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Nantucket Meets California In This Family Beach Retreat

Surfer vibes were the goal when refreshing this family’s Nantucket summer getaway, and that’s where Sasha Meredith Designs came in! The designers removed the old 1990’s interiors to make way for neutral tones, shiplap, and cool pops of art to really drive that surfer feel home. The home now is a great reflection of the area around it and a perfect summer escape. We are so ready to spend our summers here!

THE ENTRYWAY

The entry hall had a dated stairway, we replaced the bannister, painted the stairs, wallpapered the stairway, added some shiplap and painted the room in a bright white. New furniture completed this space and the transformation was complete, the house instantly had a welcoming and contemporary yet laid back entry hall. The client is one of three sisters, so she loved the mermaid art we found, which has three mermaids sitting together, referencing her sisters and their shared love of the beach in Nantucket.


 

THE DINING ROOM

The dining room was a smaller space and had been formerly filled with heavy french country furniture. We kept it neutral with lots of wood pieces in this room but added a fun punch of navy through the Serena & Lily dining chairs and Rejuvenation pendants hanging above the table. Art from local photographer Nathan Coe and an oversized mirror completed this room that was functional enough for formal dining while comfortable enough for everyday use.

THE LIVING ROOM

The home had 3 different living spaces, a family room off the kitchen had a heavy wooden mantle that was removed and we tiled over the fireplace surround with painted clay tiles and a salvaged piece of wood for the mantle, we wanted this room to accommodate overflow seating from the kitchen. The owners commented after moving in that it was the room they spend the most amount of time in!



The next living space was the formal living room, where we managed to fit in the husband’s request for a leather sectional! A surfer chic leather sofa fit the bill and gave a refined vibe in the formal living room. A white Japanese paper wallpaper covers the walls in this room, keeping in line with the bright white vibe of the house while adding texture to define this more formal entertaining space. A black and white print from another local photographer, Lauren Marttila hangs above the sofa.



The sunroom is off of the living room and was the perfect space for the family to gather around the built in banquette for breakfast or game night! The room also includes two oversized armchairs, with art that the owner found at a local store in Nantucket.

THE MASTER BEDROOM

Upstairs, the master bedroom was the epitome of luxury, with a four post bed, chaise lounge, grasscloth covered nightstands and high ceilings. The owners of this home often have weekend guests and wanted the master to function as a retreat away from the rest of the house.

KIDS ROOM

The owners have two young girls and so a bunk bed adorned with mermaid sheets and a dresser with woven jute knobs, created a beachy fun young vibe in their room. This home serves as a year round retreat for the Brooklyn based owners. The vibe reminds them they are near the beach while still creating an ideal space for year round luxury living.

 

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Vintage Bikes + Boardwalk Strolls for a Nantucket Engagement

Ashley and Mike opted for a 5 am sunrise engagement session on Nantucket and the payoff was pretty major. They strolled the charming island streets and took a vintage bike out for a spin, all with Meredith Jane Photography capturing behind the camera. Steal a peek in the gallery for every adorable moment of this classic New England lovefest.

From the bride… Mike and I met 4 years ago while we were both out on the South Shore in Massachusetts, each with a separate group of friends. I was not looking for a boyfriend at the time as I had just made a career change and was back in college full time with a very busy schedule. But as Mike started talking to me something grabbed my attention. After that night out we continued talking and texting on a regular basis and I agreed to go out with him on a date. We met up and had drinks and watched The Bruins. After that first date I could tell there was something different about him, and from that moment on we were inseparable. We continued going on dates and turned that one night out into a lifetime of love.

We chose Nantucket for our engagement session because I love the Cape and Islands and the beach, and had never been to Nantucket before. We thought what better way to capture my first time there then to plan our engagement session for the same time. Memorial Day weekend on Nantucket is also the location where Figawi is held, which I have heard is a great time! I knew it would be fun and the backdrop would be extra special with all of the boats and American flags flying.

This session was special because we wrapped up our weekend away by doing a sunrise shoot on our last day in Nantucket. No one was around yet and it felt like we had the Island to ourselves. It was great to be out on the beach and walking along the cobblestone streets all alone. It was also pretty unique because it was freezing cold! Who would have thought that Memorial Day could have weather like that?! I think it was only in the 40’s and with the wind and being on the water, it sure didn’t feel like the start to summer.

My future vision for the wedding day is a classic, timeless evening. Colors of navy, blush and gold accents. Simple, clean decor. Floral centerpieces with hydrangeas and peonies and added touches of greenery. I envision my wedding day to be the most magical day, something that I will want to relive over and over again.

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Photography: Meredith Jane Photography | Floral Design: Flowers on Chestnut | Bike Rental: Cook's Cycles | Rentals: Nantucket Bike Basket Co. | Rentals: It's a Shore Thing - Nantucket

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A Rainy Day Creates an Intimate Wedding

You would never know that rain forced this darling, Nantucket wedding by Stacie Shea Events indoors – it all looks so perfectly welcoming and planned. Zofia & Co. captured each warm, cozy, and inviting moment from the intimate ceremony in the living room of the Westmoor Farm‘s main house to the closely nestled table arrangement at dinner and the late-night dancing in the barn, all waiting for you in the Vault.

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From Stacie Shea EventsIzzy and Matt couldn’t think of a better, happier place to get married than Nantucket, MA. They chose Westmoor Farm, a beautiful little compound off the beaten path, to host their closest family and friends in cozy little cabins.

Originally, the ceremony was to be held outside on the main lawn under a beautiful arbor of greenery and ribbons. Mother nature had different plans, and moments before the intimate ceremony was to take place, the skies opened up, and we were forced inside. Plan B wasn’t so bad, though. Matt was beyond thrilled to marry his best friend in the living room of the main house under what may be the largest moose head in existence.

During cocktail hour, the couple escaped to the cobblestone streets of downtown Nantucket where they took photos at some of their favorite places on the island. You can see happiness written all over their faces!

The reception was candlelit, quaint, and perfect. Three tables nestled closely together and a dinner catered by Nantucket Catering Company was the perfect way to eat, drink, and be married. Centerpieces of white anemones, hydrangeas, and roses added that little bit of Nantucket flare.

After dinner, guests moved the party over to the barn where they danced the night away to the Timbukblues and DJ Billy Voss. While it never stopped raining, the big barn doors remained open, and that salty island air swirled throughout the room.

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Photography: Zofia & Co | Event Planning: Stacie Shea Events | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Wedding Dress: Sareh Nouri | Cake: Petticoat Row Bakery | Stationery: Parchment Nantucket | Shoes: Christian Dior | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Nantucket Catering Company | Hair and Makeup: Darya Salon | DJ: Billy Voss | Band: Timbukblues | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Groomsmens' Attire: Brooks Brothers | Venue: Westmoor Farm | Earrings: Kate Spade | Rentals: Jen Shepherd

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A Long Sleeved Lace Gown That’s Giving Us All the Feels

It’s official: I’ve found my dream dress. If I was to redo my own special day, I think I might go this romantic gown route – it’s pure perfection (that lace!). But even better, the whole intimate affair captured by Hello Love Photography. With Nantucket as the backdrop, it’s an absolute feast for the eyes – and lucky for you, we’ve gathered all the pretty pics together in our Vaultenjoy!

From Hello Love PhotographyShelly and Colin got married in (arguably) one of the most picturesque and quintessential New England locations I can think of – the Wauwinet resort on the north easternmost tip of Nantucket. Their family and friends filled every room of the resort and made their wedding an intimate, personal, and beautiful one. Beautiful long tables lit by candles, lots of greenery, and one of my favorite dresses to date (the lace sleeves!) made this one for the books. And they certainly didn’t let a little rain stop them. :)

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Photography: Hello Love Photography | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Hair: Travis Speck | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Wedding Venue: The Wauwinet Inn

Nautical Weddings Take Note, This is How It’s Done

There’s no better place to have a nautical wedding than Nantucket, even with Hurricane Joaquin and a Nor’easter threatening the island leading up to the big day. And, Meg and Charles’ wedding day is the ultimate nautical affair — from the Bride’s Pronovias lace wedding dress and pearl bracelet to the Groom’s Vineyard Vines bow tie to the classic New England touches throughout. Head to The Vault to see every gorgeous detail captured by the talented Brklyn View Photography!

From Brklyn View PhotographyTheir classic and elegant, nautical themed wedding was inspired by the happy couple’s love of one of the most beautiful islands in the north east, Nantucket. Meg and Charles spend their summers the island and it was the only place they wanted to celebrate their marriage. The weather leading up to the festivities was dismal as Hurricane Joaquin and a Nor’easter were both heading up the coast. The ferries were beginning to get cancelled the day before, flights were delayed and figuring out how to get to the island we becoming a real challenge for guests and vendors. However, on Saturday morning, the rain stopped, a little sun peeked through the clouds and the day went on with only minor glitches. Meg wore a gorgeous lace wedding dress by Pronovias and her mother’s pearl bracelet. Charles and the groomsmen wore ties from Vineyard Vines and fun mix of unexpected colored socks. They were married at the lovely Our Lady of Isle Church in town and celebrated at the gorgeous White Elephant Hotel along the water. We visited the Cru restaurant on the wharf and took over the back room for their bridal party portraits since we couldn’t photograph them outside. Being able to create several pairings in a small space is key to making their photos look amazing and every single person in their bridal party was amazing! As we walked with the Bride and Groom through town, we stopped at the famous Compass Rose before I found the cutest little nook with hanging string lights and ivy along the walls. It felt like Italy in Nantucket. Meg’s sister and Charles’ brother gave memorable speeches that had everyone, especially the bride and groom, shuffling between laughter and tears. It was one of the most touching ceremonies and celebrations I was able to photograph. Thank you so much for allowing me to document your wonderful wedding day!

Photography: Brklyn View Photography | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Invitations: Dulce Press | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Our Lady Of The Isle | Reception Venue: The White Elephant Hotel | Bride's Shoes: L.K. Bennett | Makeup: RJ Miller | Groom's Attire: Vineyard Vines

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A Wedding That Pulls Off Classic With a Touch of Nautical

For this couple who fell in love on the island of Nantucket, it only felt right to return to where it all began. They planned a classic-as-can-be celebration infused with subtle nautical details as a nod to their beachside setting. The result? This insanely gorgeous gallery from the lens of Lacie Hansen that you can stare at All. Afternoon. Long.

From The Bride… Both of us grew up traveling to Nantucket for family vacations. Joe’s grandparents had a family vacation home there and now his mom lives there year round. My parents started going to Nantucket in college and they would camp out on the beaches with my aunt and uncle. They loved it so much that they started taking us there when we were young and eventually purchased a vacation home in Madaket. Joe and I probably played on the same beaches growing up, but did not meet until summer of 2011.

Joe was living on the island year round when we met. I was just visiting for a few summer weeks. He asked me out on a date to American Seasons (a very quaint and romantic restaurant). We ended really falling for one another and spending as much time together as possible for the rest of my vacation. Things went so well that we started dating long distance (Chicago-Nantucket). We did that for a year and a half until Joe decided to move to Chicago to be with me. Even though we live in Chicago full-time, Nantucket will always be a very special place for us. It is where we first met, had our first date, and where we got married. We plan to make sure we are there for every anniversary to come.

From David M. Handy Events… A collection of round and rectangle dinner tables filled the grand ballroom at the Nantucket Hotel & Resorts. The room was enhanced with gold ballroom chairs, gorgeous gold and blush table linens, vintage chargers, table numbers and lots of romantic candlelit. To complete the look the room was washed in a warm amber color.

Photography: Lacie Hansen | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Cake: Petticoat Row Bakery | Stationery: Feast Calligraphy | Ceremony Venue: First Congregational Church Of Nantucket | Reception Venue: The Nantucket Hotel | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Engagement Ring: Graff | Catering: The Nantucket Hotel | Hair + Makeup: Laura B Salon Spa | Band: Joey Scott & The Connections | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Earrings + Rings: Therese Crowe Design | Event Planning, Lighting + Design: David M. Handy Events | Linen Rentals + Chargers: BBJ Linen | Tables, Flatware + Chair Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Wedding Dress + Veil: Vera Wang

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Classic New England Nantucket Greenhouse Wedding

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, couples like this prove that the element of surprise is still very much alive in the wonderful world of weddings. Giving true meaning to a green wedding, this elegant greenhouse celebration is bursting with organic details and one seriously chic nursery reception. It’s homegrown meets high class and thanks to Christine Doneé, we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault

From Christine Doneé… I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Addie and Andrew for a couple of years now, so when asked to photograph their wedding, I was beyond honored to be a part of this special moment in their relationship. The two of them are down to earth, genuine, warm and extremely kind – they’re just the kind of people that leave a positive mark on your life. And their wedding was no exception.

The ceremony was beautiful and simple, with guests seated at the old Quaker Meeting House and a violinist playing melodies that filled the room with joy and anticipation. Andrew’s dad officiated the ceremony, which made the intimate setting feel even more special. There were tears and laughter, applause and prayers, and Addie’s infectious smile set the tone for the rest of the day.

Having lived on Nantucket for years, the bride and groom wanted their guests to see the Nantucket that the two of them cherish so much. So while we ran off for the formal portraits, the guests were shuttled to Bartlett’s Farm for cocktails and local craft beer in the nursery. The flowers and plants from the farm made up the decor and brought a sense of life and color to the evening. With the sun filtering in through the pergola, a golden warmth filled the room that I can still feel today.

Just off of the nursery was the greenhouse where the reception took place. Paper lanterns, potted plants and cafe lights adorned the room. And while everyone sat at round tables, the meal was served “family style” for a communal and intimate feel. As with everything else, Addie and Andrew created a menu that was intentional and organic, with most of the produce coming from the farm itself. Guests passed around serving dishes and joined in a festive meal together, making you feel like you were at a good friend’s house for dinner.

As the sun was setting, I took the bride and groom out to an open field for portraits were they could have a moment to themselves and take in the day. Once the sun dipped below the horizon and we made our way back towards the greenhouse, we could hear the laughter and chatter from across the farm. It was an incredible celebration of these two people, surrounded by friends and family who truly loved them, and a wedding day that represented exactly who they were.

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Photography: Christine Donee Photography | Floral Design: Florabundant | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Nantucket Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Quaker Meeting House | Reception Venue: Bartlett's Farm Nantucket | Hair + Makeup: RJ Miller | Calligraphy: Dear Ondine | Paper : Parchment Nantucket

Colorful + Romantic Nautical Nantucket Wedding

Although their offices were literally across the street from one another, it wasn’t until they attended the same sermon that these NYC cuties crossed paths. What soon followed was a nautical affair bursting with bright blooms and beauty around every corner. From the Ceci New York paper goods to the gorg gallery from the lens of Mark & Wendy/ Zofia & Co., it’s all waiting for you in The Vault!

From White Elephant… Betsy and Colin met through Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Shortly after, they discovered their offices were across the street from one another; their life together began from then on.

Betsy and Colin became engaged at The Wauwinet, ten months after their first date. After spending ten months as an engaged couple, they were married at White Elephant on June 20, 2015. Betsy professed, “Getting married at the White Elephant has been a dream of mine since I started visiting Nantucket about 15 years ago.”

The wedding was brimming with handmade signs, custom corn hole boards, marquees, lights, custom sunglasses, sparklers, and oodles of flowers. From roses, to hydrangeas, to peonies, the sweet smell of florals wafted throughout the ceremony.

Betsy wore a Reem Acra gown and brought in a bit of southern flair with her parasol (Betsy was born and raised in Dallas, Texas).

The reception was illuminated by musicians that were both family friends and guests. The handmade cake was adorned with individual sugar flowers that looked so authentic, guests thought they might be real. After a lively reception, the newlyweds sailed off into the Nantucket Harbor abyss.

The couple took their honeymoon to Maui and Bora Bora; they now life in New York City’s Chelsea.

Photography: Zofia & Co | Cinematography: September Productions | Event Design: Dawn Kelly Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Stationery: Ceci New York | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy After 6 Collection in African Violet | Catering: The White Elephant | Hair & Makeup: RJ Miller | Band: Legit | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Venue: The White Elephant | Boat Getaway: Barton And Gray | Bride's Cake: Maggie Austin Cake | Ceremony Vocalist: Chris Magiera Music | Escort Cards: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Floral Design & Fairy Dust: Soiree Floral | Groom's Cake: Petticoat Row Bakery | Marquee Lights: Scott Coppersmith | Public Relations: Alice Marshall Public Relations | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Shoes For Bride And Bridesmaids: Jimmy Choo | Signature Cocktail: Veuve Clicquot | Signs: Twinkle And Toast | Ties For Groomsmen Ushers: Hermes

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Romantic Nantucket Beach Wedding Inspiration

Nantucket is a truly magical place – the endless coastlines, shingled cottages, and breathtaking views – it’s hard not to love every inch of that sweet little island. So when a team of talented vendors join forces to create inspiration that beautifully compliments the Grey Lady, we just know it’s going to be good. Styled and shot by Melissa Jill with florals from The Local Bouquet, stationery by Foil & Ink and one gorgeous Sarah Seven gown from The Dress Theory – this gallery is just everything


From Melissa Jill PhotographyNantucket Island is such a dreamy location, and I really wanted to highlight the beauty of it with this romantic wedding inspiration shoot. I drew all of my inspiration from the setting, which you can see in the colors we included – the muted neutrals of sand and stone, weathered grays and blues of the sea and the local homes, and pinks to echo the cherry blossoms that adorn the island. Our florist, Mary Kate with The Local Bouquet, created a lavish bouquet that reflects those colors and feels very organic. It is tied with a pale gray ribbon from FrouFrou Chic, with trailing ends that drift beautifully in the wind.

Speaking of the breeze, the Sarah Seven dress has a chiffon skirt that provides amazing movement in the sea air. The gentle flow of it makes our model Annamarie look absolutely ethereal.

The invitation suite, created by Jacki Miller with Foil & Ink, harmonizes perfectly with the historic lighthouse setting and with the color palette.

When I think of Nantucket, I always think of this lighthouse, Great Point Light. It sits at the very tip of the island, right where Nantucket Sound meets the ocean. There’s a loneliness and beauty about this remote lighthouse that makes it feel like the very soul of New England.

Photography: Melissa Jill Photography | Styling: Melissa Jill Photography | Floral Design: The Local Bouquet | Stationery: Jacki Miller Photo + Design | Venue: Nantucket Island | Dress Provider: The Dress Theory | Models: Annamarie & Ryan Akins | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic | Wedding Dress Designer: Sarah Seven

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Rustic Elegant Nantucket Spring Wedding

Within seconds upon stepping foot on Nantucket, you feel its special charm and that energy is radiating from these Clayton Austin photos. Capturing the love between these two and their rustic yet elegant affair at the Great Harbor Yacht Club, we get to soak up everything from the pretty petals to the island views – not to mention one fabulous Oscar De La Renta gown. Our day just got off on a really good foot.

From The Bride… Nantucket is a really special place; I’ve been going there with my family since I was a little girl, and it just holds so many happy, fun memories for me. It seemed fitting to have our wedding there and share a place that we love with all the people we love. In terms of the style we chose, we shied away from doing a nautical theme and instead tried to incorporate the more natural elements of Nantucket – the gorgeous colors, sunsets, water, cobblestone streets – by having our ceremony at the old South Church in town and then our reception right on the harbor at Great Harbor Yacht Club.

My husband and I met at graduate school on the border of New Hampshire and Vermont, so our design inspiration came more from our time spent up there in the woods. Our florist coined the term “Vermont cabin chic” to describe the look, which included loose floral arrangements of whites, creams, sage greens, and ink berries housed in various glass vases, jars, wooden boxes, and silver teapots paired with flickering votive candles and tall, lighted branches throughout the room. The venue was perfect for this theme with its high wooden posts and beams and wrought iron chandeliers. To contrast the romantic, rustic feel, my dress was very tailored and structured, something I loved because it just made the wedding feel more like a special, formal event or evening soiree as opposed to just a party in a cabin, although those are always fun too.

Our band, Richard James and The Name Changers, took the party to a different level – they totally rocked and kept people on the dance floor to the end, one of our biggest priorities going into our planning process.

Photography: Clayton Austin | Videography: Meg Simone | Event Design: Nantucket Island Events | Event Planning: Nantucket Island Events | Floral Design: Flowers on Chestnut | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Ceremony Venue: Nantucket Old South Church | Reception Venue: Great Harbor Yacht Club | Catering: Great Harbor Yacht Club | Makeup: Yolanda Grant | Transportation: Highland Drivers | Tent: Nantucket Party Rentals | Dessert Bar: Petticoat Row Bakery

Intimate Fall Nantucket Wedding

With a total of 10 guests, this Nantucket wedding may be the epitome of intimate, but despite the small guest count, no detail was forgotten. With stunning, colorful flowers by Soiree Floral and Katie Kaizer snapping photos throughout the picturesque island, this was one stylish celebration. See the whole happy day, from the sparkling dress to the last kiss, right here.

From The Bride… Everyone said that you will just know it when you meet the right person and they were right. Jeff swept me off my feet and I never looked back. A mutual friend had mentioned to each of us individually that she had “someone that she’d like us to meet”. She had mentioned this in passing once or twice, about two years prior to us actually meeting. It is funny how life works, but a number of things fell into place for each of us, both personally and professionally, and our friend and a little serendipity brought us to meet in person on April 2, 2013. We were engaged approximately eight and a half months later in Stowe, VT on December 20, 2013.

The first vacation Jeff and I ever took together was to Nantucket, where we attended the annual Wine Festival. Both of us had visited the island many times before and it is one of our most favorite places in the entire world to visit. Nantucket has an absolutely magical charm and beauty that anyone who has ever visited there just falls in love with. It is a very special place.
We wanted our wedding to be simple, elegant and intimate. We decided to keep it very small and just included our parents, our siblings and their significant others (a total of 10, including us). Our siblings were our attendants, Jeff’s sister, Tracy was the maid of honor and Erin’s brother, Michael was the best man. We rented a private home for a week and made a vacation out of the wedding week. We wanted our families to spend a week getting to know each other, sharing family stories, playing games and enjoying the island together. It turned out our families had a lot in common and really enjoyed their time together. Everyone arrived on a Saturday which enabled us to have a few days prior to the wedding to vacation and relax.

On the day of the wedding, we woke up to a foggy morning, however, just as we started to get ready for the ceremony, the sun came out and we experienced the most gorgeous bright blue skies with a light Nantucket breeze. The island provided such a tremendously beautiful backdrop for our photos. We ended up taking a variety of photos in various locations on the island such as Nantucket’s historic cobblestone Main Street and picturesque Siasconset. Everything was super blue and green and island flowers were in full bloom. The island provided a beautiful canvas for our wedding.

From a color scheme design perspective, I wanted to add pops of color. To incorporate these pops of color, I selected a coral Amsale bridesmaid dress for my maid of honor and for the floral arrangements I chose bright corals, soft peaches and greens. Dawn and Julie from Soiree Floral are so incredibly talented. Their work perfectly captured the vision of the wedding with stunning arrangements that fit with the overall theme of the wedding. Dawn and her team also designed the menu cards used for our place settings. I still wanted the wedding to have a nautical/preppy feel so I chose navy and white striped ties from Brooks Brothers to bring in the nautical look. The ties worked perfectly with Jeff’s custom suit which was light navy and the other guys’ suits which were a khaki/sand color. I chose a cathedral length veil to wear with my Martina Liana dress. The veil became such a special element in the wedding photos (especially with the lovely island breezes on the afternoon of the wedding). The veil literally floated in the wind for most of the pictures and our incredible photographer, Katie Kaizer was able to capture its ghostly magic.

The wedding ceremony was held at The First Congregational Church of Nantucket which is one of the most photographed historic churches on the island. We felt very welcomed by the church. Reverend Klingsporn took the time to get to know us as a couple and tailored the wedding ceremony to make it personal and special for the both of us.

The reception was held at the private residence where we vacationed for the week. The home boasts a beautiful expansive lawn. During the cocktail hour, we had two jazz guitarists play in the background as we sipped champagne and indulged in hors d’ oeuvres. The first dance, father/daughter and mother/son dances were held on the lawn as the warm afternoon sun shone over us.

Jeff and I are self-proclaimed foodies. Mark and Eithne Yelle from Nantucket Catering Company created an extensive and intricate gourmet menu of passed hors d’ oeuvres and a five course wedding dinner featuring local island faire such as oysters, sea scallops, locally made cheeses and produce from the local island farms with wine pairings. The wines we selected for the pairings included some of our favorites that we sipped on when we attended the Nantucket Wine Festival the previous year. To incorporate elements of Nantucket into the wedding, we chose a basket weave cake which resembled Nantucket lightship baskets. This custom two tier cake by Jodi Levesque of Jodi’s Cakes, had one layer of lemon cake with lemon buttercream frosting and a layer of toasted coconut and toasted coconut buttercream. It was amazing!

As Jeff and I have reflected on our wedding we smile every time we talk about it. The day was filled with emotion with lots of smiles, laughter and happy tears. It was the most relaxing day/week and we treasure the time spent with our closest family members where we built memories to last a lifetime.

Photography: Katie Kaizer Photography | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Jodi's Cakes | Ceremony Venue: First Congregational Church Of Nantucket | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Catering: Nantucket Catering Company | Makeup: YG Makeup | Hair: RJ Miller | Ties: Brooks Brothers | Groom's Attire: David Morra Of Marc Allen Fine Clothiers | Transportation: Highland Drivers | Bridesmaids Dress: Amsale | Menu Design: Dawn Kelly Designs | Rentals: Jen Shepherd

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Colorful Nantucket Wedding at the Sankaty Head Golf Club

I’m pretty darn sure, once this post publishes, I will pin every summer-loving image of this picture perfect Nantucket soiree captured by Zofia & Co. Photography. Every single one of them. Because between the stunning florals from Flowers On Chestnut  and the gorgeous ‘Sconset setting, I’m pretty sure I am head over heels in love with this gallery

From the Bride…Michael and I met in college at Fordham University and got engaged on a vacation in Ireland after years of being together. It was a special trip for us as I wanted to show Michael where my family is from since both sides of my family are Irish and my mom was born there. After Michael popped the question in a private spot overlooking the Lakes of Killarney, we headed out for a celebratory dinner in town. Seated next to us were 15 Irish gentlemen who, after realizing we had just gotten engaged, proceeded to go to the front of the restaurant where there was a piano (naturally) and serenaded us in true Irish fashion for over an hour. It was such a special experience and one we’ll never be able to recreate.

We wanted our September wedding to capture some of the natural beauty, local color and connection to our families that we had found in Ireland and Nantucket was our first choice by a landslide. Having grown up on the island, Michael spent months telling me what a beautiful and special place it is when we first started dating. I was immediately hooked on my first trip there to visit his family. The friendly people, pristine beaches and dramatic bluffs reminded me so much of Ireland. We knew it was the perfect spot to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends who were traveling in from Boston, New York, Houston, San Francisco, England, Hong Kong and Italy. In keeping with the spirit of travel, we were drawn to the vintage postcard save-the-dates from Lucky Luxe. We had ours made with the image of the Sankaty Lighthouse as we thought it would be a fun way to invite everyone up to the island to celebrate.

Having our ceremony and reception at the ‘Sconset Chapel and Sankaty Head Golf Club in ‘Sconset were two relatively easy decisions as they not only provided the perfect settings but were two spots that complemented the laid back but elegant feel we wanted our wedding to have. Our mass was officiated by Father Tueth, S.J. a Jesuit priest and professor at Fordham. Though neither Michael nor I had Father Tueth as a professor, he is a beloved fixture on campus and someone we knew we wanted to be part of our big day. He brought a lot of humor to the mass and reception and we were so fortunate to have him. At the reception, we wanted our wedding guests to enjoy the beautiful sunset and local seafood samplings from Spanky’s Raw Bar (a Nantucket staple) and then head inside for a fun party.

We were so lucky to work with our amazing vendors who are all Nantucket locals and know the island inside out. Jodi’s Cakes made our beautiful Sankaty Head Lighthouse cake, the lighthouse that can be seen from the venue. Flowers on Chestnut put together the most beautiful arrangements of colorful wildflowers that popped against the navy blue bridesmaid dresses and lit up the interior of Sankaty without taking away from the views the venue provided. Zofia and Brian from Zofia & Co. Photography were so amazing to work with and we are so happy with the photos they took for us. The images captured the feel of the day and they knew all the right spots to photograph us in ‘Sconset. Zofia even found a dahlia bush that was in bloom with the same deep pink dahlias that were in my bouquet.

A family friend of Micheal’s chauffeured us in his ’54 Ford. Driving with him, my dad and two sisters to the ceremony helped relax any pre-wedding nerves as he made it such a fun, relaxed and unique experience. My ‘something borrowed’ was my mom’s pearl bracelet and my aunt’s platinum set pave diamond four leaf clover earrings from 1920, yet another nod to our Irish heritage. My seamstress sewed my ‘something blue’ wedding label into the inside of my dress that had been given to me by one of my oldest friends & bridesmaid. Michael, who spent time riding cross country on his motorcycle with his best friend in college, wore antique motorcycle cufflinks I had gotten for him at The Missing Link in NYC. For our smallest guests, we outfitted my nephews in Nantucket reds and navy blue striped bow-ties that matched the ribbons in our bridesmaid’s bouquets. They were dancing all night long to music from ECliff and the Swingdogs.

We spent our honeymoon in Italy, where Michael’s side of the family is from and we wish we could do it all over again!

Photographer: Zofia & Co | Floral Design: Flowers on Chestnut | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Jodi's Cakes | Invitations: Inklinations | Ceremony Venue: Siasconset Union Chapel | Reception Venue: Sankaty Head Golf Club | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair And Makeup: Darya Salon | Save-the-Dates: Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence

Nantucket Wedding at the White Elephant Hotel

Nantucket weddings are always ridiculously pretty, but when they are hosted at the White Elephant Hotel with floral design by Soiree Floral, invitations by Ceci New York and sparkles and champagne sprinkled in wherever possible? Well, that’s a whole new level of pretty. And when Christian Oth Studio is behind the lens snapping up every perfect detail – we know we’ve struck wedding gold. See it all here.


From The Bride…Jack and I met in 2009 at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in NYC through mutual friends. At the end of the day Jack asked for my phone number and I said no! However, over the next few months we kept running into each other and eventually I gave in and we started “hanging out.” We dated casually for about a year before we decided to give our relationship a real try. From there we had the best two years together, testing out different restaurants in NYC for date night, going on vacations together, and after a year, moving in together.

Jack proposed in September 2012 during a trip to Napa. We were flying in to San Francisco and planned to spend one night there before heading out to wine country. Jack had the ring in his pocket the entire flight from New York to San Francisco and was trying to figure out when and where to pop the question. But ultimately he couldn’t wait – right when we arrived to our hotel room, there was a knock on the door and in came a bottle of champagne. Before I knew it, Jack had gotten down on his knee with the most gorgeous ring and asked me to marry him. We then spent the rest of our time in Napa celebrating – enjoying the delicious food and wine and discussing how we envisioned our wedding.

We both immediately thought of Nantucket. We had vacationed there together several times during our relationship and it was a place that was special to the both of us that we wanted to share with our family and friends. We wanted everyone to fall in love with the island like we had – and they did! With a fall wedding, it felt like we had the island to ourselves.

Both of our families and all of our friends really enjoy a good time, so we wanted to make sure to accommodate. We kicked off the wedding weekend with an amazing rehearsal dinner at Cisco Brewery (one of our favorite spots to go after the beach) hosted by Jack’s family. The dinner was complete with lobster, barbeque chicken, the Brewery’s signature drinks and live music.

The day of the wedding started off a little rainy, which had me nervous, but as the ceremony got closer, the clouds parted and the sun started to come out…just in time! The traditional ceremony was held at First Congregational Church, officiated by Reverend Gary Klingsporn and as we left the church, our friends and family tossed glitter (instead of petals) our way. We then had a bagpiper lead the crowd as we all walked from the church down to The White Elephant Hotel for the cocktail hour and reception. The cocktail hour was hosted on the lawn overlooking the harbor and featured passed appetizers and a raw bar. Though I wanted to keep the color palette fairly subtle since the island is so gorgeous on its own, Dawn Kelly from Soiree Floral and I tried to work in my love for sparkles and champagne iwherever we could! We covered the cocktail tables with white and gold sequin chevron linens and tied escort cards to mini champagne bottles to show guests to their seats.

Following cocktail hour, guests were led into a stunning tent for the reception as Jack and I had our first dance as husband and wife to The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey.” From that point on the dance floor was the place to be. As the night came to a close (for some), guests lit wish lanterns for us and let them float up into the night sky. It was truly a picture perfect wedding.

Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Wedding Dress: Mark Ingram Atelier | Cake: Pam Goddard | Invitations: Ceci New York | Church: First Congregational Church Of Nantucket | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair And Makeup: Darya Salon & Spa | Entertainment: Sultans Of Swing | Groomsmen's Attire: Alton Lane | Officiant: First Congregational Church Of Nantucket | Venue: The White Elephant | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Flower Girl Dress: J.Crew | Maid Of Honor Dress: Tadashi Shoji | Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar | Veil: Vera Wang

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Classic Nantucket Wedding Film

Living here in New England, it’s basically a crime I have yet to explore the beauty of Nantucket for myself. But after viewing this oh-so-classic Nantucket affair from Clark + Walker, you best believe it’s now on the tippy top of my list. With stunning waterside elegance and an all-white ballroom reception that will leave your jaw dropped, there’s no better way to start your Monday than hitting “play” on below. 

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From the Bride… We looked everywhere to find the perfect place to get married. But truly from the start, my husband and I loved the idea of doing a tented wedding in his parents’ backyard at the Cape. My husband’s sister had her wedding there 8 years prior and his other sister had an amazing wedding there 11 months after us.

We had no idea how much work it was going to be but in the end, it was honestly the best day of our life. We will be forever grateful to all of the amazing people and vendors who helped make the day so special.

Photography: mel barlow & co. | Videography: Clark+Walker Studio | Floral Design: Church Of Evangelical Faith | Catering: Boston Public Library | Make Up: Dani Wagener Beauty | Hair: Jenna Rago, Salon Acote | Lighting: Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design | Tent: Peterson Party Center | Furniture: Luxe Event Rentals

Intimate Nantucket Wedding

Nantucket is made for weddings just like this one. One that truly embraces the beauty of the island and lets the couples’ love shine. Captured beautifully by Katie Kaizer, everything in this gallery – from the stunning florals by Soiree Floral to the stunning couple – is pure magic. See it all here.


From the Bride…It’s weird to look at your life in reverse and see how the little insignificant moments then, lead to the big meaningful moments now. Zach and I met on a bus in Chicago. We kept bumping into each other by accident, but enjoyed each other so much that we decided to bump into each other on purpose! Three and a half years later we were married on Nantucket Island. Nantucket has always held a special place in my heart since my family grew up vacationing here. Zach traveled here with us as well and it became a magical place for both of us. We had never been to The Wauwinet, but it looked like somewhere out of a dream and it was. Our ceremony took place on the zen deck overlooking the sea with just our immediate families surrounding us. It was a breathtaking setting next to the water with the sun shining down and the wind in our faces. The day began with clouds and rain, but that afternoon, the sun came out. How fitting that we walked out as Mr. and Mrs. to “Here Comes the Sun” played so beautifully by Andy Bullington on acoustic guitar. Planning a wedding from far away was no small task and was quite stressful at times, but our vendors were amazing to work with and truly made our dream a reality.

The ceremony was the main focus of our day. Coming from different faith backgrounds, it was important for Zach and I to write our own ceremony together to reflect our unique upbringings. Each family member played an integral part in the ceremony and participated by reading scripture, blessings, and singing together. These special traditions made the ceremony very intimate and meaningful. Linda Simmons, our officiant, really took the time to listen to us and bring our vision and interfaith ceremony together. Her kindness and calming nature really allowed us to sit back and enjoy the day.

After the ceremony, Zach and I made our way to the beach for photographs. The family enjoyed cocktails on the library terrace and then gathered for a spectacular dinner at Topper’s Restaurant at The Wauwinet. We had our own private room and the table was decorated so beautifully. The evening was magical.

The natural beauty of the island was the inspiration for the day. The grays found in the ubiquitous clapboard houses and the colors of the sea, sand, and seagrass were used as a starting point. I wanted everything to have a soft, natural feeling and to reflect the beauty of Nantucket. Soiree Floral captured and complemented that vision and created the most breathtaking floral arrangements. Our photographer, Katie Kaizer, truly captured the essence and spirit of the day through her stunning photographs.

We also incorporated some DIY projects. Zach designed and created our Ketubah or Jewish wedding contract and we wove the art he designed throughout the day, which was a beautiful beach scene. It was used as the cover of our programs, which my mom so skillfully crafted, and also as the background for our place cards and invitations, which we also made. Wonder of wonders, the sky on the day of our wedding actually looked like the sky on our Ketubah!

From start to finish, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful or special wedding day. We were so blessed to share this intimate moment with our family and are so grateful to the wonderful and talented people that came together to make our day so memorable.

Photography: Katie Kaizer Photography | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Shoes: Nordstrom | Hair: Darya Salon & Spa | Suit: J.Crew | Venue: The Wauwinet Inn | Music: Andy Bullington

Sweet Backyard Nantucket Wedding

This wedding right here?  It’s how I always pictured my own wedding to be.  A laid-back meets casually elegant affair set against a stunning background with lawn games, s’mores and an amazing group of friends and family.  In other words, it’s total fun meets a whole lot of pretty. See every last minute of awesome captured by Runaway Bride Nantucket right here in the full gallery.

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From Runaway Bride Nantucket… My wife Rebecca and I felt an instant kinship to bride and groom Rebecca and Jonathan because, well, we have the same first names.  But when we learned that they were getting married on Nantucket in just a month’s time with no photographer as of yet, we knew it was pure kismet.

From the minute Rebecca and Jonathan had started planning their wedding, they knew they wanted a cozy, backyard feel, and with a guest list of over 100 people and climbing, that is sometimes hard to accomplish!  Their priorities were focused on their guests having a great time and being comfortable, so they planned their festivities in a way that matched that vision, keeping everything so simple and lovely.   Something that made this event even more touching and romantic was that Rebecca and Jonathan had already been legally married on a cold January weekday in Nantucket, on their own, just days after getting engaged, so this was truly going to be a celebration of their commitment to each other, with their family in attendance to see.

Rebecca and Jonathan rented a private home on Wherowhero Lane, a gorgeous house that slept over twenty people, with plenty of entertaining area for the reception and a fire pit for late night s’more making after the festivities.  The wedding itself was held on a long expanse of grass where both the Bride and Groom’s fathers performed a touching service.  Afterwards, the yard was the spot for impromptu lawn games and softball matches, all with guests clad in their wedding-best attire.

Food was catered by local coffee shop The Green and cupcakes by Nantucket’s Petticoat Row Bakery. Guests drank from Bell mason jars and wrote their names on homemade drink labels the bride attached with twine to each glass.  The fun continued when guests danced to iPod tunes deejayed by the groom’s brother.

The best part of the wedding for me was when Rebecca and Jonathan posed for photos in front of an old barn just down the road from the venue.  The sky was beginning to fog like it does on all perfect Nantucket afternoons, and I was half expecting to see a Unicorn walk by in the background, it was just that magical.  Rebecca’s FreePeople wedding gown really captured the laid-back yet lovely vibe she was going for, and Jonathan’s J.Crew suit complimented those colors beautifully.  This bride and groom knew how to take simplicity to a whole new level – and is one of my favorite weddings that I have ever shot!  With a honeymoon at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, I think we can all learn a little something from a couple that keeps things this sweet and simple.

Photography: Runaway Bride Nantucket | Flowers: Marine Home Center | Gown: Free People | Cupcakes: Petticoat Row Bakery | Caterer: The Green | Hair & Makeup: Barbara Hill | Suit: J.Crew | Venue: Private Residence

Nantucket Yacht Club Wedding

Dawn at Soiree Floral is basically a floral genius: we all know that.  But pair her insane talents with the camera expertise of Zofia & Co. and it’s a one-two knockout of pure awesome set against the breathtaking setting also known as the Nantucket Yacht Club.  In other words, this is a wedding that will elicit the most swoon-worthy of reactions, and you can see it all in the full gallery.

And a sweet film from September Productions?  Yes, please.

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From the Bride… Paul and I met four years ago at a party at my apartment for a mutual friends birthday. Surprisingly, our paths had never crossed until that night even though we both often hung out with the same people. We hit it off instantly. We spent the entire night talking, went on our first official date a week later, and the rest is history.

It wasn’t long before I wanted to introduce Paul to my favorite place in the world, Nantucket. I had grown up spending summers on Nantucket, and it only took one visit for Paul to fall in love with the island as much as I had. From then on, any chance we had, we would make the trip from New York, even if only for a day or two.

On a random Wednesday in January of 2012, Paul called me at work and asked me if I wanted to go to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Manhattan, Stanton Social. I, of course, said yes. He picked me up in a cab and we headed to the restaurant. On the way, the cab stopped at a red light at the corner of Houston and Elizabeth Streets, right across from old apartment where we had first met. Paul immediately jumped out of the cab and told me to get out and walk with him from there to dinner. Confused, I said no; it was freezing outside, it was far from the restaurant and I was in heels! But undeterred, Paul continued to jog across the street. When I begrudgingly followed him to where he had stopped at the front of my old apartment building Paul got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Laughing, crying, and in complete shock I, of course, said yes.

When we started thinking about what sort of wedding we wanted we both quickly agreed that the place we really wanted to get married was on Nantucket. We tried to be open-minded to places in New York and New Jersey that would be closer to home, but none felt as perfect as when we walked into the Nantucket Yacht Club on a cold February day when we were on the island looking at venue options. We instantly knew that was where we were going to get married. The Nantucket Yacht Club embodied the classic Nantucket feel, but was the ideal blank canvas which would allow us to add in all the unique details that would make it our wedding. The people at the Yacht club were a dream to work with. They were so helpful and professional throughout the planning process up to and including the day of the wedding.

After the venue was booked it was time to start thinking about all the details and how the entire wedding weekend would unfold. Growing up in New York and New Jersey we had very few friends or family who had ever made the trip to Nantucket, so it was important to us that everyone coming to the wedding understand why we love this island so much. We wanted our wedding to have a bit of a traditional Nantucket feel, but with intricate details and surprises that were unique to Paul and me.

Being a creative person, from the moment we finalized the location the ideas started streaming in as to how we would make it our wedding. We first hired Nicole Wheldan, a wedding planner with Unique Nantucket Events. She was so helpful throughout the entire planning process and kept us calm whenever we needed it. Lucky for us, Nicole shares an office space with Zofia and Mark of Zofia & Co. From the minute we walked into their office and saw the incredible photographs hanging we knew we wanted to have them photograph our wedding. They have an amazing talent for capturing the actual emotion and moment in a picture. Our engagement session with Zofia was when we first experienced their talent. We took pictures in areas all over Nantucket and also got the ones we needed for our special save the date card. It consisted of four separate photographs of us in various poses holding up a different sign in each, reading: save, the, date, 6-15-2013. It was perfect and kicked off the unique feeling we wanted for the entire wedding: classic, fun, loving and full of surprises. The save the date and so many other custom details were made by the very talented Nico and Lala. They tailored everything so beautifully to reflect us and the feel of the wedding. From the custom cups and koozies, to the napkins, menus and of course the invitations, everything was done with so much thought and detail to make sure it was exactly what we wanted.

After we booked Zofia & Co, it was on to the flowers and dcor. After looking through photo books in Nicole’s office I knew the only person I wanted to work with was Dawn from Soiree Floral. Not only did she put together gorgeous arrangements, but she thought about the big picture as well as the intricate details. She understood how important the little details were to making the wedding feel the way we wanted it to. When we met, we immediately clicked and fed off of each other’s ideas, and little by little everything was figured out. I had decided that the color scheme would be mostly whites, creams, and blushes with pops of coral and aqua throughout and wanted the overall feel of the dcor to be a little rustic, yet still formal and classic. To do this we rented long rectangular farm tables to mix in with the traditional round tables, with high arrangements on the round tables and low centerpieces with driftwood on the farm tables. Both types of tables were covered in beautiful flowers and tons of candles which were also spread out throughout the room to give it an overall glow and romantic feel. The dcor on the day of the wedding was absolutely beautiful and captured all of the ideas, pictures, and conversations wed had about how I wanted it to look, and the feel I wanted to give to our guests.

One of the most important decisions for the wedding was finding the right band; one that knew how to make the room party and dance all night. Paul and I really wanted our wedding to be an evening where no one would want to leave the dance-floor. When else were we going to have our nearest and dearest together in our favorite place? We researched, talked to friends from Boston and found the most amazing band: Eye 2 Eye. They were amazing to work with and on the night of the party they did exactly what we wanted: they gave us a party that not one person wanted to end.

One of the last decisions we made was booking our videographer, and we were so fortunate Dan Driscoll of September productions was still available. He and his team were absolutely incredible and we were so glad that they were there to capture all the special moments throughout the weekend. The video is unbelievable and still makes me cry every time we watch it.

As we received wedding responses we sent the guests a welcome packet designed by Ellie Gottwald that included all the details of the wedding weekend events. It also gave suggestions on where to eat, shop and play, and all of the information to make the wedding weekend more than just a celebration, but also a vacation. We wanted our guests to experience some of our favorite places on Nantucket during their stay, so we had a kick-off party on the Thursday before the wedding at the Cisco Brewery, where we gave out our custom koozies for everyone to enjoy the amazing Cisco drinks and atmosphere. Here, they could get a feel for where we like to go to relax at the end of a beautiful Nantucket beach day. We also wanted part of the wedding weekend to have a truly authentic Nantucket feeling, so we held our rehearsal dinner and Dessert and Cocktails at Cru, a new restaurant with very nautical Nantucket dcor, great food, and an incredible view of the boats in the Nantucket harbor.

From beginning to end on our wedding day, there were little details that were parts of our Nantucket that we shared with our family and friends. We wanted the wedding to be formal but with a rustic Nantucket feel, so the groomsmen wore black tuxes with a beautiful aqua blue printed bowtie. We had a basket of pashminas available for the women in case they got cold during the ceremony which was held on the Yacht Club lawn by the harbor. The ceremony was so beautiful by the water under the Chuppah, which was covered with billowy white fabric and beautiful flowers adorning the four posts. I gave Paul a special surprise and had the local Nantucket A cappella group The Cobbletones break out into Forever by Chris Brown at a certain point towards the end of the ceremony. His face and everyone elses reactions were priceless.

The cocktail hour on the patio was incredible, from a customized grilled cheese station to a raw bar in a boat with a Lindsay and Paul plaque out front, all under an amazing Nantucket sunset. We shot off the cannon at the end of the cocktail hour to signal everyone in to the reception, and the band immediately got the party going. The night was filled with laughter and dancing from beginning to end and one of our favorite things are all of the photos we now have from the photo-booth we had brought in. Towards the end of the night we passed out mini ice cream cones on the dance floor filled with our favorite Green Monster ice cream from the Juice Bar, and gave out our favorite mini cookies from Something Natural for everyone to take home. When the party came to an end Paul and I left through a sparkler send off by our friends and family and got into a boat that took us to our hotel for the night. There are so many little things that made it so special to us, but the best part of it was how unique it felt simply because of it being in Nantucket.

In the end the vision I had in my head came to life perfectly. All of the details and planning added up into the perfect weekend for everyone and made it a weekend that we will never forget. Our friends and family now understand why we love Nantucket so much, how special and unique it is and fell in love with the island, too. It was so special to have all our friends and our families together in a place that we love so much as Paul and I started the next chapter of our lives together. We are so thankful to everyone that was a part of making the day so special, we couldn’t have asked for a better group of people. My words of advice to brides out there is to never lose sight of why you are putting in all of this effort and time in to one day of your life. It is one of the few times in life that you are surrounded by so much love in one place and it just doesnt get better than marrying your one and only surrounded by all of your loved ones on your favorite place on earth.

Photography: Zofia & Co | Videographer: September Productions | Wedding Planner: Unique Nantucket | Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cake: Jodi's Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair: RJ Miller | Band: Wilson Stevens | Venue: Nantucket Yacht Club | Cookies: Something Natural | Flowers & Decor: Soiree Floral | Groom's Bowties: J. McLaughlin | Invitations & Paper Goods: Nico & Lala | Photobooth: Nantucket Photobooth | Welcome Packet: Ellie Gottwald

Nantucket Wedding Film

Today, I bring to you, the quintessential New England wedding – and you’re going to love it. Seen through the seasoned lens of Inkspot Crow Films, this wedding is everything in life that makes me happy. I’ll admit, I may have watched it more than a few times already, but what else can you do with a couple that puts a smile on your face for days?

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From the cinematographer… On a crisp fall weekend in September, Bess & Ben celebrated their wedding in a Nantucket weekend-long celebration. Festivities started with an oyster bar and dinner on the beach at The Jetties. The next day, the couple was married in a beautiful daytime ceremony at First Congregational Church, a quintessential 1800s New England church, with views of the entire island. Guests tossed rose petals as the couple departed in a classic old car.

Dinner & dancing followed at the historic Siasconset Casino. The couple celebrated their love of the island with details such as a Nantucket map as their guest registry. They celebrated their decidedly different cultures (he is British, she’s from the South) with food reflecting each region. The couple & their friends danced the night away to the Sultans of Swing!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Inkspot Crow Films | Coordinator: Jimmy Jaksic | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Jodi's Cakes | Ceremony Venue: First Congregational Church Of Nantucket | Reception Venue: Siasconset Casino | Catering: Nantucket Catering Company | Lighting: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Ceremony Music: Boston String Quartet | Transportation: Island Buggies | Linens: Table Toppers of Newton | Reception Band: Sultans Of Swing | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Jetties Beach | Table Wear: Church Of Evangelical Faith

Nantucket Island Great Harbor Yacht Club Wedding

Nantucket weddings are in a league of their own. When it comes to nautical soirees, that pretty little island ranks supreme, and this wedding from Jesse Starr Photography is the perfect example. It’s pure New England prepster perfection, and there is so much more waiting for you right here.

From Jesse Starr PhotographyJen and Greg got married on October 13th, 2013 at the Great Harbor Yacht Club in Nantucket, MA. Jen immediately fell in love with Nantucket on her first visit to Greg’s family house on the island and wanted to have the island feel permeate her entire wedding. The details took inspiration from the couple’s hobbies like fishing and boating and they incorporated a nautical theme throughout. They literally and figuratively ‘tied the knot’ during the ceremony by tying a fisherman’s knot binding them together. One of my favorite elements was the matching Sperry Top-Siders they wore after the ceremony. Jen and Greg were one of those couples that made the photography so easy because they were so outwardly in love and ecstatic to be with each other forever. They were all about the photography and we spent time at various parts of the island throughout the wedding day, going to Main St. and Brant Point Lighthouse for variety outside the venue. We also did a day after session at the cranberry bog and down on the beach where Jen and Greg were thrilled to get in the water! 

From the Bride…Greg and I met in college and quickly got to know each other during our late night study sessions. Greg talked highly of his friends and family and soon invited me to travel with him to the East Coast. It was an offer I couldn’t pass up and ended up flying halfway across the country. First stop on the travel adventure? Nantucket! I immediately fell in love (even more with him, his family and the island). It’s a quaint and classic New England town and something this mountain girl had never seen before.

After six years of dating and visiting the island frequently, Greg finally proposed. He made the day so special by sharing some of our favorite activities together…we fished, enjoyed the Nantucket Cranberry Festival and drove out on the beach to the very tip of the island. Greg got down on one knee at the top of Great Point Lighthouse at sunset and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.

A year later we wanted to share the same excitement and memorable time with our family and friends. Most of our guests had never been to the island and we wanted them to feel the charm of Nantucket…our wedding theme was definitely inspired by the classic island look and feel. Our colors were navy and Nantucket red. Our attire was traditional suits and dresses. We also wore “his and her” Sperry Top Siders. Our arrangements were hydrangeas and sea grass, which are island staples. We created signs to help lead guests, which were made out of weathered wood similar to the shingles you would find on the buildings. And our ceremony took place on the water where we love to spend time together. There were so many meaningful moments + details…we tied a fisherman’s knot during the ceremony, signifying the joining of our lives. Our dog was the best “man” and wore a bow tie and collar that matched Greg’s attire! After a cocktail hour that featured a classic raw bar, guests entered the reception where a slideshow greeted them with pictures of us and our love ones. Tables were decorated with hydrangeas centerpieces, Nantucket road signs with different villages in place of table numbers, nautical knots and fudge from a local shop. The reception was full of laughter, dancing and picture taking in the photobooth!

Our wedding was perfect and extremely special to us, and the details were fun to work on but made the day that much more special. We will forever remember this beautiful day with the amazing pictures captured by our wonderful photographer, Jesse Starr!

Photography: Jesse Starr Photography | Videography: Border Free Productions/ Kristen Kellogg | Floral Design: Flowers on Chestnut | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Simply with Style | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Simply with Style | Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Great Harbor Yacht Club | Hair and Makeup Artist: Darya Salon & Spa | Photo Booth: Nantucket Photobooth | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: The Wauwinet Inn

Nantucket Wedding from Soiree Floral and Zofia & Co. Photography

Do you know the exact moment I knew I was going to love this wedding?  It was the very second I spotted this gorgeous bride’s bouquet.  A bouquet, mind you, that was expertly crafted by Soiree Floral (oh, do they know beautiful blooms) and is bursting with peonies and a coral hue that is all kinds of crazy amazing.  (It’s jaw-droppingly gorgeous, people.)  And the bride and groom’s sweet Nantucket wedding captured by Zofia & Co. Photography?  Just as stunning, with classic meets nautical stylings dotting every inch of space.  Don’t miss a minute in the full gallery.

From Soiree FloralWho doesn’t love coral charm peonies??? This wedding is chock-full of them and glittery gold bridal shoes! OOh – la – la! The couple could grace the cover of a magazine and the bride’s second dress change shows a fun, sassy side. Enjoy all the eye candy!

From the Bride… Peter and I met in 2006 — we worked together on a Wall Street trading desk in New York City. About 3 months after our first official date, Peter took me to his favorite place in the world — Nantucket. He had been spending summers on Nantucket for about 10 years, and after my first day there I was completely smitten with the island myself. Fast forward five years to October 2011, and Peter was down on one knee at sunset on Madaket beach. By that time we had a home of our own on Nantucket, and we quickly decided there was nowhere else in the world we would rather be married. We immediately began planning a Nantucket wedding for June 2012.

We wanted our wedding to have a more modern, streamlined feel than the typical Nantucket wedding. This made flowers and decor much more important than I originally anticipated. By working with Dawn at Soiree Floral, I quickly learned that an awesome florist can tie all of the details together, creating exactly the vibe a bride wants for the entire day. We favored mostly whites and grays with bold pops of a monochromatic accent color (coral). By doing this, we were able to keep the understated chic we love about Nantucket while still making the day feel like us.

I always knew that an excellent photographer was at the top of my vendor priority list; when I found out Zofia was available I booked her immediately and never looked back. The engagement session we did a month before the wedding was critical — it helped Zofia get to know us and it helped us get comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera. We now have a gorgeous wedding album full of images we absolutely love and will cherish forever.

At the end of the day, we just wanted the party to rock. Boston-based First Class Band had everyone on their feet for five straight hours with an impeccable mix of jazzy r&b, Motown and contemporary music. Stephen Creese and his staff at Great Harbor Yacht Club were flawless — completely professional and remarkably accommodating.

Thanks to the hard work of our wonderful vendors, our wedding day was absolutely perfect in every way we hoped it would be.

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Wedding Photography: Zofia & Co. Photography | Floral Design: Soiree Floral | Ceremony Location: St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church | Reception Location: Great Harbor Yacht Club | Band — First Class Band (Boston) | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Wedding Cake: Jodi’s Cakes | Hair: Melissa at Darya Salon | Makeup: Meagan Sullivan of Darya Salon

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