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Real Wedding: Elevated Cape Cod

Updated: May 25

In September on the Cape, E and M had a dream beach wedding.

This is one of our most referenced weddings when couples reach out to us, so I knew I had to do a write up on the whole day! The bride contacted me in August of 2021 looking for someone to help plan her wedding at Kalmar Village. Kalmar Village is a picturesque arrangement of 1940s Cape Cod cottages steps away from the compound’s private beach. My notes from our initial call show that the couple wanted the day to feel extremely special, intimate, and relaxed.

Once we were in the design stage of planning, I went to PEAK event services in Stoughton to put together some sample table displays. We opted for wooden farm tables and chiavari chairs. The blue carousel water goblets were an immediate favorite. From there, we opted for traditional white plates, seersucker napkins, traditional flatware and champagne flutes at each setting. This is the step of the planning process where we really start to feel the vibe of the whole day.

Something the bride and I kept going back to was an effort to be timeless. She told me she hated “the font.” If you have attended any weddings the last five years, you know what “the font” is. It is the handwritten script that is difficult to read, though very beautiful and definitely has its place. At this wedding, however, we wanted clean and less trendy. I was tasked with creating the seating chart, signage, menus, and table numbers with this in mind.

I designed a simple menu for each

setting, a welcome sign I built with my husband was placed at the start of the ceremony and filled with flowers from local Cape Cod florist, MaryEllen Garnett. Table numbers were simple white cut outs made from acrylic from Laserworx Signs. The seating scroll was in alphabetical order and placed in a simple but elegant gold frame.

On the wedding day, attendees emerged from their guest cottages at Kalmar Village and stepped directly onto a spacious green which led to a long boardwalk to the beach. The ceremony was held on the boardwalk and beach under an arbor made by the groom, covered in florals by MaryEllen Garnett. The cocktail hour was held on the sandy beach with signature cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres from Lavishly Dunn and a show-stopping grazing table designed by Maddie of Cape Cod Charcuterie. After cocktail hour, guests were welcomed to the beautiful sailcloth tent provided by Sperry which was built directly on the sand. Dinner was served family style and desserts from local PB Boulangerie were displayed. A cake was lovingly made by a friend of the couple. The first dance was performed by the amazing Legit Band. To everyone’s delight, it was a Backstreet Boys song, and every wedding guest jumped up after about a minute to join the couple on the dance floor. My team and I were overjoyed as this was a major item on the dream wedding list for the couple. We were so happy to see their dream become a reality. At the end of the night, close friends stayed for an afterparty at the fire pit. The perfect ending to a perfect day.

Thank you to Alex Tripp and Emily Merrifield for your incredible work with me the day-of. We each walked 8 miles that day. In the sand. With shoes on. Not for the weak!

Amazing Vendor Team Linked Below:

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Favorite Moment:

I love when couples let me design their wedding monogram. You may have seen E+M’s monogram on their menus and seating chart. The couple also had champagne bottles hand painted with a design inspired by the monogram!

Planning Tips:

-Having a tent built into the sand as well as providing power and restrooms is not for beginners. If this sounds like you, it is time to hire a wedding planner!

-Wedding/Event insurance is always a must for my clients, especially for outdoor weddings.

-You can’t plan the weather, always have a backup plan.

See you at the aisle!


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