Let's take a trip down memory lane and look back at Bethany & Jeff's 2020 private home micro-wedding!
Bethany and Jeff wanted a big, fun party, where their guests felt important and welcomed and felt strongly that they incorporate thoughtful details. Even though COVID changed their plans, the emphasis on guest experience and having the event be a reflection of their relationship did not.
Their stunning florals by Leslie of Leslie Lee Floral Design stole the show at their ceremony and under their intimate Sperry Tents. The rentals from True North Event Rentals added the perfect touch of home with the farm tables and willowware inspired china, a nod to Bethany’s grandmother.
Andrej from Cape Cod Private Dinners worked with Bethany and Jeff to create a customized menu for their guest list of 18. And due to COVID, they decided to treat their guests to customized masks from Modern Vintage and hand sanitizer from Truro Vineyards. A true sign of a 2020 wedding! Lynne Reznick captured the day in stills and Harborview Studios was there to capture the memories in motion.
Florals - Leslie Lee Floral Design
Tent - Sperry Tents
Rentals - True North Event Rentals
Catering - Cape Cod Private Dinners
Masks - Modern Vintage
Hand sanitizer - Truro Vineyards
Photographer - Lynne Reznick
Videographer - Harborview Studios
Let's take a look back at Elizabeth & Alex's gorgeous 2017 wedding at a private home in Yarmouth!
Elizabeth & Alex (or El & Al) hosted 160 of their family and friends at a property along Bass River in the summer of 2017. The couple had a lot to juggle in 2017, including moving across the country, but they made the time to plan their bright, fun, laid back yet wonderfully romantic wedding day with Stephanie’s help along the way!
The wedding venue had a rustic Cape feel with grey shingles, antique furnishings, vine wrapped structures and hundred year old moss covered trees. Elizabeth & Alex chose handmade tables, bars and crossback chairs from True North to sit below their airy Sperry Tent. For a fun twist for their July wedding, they chose the blue star tent for their bar area!
To brighten up the spaces, Elizabeth & Alex picked bold summer florals expertly arranged by Flowers by Semia. They filled their day with sentimental touches like using the antique fountain in the garden for their ceremony arbor, using mix and match furniture from the house for their ceremony seating and having both of their fathers officiate their wedding!
Tent - Sperry Tent
Rentals - True North
Florals - Flowers by Semia
Photographer - Janet Moscarello Photography
Today we're looking back at Carly & Jon's 2017 wedding at Wychmere Beach Club!
Carly & Jon celebrated their wedding back in July of 2017 at Wychmere, one of our favorite locations on the Cape!
Their wedding was filled with pops of red, which was inspired by the red dress that Carly wore to her engagement shoot. We love a pop of color and red was a really fun, bright color to use in July! With over the top florals from Winstons, which included a pop of red on the tables, and the custom monogrammed napkins, this wedding was filled with beautiful details.
In the Harbor Room at Wychmere, Carly & Jon decided to have a long head table with white crossback chairs from True North and also brought in other special rentals from Peak Event Services like chargers and glassware.
Florals - Winstons
Table & chairs rentals - True North
Other rentals - Peak Event Services
Today we're revisiting Caroline & Teddy's wedding at Highfield Hall in 2015!
Set at the historic Highfield Hall in Falmouth, this wedding was filled with greens. From the scenery at their venue to the bridesmaids dresses and the beautiful florals from Designers Touch - even the trolley from Cape Destinations was green!
Caroline and her mom worked together to pull together beautiful touches - we loved the potted plans on the tables that the guests were able to take home that evening. And as a surprise, Caroline's mom had us place a scratch ticket with a penny at every guest's seat!
Kate Murphy captured the day perfectly! Especially the surprise guest at end of the event! View all of the details on our website!
Are you looking to incorporate greens in your wedding? Check out our feature on Confetti Day Dreams for more inspiration!
Venue - Highfield Hall
Florals - Designers Touch
Trolley - Cape Destination
Photographer - Kate Murphy
Today we're taking a look back at Annie & Brian's 2017 wedding at Chatham Bars Inn!
Annie and Brian tied the knot back in 2017 at Chatham Bars Inn. It was a perfectly overcast day on the South Lawn for ceremony and cocktails and under a beautiful Sperry Tent for their reception and dancing.
True North Event Rentals provided their super cool boardwalk for the aisle as well as many of their tables and chairs for the guest seating.
Patrice Milley worked with bright yellows, the bride's favorite color, to bring a pop of color to this spring fling! Christine and Andy from Bello Photo captured every detail - from the M&M escort card favors to the yellow guest book skis!
The wedding weekend was full of fun activities from their rehearsal dinner at Borsari Gallery to their welcome party at the Beach House Grill and finally the brunch, under their same tent Sunday morning, their guests truly enjoyed a wonderful Cape escape!
Venue - Chatham Bars Inn
Tent - Sperry Tent
Rentals - True North Event Rentals
Florals - Patrice Milley
Photographer - Bello Photo
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 Courtney & Caleb who were married April 18, 2015 at Chatham Bars Inn - 4 years ago!
1. What made you choose Cape Cod for your wedding?
Beautiful setting and a special connection to the venue, itself.
2. Why would you tell future brides and grooms to get married on Cape Cod?
Cape Cod is absolutely gorgeous and serene at any time of year. Even in the heart of winter, you cannot beat the breathtaking views of the ocean and the cool crisp air. We were married in early spring to avoid the summer crowds and the weather on our wedding day was absolutely perfect, 60 degrees and sunny with the bluest sky. We couldn’t have asked for more.
1. In three words, how would you describe your wedding?
Whimsical, entertaining, intimate.
2. Was your wedding exactly what you had envisioned?
Perfect! Exceeded our expectations.
3. What was your biggest concern in planning your wedding?
Trying to keep the day true to our identities.
4. What was your favorite part of the planning process? What was the most difficult part?The food tasting! And getting to know all of our vendors well. Really can’t think of any difficulties. A true testament to how easy Jamie made the process for us! She did most of the hard work!
5. What was your favorite part of the wedding?
The ceremony, the food, the ambiance, the food, the reception, the food. Did I mention the food? Honestly, everything from start to finish. Being able to relax on our wedding day knowing Jamie was handling everything behind the scenes. We were able to truly enjoy the day with nothing on our minds but each other.
6. Looking back, would you change anything about your wedding? If so, what and why?
Not a thing!
7. Who was your favorite vendor?
CBI! They executed the most amazing menu for the day.
8. What do you think your guests would say their favorite part of your wedding was?
Overall, how unique it was. Specifically, the food, the photo booth, and all the dancing at the reception.
9. How would you title your wedding? (e.g. The wedding with the best food and dancing!)
Best wedding ever!
1. Why did you decide to hire a wedding planner?
To make the process easier and less time-consuming and to get guidance on local vendors.
2. How did having a planner contribute to the success of your wedding?
It contributed immensely! We needed Jamie’s firsthand knowledge of the venue and her experience with all of the vendors. She was able to guide us in the right direction based on our personal style and vision. Also, just offering the simple tip of how to stand with each other during our ceremony was so helpful!
3. For upcoming brides, why do you think it is important for them to consider hiring a planner?
It’ll save so much time during the process as you’ll have to devote less energy to researching venues and vendors.
4. What was it like working with a planner? What was your overall experience like?
Wonderful! We had the best time working with Jamie! She truly respected our vision for the day and guided us in the right direction to make sure our wedding felt unique and personal. She “got” us.
5. Why would you recommend Cape Cod Celebrations over other companies?
You’ll get such an individualized experience, Jamie will truly make you feel like you’re her only client.
1. What advice would you give other brides about planning a wedding?
Get as much help as you can, otherwise it can be so overwhelming. Just remember the day is ultimately about you and your partner and as long as you are staying true to yourselves, your wedding will be perfect!
2. What was most helpful to you in the planning process?
Jamie’s knowledge and attentiveness.
3. What do you wish you would have known before planning your wedding?
How easy it could be with help!
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?
I think weddings will become more personalized over time. You’ll see more weddings reflecting what couples want to do and less what they feel like they have to do. There won’t be as much of a wedding “script” and couples will feel more free to design their day based on their own personal identities.
2. How’s married life!?
It is amazing! We’ve had such a blissful 4-years of marriage and have been back to the Cape for 2 anniversaries/baby moons since our wedding and really got to relive the magical moments of our wedding day on both occasions. We feel so lucky to have had such a special and personalized wedding and owe so much to Jamie for making it all happen!
Wedding Planner - Jamie at Cape Cod Celebrations
Photographer - Organic Photography
Florist - Lilacs
Venue - Chatham Bars Inn Beach House Grill
Hair & Makeup - Lisa George
Band - Murray Hill Talent
Rentals - Be Our Guest (now Peak Event Services)
Stationery - Lucky Luxe
Bouquets, centerpieces, ceremony arrangements, flower crowns, even cake flowers get TONS of love… we thought we should share a little love for the boutonniere. The small arrangement for the groom and his party can be extremely intricate or very simple. Lots of time & design go into creating the perfect bundle. We have some tips to make sure the 'bout' gets a little extra attention…
Make it personal!
Some of our favorite boutonnieres have a story behind the design or have sentimental value to the couple or to the groom. There are lots of ways to tie personal touches into your boutonniere. It can be as simple as a collection of the bride’s favorite flowers or you can bring in more detail, like including a miniature photo or a family crest.
Try something new!
Classic is never a bad thing!
Add some color!
It doesn’t have to be a flower!
We’ve never met a boutonniere we didn’t like. Try a boutonniere pin, paper flower, shells or fabric. Or consider a mix of flowers and a non-floral item of meaning. It’s a great way to show off a little of your personality and add some whimsy to your wedding look!
Finally, get the groom involved. He may share some ideas you would never have thought of!
In case you missed it - one of our super fun, DIY weddings was featured on Every Last Detail last week! I love Lauren Grove and her team and was so thankful that she saw the beauty and originality in this event to include it on her beautiful website. Carin and Billy were such wonderful people, I was honored to be a part of their special Monday wedding at a private home in Harwich.
Check out the post for the details and a ton of fabulous pics from Channing Johnson!
I sure do love having a summer filled with weddings at Chatham Bars Inn - it is so nice to work with familiar faces like Clarissa Davis and Chef Cole again!
This time though I was with a new couple, Adare and Patrick. I worked very closely with Adare and her mom Teal throughout the planning process and they had a lot of details that needed attention - from mason jars and paper straws for the signature drinks to a beautiful tray of sea glass for the escort cards. The day was perfect - just missing out on a nasty hurricane that weekend - with a church ceremony at Holy Redeemer in Chatham and reception following at the Beach House Grill.
The photography was done by Amy Dykens - which you will see featured in the next issue of Southern New England Weddings!! - the flowers were done by Patrice Milley and the linen overlays provided by Rentals Unlimited. A band drove up from and back from New York City that evening to play for them and an exit with sparklers and an ice cream truck ended the evening of fun and dancing! I cannot wait to see the photos in the magazine - this was a truly elegant and beautiful event!
Working with Judy & Ben was so much fun! I knew that when I first met them in my office at the beginning of the year that we were going to have fun when Judy pulled out her adorable mini idea book with fabulous travel inspired ideas in navy and pink!
The event was beautiful, with absolutely every aspect planned by the bride, all I had to do was execute her vision. From the cafe lights over the deck and pink candy bar to the luggage tag escort cards in suit cases and post card guest book, she did not miss a beat. If Judy was not a nurse I would be afraid she would steal my day job!
For vendors they worked with some new people that I was fortunate enough to get to work with for the first time. He photographer was Grace Kim, from Washington state if I remember correctly, and her hair and make-up was done by Charlotte Phinney from Boston. Her flowers were beautiful and done by The Tangled Web, a new florist from Pembroke who was great to work with as well! And the over all event was held at the Beach House Grill atChatham Bars Inn - my old stomping grounds!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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