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Classic Summer Wedding on Martha’s Vineyard

Planning a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard is no easy fete. Speaking from experience during my own venue search—things book up quickly! That is, unless you’re parents have a home on the island like this stunning Bride, done up by Stacie Ford Weddings. Their classic church ceremony followed by a tented reception is pulling at my seaside-loving heartstrings. Craving a coastal affair packed with elegance? Spend some time with this fete planned by Lyndsey Hamilton Events and captured by K Robinson Photography.

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From the Bride… Matt and I grew up in the same small town just north of the Manhattan. We unofficially met when we worked down the street from each other, he at his family’s pizzeria, me at the town bakery. He’d come in on Saturday for glazed donuts. We officially met in high school when he starting hanging around with my group of friends- and we became lab partners in physics and we’ve been partners ever since.

It took 10 years for matt to propose and a second for me to say yes! In July of 2015 we got engaged on Edgartown harbor in Martha’s Vineyard and decided there was no better place for us to say I do! We were married in St Elizabeth’s in downtown Edgartown by Matt’s cousin Michael White, who also married Matt’s parents 31 years earlier.

The reception was held at my parents property on the Edgartown great pond. Lyndsey Hamilton Events planned and designed a fairytale wedding. We started with cocktails, passed hors dourves, and a raw bar, in my backyard over looking the Edgartown great pond. During cocktail hour and dinner we enjoyed the beautiful musical styles of the lovely Parkington sisters- including an hour of old Irish songs as a nod to our heritage.

Matt, a chef in downtown manhattan, worked with Jaime Hamlin catering to curate a delicious menu; to start a plate of local cheeses and honey, then the main event of a whole roast pig, roast chickens, and grilled sword fish- complemented with a side of fresh succotash, and the biggest culinary hit of the whole night; cornbread. We made our way from the Sperry dinner tent to the clear top tent with a clear dance floor covering the pool. We used big sky tents for all our rentals. After all the important dances and the iconic moment, of my best friend jumping on stage to sing with the wedding band Sultans of Swing with Jerry Bennett, we cut our delicious carrot wedding cake made by Cakes by Val. The cops shut us down at 1045pm but that didn’t stop us from we heading over to the barn for my favorite part of the whole evening; the late night food truck from The Artcliff diner. We danced all night under the stars and ended the day sitting cuddled by the fire pit.

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Photography: K Robinson Photography | videography: Wes Van Heest | Event Planning: Lyndsey Hamilton Events | Floral Design: Lyndsey Hamilton Events | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | stationery : Fourteen-Forty | Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth's Church | shoes: Prada | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Giorgio Armani | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Rachel Zoe | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Catering: V. Jaime Hamlin & Sons | hair : Styles On B | band: Sultans Of Swing | Groomsmen's Attire: JCrew | organist : David Ball | transportation: Martha's vineyard excursions | Restroom trailer: Dottie's Pottie's | Beverege: Your Market | Food Truck : Art Cliff Diner | Jewelry (earnings & necklace) : Hearts On Fire | Makeup Artistry : Stacie Ford Weddings | Pool Dance Floor: NY Lounge Decor | Private Residence : Martha's Vineyard, Ma | ceremony soloist : Jamilyn Manning- White | furniture & lighting: rEvolve Furniture & Lighting Co. | generator : Mark Forbus | jewelry (vintage bracelet) : Fred Leighton | music : The Parkington Sisters | photo booth: photo booth MV | tents and rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | veil: Oscar De La Renta | wedding cake & deserts : Val Cakes | wedding ring : gold art 18 K

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Blogger Bride Jessye of City Tonic’s Colorful DIY Wedding

We’ve had a front-row seat to our blogger bride Jessye’s wedding planning journey, and today is finally the big reveal. She’s sharing an inside look into her Martha’s Vineyard nuptials photographed by Ruth Eileen, and it’s the ultimate East Coast celebration with pops of color woven throughout. Jessye, it’s been a joy having you guest blog on our pages and your special day, simply put, is everything. Excuse us as we go spend the rest of the day pinning in The Vault.

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From The Bride… I’m so excited to share my wedding with you today! When I think back on the crazy blur of our wedding, a few moments really stand out to me. On the morning of, I woke up to a crisp and cloudless blue sky and an adorable text message from Kevin – both of which put me at ease. After that brief moment of calm, all I can remember is the frenetic energy around me as I finished some last-minute DIY details with my bridesmaids (thanks guys!) and wrote notes to Kevin and our parents. Suddenly, the frenzy of the day came to a halt and I found myself looking at my dad as we were about to walk down the aisle, violin music floating in the background. I remember locking eyes with Kevin and watching a smile flash across his face as I approached. Somehow — even after anxiously waiting and planning and daydreaming about it for months — nothing really prepares you for how exceptional that moment feels.

When we first started discussing the big day, we agreed that we really just wanted everyone to have fun. We also hoped that our guests would be able to see all of the personality and love that went into the planning. My mom and I (and Kevin, at times) planned the entire wedding ourselves and the experience made me realize how lucky I am to have a creative and innovative mom and a supportive husband. Since the wedding involved plenty of sourcing and DIY elements, I thought it would be fun to break it down into pieces — in case anyone else is as obsessed with the details as I am! (And I owe a huge thank you to the immeasurably talented Ruth Eileen Photography for capturing all of those details and moments so beautifully.)

The venue

My family has a home on Martha’s Vineyard and the island has always been a huge part of my life — I spent a few glorious summers there waitressing and babysitting, and it’s probably my favorite place on earth. When I met Kevin (a native Californian), I made sure we visited MV early on in our relationship — luckily, he fell in love with it too! We chose to get married at a private estate in Edgartown where we could hold both the ceremony and tented reception — it was situated right on the water and surrounded by beautiful sea grass and Montauk daisies. As an added bonus, it was large enough to house the whole bridal party so everyone was able to stay in one place (and enjoy plenty of leftover fried chicken the morning after the wedding!).

The fashion

As a fashion blogger and overall style enthusiast, I was particularly excited about dress shopping. I eagerly scheduled appointments at multiple boutiques in Boston, and was pretty certain I knew what I wanted. My first appointment was at L’elite Bridal during a Reem Acra trunk show (one of my favorite designers). I’m generally a very indecisive person and I like to know all of my options before committing to one — so it was pretty surprising when I fell for the second dress I tried on (miraculously, I never second-guessed my choice either). The intricately embroidered bodice was peppered with just the right amount of sequins (although it’s hard to see in the photos!) and I loved the fluid movement of the skirt. I had small silk buttons added to the back as an homage to my mother’s wedding dress and a sequined belt for a little extra sparkle and texture. My favorite addition; however, was the beautiful diamond starburst brooch that was used to fasten the belt – it’s a family heirloom that’s been worn by every bride on my mother’s side since the early 1800s, and I felt very lucky to continue the tradition.

The DIY

After learning calligraphy and designing our save-the-dates and invitations, I knew I also wanted to design all of the other stationery components (like table numbers, menus, directional signs, etc.) to keep everything visually consistent. Our wedding invitations were foil stamped in copper and rose gold, so I decided to incorporate these metallics throughout the wedding. However, professional foil stamping can be really cost-prohibitive when you’re printing menus, ceremony programs, table numbers and advice cards. It simply wasn’t in our budget, so I found a way to print DIY foil at home using foil transfer paper and a laminator. It was extremely time-consuming (I ended up printing a few hundred pieces, which I would not recommend!) — however, I’m one of those weirdos who thoroughly enjoys big craft projects so it all worked out.

In order to achieve the same rose gold theme in my wedding signs, I enlisted the help of my cousin who owns a custom print wear shop. I scanned my own brush script and designed the layouts — and from there, he came up with a way to print these beautiful banner signs in shiny foil. My mom and I constructed frames for the banners using copper pipes and fittings from the hardware store (I thought this added a bit of an unexpected edge to the look). We also made stands for the table numbers using thin copper pipes. For the escort card display, we wrapped an old door in that ubiquitous banana leaf print fabric — the same print I used for envelope liners in our invitations (it was like a little wink to… myself). I ordered a giant box of copper plant markers and wrote all of our guests’ names on the individual tags. My darling bridesmaids helped organize all of the tags by table number and attached them to the display.

The menu

Since we got married at a private venue, we had the freedom to customize everything. Instead of picking a few options from a fixed menu, we worked with an incredible local chef, Gina Stanley, to create our dream menu (think: sweet potato beignets, fresh island oysters, buttermilk fried chicken with Tabasco honey, braised short ribs and parmesan risotto). Kevin and I are huge foodies — and we especially looove comfort food, so we opted for a family style dinner made from all local ingredients. That way, everyone could try everything and the informal family-style meal facilitated more introductions and conversation between guests. (P.S. I always hear that brides forget to eat on their wedding day, but I definitely did not have that problem.)

The party

After all of the anticipation, stress and excitement that comes with wedding planning, we were so ready to unwind and have fun at our reception. I was laughing and dancing nonstop – catching up with friends and family, smooching Kevin and repeating “I can’t believe we’re married!”, not caring about my windblown hair or grass-stained dress. It was the perfect celebration. After dinner and our first dance, Kevin and his groomsmen changed into these crazy printed short-shorts (Chubbies) with socks, and danced like maniacs. I wasn’t sure how the outfit change would be received by all of our guests, but it was a hit and it totally kept the party going! After that, we had a sparkler and paper lantern release that, unfortunately, we had to cut it short due to a fire hazard with the surrounding sea grass. For all you brides-to-be: this is a perfect example of those inevitable wedding day blunders you’ll have to force yourself not to stress over! Luckily, no damage resulted and the ordeal was quickly forgotten as soon as the late-night donuts and apple fritters arrived!

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Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Film: Patrick Cummings | Coordination: KG Events & Design | Floral Design: Krishana Collins, Tea Lane Farm | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra "Gorgeous Girl" | Cake: Cakes By Liz | Invitations: Jessye Aibel | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: BRAG | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Artcliff Diner | Hair + Makeup: Caitlin Murphy Stylist | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Blank Label | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Music Martha's Vineyard | Transportation: Stagecoach Taxi | Venue: Private Estate – Edgartown, MA | Banner Signs: Printed By Downtown Custom Printwear | Bridal Boutique: L'elite Boston | Coffee: Chilmark Coffee Company | Donuts: Back Door Donuts | Groomsmen's Shorts: Chubbies | Photo Booth: Ruth Eileen Photography | Raw Bar: Vineyard Sound Raw Bars | Rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Table Numbers, Menus, Banner Design + Programs: Jessye Aibel | Tent Rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | Wedding Website: Squarespace

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Martha’s Vineyard Summer Engagement Session

While we may be enjoying the glories of fall at the moment, winter isn’t far off and jumping into feet of snow is just not as fun as jumping into a pile of leaves. So in this state of denial that I’m fully embracing, I’m quite happy to go back to the sweetness of summer with this seaside e-shoot from Jocelyn Filley and soak up every last second of sunshine and saltwater kisses in our VAULT right this way!

From the Bride-to-be… Claire and Alex met on an otolaryngology (ENT) residency interview at Tulane University School of Medicine during their fourth year of medical school. Claire was a student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, and Alex was a student at UCONN School of Medicine in Farmington, CT. They had a lot in common, including UCONN – Alex had rotated on Claire’s father’s psychiatry service (Claire’s dad is a psychiatrist at UCONN) as a medical student! Days after the interview, Alex got Claire’s phone number from a mutual friend and sent her a text.

Not only were Claire and Alex smitten, but Tulane was too! They both matched at Tulane for their residency. Alex was thrilled when he found out Claire had also matched at Tulane, texting a friend, “Stop it! I love her!” when he discovered they matched together. They were a support system for each other by phone, email, and text over the coming weeks as they each prepared for a big move to New Orleans.

Sparks flew instantly once the two arrived to New Orleans. They shared their first kiss seven days after residency started and have been inseparable ever since.

While Claire and Alex were on vacation at Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark, MA during the spring of their intern year, surrounded by views of the Atlantic and the Allen Farm, Alex told Claire he knew where and how he was going to propose to her.

Two years and much teasing from their residency attendings later, while on a Vineyard vacation with friends Thérèse and Grayson Gremillion, Alex planned to propose. He wanted to surprise Claire and so he picked the only rainy day of the trip, when she would least suspect it. Claire, Alex, Thérèse, and Grayson went on a drive to the Menemsha fishing village. On the way, Alex suggested going for a walk on Lucy Vincent Beach – to which Claire responded, “No! It’s raining!” He had originally planned on proposing at the beach that inspired him two years before. But Claire drove them up to the Gay Head Lighthouse and cliffs. Though Alex had never been there before, as soon as he saw the beautiful brick red lighthouse and clay cliffs, he knew this was the perfect place. With Thérèse and Grayson snapping pictures, Alex told Claire he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. After he asked her to marry him, Claire was so excited that she jumped up to hug him. Alex had to ask if that meant yes! Which it did, of course.

Alex and Claire will be getting married 6/11/16 at the Allen Farm in Chilmark, MA on Martha’s Vineyard – right by Lucy Vincent Beach. After they selected their wedding photographer, Jocelyn Filley, they took more traditional engagement pictures in Edgartown, MA on Martha’s Vineyard. Claire wanted just a few shots where she wasn’t crying or looking completely shocked!

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Photography: Jocelyn Filley Photography | Ring: Friend and Company, New Orleans, LA | Venue: Fuller Street Beach | Attire: Lilly Pulitzer | Men's Jacket: Arcteryx | Men's Shirts: Rubensteins New Orleans | Woman's Jacket: Barbour

Rustic Martha’s Vineyard Summer Wedding

As a Massachusetts resident, I may be a little biased but New England weddings, especially those that embrace the oh so special style of the region, have such an incredible charm to them, that it’s impossible to not fall head over heels. With pretty details at every turn and views off the Vineyard coast that grab ahold of your heart and don’t let go, this season celebration captured by Adachi Pimentel has me pretty darn happy. See it all in our VAULT right this way!

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From Adachi Pimentel… From childhood art and memorabilia to the hand drawn and painted details made by the bride herself, Tom and Ashley’s wedding was beautifully nostalgic and perfectly intimate. They aimed to create a weekend wedding-vacay for their closest friends and family. The night before the wedding day included a locally sourced clambake, with cocktails for their guests and lawn games for them to enjoy. The wedding ceremony and reception was hosted at a private residence overlooking the ocean. The tables and details were lavished with summer flowers, with a delicious variety of local pies and comforts. Ashley incorporated her knack for design by hand-drawing and painting the weekend agendas, and creating a beautiful paper cone background for their DIY photobooth.

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Photography: Adachi Pimentel | Coordination: Emily Coulter MV Wedding Co | Floral Design: Morrice Florist | Catering: The Kitchen Porch | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Desserts: Morning Glory Farm, Martha’s Vineyard | Furniture Rental: Suzanne Wesley Of HALFACRE Vintage Rentals

Classic Nautical Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

As you New Englanders know, Martha’s Vineyard is prime real estate when it comes to wedding. But capturing the nautical style while still being utterly timeless, chic and on trend is a little bit tricky. Enter, this adorable fete. With photography by Kelly Dillon Photography and a film from Ready Set Film, you are in for a 101 of Seaside Chic. And there is more here!

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From The Bride…We met on Match.com in December 2009. Yes, one in five couples!

Since Mike had attended College of Charleston for undergrad, he had always wanted to take me there. We planned a trip in April 2013. Upon arrival at the cute bed and breakfast, Mike had ordered champagne to the room and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. We had a day to ourselves and went sightseeing around the city. On the second day, we went to the beach near where he lived during college. After laying out on a blanket for a bit, Mike proposed! Short and sweet…he opened the ring box, told me he loved me, and asked if I would marry him. I said yes! We cuddled for a bit and took a couple pictures to commemorate the moment.

After that, we went for a burger (our favorite food) at a great local place. Then returned to the hotel, where I was instructed to dress up. After changing, we walked downstairs to find a horse and carriage. We took a ride around old Charleston. Very romantic! We ended the ride at a fancy hotel, where Mike said we were going to get a drink on their rooftop. I had always said that I wanted my friends to be around to celebrate my engagement, as my Mom had passed away in 2004 and I felt it would be comforting. Upon getting to the rooftop, I was surprised by my now Maid of Honor (Laura) and Bridesmaid (Caroline), as well as their boyfriend/husbands. It was such a perfect moment and really completed the day! We spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with our friends, enjoying the beautifully classic Charleston, and getting so excited about the future.

We actually don’t have any roots in Martha’s Vineyard. Maybe it’s our planning sides, but we loved the idea of taking on an unknown place and making new memories. Overall, we really just want our close friends and family to have fun and be in love at our wedding. It is a destination party weekend.

One of our unexpected and favorite parts of the day was the wind during the ceremony and pictures. Out on the lighthouse/beach, it’s very windy and most people complain about that. We think it added a natural, unexpected energy. It blew my veil and toned down the formality that weddings can have. Best part of it all – We can always go back to the spot we got married and remember the day.

Photography: Kelly Dillon Photography | Videography: readyset[film] | Floral Design: MV Florist | Wedding Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative | Ceremony Venue: Edgartown Lighthouse | Reception Venue: Harbor View Hotel | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Makeup: House Of Colour | Hair: Sea Spa Salon | Entertainment: Mike Benjamin Band | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A Bank | Rentals: Seaside Celebrations

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Martha’s Vineyard Beach Proposal and Engagement

Be still my beating heart! There’s nothing I love more than a proposal and this soon-to-be-groom pulled out all the stops on gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard. Ashley Caroline caught every adorable moment from the proposal to a surprise engagement shoot afterwards on the beach. So in honor of National Proposal Day – take a seat, grab a tissue, and click through every moment of this gorgeous couple’s special proposal here!

From Ashley Caroline Photographer … Logan not only surprised Julia with a gorgeous rose gold engagement ring at sunrise at her family’s camp in Martha’s Vineyard, but he also surprised Julia with an Anthropologie dress that she had been admiring for weeks. After Julia and Logan shared the wonderful news with family, we had a mini engagement shoot in her colorfully flowy dress on the private beach steps outside of the camp. It was an incredibly romantic and sweet proposal and I can’t wait to photograph their dreamy wedding in Martha’s Vineyard in September! From The Bride… Logan proposed on an early Sunday morning at my family’s little camp just feet away from the water on Martha’s Vineyard. This little home has been in my family since the 1960’s and the amount of memories I have here with my family could fill up a whole shelf of books. We were staying at the camp with our dear friends Ashley and Mike. I had just helped Ashley photograph a wedding the day before and I went to bed with no thoughts of getting engaged the next morning. So when Logan woke me up just as the sun was rising and asked if I wanted to go for a walk on the beach everything clicked. I almost jumped out of bed with excitement. Since I am a photographer, I always want to wake up to watch (and photograph) the sunrise and it’s something we do together often but had never done at the Vineyard before. We went out on the beach and the wind was breezy but not windy. Logan and I sat down next to each other and he got really quiet. After he started talking for a few minutes Logan stood up in front of me and got down on one knee. I have the most amazing image of Logan in front of me and nothing but the quiet, blue ocean behind him. He asked if I would marry him, I started crying and he pulled out the most gorgeous ring. I said yes and we hugged, not ever wanting to let go. And at this point our ninja photographer Ashley jumped out of the dunes having captured everything. After Logan proposed and we cried, hugged and ogled over my rose gold ring Logan said he had one more surprise. He ran inside and came back with an incredible Anthropologie dress. A dress I loved so much I went to Anthro at least 5 times this summer just to try it on. Logan went to all the stores in the city and was able to track down the last dress in Connecticut. We went inside and called our families whom were all standing by waiting for the call. After all the calls and texts were made, I put on my new dress and we went down to the channel to go fishing with Ashley and Mike. Cause why not? We came back (empty handed unfortunately) and were greeted by my parents and brother (who lives in California but just happened to be visiting) and we had Black Dog pastries and mimosas. Logan really is the sweetest and most thoughtful guy out there. He’s always listening and planning and this morning was no exception. It was the best and most perfect morning of our life together. We are now planning our wedding for next September on Martha’s Vineyard. I’m not sure how we can beat the amazing day we got engaged, but I know we will.

Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Dress: Anthropologie | Venue: Private Residence

Romantic Martha’s Vineyard Wedding

I love it when a Bride embraces color for her big day. From the handmade Chuppah, to Thea Kennedy illustrated invites, to Krishana Collins beautiful bouquets, every detail planned by this Allen Farm couple was custom. Brighter Lights Media captured the cheerful film below, while Our Labor Of Love snapped up a gallery complete with a beautiful Gabriella’s Marchesa gown that’ll make you swoon.

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From the Bride… We met 7 years ago on a Birthright trip to Israel during college. We met on the first day and were inseparable ever since. We were long distance for over a year and then started our lives together in NYC. The year we were engaged was super crazy, in addition to planning the wedding we were both also working full-time and getting our MBAs, we joke that if we made it through that year we can make it through anything.

I grew up spending my summers on Martha’s Vineyard and always dreamed of getting married there. My husband proposed at Gay Head lighthouse making the island even more special to us. Planning the wedding I wanted to make a weekend of events for our guests. We had guests traveling from all over the world and we wanted them to get a real feel for what Martha’s Vineyard is all about. We kicked off the weekend with a BBQ at my parent’s house. We had the Rehearsal Dinner at Seafood Shanty which turned into an impromptu dance party! We also had a goodbye brunch at my parent’s house (catered by Morning Glory Farms) which was the perfect way to end the weekend.

Leading up to the wedding I was a planning and crafting machine and was probably Etsy’s biggest customer that year. I took the process very serious and obsessed over every napkin and toothpick. The weekend of the wedding I was completely zen and at peace, it was like I got all of the nervous energy out during the planning and I was able to really enjoy the weekend and take it all in. I slept so soundly the night before the wedding and woke my maid of honor up by blasting “Let’s get married” on my Iphone.

I was not the type of bride to be able to plan my wedding around one color or theme, I was feeling overwhelmed until I decided to plan the wedding like I would decorate my apartment. With ikat, stripes, pops of color, cobalt blue, cool grays, florals, chevron and metallic. I used pattern and texture as the jumping off point which really helped to focus me.

It is hard to pick just one favorite part of the day but a few stick out. Our first look at the Sculpture Garden at the Field Gallery because growing up my parents made us go to the Sculpture Garden every summer to take photos posed as the sculptures. We have a lifetime worth of awkward family photos. After we got engaged I made my husband stop the car so we could take a photo there, it really turned out to be a special place. We had our first look here and it was one of my favorite moments of the day, it was so intimate and meant so much to be able to steal a few private minutes for just the two of us.

One of the highlights of the wedding was the surprise dance my husband and wedding party performed, I was shocked! They had a choreographed routine to Justin Timberlake that blew my mind. It really helped set the tone for a night full of dancing and every time I hear the song it makes me smile. We used Sultans of Swing and were so impressed with our band, the crowd loved them so much that my maid of honor booked them for her wedding just a few days after ours.

For place cards we used photos of all of our guests printed by Social Print Studio and secured on a table by crystals. My husband thought I was crazy for taking this project on but it turned out to be one of my favorites. The months leading up to the wedding were so stressful and full of wedding related details, it was fun to take some time out of the process and look through old photos and remember what the day was all about. It really reminded me how many amazing friends and family members we have in our life, this was our way of honoring them.

My mom made our Chuppah, it is probably one of the most special and personal details of the wedding. It is a quilt with photos of our parents and grandparents at their weddings. It was so special to look up during the wedding and see our family. My mom is an amazingly talented quilter and sells her work on Etsy. We decorated the chuppah with beautiful pink and orange blooms. It felt like we were in a secret garden.

Our photographers, Our Labor Of Love, was an easy decision. I had been following their work for years and knew I wanted them. I was so happy to find out that this LA based team was familiar with Martha’s Vineyard and it was great to work with a photographer that I not only loved, but that also knew the area. Our videographer, Brighter Lights Media, turned out to be one of our favorite vendors. They were so easy to work with and went out of their way to get to know us instead of just treating us like every other client. I continue to recommend them to all of my friends.

Photography: Our Labor of Love | Videography: Brighter Lights Media | Coordination: With Grace Martha's Vineyard | Floral Design: Krishana Collins, Tea Lane Farm | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Cakes By Liz | Invitations: Thea Kennedy | Wedding Shoes: Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: V. Jaime Hamlin & Sons | Makeup: Julie Pope | Hair: Edward Lampley | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Alchohol: Mount Tabor Park | Bridal Shop: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Bridal Suite: Vineyard Square Hotel | Buses + Trolley: MV Sightseeing | Ceremony And Reception: Allen Farm | Chuppah: For Comfort Quilts - Etsy | Confetti: Pom Love | Confetti Bag Stickers: Wink Events - Etsy | Confetti Bags: Somerset Market - Etsy | Corn Hole Bags: Lots 2 Ofr 2 - Etsy | Custom Cameo Stamp: Hoot Owl Press - Etsy | Custom Koozies: Totally Koozies | Custom Stickers: Azultruquesa - Etsy | Custom Totes: Totally Promotional | Dessert Bar Signs: Crown and Clover | First Look: Field Gallery | Groom's Ties: The Tie Bar | Groomsmen House: Captain Morse House | Heart Stickers: Sea Sprout - Etsy | Heart Toothpicks: Nikki Crafts - Etsy | Late Night Apple Fritters: Back Door Donuts | Love + Heart Pillows: Layla Grace | Napkins + Drink Stirrers: Peacock Paperie | Placecards: Social Print Studio | Programs: Etsy; The Parchment Place | Rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | Table Numbers: Wine Accents By Linda - Etsy | Table Runner Fabric: Fabric Guru

Nautical Martha’s Vineyard Wedding at Edgartown Yacht Club

New England is the place I call home, and weddings like this one remind me of why. Captured beautifully by Betsi Ewing Studio, every gorgeous image showcases not only the beautiful Martha’s Vineyard, but also the couples’ obvious love for each other and their oh-so gorgeous day. The result? A gallery worth spending your day pursuing. Do so here.

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From Betsi Ewing StudioJulia and Jesse officially met their sophomore year of college, at Savannah College of Art & Design. Things seemed just right from the start, and have just kept getting better. After 8 amazing years together – Jesse popped the question one very special evening (Julia’s 27th Birthday!) on Martha’s Vineyard. They continued the tradition by celebrating their commitment to one another on the Vineyard, this past September with friends and family for their wedding and look forward to continuing the tradition for years to come.

Jesse had been thinking of asking Julia to marry him since they met. And then he finally saved up enough money…On August 7, the night before Julia’s birthday, Jesse asked Julia’s parents for their blessing and permission to marry their daughter. Of course, they said “Yes!” This gave Jesse an entire day to hide the secret from Julia and attempt to act as normal as possible. Jesse, rather nervously, asked Julia if she would like to take a post-birthday dinner walk on the beach with their dogs, Chloe and Lucky. As the sun started to set, Jesse knelt down on one knee and asked for Julia’s hand in marriage. Julia, rather surprised but entirely over-joyed, answered “Yes!” They walked back from the beach to Julia’s thrilled parents, Jesse’s future in-laws, and continued the celebration with champagne and birthday cake. It is safe to say, this has been Julia’s most memorable birthday yet!

They started their wedding planning right away since they had such busy schedules but the vineyard was not the easiest place to get to. They decided to get married on September 28th, the day after Jesse’s 28th birthday. Ever since Julia was a little girl, she had dreamed of getting married on the Island and to keep the tradition going, Julia followed in her parents foot steps not only by getting married on the island but also by honoring the number 28 – as her parents wed on May 28, 1978.

There is not shortage of beautiful places to get married on the vineyard – but they found the Edgartown Lighthouse to be the best fit and it was just a quick boat ride to the yacht club – where they would have their reception From there on, Julia’s mother Patti, Kathy Miller – her mother in law, and Julia’s maid of honor, Cameron Archer helped Julia and Jesse plan the rest of the details of their Vineyard dream wedding.

A month after the wedding they moved from Manhattan NY, to Brooklyn. They now happily live in Brooklyn Heights in an exposed brick, skylit brownstone with their dog Chloe.

Florist: Island Ambiance | Wedding Dress: Jeffery Hart, Jessie Dib, Julia Ravenscroft | Cake: Val Cakes | Invitations: Terrapin Stationers | Bridesmaids Dresses: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Band: Sultans Of Swing | Ties: Ties.com | Mens Attire: Marc Jacobs | Bride's Hair + Makeup: Stephanie Freda | Bride's Veil: Her Mothers | Ceremony Coordinator: Julie Hatt | Ceremony Site: Mount Tabor Park | Rentals: Tilton Tents | Wedding Photography + Videography: BETSI EWING STUDIO | Yacht Club Reception: Edgartown Yacht Club

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding at The Duck Inn

This wedding looks like soooo much fun.  Like one of those weddings where friends and family members are having an absolute blast, and love is seriously bursting from every image.  It’s the kind of day you totally dream about having AND want each of your friends to have, too… it’s just that awesome.  See just what I mean in the full gallery captured by Veronica Lola Photography… and prepare to fall in love.

From Veronica Lola Photography… This stunning Martha’s Vineyard wedding is what I dream of. I was so excited because we had similar visions and tastes and I knew we were a perfect fit. This radiant couple had Shawn and I head over heels in love with them towards the end of the night. From their hilarious escort cards (a silly Polaroid of each guest) to their bottle of Jameson and carafe of pickle juice on each table to their beautiful wildflowers in tins, I was in my heaven. We loved how there were so many personal touches that meant so much to them as a couple. It makes me really adore and appreciate what I’m shooting, and I also really get to know my bride & groom.

Even with the rain, Jessica and her vintage lace dress were jaw-dropping. Their guests danced under the stars and enjoyed a traditional New England lobster bake. Perfection.

From the Bride… Glenn proposed on the day we baptized Hays. We had a small group of family and friends in to share the day. At the party afterwards he shocked me by getting down on one knee. I wasn’t expecting it. Furthermore when he opened the box I saw that the ring was from a designer in London I had fallen in love with years ago. As a single girl on a vacation in London, I went to the Malcolm Betts flagship store and tried on rings with the designer. I picked out my favorite and saved the id number on a business card. Six years later I am staring at the ring on my hand. I later found out that Glenn found the card, contacted Malcolm, the ring had sold, and they recreated it from scratch. It was so thoughtful and special.

Photography: Veronica Lola Photography | Event Planning: Birdie Boots & Bones | Wedding Dress: Shareen Vintage | Bakery: Momofuku Milk Bar | Ceremony Venue: Castle Hill Lighthouse | Reception Venue: The Duck Inn | Catering: Bill Smith's Clambake | Makeup: Katie D Make Up | Band: Johnny Hoy And The Bluefish | Equipment Rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | Head Piece: Doloris Petunia

Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Jenny Moloney

I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this Martha’s Vineyard wedding. Nothing I would say would do it justice. From the Bride’s vintage gown and veil (that just so happened to be her mother’s) to all the heartfelt details – there aren’t words worthy of such a fête. Luckily Jenny Moloney‘s images speak for themselves. And you can see them all right here.

From the Bride…Martha’s Vineyard is a place I grew up going every summer as a kid. I had great memories there with my family. When Jayson and I started dating we brought back the tradition and we went down in the summer with my family and created new memories there. He loves the island as much as I do. We only thought it fitting, that we get married there. It was very important for us to have a great party for everyone we love, in a place we love. We found the Sailing Camp Park on a whim, last minute when we thought Martha’s Vineyard was not in our budget. When we met John the keeper of the grounds and saw the camp, we knew it was right. It had a great view, with a casual feel, perfect.

Jayson coming from a restaurant/banquet background, knew we could create a great party on our own, so we went for it. We wanted a meaningful party, where inspiration came from friends and family and our own experiences. We used Buckley Catering from the island, who put on an amazing NE Clambake. Guest feasted on mugs of clam chowder, steamed lobster, cornbread, clams and muscles. The MOH, sister of the bride made the cake! We got so carried away at the rehearsal we forgot to cut it! My 89 year old grandmother folded over 900 paper cranes for the hanging decorations, I wore my mothers vintage Pricilla wedding dress and veil. Classical guitar played from the islands own Erick Johnson, and Jenny Moloney from Jenny Moloney Photography captured every moment and emotion of the day. The weather was amazing, guests came from all over the country and overseas, a perfect day.

Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography | Dress: Priscilla of Boston Atlanta | Reception Venue: Sailing Camp Park | Catering: Buckley's Catering | Hair: Maggie's Salon | DJ: Erick Johnson

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Jocelyn Filley Photography

Let’s talk about Martha’s Vineyard weddings for a minute, shall we?  Because this beautiful backyard affair?  It’s the epitome of Martha’s Vineyard perfection, with an extra dose of pretty.  Think beautiful blooms from Tea Lane Farm, a crazy gorgeous tented reception and one heartwarming moment after another captured by Jocelyn Filley.  See them all right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… James and I met in New York and now we live in London, but I always knew that I wanted to get married on Martha’s Vineyard. I have been going to the island since I was born and James has joined for the past few years. It is the only place where we can both completely unplug and unwind and we wanted to share that relaxing experience, as well as the beauty of the island, with our closest friends and family. We decided to keep our invite list small (under 40) and most of our guests stayed close by in houses that we rented. It was a great way to bring our friends and family from both sides of the Atlantic together!

Having our wedding on the Vineyard made planning much simpler, as we only had two or three vendors to choose from for each category. For me, the highlight of the process was designing and personalizing our invitations, right down to creating a font with my handwriting. We screen printed the invitations in white on kraft paper and included in the package a weekend schedule, packing checklist and detachable RSVP postcard. I had a lot of fun searching on eBay to find vintage stamps that fit our Martha’s Vineyard theme, including a ferryboat, an egret and a Coast Guard tribute, all in the blue-green colors of the ocean. I also designed welcome tote bags for our guests that featured a hand-drawn map of the island. Inside we included snacks (Cape Cod chips, chocolate with sea salt and bottled water), sunscreen, the Vineyard Gazette and a fun beach game (Kadima, frisbee, etc.). I also designed a map with illustrations of all of our favorite places on the island and short descriptions. Instead of a guest book, we included vintage Vineyard postcards in the welcome bags and asked our guests to send them back to us so we would have mail waiting when we returned to London.

Our invitations invited our friends and family to “a relaxed weekend of feasting and sunbathing.”  Even though our wedding weekend was cloudy, we still spent every day at the beach and we certainly feasted in the evenings. We kicked off the weekend with welcome drinks on Thursday night, featuring seafood chowder, lobster rolls and a make-your-own G&T bar. People stopped by as they arrived on island and we danced the night away to the tunes of our friend, DJ Sinton.

On Friday night, we hosted drinks and dinner at Beetlebung farm, a quintessential Vineyard experience that showcased local produce and culinary talent. Our guests sipped Bramble cocktails with blackberries from the farm and nibbled on yummy appetizers, including green beans fresh off the vine and red and yellow tomatoes. We then sat down to dinner in the greenhouse–a pasta course with summer vegetables followed by chicken and whole fish roasted in the outdoor kitchen. We finished with a simple dessert of berries, fresh cream and Chilmark chocolates.

The wedding was held on Saturday at a private home in Chilmark. We set up a tent at the top of the hill, overlooking the water. Mike Benjamin played an acoustic rendition of Van Morrison’s Crazy Love as my parents walked me down the “aisle,” a freshly mown path that sloped down to a small rise where our guests were waiting. We knew we wanted to keep the ceremony short and sweet so we nixed the idea of chairs and just asked our friends and family to gather around us. James and I stood on a sequined Moroccan wedding blanket, a tribute to my grandmother, and exchanged vows that we had each written. Given that I had planned every detail of the day, it was nice to know that I could look forward to at least one surprise. It turned out the big surprise was that our vows were very similar!

After the ceremony, everyone climbed up the hill for cocktails (Moscow Mules and Roasted Orange Negronis), appetizers and oysters. We set up two long farm tables in the tent and I found great pink and orange napkins at Anthropologie to set the color palette. With the napkins as inspiration, Krishana Collins did a phenomenal job with the flowers, creating small arrangements in vintage glass and milk glass containers. Each one was unique and they looked beautiful scattered along white linen runners on the farm tables. The final touch that pulled the tent together came from our wedding coordinator, Emily Coulter. She strung hundreds of peach lisianthus flowers on fishing line and suspended them over the dance floor. As they bobbed on the line, the flowers looked like they were dancing in the wind and gave the tent a magical feeling. By far, the best part of Saturday night was Mike Benjamin and his seven-piece band, who kept us on our feet dancing all night long.

Since most of our guests weren’t leaving until Monday morning, we capped the weekend off with make-your-own pizza night at the Orange Peel Bakery in Aquinnah. Everyone gathered around the outdoor oven, drinking wine and coming up with creative topping combinations. It was a fun and delicious way to end our weekend of feasting!

Photography: Jocelyn Filley Photography | Event Coordinator: Emily Coulter MV Wedding Co | Flowers: Krishana Collins, Tea Lane Farm | Wedding Dress: L'Fay Bridal | Catering: The Kitchen Porch | Hair: Boucle | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Groom's Tie: Marinella | Invitations & Tote Bags:: Printed By City Dog Screen Printing | Music: Mike Benjamin Band | Tent & Rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals

A Fall Wedding on Martha’s Vineyard from Jennifer Langdon Photography
New England weddings hold a special place in my heart. I tied the knot along its sandy shores, so when I see a Bride do the same, I feel like we are kindred spirits. This lovely lady took her love for her summers spent on Martha’s Vineyard, and whipped up an affair I am positive everyone is still talking about. Thanks to Jennifer Langdon Photography, we can keep the party going right here.



From the Bride… Spending my summers on Martha’s Vineyard since I was a child, I always felt a sense of peacefulness and happiness on the island. Something about the ocean, the fishing piers, the laid back island vibe, and most importantly my family’s long history there always made this a special place. My father’s family had grown up summering on the island, making their home in a small community known as West Chop, and by the time I was born his parents had become year-round islanders and more than a handful of my aunts, uncles and cousins had become deep rooted in this West Chop community. West Chop became a place where I would spend many of my summers visiting as a child and when my now husband, and I started dating years ago this was one of the first places I wanted to show him and have him experience. When he proposed in November of 2011, this became a no-brainer for where we wanted to have our wedding. The community feel of the property really exuded the atmosphere that we wanted to provide our guests with. We wanted everyone to feel like they were on “island-time” hiding away in this small and isolated community.

For my wedding style I wanted to convey the same natural and effortless look that I loved about West Chop. I ended up choosing an Amsale wedding dress that I immediately fell in love with that made me feel both bridal and relaxed at the same time (it even had pockets!). To make the dress my own, I added a sash to it that my seamstress sewed in for me. For bridesmaid dresses, I went with very simple (and non-bridal looking) silk, elastic waist dresses from Joie. My goal was to have all of the girls feel as comfortable as I did in my dress. For the boys, my husband chose basic khakis, white shirts and navy blazers that were accompanied with Vineyard Vines ties.

To extend this same style into our venue and decor, I wanted to keep my flower arrangements very simple. We chose to go with whites, light pinks and peach and then add a pop of hot pinks and other brights to help add some warmth. We also wanted to incorporate some personal touches and share our love for Martha’s Vineyard with our guests, so I tried to do so by using rocks that I had collected along the beach (with some help from my fiance, friends and family) as the place cards and table numbers. I thought this helped bring a unique and natural feeling to the reception (and it also was a great way to save money).

Other DIY projects that we did included things like the wedding programs, menu board, custom paper straws and mason jar wedding gifts and their hang tags. Although I had been cursing at myself leading up to the wedding taking on too many DIY projects, I must admit that on my wedding day it was so fun to see all of these projects come to life. Not only did it give the reception a personal touch, but it also was a fun reminder to be able to look around and think back on the hours spent with my husband, friends and family putting these all together. I definitely would recommend this to future brides; not only do these projects help save you money, but also allowed for some special memories with friends and loved ones shared over a bottle of wine to create those irreplaceable personal touches on your wedding day.

The day ended up coming together perfectly and it truly could not have been a better day, or representation for that matter, of my husband and me. Everything from the trolley ride to and from the church to the warmth of the small West Tisbury Congregational Church to the perfect fall crisp weather during the cocktail hour where guests sipped dark and stormies out of mason jars to the insanely talented (and fun!) band we had that kept every single guest on their feet all night, helped make this the effortlessly perfect day that we were longing for.

Photography: Jennifer Langdon Photography | Floral Design: Flowers On The Vineyard | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Invitations: Rugg Road Paper Company | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Shoes: J.Crew | Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joie | Catering: Tea Lane Caterers Inc. | Hair: Maggie's Salon | Band: Mike Benjamin Band | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Wedding Venue: West Chop Club | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress by the shore | Bride's Jewelry: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Monelle Boutique | Cake + Cupcakes: Black Dog Bakery | Cardigan: J.Crew | Flower Girl Shoes: Toms | Groom's Tie: Vineyard Vines | Guest Book Map: Designs by Tenisha | Mason Jars: Discount Mugs | Rentals + Tent: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals | Sash: Modern Trousseau | Save the Dates: Minted

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Readyluck

There is a special spot in my heart reserved for weddings just like this one from Readyluck. The kind of soiree that is so sweet you can’t help but smile right along with every single guest. It’s filled with great little details that you know are just so “them.” And it’s got a special kind of love that just radiates. This is the kind of wedding that makes my heart happy.

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From the designer… Well this was certainly the most sentimental mStarr wedding as my brother + my new sister-in-law tied the knot! The vineyard was really the only choice for the big weekend given their engagement took place at Kimmy’s parents’ house on the island and they spend a lot of time there. Andy + Kimmy wanted a wedding that reflected both the island’s laid-back, rustic style and desire for a wild party! It was an amazing celebration filled with personalized touches, a ceremony downpour, a rainbow, back door donuts’ famous apple fritters, photobombing doggies, a photobooth from our brother Jesse Starr Photography, and a dance floor that was packed {and I mean packed} during cocktail hour. The energy really carried through the entire night. Tt was a special experience both bringing Kimmy + Andy’s big day to life and serving as bridesmaid! 

From the beautiful bride… Martha’s Vineyard has always been a special place for Andy and I. It was the place he first met my parents, it’s where we got engaged – and almost immediately after – we decided it was where we wanted to get married. Farm Neck was the perfect venue to capture our favorite elements of Martha’s Vineyard’s unique rustic charm. The weekend long celebration was filled with personal touches thanks to my new sister-in-law, the incredibly talented Emily of mStarr. With help from our amazing vendors, we were able to create the idyllic
and truly happy setting I had always envisioned for our special day.

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Event design + styling: mStarr event styling + design | Photographer: Lindsay Hite of Readyluck | Floral design: Krishana Collins | Rentals: Big Sky | Venue: Farm Neck Golf Club | Photobooth: Jesse Starr Photography | Hair + Makeup: Lisa George | Bridal gown + Bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo from Flair Brides & Maids | Bridal shoes: Stuart Weitzman | DJ: Seth Isaacs from Beat Train Productions | Ceremony musicians: Michael Tinus and Rebecca Barca-Tinus | Transportation: MV Sightseeing | Officiant: Rabbi Rachel Saphire of Temple Beth Elohim

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Pizzuti Studios Photography

It never fails, as soon as the peonies bloom, I start to crave the coastlines – particularly the islands off the coast of Massachusetts. Because even though they are just a hop, skip and a jump away, somehow you feel on the other side of the world as soon as your flip flops hit their docks. So a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard? Well that’s a complete dream. It only takes one peek at all the pretty sitting in this seaside soiree from Pizzuti Studios Photography to know this couple’s dream became a beautiful reality – and you can see it all right here.

From the Bride… Planning the wedding was a breeze. I always pictured a destination wedding, but never had my heart set on anywhere in particular. During a picture perfect Labor Day weekend on Martha’s Vineyard, Dan got down on one knee at Waters Edge during sunset. It was perfect. We were staying at The Beach Plum Inn in Menemsha in our own cottage with a fireplace, ocean views and no cell service. Complete tranquility.

The next night at dinner, we sipped champagne and watched the sun set down on Menemsha Harbor. That’s when Dan suggested “Why don’t we get married here?” I loved the idea instantly and after our entrees, we were completely sold. We inquired with the waitress who sent over the events coordinator. She told us the only opening left for the 2012 season was Memorial Day weekend. We said “We’ll take it!”

Back in Boston family and friends celebrated with us and were all surprised to hear we already had the venue booked! With 8 months to plan we set straight to work. We decided to keep things small and intimate, inviting only immediate family and our closest friends. We went with all on-island vendors, except for our photographers who we had our heart set on. I found the process easy and managed everything by using the checklist provided by the Knot website. Dan and I took several trips to the vineyard over the winter, sampling cake, coordinating with the band, rental company and Beach Plum. We didn’t over-think anything and I kept to my simple, yet elegant theme. I knew I had to have peonies and my close friend who happens to be in event planning and a florist made that happen for us. Everything came together smoothly and we couldn’t have been happier with how it all turned out.

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Wedding Photography: Pizzuti Studios Photography | Wedding Venue: The Beach Plum Inn | Floral Design: Kristin Chapin of Humarock | Invitations:  William Arthur | Wedding Dress: Michael of Boston | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier via L’elite on Newbury Street | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Attire: Vineyard Vines + Jos. A.Bank | Makeup: Boucle Salon and Spa, Edgartown | Band: Sultans of Swing

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Jocelyn Filley Photography

Weddings will always make me swoon, that’s a given. But if you want to really know what makes me tick, it’s the stories behind the soirees. The effort, the thought, the days that led up to a beautiful Bride walking down the aisle to meet her Groom. Which is precisely why I fell head over heels in love with this Martha’s Vineyard beauty captured by Jocelyn Filley Photography. It’s gorgeous backyard wedding meets the sweet stylings of this lovely Bride, and it all went off without a hitch thanks to ZBR Events. See every sweet moment right here.

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From the Bride… When Jesse and I got engaged, we knew right away that we wanted to get married at my parents’ house on Martha’s Vineyard. Martha’s Vineyard is such a great place to have a wedding because you really can source so many items locally. Our caterer, Jan Buhrman of Kitchen Porch Catering emphasizes locally grown and sustainable food, and our florist, Krishana Collins, grows all of her own flowers right on the island. I felt really comfortable giving her free reign to design the flowers because I knew that they would be gorgeous no matter what. The only thing I knew I wanted were those dark purple dahlias in my wedding bouquet. Everything else I left up to her. She amazed me with what she came up with!

I was so lucky to have Zoe Barbey Ross and her assistant Megan Leonard of ZBR Events help plan the wedding. I knew that I could do most of the decor by myself, but I really needed their help coordinating with vendors and dealing with lots of the organization and logistics. They were wonderful. I didn’t have to think about any details on my wedding day. They understood what I wanted and they just took care of it!  

Jocelyn Filley and her assistant Elizabeth Cecil were the perfect photographers for our wedding. They were so unobtrusive but also managed to be everywhere at once. I felt like they appreciated all of the little details as much as I did, and their pictures reflect the sense of fun and humor that we tried to capture in our wedding day.

Most of the decor we did ourselves. I could not have done it without my family and all of the friends who pitched in in the days before the wedding. We framed old family wedding photos and hung them on the porch. We found a lot of great items from Pottery Barn and save-on-crafts.com including shepherds hooks, mason jars, signs, and lanterns. Jesse painted all the signs and I hand-wrote all of the name cards on shipping hang tags decorated with a paper punch. My friends were so great — they labored over string lights and gift bags and they made the fantastic chair garland out of an old Martha’s Vineyard map. My friend Cate did everyone’s makeup. My parents’ gardener Ali Hedin made the chuppah (wedding canopy) from a fallen oak tree and cut all of the stumps for the table markers and the pie servers. I used a local printer for the menus and the programs rather than trying to do it online and I’m so glad I did. I didn’t need a designer — I just put together the text I wanted using a pretty free font I downloaded, and Kevin Cain at Tisbury Printer took care of the rest.

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Wedding Photography: Jocelyn Filley Photography | Wedding Venue: Private Residence in West Tisbury, Massachusetts | Wedding Planning: ZBR Events | Floral Design: Krishana Collins | Catering: Jan Buhrman from Kitchen Porch Catering | Pies: Eileen Blake Pies & Otherwise | DJ + Photobooth: Paul Donnelly | Decor: Save on Crafts | Tent + Party Rentals: Big Sky Party Rentals | Wedding Invitations: Ruby Lane | Ketubah: Urban Collective | Printing: Tisbury Printer | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Seamstress: Chrysal Parrot| Bride’s Brooch: Heirloom | Bride’s Shoes: TOMS | Wedding Rings: CB Stark | Wedding Ring Box: Robert Yapp from Miles from Mainland (milesfrommainland@gmail.com) | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Dog Collar: Arcadius Elegantly Dog | Hair: Panache Salon | Makeup: Cate Woods

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Rachel Kate Photography

Charming. If there was one word I could place on this picture perfect wedding from Rachel Kate Photography, that would be it – charming. It’s the type of fête where you can just feel the sweetness by simply scrolling through the gallery, and I can’t think of anything better than that. Add the gorgeous vistas of this couple’s beloved Martha’s Vineyard, and it’s image after image of pure pretty. See it all here

From Rachel Kate PhotographySara and Garrett are the perfect couple. They had their beautiful summer wedding On Martha’s Vineyard in August of 2012. It was an insanely hot day but one of the most gorgeous weddings I have been lucky enough to be a part of. Garrett grew up on the Vineyard and his family still lives there. Of course the Vineyard is therefore a big part of Sara and Garrett’s lives. The got married at the Old Whaling Church and the reception was held right next door at the Daniel Fisher House. A beautiful estate that lent itself to the Vineyard charm with so many thoughtful details everywhere we looked.. The best part of the wedding was how each and every guest fit perfectly, like a puzzle into the landscape of this day. The Nantucket reds, bow ties, and pastel colors of the guest attire just went so perfectly with this day.

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Wedding Photography: Rachel Kate Photography | Ceremony Venue: Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts | Reception Venue: The Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown, Massachusetts | Floral Design: Cottage Garden | Catering: Kitchen Porch Catering | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair + Makeup: Sea Spa Salon

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Kristen Leigh Conklin + Desiree Spinner Events

There’s just something about a Martha’s Vineyard wedding that can’t be replicated elsewhere.  Maybe it has a little something to do with the breathtaking scenery and beautiful traditions steeped into the island’s history… the exact something that drew these two sweeties to Edgartown to host their nautical-inspired soiree.  Styled to perfection by Desiree Spinner Events and featuring beautiful blooms from Sayles Livingston Design, it’s Martha’s Vineyard perfection, all captured in pretty, pretty images by Kristen Leigh Conklin.  See every last one in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Brant came out to Martha’s Vineyard for the first time over Labor Day 2011, which is when I normally rent a cottage for myself and whatever friends I can scramble together to stay with me.  Brant came out for a few days and fell in love with the island.  As a native of Montana, he had no exposure to the beauty of New England summers, except for what he had read about in books and seen in films.  The beauty of the island that time of year astonished him, and so the day after we got engaged, when I asked him where he wanted us to get married, his immediate response was “On the Vineyard.”  

So, on September 22, 2012, Brant and I married at St. Elizabeth’s and had an outdoor reception down the street at a private home overlooking the harbor.  After a fun welcome clam bake at Seafood Shanty the night before, we woke up Saturday to overcast weather.   Our first look photos at the harbor had a cloudy backdrop, but at least it wasn’t raining.

As I waited to walk through the church door, the most magical thing happened — the clouds parted and the sun started glowing against a clear blue sky!  When the doors opened, the bright light shined on my back creating an almost halo-type effect as I walked down the aisle with my father.  It was magical.

After the wedding we walked over to our reception.  It was more beautiful than I had ever dreamed.  Not only was I blown away by the amazing styling, but being on the water with the perfection of a New England Indian Summer day put me in a complete state of euphoria. Most of all, it made us so happy to see so many of our friends from different places and times in our lives come together and develop new friendship through the wedding weekend.  Many had never previously met, so it meant so much to us that everyone became such fast friends.  We danced all afternoon into the evening — almost everyone was on the dance floor the ENTIRE time!  What a bizarre scene it must have been for an outsider to see all these people dancing in the middle of the afternoon!  

We ended the night with a sparkler exit — using sparklers, our guests created a tunnel of light as we ran up the driveway and off to our afterparty.  It was truly a magical end to a magical day. Six hours passed in a blink.  I’ll admit I was a bit sad as I got ready for bed that night and I turned to Brant and asked if we could do it all over again.  I remember he smiled, laughed a little bit, and agreed that it was the best day of his life too, and reminded me that what made it so special was that its a once-in-a-lifetime event and that type of magic could never be recreated.  True.  I have come to realize that we don’t need to do it agin to relive that day because months later, whenever I look at our wedding photos or reminisce with friends about that day, I get the joy of revisiting that day in my memory and that dizzying feeling of euphoria quickly returns.  

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Wedding Photography: Kristen Leigh Conklin | Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts |  Reception Venue: Private Residence in Edgartown, Massachusetts | Event Planning + Design: Desiree Spinner Events | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Design | Wedding Cinematography: Zinnia Films | Catering: V. Jamie Hamlin & Sons | Desserts: Val Cakes (508.274.0396) | DJ: Nick Ferrington from Beat Train Productions | Band: Brad Tucker and Nashvillians | Rentals: Big Sky  | Wedding Invitations: Wiley Valentine | Wedding Dress: Christos | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair + Makeup: Jen Delmonaco + Cinnamon White

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Jocelyn Filley

Martha’s Vineyard is nothing short of magical. A pretty little island just a hop, skip and a jump away from Boston, but worlds away in so many ways. Which makes it an oh-so-lovely place to say I do. These two newlyweds said I do alright, and they did so in seriously style. With a color palette perfect for a September wedding on the island, pretty little details everywhere you turn and a Groom that ended the evening with a sweet serenade – this wedding is just everything. See it all here.

From the Bride… We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of all of the things that we love; namely family, music and the outdoors. We have been fortunate to spend a lot of time on the Vineyard, so having our wedding there was an easy decision. The Captain Flanders House was the first and only venue we visited; we immediately loved the rustic, natural beauty of the property and the simple charm of the house and cottages.

Although we quickly learned that having a wedding at an informal venue requires a lot of coordination, we were able to pull off a fantastic day with the help of our amazing vendors and the assistance of family and friends. Nick and I created table numbers and signs for the property, a family friend hand-calligraphed our envelopes and seating cards. My mother-in-law made koufeta (traditional Greek favors), and one of my girlfriends helped tie hundreds of twine bows on our programs and the shawls that also served as favors. I also cannot say enough about our vendors; we consider ourselves very fortunate to have worked with such talented and genuinely nice people.

We had 100 guests travel to the Vineyard to take part in our September wedding. The gorgeous weather enabled us to have the ceremony and cocktail hour outside, with the reception held under a beautiful tent. We kept the décor minimal, using mostly natural elements like weathered shingles, moss and twine, accented with bursts of orange in the flowers and bridal party’s attire.

One of the best decisions we made was to take “first-look” photos before the ceremony. Capturing our reactions upon seeing each other for the first time was very special. Since we also had our family photos taken early in the day, we were able to sneak away during the cocktail hour to take some beautiful shots at Menemsha Harbor. I am still amazed at how our photographer, Jocelyn Filley, captured all of these moments precisely as I remember them!

In a nod to Nick’s Greek heritage, we used the stefena (crowns) from his parents wedding ceremony and attempted a couple of traditional Greek dances during the reception. The Irish Wedding Blessing as one of our readings represented my Irish roots.

Although we had a fabulous DJ lined up, we also wanted to incorporate live music into the ceremony and cocktail hour. Our wedding coordinator recommended Ballywhoo, a fantastic bluegrass band. We had them “play their way” in after the guests had been seated. The look of surprise on our guests faces as the musicians came down the hill and over toward the ceremony was incredible.

The highlight of the day was when Nick surprised me by performing a song, which he had written, on his guitar during the reception. I am not one to cry easily, but this thoughtful gesture moved me to tears. The evening ended just as we had hoped; surrounded by friends and family dancing like maniacs… We treasure the beautiful photos and video we have to remind us of this fabulous day!

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Photography: Jocelyn Filley | Venue: Captain Flanders House in Chilmark, Massachusetts | Wedding Coordinator: Julie Hatt from Vineyard Weddings | Wedding Cinematography: After Image Productions | Floral Design: Louise Sweet from Flowers on the Vineyard | Caterer: Tea Lane Caterers | Wedding Cake: Val Cakes (508.274.0396) | Favors + Desserts: Green Mountain Chocolate | Rehearsal Dinner + Brunch: Atria | Ceremony+ Cocktail Music: Ballywhoo | Reception Music: DJ Smac (Scot MacMillian) | Rentals: Big Sky Tent | Transportation: Vineyard Transport | Restrooms: Dottie’s Potties (508.693.1135) | Wedding Stationery: Hello Lucky! | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca via Bella Sera Bridals | Maid of Honor + Flower Girls Attire: J.Crew | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s | Ties + Bowties: The Tie Bar | Hair + Makeup: Sea Spa Salon

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Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Christina Szczupak

This wedding? It’s a dream. And the images Christina Szczupak sent our way? Absolutely hang on your wall worthy. Each one has the most beautiful feel of how this gorgeous day unfolded, and from the looks of them, it unfolded in a beyond perfect fashion. With the gorgeous Martha’s Vineyard setting the prettiest scene for this new Mr. & Mrs. (who just so happen to be gorgeous themselves), it’s safe to say this gallery is just beyond. See it all here.

From the Bride… Ricky and I are so blessed to have been married on our seven year anniversary surrounded by our best friends and amazing parents. We have so many favorite memories from our wedding – the highly-anxious first look when Ricky finally saw me in my wedding dress, walking down the aisle with my dad, exchanging our vows and both of us trying not to cry and ending up laughing, our hilariously uncoordinated entrance dance with the wedding party (Gangnam Style!), our parents killing it on the dance floor and making every single person laugh, and celebrating with great music and delicious food with those closest to our hearts. 

Marrying my best friend was the most overwhelmingly joyful experience and I could not ask for anything more. Our day was surrounded by so much love, from the handmade hanger for my dress, to the “love” cake topper for our wedding cake, to our personally designed invitations, all by my beautiful bridesmaids. I wish we could relive our wedding day over and over again and we are so lucky we can because every single moment was perfectly captured by Christina.

Wedding Photography: Christina Szczupak / Wedding Venue: Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Fresco Flowers / Wedding Invitation + Signage: Designed by bridemaids / Favors: Babycakes / DJ: Eric Johnson / Wedding Dress: J.Crew “Arabelle” / Bride’s Belt: Twisted Crystals /  Bride’s Veil: Teri Huang / Bride’s Shoes: Guess / Bride’s Necklace: Tiffany & Co “Elsa Peretti Open Heart” / Bridemaids’ Attire: Armani Exchange + ASOS / Groom’s Attire: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Polo Ralph Lauren via Journeys

Martha’s Vineyard Wedding from Kristen Leigh Conklin

Kristen Leigh Conklin has place a permanent smile on my face this morning thanks to her beautiful images from this classic Martha’s Vineyard wedding. That pretty little island off the coast of Massachusetts is the perfect host for this perfectly New England affair, and this couple just knew it was the only place for them to say I do. I couldn’t be more thankful they did, because it left us with a gallery that’s perfect parts preppy and stylish. See it all here.

From the Bride…In July of 2011, Jay proposed to me in front of the Edgartown Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard. It was early in the morning and we were sitting in the sand, sipping coffee in our pajamas. We knew that we wanted our wedding to have a similar vibe: intimate and casual, just like us, and preferably, on the same special Island. It was soon decided that the ceremony would take place at East Chop Lighthouse and the reception would be held at Atria in Edgartown. Our goal was to make the wedding a personal reflection of us. But we also knew that our guests were traveling long distances for our wedding, and we wanted them to experience our favorite aspects of the Vineyard. On our wish list: an intimate ceremony, a playful cocktail hour, a twinkly dinner, and touches of vintage Martha’s Vineyard.

Planning a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard was not without it’s challenges. We are based in the DC area, which meant we had some busy weekend trips to the Island, many hours of help from family, and a lot of faith in our vendors. My mother, my aunts, and my maid of honor all took a hand in planning and crafting. They made numerous trips to Michael’s and stayed up late assembling the table numbers that we developed around my dad’s vintage postcard collection. My mother made the wreath from shells that she collected on the Vineyard. My father, brother, and sister-in-law spent the week before our wedding tying bows, attaching homemade tags, and running to the Edgartown Library for last minute print jobs. Paired with our local vendors, most notably Kristen Leigh Conklin Photography, Atria, Mike Benjamin Band, Big Sky, and Boucle, we knew we were in good hands.

The result of everybody’s hard work was a classic Martha’s Vineyard wedding and a perfect reflection of our relationship. The ceremony was officiated by a friend of Jay’s family. The ambiance was set with acoustic guitar and flute, and a few surprises – buoy bells, a ferry whistle, and dragonflies and swallows, which flew through the ceremony overlook. My grandfather’s vintage Mercedes served as our getaway car (which my dad decorated himself and drove to the Island from Pennsylvania). Our signature cocktail was the “rum demon,” a drink crafted and named by my grandfather. The cornhole sets were built by Jay’s groomsman, who personalized them with our monogram and NFL teams. Atria’s garden swing provided a fun place for kids to blow off energy and for adults to mingle. For dinner, we served New England clam chowder and a plated lobster clambake. After dinner and dancing, the party moved to Atria’s Brick Cellar for more music, sliders with truffle fries, and a photobooth.

Everything about our wedding was perfect and we couldn’t stop soaking it in. On the day after our wedding, we drove the Mercedes back to East Chop Lighthouse for sunset, then back to Atria for burgers. We returned to the lighthouse again on Monday, that time on our bikes. It is truly a magical spot that we will visit for years. To us, the magic of Martha’s Vineyard is unmatched. We were lucky to have a beautiful afternoon in a special place, but most important was marrying each other, with our loved ones by our sides, and confirming what we already felt – we are family.

Wedding Photography: Kristen Leigh Conklin / Ceremony Location: East Chop Lighthouse in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts / Reception + Afterparty Location: Atria in Edgartown, Massachusetts / Floral Design: Flowers on the Vineyard / Wedding Cupcakes: Val Cakes (508-274-0396) / Lobster Cookies: Eleni’s New York / Rentals: Big Sky Tent and Party Rentals / Table Numbers: (Frames and Whales/Crabs) from Michaels + Postcards from the Bride’s Father; Painted by the Bride’s Aunt / Music: Mike Benjamin Band / Lobster Trap: B&B Woodworking / Mailbox + Ring Holder: BHLDN / Transportation: MV Sightseeing / Wedding Dress: Robert Bullock / Bridesmaids Attire: Joanna August / Bridesmaid Earrings: DIY by the Bride’s Mother / Groom + Groomsmen Attire: JoS. A. Bank  / Ties: Vineyard Vines / Hair + Makeup: Boucle

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