: Old Navy | Jewelry: Bloomingdales | Bridesmaids: Ralph Lauren | Makeup: Tryst Studio | Band: Gig Masters - PartyPosh

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Romantic Pastel Cape Cod Wedding

I’m lucky to call New England home, especially when weddings as beautiful as this one take place in our stunning state. Graced with sunshine and salty air, this seaside celebration is filled with pretty pastel accents, a gorgeous Lovely Bridal Shop gown, and one lucky-in-love couple. Summer Street Photography was on hand to capture all the merriment and it’s waiting for you here!

From the beautiful Bride… After spending my summers as a kid running around the beaches of Cape Cod and after Adam proposed on the rocks on Bank Street Beach, we knew we had to get married there. Chatham was such a special place for us and for my family it seemed perfect that we begin our future there together and share the fond memories with our guests. People asked us what our “theme” was all along the planning process and we never really had one, we just DIY-ed everything we could DIY, from the BAR marquee sign, to the garland hanging from the tent, and even all of the signage.

We were so unbelievably lucky to be surrounded by amazing and loving family and friends. Our officiant, Cameron Thomas, is a college friend of Adam’s and our florist, Jessica Stage-Fiesinger (of Stage Floral Styling) was the Matron of Honor and one of the bride’s very best friends, so every bit of this event was meaningful and special to us. Those vendors who weren’t before, sure became our friends by the end. Bob Oldsman of White’s Catering is one of the nicest, most fun-loving and helpful people we have encountered and everyone from Summer Street Photography (Chuck, Vina, and Kendra) made it so that we will have these memories forever.

As this was a destination wedding for all we had 4 days worth of serious help from our favorite people in order to make this day the best we could have imagined. We had been together for almost 9 years before getting married and wanted this wedding to be a reflection of our journey. Our goal was great food, great drinks, and great fun. We ended the evening with a bonfire and s’mores on the beach and ended the weekend with a hangover-curing brunch the next morning. We definitely think we succeeded in reaching our goal. Best. Day. Ever.

Photography: Summer Street Photography | Florist: Stage Floral Styling | Wedding Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Food: White's Catering | DJ: Sara Williams Mobile DJ | Groom's Attire: ASOS | Wedding Venue: The Hawthorne | Bar & Farm Table Rentals: True North Rentals | Bride Earrings: BHLDN | Bride Engagement & Wedding Ring: Shiree Odiz | Bridemaids Dresses: Amsale | Cakes & Desserts: Artisan Bake Shop | Dress Customization: Sew Elegant | Groom Wedding Band: 2nd Street Ring Craft | Hair & Make-up: Lasha Keller & Juan From Elements Hair Studio Brooklyn, NY | Reception Dress: Rebecca Schoneveld | Rentals: Undercover Tent | Wedding Dress Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop

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Nautical Cape Cod Wedding

This is what I’m calling nautical with a twist.  A pretty little seaside affair with beautiful details and a sophistication that only New England’s finest vendors could craft.  Think Chocolate Creative DesignSayles Livingston Flowers and Urban Lace Events all coming together to create a Cape Cod worthy affair with a hint of golden glamour.  See it all captured by Brian Dorsey Studios right here.

From Urban Lace EventsThe Bride and Groom live in New York City, but have spent many holidays and weekends in Cape Cod where the groom enjoyed childhood summers with his family. When choosing a wedding venue, the couple desired a location where friends and family could come together for a relaxing getaway. After visiting Chatham Bars Inn, the couple fell in love with its seaside location and elegant yet relaxing atmosphere.

With its seaside location, the couple envisioned a reception with a nautical feel. We see a lot of nautically designed weddings each year so we really wanted to elevate it and create a design with originality and sophistication. With Lucinda Wesson from Chocolate Creative Design on board to create the wedding paper, we knew it would be just that! The couples favorite detail was the Save the Dates that included a beautiful custom designed fabric pouch complete with a brass “porthole” and map of Cape Cod. The bride loved how the save the date set the tone for the wedding and got guest excited for the big day. The pattern used for the save the dates was carried throughout the wedding with the custom made table runners, menu cards, and wrapping paper for the bridal party gifts.

Photography: Brian Dorsey Studios | Event Design: Urban Lace Events | Event Planning: Urban Lace Events | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Design | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Church | Reception Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Band: Dexter Lake Club Band | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Invitations and Save The Dates: Chocolate Creative Design | Trolley: Cape Destinations

Vintage Chic Chatham Wedding

Already married the year before in Cyprus, this couple wanted to share their joy with all of their loved ones back here in the States so, with the help of The Pink Polka Dot, threw one classic New England bash, complete with clams, lobster and festive treats by Delicious Desserts. Krista Photography captured it all from sweet ceremony to rocking reception; see it all right this way.

From Krista PhotographyIt’s not often that a bride and groom are both wearing handmade, by the GROOM, attire at their wedding! From the start we knew that Jess and Amir’s wedding would be unlike any other. They were actually married over a year ago in Cyprus (where they met and where Amir is from), so their wedding on Cape Cod was more of a huge party.

To give their families and friends, who came from all over the world, the feel of a wedding, Jess and Amir planned a short ceremony by the water where they re-newed their vows to love one another forever. Guests were invited to gather around, with some seating for those who couldn’t stand. The ceremony was performed by the bride’s godmother/aunt and was full of personal touches. Friends of the couple sang Elvis’ “Love Me Tender.” The bride’s grandmother recited “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a poem that has been said by mothers to their daughters for generations in this family. And they concluded by having all of the guests ring tiny bells that they plan to string together and ring when they have disagreements in the future.

Following the ceremony, guests were able to stroll around the property with drinks, appetizers and mini-containers of Chex mix. When it was time to head under the tent, guests checked with the gorgeous seating chart that was created by Ellen O’Toole Calligraphy. After a series of heartfelt toasts from the father of the bride and the sisters of the bride and groom, it was time to dive into lobster and clams! The couple had created custom bibs for their guests to stay clean during the feast.

The dance floor opened up early and was hopping for most of the night. While the couple did not do an official “first dance,” Jess and her dad started a traditional father/daughter dance that quickly morphed into Tubthumpers “Chumbawamba,” complete with taking a “whiskey drink,” a “vodka drink,” a “lager drink,” and a “cider drink”. It was epic! The Sultans of Swing kept the party rocking long into the night.

Photography: Krista Photography | Wedding Planner: The Pink Polka Dot | Floral Design: Seagrass Floral Studio | Catering: Clambakes, etc. | Make-Up: Jessica Lederman | Hair Stylist: Betsy Johnson | Calligraphy: Ellen O'Toole Calligraphy | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Bar Service: Perfect Pour | Dessert Table: Delicious Desserts | Estate: The Mack House | Shoes And Belt: BHLDN

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Romantic Nautical Cape Cod Wedding

This Bride is a my hero. Not only did she plan a gorgeous seaside affair filled with nautical charm, but she also designed and sewed her own wedding gown! From the newlywed’s summer sail, to Beat Train Productions serenading, every minute is what dreams are made of. And with Trent Bailey Photography behind the lens every detail is downright dreamy, and it’s all right here!

From the beautiful Bride.. Being from New England and having spent many summers on Cape Cod and Nantucket, I always dreamed of having our wedding there. When I met my husband in San Francisco and discovered after his first trip to Nantucket that it was one of his new favorite places to vacation, I knew having our wedding on the Cape or Nantucket would be perfect. My father had suggested Chatham Bars Inn, stating that it was the most beautiful place he had seen for a wedding in that area. So I hopped on a plane and flew across country to visit Chatham Bars Inn with my parents. Even in the winter time, it was beautiful and it didn’t take long before the decision was made! Being a designer with a love for everything coastal and preppy, we decided to base our design around the nautical theme. It seemed very fitting for the location and our style!

I had always wanted to make my own dress, and after seeing an amazing Oscar de la Renta wedding gown in a fashion show, I was inspired to do it. It was the perfect balance of simple, elegant and timeless. With the preppy theme we had chosen, I decided simple and elegant would perfect. I began by using what I had seen on the runway, and creating my own version of that style. With some very helpful encouragement and guidance from my Aunt Karen on the East Coast, who is a seamstress, I started the process. I wanted to do everything myself, and my luckily she was there to lift an eyebrow when she saw me doing something that was completely wrong and would direct me to restart! After a huge amount of work, it turned out just the way I wanted it to. It was such a special part of the wedding and after getting all put together, I was presented with a beautiful Hermes Bracelet from Sean that I had been eyeing forever! It was the perfect touch to give me a smile just before going down the aisle.

Our Ceremony was held outside by the Ocean and my brother Greg officiated the ceremony. He made it fun and light hearted while also keeping it very special and personal. It was the perfect way to start our marriage. My Uncle John played the flute with accompaniment as guests arrived and then for our walk down the aisle. During the ceremony, my mother, my Aunt Suzie and my Uncle Don sang and played the Guitar in honor of the family that had passed. There were so many personal touches that made the wedding feel so special. We took pictures out on the beach and boardwalk before the wedding and we even stumbled upon a sailboat that had just conveniently docked!

My 13 bridesmaids wore very simple pale yellow J. Crew Dresses with simple pearl earrings and white pagmina scarfs, and the perfect sunny day just completed the look. The night before the wedding it had rained so hard and we were so thankful for the amazing weather we had that day. The men wore the classic preppy Cape Cod look: Khaki pants, blue blazers and boat shoes with preppy Nantucket Tartan ties. I pulled in a pop of color for the girls with Navy and White Stripped Ribbon on their bouquets to tie in with the guys outfits. We also had metal pales with flowers hanging down the aisle with the same preppy stripe ribbon on either side to tie it all in together. Our flower girl and her brother walked down the aisle with a pale of flowers holding the ribbon together. It was adorable! And our ring bearer looked so cute in his suit carrying the rings down for us.

Lauren Rhodes, one of my bridesmaids, sang a very special song for the Father Daughter dance to start out the reception. Her voice was incredible and it was one of the most special moments of the night. After all of the dances, Photographers Trent and Dara Bailey took us out for a sunset photo session. The lighting was absolutely perfect and it was so nice to have a few minutes with Sean out on the beach before rejoining the festivities. My Father and Sister, my maid of honor, delivered the most amazing speeches followed by Seans Best Man Tim who gave everyone a laugh! Looking around the room during the speeches and the dinner. It was so great to see so many special people and we were so happy with how it all came together. The day was a complete success.. We did sparklers when the night fell and everyone danced until the venue closed! It was truly the most perfect day for both of us.

Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Floral Design: Wedding Flowers By Nichole Bourne Florist | Wedding Dress: Designed And Hand Made By The Bride | Invitations: : Knots & Pearls | Wedding Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Bridal Party Hair Stylist: Gina Joubert | Custom Fabric For Pillows And Table Runners:: Gary McBournie For Antilles Designs | Custom Table Number Buoys: Tina Kish From "The Unpolished Barn" On Etsy | Father Daugher Dance Music: Lauren Rhodes Sang "I Hope You Dance" By Leanne Womack | Flower Girl Dress: : Janie and Jack | Groomsman And Ring Bearer Attire: Vineyard Vines | Music: Instrumental John Curran (flute) & Accompaniment | Music: Beat Train Productions | Pillows And Table Runners: Karen Vogel | Video: Robert Smith | Wedding Officiant: The Brides Brother Gregory Curran | White Oxford Shirts For Getting Ready: Rae Danae Designs On Etsy

Romantic & Natural Cape Cod Wedding

A storybook day at Chatham Bars Inn is romantic enough, especially when Jen Huang is behind the lens. Lauren James ensured this Capeside affair went off in the prettiest way possible, and those Hatch Creative Studio blooms are sure to stop us in our tracks. We couldn’t possibly pack the prettiness into one post, so we’re dedicating the day to Jen Huang… Can’t wait? Join us in the gallery.

From Jen HuangMarcel and Jamie met each other 10 years before they began dating. Marcel and her brother were fraternity brothers and quickly became great friends. The timing always seemed off, as they were living in separate cities and only saw each other a few times a year. All of that changed in August 2011, when Marcel visited Justin and Jamie for a weekend with friends at the Jersey Shore. It wasn’t long after that Marcel was faced with having to ask Jamie’s older and notoriously protective brother for his blessing of their budding relationship. Two years later he relocated to Philadelphia and, again, asked her brother for her hand in marriage. He proposal a few days before the July 4th holiday having arranged for close friends and family to join them “down the shore” that evening where it all began for an engagement celebration.

Jamie has been in the wedding industry since 2006. She began her career at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia in Event Management where she remained for 8 years. Most recently Jamie opened her own wedding and event planning company in Philadelphia, Lauren James Events. With a career like hers, it comes as no surprise that every detail for Jamie’s wedding day was planned down to the smallest detail, with the exception of the venue, long before Marcel came into her life. She always knew she wanted a destination, tented wedding where she could build her dream from the ground up. Bringing all of their friends and family together for a getaway weekend would be the perfect way to celebrate. Luckily for her, Marcel is from Rhode Island and she’s always loved New England’s natural beauty. When she told Marcel she wanted to get married in New England he suggested Cape Cod. This felt like the perfect fit for their guests living on the east coast. Knowing that guests would be traveling far, Jamie and Marcel wanted to ensure that their destination selection was a place where most guests had not been and a place that offered much to explore and enjoy on their free time. Cape Cod had it all. When visiting the Cape, they chose a few venues to look at. After seeing Chatham Bars Inn there was no doubt that this was their wedding spot. Jamie and Marcel could picture their guests enjoying cocktails on the hotel terrace, catching up over lunch in the Beach House, and relaxing down by the ocean. When Jamie found Barb from Hatch Creative Studio she knew she was the one who could bring her visions to life.

Jamie loves weaving decorations with fashion to coordinate the perfect room for the audience. Much of her design inspiration stems from Anthropologie. For her cape-side wedding she gravitated towards a rustic feel to compliment the historic Inn with natural woods and soft colors to emulate the quiet Cape Cod beaches awash with driftwood. Style and decor was of high importance as the first impression would set the tone for all that was to come. Having been set on her menu early on her focus was on bringing the food to life and utilizing the stations as a focal point for decor. Guest’s arrived to a garden party for cocktails hour on a croquet lawn and entered through perfectly styled, distressed doors where they were greeted with the night’s specialty cocktail, a Moscow Mule served in a copper mug, Marcel’s favorite. The Bellini bar, which is the bride’s favorite drink, was perfectly vibrant and colorful with fresh fruit purees. The food stations and Bellini bar were displayed on wooden ladders and tables completed with hand painted signage custom-made to each station. Wanting to represent both Jamie and Marcel, a custom food station was created with New England Lobster Rolls and Philadelphia Cheesesteaks. Place cards hung off of lace twine on picture frames in the center of the lawn. Even with a large guest count Jamie sought to create a warm, intimate feel for her guests with the use of low tablescapes and romantic candlelight. Her dream was always to have her first dance under a tent, lit by bistro lights, to create a dreamy, whimsical setting. Mix-matched farm tables, chairs and vintage plates added to the fanciful nature of the setting. Water goblets offered a pop of color to each place setting, custom napkins displayed the night’s dinner menu and colorful tassels were draped above the dance floor and on the band’s backdrop.

Chatham Bars Inn and the Cape location had everything to offer for a four-day weekend filled with events. Most events could be hosted on property from the Thursday night rehearsal dinner lobster bake in the Boat House, to the private ferry trip to Nantucket for a luncheon at the White Elephant on Friday afternoon, to the welcome party Friday night in the Beach House, the pre-wedding festivities were not to be missed. On Saturday, their wedding ceremony took place under a floral chuppah with the blessings of a rabbi and a priest. Jamie’s sister in law in a black dress and brother in a Navy suit lead the bridesmaids and groomsmen and stood by the couple as they wed. (Jamie’s twin nieces and baby sister very nearly stole the show as they dutifully tossed petals to line the aisle for Jamie and her Father.) The ceremony was followed by cocktails, dinner, and dancing to The Elements. Jamie then slipped out of her Vera Wang and into an Alice and Olivia dress for the after party. The couple closed out the night with an after party with DJ Chris Devine. Brunch Sunday morning was hosted in the Boat House, where guests reminisced and bid farewell to the ocean view and wished Jamie and Marcel Mazel Tov!

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Event Coordination: SD Events | Event Planner: Lauren James Events | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Reception Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Makeup Artist: Deb Houghton | Makeup Artist: Julie Kate & Co. | Hair Stylist: Kristen Moshiek | DJ: DJ Chris Devine | Band: Elan Artists | Groom's Attire: Boyds Philadelphia | Officiant: Rabbi H. Hirsch Cohen | Officiant: Reverend James David | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Transportation: Kon Limousine Service | After Party Dress: Alice And Olivia | Bridesmaids' Gifts: Barbara Ellick Designs | Ceremony Musician: AJ Edwards | Cigar Roller: Boston Cigar Factory | Event And Floral Designer : Hatch Creative Studio | Flower Girl's Attire: Mischka Aoki | Jewelry: Rings And Earrings: Govberg Jewelers | Luncheon: The White Elephant | Nantucket Island Ferry: Freedom Cruise Line | Printed Materials: The Paper Perfectionist | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Rentals: Luxury Loo | Rentals: Be Our Guest | Rentals: Sperry Tents | Welcome Party: Chatham Bars Inn

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Elegant Cape Cod Wedding

When longtime sweethearts wed, pretty things happen. Think a seaside ceremony filled with Sayles Livingston peonies and a Jenny Packham gown, but it doesn’t stop there. Ocean blue dresses sway while gathered around a tuscan table for champagne toasts, while Radiance Of Wilson Stevens tunes serenade. Join me in the gallery for more dreamy details.

From The Bride…Peter and I lived on the same floor our freshman year at University. We quickly became friends and spent tons of time together over the next four years, but never dated. He always had a girlfriend, or I had a boyfriend.  After college we both moved to NYC independent of one another. Living in New York became even better friends, until finally after 7 years, the timing for “us” was right. We went on our first official date and have been inseparable ever since. 

I grew up vacationing down the Cape with my family, and once we started dating, Peter became part of our annual trip. Cape Cod is my favorite place in the world (with some of my favorite food in the world!), and I could never imagine getting married anywhere else. We knew we wanted something that was traditional and showcased the beauty of the Cape, but nothing overly nautical. As soon as we visited Chatham Bars Inn (CBI), we knew it was the spot. It has such old Cape charm and the view is just stunning. Not to mention it’s a place we can come back to for years to come.

The weekend was rainy, but thankfully the weather broke a few hours before the guests arrived. The ceremony took place in the sand at the beach at CBI. It was such a beautiful place to say our vows, surrounded by our friends and family with a backdrop of the harbor filled with small sail boats and lobster boats. The groom’s sister Katherine Shaw acted as our officiant. We walked down the aisle on beautiful oriental carpets provided by Heirloom Rugs and were married under a gorgeous, natural wood chuppah.

We followed-up the cocktail hour with a reception at the Beach House Grill at CBI where everyone ate a delicious dinner and my dad, my sister, and my brother-in-law all gave amazing speeches. We loved our massive Tuscan style head table – our entire wedding party and their dates – covered in stunning pink, orange, ivory and dusty green arrangements by Sayles Livingston Designs. Dinner was followed by lots of photo booth pictures, dancing to the wonderful Radiance of Wilson Stevens Productions, and about a million celebratory cigars handed out by my father-in-law.

All of our guests received our favorite saltwater taffy from Cabot’s Candy in Provincetown and munched on a late night snack of our favorite food (miniature) lobster rolls.  Thanks to Steven Davis of Kravis Events who coordinated our day. It was a magical night and we would do it all over again if we could!

Photography: Lisa Rigby Photography | Florist: Sayles Livingston Design | Bride's Shoes: Guiseppe Zanotti | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Makeup: Barbara Campbell Of JB Creative Hair Designs | Hair: Tia Dodd Of Savoy Spa | Favors: Cabot's Candy | Aisle Carpets: Heirloom Rugs Brooklyn | Bride's Dress: Jenny Packham | Brides Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Peter Norman Jewelers | Bridesman Bow Tie: J.Crew | Chair Rentals: Chase Canopy | Chatham Bars Inn: Chatham Bars Inn | Groom's Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Tux: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Wedding Band: Tiffany & Co. | Paper Goods: East Coast Occasions | Reception Band: Wilson Stevens | Rehearsal Dinner: The Friendly Fisherman | Rehearsal Dinner, Ceremony & Cocktail Band: Clear Blue Rhode Island | Second Photographer: Sarah Der Photography

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Chatham Bars Inn Wedding from The Pink Polka Dot Events + Kristin Studio

I know this goes without saying, but… Cape Cod weddings are awesome.  They’re the perfect mix of preppy, classic and elegant, with a dash of whimsy for good measure.  And when we get our hands on a stunning Cape Cod affair like this one captured by Kristin Studio, we go just a tad bit crazy.  Because when the fabulous stylings of The Pink Polka Dot Events join forces with the amazing Chick Invitations and the Chatham Bars Inn, magical things happen.  See so much more right here.

And feast your eyes on even more lovely from Travis Wilber right here…

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From the Bride… Mike and I met almost eight years ago at our very first job out of college. Actually, we met at the interview months before we graduated and were both so excited to find out the other had gotten the job. He from Philly, and I from San Antonio, we packed up our stuff and moved to Chicago for a four month training program. It was there that our relationship grew strong enough to weather three years of long distance, when I moved back down to Dallas and Mike moved back to Philadelphia. Once I made the move to Philly, we spent every free weekend making the six hour drive up to Cape Cod. It could not have been more perfect! We loved everything about being there. It was back then we knew we wanted to get married there some day.

On March 16, 2012, Mike proposed to me days before we found out we would be transferred to Nashville for his job. As Mike packed up, I remained in Philadelphia for a few months as I tried to transfer my own position to Nashville. During that time, I took every opportunity to head up to the Cape to plan the wedding.

I immediately reached out to Jen Chagnon at The Pink Polka Dot to explain that I didn’t have much time before I would be planning this wedding from a thousand miles away. She was amazing! She guided us through finding vendors, gave me moral support, and kept me sane as I planned this shindig while moving half way across the country.

Finding the venue was hard. There are so many beautiful spots to get married there. Spending most of our time in Sandwich and Falmouth when we visited the Cape, we had never been to Chatham Bars Inn before we went for the tour (GASP!). It was absolutely perfect! It is quintessential Cape Cod. Our guests would all be traveling, and I wanted them to be able to experience the best of the Cape, in the short amount of time that they were there. With Chatham Main Street, Chatham Lighthouse and the beautiful scenic views of Chatham Bars Inn… I knew our guests would have it all!

It was the perfect day. Spent with the most amazing people. And we are so thankful to all of our amazing vendors that helped make it beautiful.

Photography: Kristin Studio | Cinematography: Travis Wilber | Event Planning: The Pink Polka Dot Events | Floral Design: All About Flowers For Weddings | Invitations: Chick Invitations | Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Parish | Reception Venue: Chatham Bars Inn | Makeup: Painted Red Nails, Emma Josselyn | Hair: Salon in the Mills, Sara Aspden | DJ: Cape Tunes

Chatham Bars Inn Wedding by Dreamlove Photography

Cherry blossoms: fresh pink quintessential East Coast Spring prettiness on a stick. Coincidentally, that sums up the beauty of this ocean front Chatham Bars Inn Cape Cod ceremony captured by Dreamlove photography. Mix in a glowing bride in a modernized mod chic sheath and this recipe yields classic style with vintage vibes. The lush warm colored Lilac desgined florals are punctuated by a crackling fire and even warmer personal touches, from the bride and grooms beaming exchanges to grandmother’s jewelry. See all of the warm springiness in the full gallery!

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From Dreamlove Wedding PhotographyEmily and Adrian tied the knot at the gorgeous Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. The ocean always provides an amazing backdrop for pictures, but with white wooden arches and pink cherry trees in bloom lining stone staircases, this place was perfect for pictures. Emily, a fantastic journalist, and Adrian, an amazing climate scientist, seemed to be made for each other! And despite the fact that they were showered with several life-altering events all in the span of a few months — from getting engaged, to finding out they were going to have a baby, to Adrian being offered a job halfway across the country — this couple still managed to have the wedding of their dreams. And it was dreamy! Emily found a simply stunning dress at Kleinfeld and paired it with coral colors in the bridesmaids dresses for a classic Cape Cod affair. Cherry blossoms decorated an arbor behind them during the ceremony and were blended with long-stemmed pink and peach tulips for table centerpieces that took our breath away! A vintage table held the guestbook and gifts, and a crackling fire provided the perfect ambiance to the evening. All in all, a swoon-worthy wedding on the Cape that still has us giddy with picture-perfect adoration.

From the Bride… We decided to get married on the Cape because, unlike 99% of couples who also get married here, we actually live here! The Chatham Bars Inn was a no-brainer because I first went there as a little girl, even before my family moved to the area, and so it has sentimental value, plus it’s just so gorgeous with its grand entrance and sweeping views of the ocean. My favorite part of the day was definitely the ceremony, which I was actually the most nervous for (and kind of dreading, as I am so not a center-of-attention kind of person). But when I walked in and saw the cherry blossom arbor, it just took my breath away — what a wonderful surprise. And of course, seeing Adrian up there calmed my nerves, and I was able to just hold his hands and enjoy it all. I’m just glad I made my vows short and sweet, because there was no way they would have been coherent through my tears if they was any longer!

Adrian and I actually met online in 2010. I had sworn off meeting people in bars (gets kind of old once you hit 30), and it’s beyond difficult to meet other young people on Cape Cod (all 12 of them!) any other way. He had a really old Match profile up which didn’t even include a picture of himself, but I contacted him anyway because it said he was from Woods Hole, and that’s where all the brainy scientists live. I figured he had to be halfway intelligent, and plus, he had a really articulate description of himself on it. So I contacted him, but he was still up in Alaska above the Arctic Circle doing research (as he does every summer), so we just traded emails for a month or so until he got back. Then when he did, we had our first date at a restaurant in Falmouth that almost didn’t happen — I didn’t see him when I arrived, thought he had blown it off and almost left myself! But he caught me on the way out, and the rest is history.

Wedding Photography: Dreamlove Wedding Photography / Wedding Venue: Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod / Wedding Planning: Allison Wildes Liset / Floral Design: Lilacs / Catering + Wedding Cake: Chatham Bars Inn / DJ: Dave Donato / Wedding Dress: Le Sposa di Gio via Kleinfeld Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew / Bride’s Jewelry: Vintage from Her Grandmother / Hair + Makeup: Lisa George & Associates / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Rings: Blue Nile

Chatham Bars Inn Wedding by Cape Cod Celebrations

We are just cookoo for this Cape Cod wedding by Cape Cod Celebrations!  I am totally on team navy blue and hot pink and this gorgeous fête puts the two together in the most perfect way.  It is classic and elegant and full of so much style and the cutest, personal details.  GH Kim Photography delivered the dreamiest of images and we’ve filled the gallery with them so head over there now!

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From Jamie of Cape Cod CelebrationsBen and Judy are a fabulous couple who live in Southie and needed someone to execute their well thought-out wedding in Chatham last August. Judy was a huge DIY bride, and all of her ideas were beautiful, perfectly executed and brilliant. I wish I could hire her, but her career as a doctor has her hooked! As you can see from the photos, the wedding was picture perfect. Judy did everything from the signs hanging at the ceremony and props for the photo shoot, to the beautiful pink candy bar, pennant, guest book and luggage tag escort cards in sand-filled suitcases. She even had us string cafe lighting from the gazebo bar to the main beach house, which was such a wonderful touch after sunset. We had a perfect day for their beautiful outdoor beach wedding!

Wedding Photography: GH Kim Photography / Ceremony: South Lawn at Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts / Reception: Beach House Grill at Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts / Wedding Coordination: Cape Cod Celebrations / Event Design: The Bride / Floral Design: The Tangled Web / Wedding Invitations: Paper Source / Wedding Cake: Chatham Bars Inn / Music: The Studio C Band / Signs, Props, Candy Bar, Pennant, Guest Book + Escort Cards: DIY by the Bride / Wedding Dress: Martina Liana / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair + Makeup: Charlotte Phinney

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Karen Wise Photography, IV

We have one more of Karen’s weddings to show you today. The colors that Kristen & Dave used for their September wedding in Chatham Massachusetts are simply gorgeous.

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