Britt and Ethan were married on a beautiful September day at a private home in Nantucket. What started out as a grey day gave way to a beautiful sky just before Britt walked down the aisle. This wedding was a lot of fun for us to work on for so many reasons. Aside from an absolutely lovely couple, we had a lot of creative freedom. Britt is a clothing designer and as you’ll see from her amazing couture dress, she has a distinct eye for contrasting elements. That was one of our key points when designing this wedding. It was the first time we really didn’t have a color palette to work off of. We really wanted to have light vs dark, smooth vs texture, ruffles vs stripes. You get the idea. The first thing that came to mind for me was flemish designs. The idea of taking imperfect things and pairing them with something striking.
Britt’s dress was a show stopper so we wanted to keep her bouquet simple and elegant. You can’t get more elegant than a bouquet of lily of the valley! Her sister’s dresses were also done in a rich color so we kept their bouquets on the simpler side as well.
In working on the ceremony, we wanted to be sure that the ocean and rolling grasses took center stage. We didn’t want a lot of extra ‘fluff’ so we made sure we had one stunning trellis done in fall colors with burnt hydrangea. I have to say this is one of my favorite looks of the season. Mother Nature gave us some gorgeous things to work with that week!
Our one ode to the nautical flair of the island came from the escort ‘table’. The couple found these amazing openers for their guests and I wanted to create a fun way to display them. So we put them on full display with the blue and white stripes and a rusty anchor. Guests had a ball finding their mermaids and fish.
With an abundance of blooms, pods, berries, grasses and vessels in all shapes and sizes, we created an eclectic yet formal flair in the tent. Britt had found several different fabrics to create a table runner and we decided on the stripes for their masculinity and to help ground some of the more feminine shapes and colors. Paper belly bands wrapped around each napkin let the guests know where to sit.
To add some fun to the entrance of the tent, we created an ‘arch’ out of stars, and as the sun set, they lit up. When we showed up for breakdown the next morning, it was clear that a good time was had by all (I think a few guests wore the stars in the wee hrs of the night/morning!).
Congratulations to Britt and Ethan on their big day! It was such a pleasure working with you and your families! Here’s to many happy anniversaries!
photography – Zofia & Co
bridal gown – Vera Wang
venue – Whale’s Watch
hair and make-up – Darya Salon
rentals – Placesetters
tent – Nantucket Tents
event design/lighting – Dawn Kelly Designs
florals/design – Soiree Floral
band – Beantown
event coordinator – Unique Nantucket
catering – Nantucket Catering Co