I had the pleasure of working a wedding yesterday at the Popponesset Inn in Mashpee for Mallory and Matt - high school sweethearts! They introduced a new trend to me at their wedding ceremony which took place at St. Elizabeth Seton church in North Falmouth. It is called the "Unplugged Wedding or Ceremony". Basically couples formally ask their guests - on the program or with a sign or brief announcement - to put away their cell phones and cameras during the ceremony and that everyone be in the moment with the couple and their families as they share their vows and exchange their rings. Not to mention that the couple has probably spent a pretty penny on their professional photographer, who will be getting fabulous shots throughout the ceremony that could potentially be ruined by others cameras in the way or flashes at inopportune times.
Mallory and Matt's photographer - Leah Haydock - was their inspiration as Leah shared a bit about having an unplugged wedding on her blog recently. If you take a look at it, you will see some of the photos she shares and how insane it can be! Even if you do a quick search for it on Google, you will see how popular this idea has become!
Now an unplugged ceremony is not for everyone - but I have to say I was definitely into it. I mean, let's face it, the ceremony is the real reason why you are having the party, so why not just chill for those 20-40 minutes, be in the moment and save the photos for the crazy fun night you are about to have!
What do you think? Plugged or Unplugged?
I am so excited for all of my weddings this year, especially because they are truly taking me all over the Cape! So I thought I would take a minute to highlight all of these beautiful locations on Cape Cod to have your wedding and maybe you will see me there this Spring, Summer or Fall! Of course there are many other locations on the Cape that I do not mention here, but this gives you a small sampling of the locations I have been and may stem some ideas for you!
Located in Harwich, this beautiful resort sits on Pleasant Bay and is a wonderful location for your event. Especially if you love the lower Cape.
Located in Brewster, this resort has many different options for your wedding from a mansion ballroom to a poolside pavilion and smaller venues on their golf course and their mansion. Great for a large wedding or a small rehearsal dinner!
Cape Cod Museum of Art
Located in Dennis, this art museum is perfect for weddings under 100ppl. With a 2 beautiful gardens for ceremony and cocktail hour and 2 large rooms with local art on the walls, this location is fun, different and a great location for those not set on a beach feel.
Located in Falmouth, this resort was recently renovated and is located right on the beach! If you want to get married with your feet in the sand, it is an option at the SeaCrest.
Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Located in Wellfleet, this newly renovated and restored facility was formerly the town's Catholic Church. With two spacious halls (one with a stage), beautifully landscaped grounds and garden, it is a great location for intimate gatherings to larger private functions.
The Sea View
Located in Dennis, is a function hall location right across from the beach and in great vicinity to resorts for your guests. The Sea View has a beautiful outdoor ceremony reception, a really fun bar for cocktail hour and a great space for dinner and dancing.
Located in North Falmouth, is a great outdoor venue if you are looking for a tented reception. With a large pond, a small barn and a great lawn for any size tent, this location is picture perfect!
Located in Mashpee, is right on the water! A great way to feel like you are on the beach and almost having a tented event, without having the concern about weather.
Chatham Bars Inn
Located in Chatham, is not only my old stomping grounds, but has wedding venues for those looking for a modern beach feel at the Beach House Grill or Boat House, to a vintage feel in their grand Main Dining Room. Ceremonies in the sand with a beautiful ocean view!
I am also doing a couple of at home weddings off Cape this year as well!
I had my first wedding at the Popponesset Inn on 10/10/10 with a fabulous couple, Erin & Eric. The day was picture perfect and the location was more than I could ask for.
Having never been to the Popponesset before (I live in Yarmouth Port, so New Seabury for me is a hike!!) I did not know what to expect. Upon arrival I felt as if I was in another world, the landscaping is beautiful and the Inn is literally a stones throw away from the water - come to find out after Erin & Eric's wedding. After having a first meeting with Aaron - the catering manager at the Popponesset - back in September, I knew the day would run smoothly.
Erin & Eric had planned a very unique wedding with all sorts of fun ideas up their sleeves. I just came in to make sure all of their ideas came to fruition without any stress.
From home made quoahog place cards and DIY centerpieces to their own self-logoed rap name temporary tattoos and homemade programs, I think that Erin & Erin win the prize this year for creativity and cost cutting ideas. After their ceremony in the tent on the water at the Poppy they had all of their guests go out to the beach with a stone and say a prayer or a wish for couple and throw it into the water - an old Irish blessing, which is very unique!! But, I am pretty sure that the rap the couple performed as their entrance music was a first and a last for me, and probably the most awesome entrance I have ever witnessed by a bride and groom.
To top it all off they worked with some great vendors too!! Gary from Cape Tunes, Jennifer Gunn, Bob Kahan, and Cakes by Catheren just to name a few!
Thanks to everyone for making this such a great event. I can't wait to recommend Aaron and the Popponesset to future Cape Cod brides!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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