I could not have dreamed of a more perfect day. After a two year engagement and a lot of time to imagine how my wedding day would turn out, I am so thrilled to finally share all of it with you.
I spent a lot of time on Nantucket growing up and had always envisioned myself getting married on the beaches there followed by an overly nautical themed reception, surrounded by friends and family topped by a sparkler send off. When Keith and I got engaged, that was the first place we set off to to venue shop. As most brides quickly come to realize, dreams are far from reality and Nantucket, while I desperately want to make it work, just made no sense for us. However, I have deeply been affected by the island, it’s character and charm, and wanted it to still vibe through my wedding.
This is where my whole color scheme and simple aesthetic was drawn from. My favorite part of the Island is it’s nickname, “The Grey Lady”, stemming from the dense fog that rolls over the island in the mornings. I love fog, the beauty and mystery of it has always captivated me. I wanted my colors to mimic this. It only made sense since grey is my favorite color. The colors ended up being grey, white, with hints of grey.
Our next stop was Newport, RI and Cape Cod. Both locations were more manageable to travel to for our families, but still provided a similar Nantucket vibe. Keith ended up hating Cape Cod, so we did not waste our time and we drove right to Newport. I had spent time there as my dad lived 10 minutes away in Barrington, but it was Keith’s first trip. He instantly fell in love. The first venue we went to we know was the one, Belle Mer Island House. The setting was perfect, it felt private, and the venue catered to everything we wanted. We ended up booked our wedding date with them in October 2015.
I built my entire wedding around the invitations! I had come up with an idea for the suite long before we found a venue and had searched for a very VERY long time to find the exact fit. The concept was for the invites to mimic the fog concept and be somewhat moody. After months of searching, I finally found Karla at Written Word Calligraphy, she hand painted each “save the date” card and the rest of the suite was built off of her Minimalist semi-custom collection.
The setting of our venue was so spectacular, that I wanted the all of the decor to be delicate to keep the backdrop the focal point. When it came to decor, I was lucky that time was on my side. It is so important to book your vendors far in advance and I won the lottery when I was able to book my florist Kim at Greenlion Design. She is located in the heart of Newport and her taste is just beyond incredible! I wanted tons of greenery with hints of white for a classic, timeless look.
Kim and I agreed on two lush framing elements for the ceremony with two garlands at the end of each aisle. The framing elements stood on grey pedestals that blended perfectly with the backdrop.
The bouquets were a similar mix of florals with hand dyed grey silk ribbon to tie them off.
This is where most of our DIY projects came into play. I chose oysters as a huge decor element for the wedding. In lieu of flowers during cocktail hour I took on the task of creating hand made oyster table runners for the high-top tables which lay on dark grey hand made table clothes also made by myself and my sister-in-law. The low-top tables had loose oysters sprinkled with gold mercury glass votives.
Each runner took me 10+ hours to make and has over 400 oysters hand strung on them. The oysters were collected and cleaned by our mothers over the course of our engagement – major labor of love!
For our escort card/favor display, Keith and I built a custom board. The board, standing over 7 ft tall, was made of 5 stained pieces of wood tied onto a black pipe frame. Each board had black nails so the cast iron bottle opener favors (provided by The Spotted Whale) could be hung. Greenlion Design then made a garland to be tied to the top left corner. Each bottle opener had an escort card hand-made by me. The tags were grey with a gold brushed edge, finished with white calligraphy. The entire board leaned up against the wall with the water in the background.
The card and gift table was also given a hand made touch with customer signage made by me. There were oysters and gold mercury votives dispersed around the table as well. We re-purposed the bridesmaids bouquets to add some florals.
Our guests enjoyed a raw bar and passed hors d’oeuvres.
I wanted the floral arrangements to be the focal point and for the tables to be clean and simple. I asked for compote arrangements in black urns. The venue is black and white, so we felt the black would be a nice touch to tie into the room. The arrangements were the same green and white theme.
The only request Keith had for the flowers were the use of dusty miller because it reminds him of snow. It was a very pretty addition because of their soft texture and greyish tint. Kim then used a mix of my and hers gold mercury votives to add some romance.
My mom and I made the napkins for the event, I wanted a specific grey and white striped print. I got my menu cards off of Etsy and then finished the table with driftwood name tags that I did the calligraphy on instead of outsourcing.
I love this one because I am telling Keith how amazing the cake is and how I just want to hide in the corner and eat more.
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Groom’s Suit: J.Crew
Groomsmen Suits: Macy’s