Back in 2017 we started a "Cape Cod Couples Tell All" series with Scott and Leonora and continued it last year with Annie and Brian. This year we are kicking it back in to gear with Kate & Nick who were married June 13, 2015 at Chequessett Yacht & Country Club - 4 years ago!
1.What made you choose Cape Cod for your wedding?
Growing up, I (Kate) went to the Cape most summers. My parents would rent houses in Eastham, Wellfleet, and Truro, and we’d spend anywhere from a weekend to a week to a month there. I loved our time there beyond measure; it will always hold a special place for me. And now my father has a place in Truro so we’re lucky enough to go whenever we want (and can).
2.Why would you tell future brides and grooms to get married on Cape Cod?
Despite the fact that it’s a popular vacation destination, the part of the Cape that we go to — the lower Cape — still manages to feel like a well-kept secret. There are few places more beautiful. And your guests won’t feel overwhelmed with too many choices, since it’s very insular. The only things they need to do are go to the beach and eat fried food. So liberating!
1.In a three words, how would you describe your wedding?
Lighthearted, elegant, fun.
2.Was your wedding exactly what you had envisioned?
3.What was your biggest concern in planning your wedding?
Day of logistics totally freaked me out. I couldn’t imagine how everything would go according to plan – since I’d never done it before. Stephanie made everything so, so easy.
4.What was your favorite part of the planning process? What was the most difficult part?
I loved all the special touches. For our table place cards (STEPHANIE: WTF IS THIS CALLED? TOTAL BRAIN MALFUNCTION), I picked a different Lego mini-figure for each person. My friend Jeff is a writer, so he had a guy with a little laptop; my dad is a food writer, so he was the chef; my mom was Wonder Woman; Nick’s dad loves cycling so he had a little guy with a bicycle. It was a labor of love. And when guests sat down, they sat down to small framed photo of themselves with either me or Nick (or both of us). I think the hardest part was knowing when to let go. I’m extremely detail-oriented and – ugh – Type A, so it’s hard to know when to stop.
5.What was your favorite part of the wedding?
The ceremony – knowing that all our favorite people were gathered in one space. When will that ever happen again?!
6.Looking back, would you change anything about your wedding?
If so, what and why? I wish we’d had another hour to dance!
7.Who was your favorite vendor?
Honestly? I loved all of them. Our flowers were absolutely perfect. The food was incredible, not at all like traditional wedding food. Our DJ just got us 100%. Stephanie is an angel. CCYC is a little piece of heaven, as are our pals that work there. Our photographer, Justin, really worked with us to understand what we did and didn’t want.
8.What do you think your guests would say their favorite part of your wedding was?
How relaxed it all felt.
9.How would you title your wedding? (e.g. The wedding with the best food and dancing!)
A blissed out party.
1.Why did you decide to hire a wedding planner?
I was fine with all the lead up to the wedding, but I really wanted help for day of. I didn’t want to ask favors of my friends and family and knew we’d need someone to make sure everything flowed.
2.How did having a planner contribute to the success of your wedding?
We had absolutely zero worries day-of. Zero. That’s priceless! And super rare.
3.For upcoming brides, why do you think it is important for them to consider hiring a planner?
A planner will catch every minute detail so that you won’t wake up in the middle of the night stressing (as much).
4.What was it like working with a planner? What was your overall experience like?
It was SO easy. Stephanie is an excellent reader of people, and she totally understood us and what we wanted. If you asked me for a negative, I wouldn’t be able to give you one.
5.Why would you recommend Cape Cod Celebrations over other companies?
Everyone is very relaxed and kind, and I think they’re all really good at reading people, reading the specific needs of each individual person. Everyone gets help that feels personalized.
1.What advice would you give other brides about planning a wedding?
Figure out a few special touches and work really hard on those; let other things be more relaxed. You can’t stress out about every single thing. So pick your battles. Don’t feel like you need to do everything yourself; a good partner will want to help. (And a planner is paid to help!)
2.What was most helpful to you in the planning process?
Excel spreadsheets, of course. Friends’ advice and brainstorming.
3.What do you wish you would have known before planning your wedding?
That so many of those tiny little things that nagged at me really didn’t matter in the long run.
1.What do you think will be the next big trend for weddings?
What do you think weddings will be like 20 years from now? Next big trend – people getting married with their friends! Like: double weddings. Why not? 20 years from now: a lot simpler.
2.How’s married life!?
Everyone said being married would change everything, but for us, nothing changed – it was the same as it was when we were just living together (thankfully!). Now, though, we have a three-year-old. THAT changes things! Co-parenting is hard – you really need to be in sync. But we’re navigating it together, and our son is the happiest sweetest boy – we’ll do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t change! It’ll be fun to show him pictures of our wedding one day when he can really understand what it is.
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