Andrew proposed to me nearly a year and a half ago, and since then we have already moved to France and back. Now that we are settled at home again, planning is fully underway for our October vows. The whole thing has been exciting and though I’ve shared little snippets on Instagram here and there, I figured it would be nice to properly document the process and share with you. Even as someone who plans events for a living, I’ve learned a few things along the way and so I thought this may also be helpful for you . . . should you also be planning your I do’s.
I don’t want to give away too much ahead of the big day, but do expect more updates from me as we get closer and closer. Here’s where we’re at now . . .
We knew we wanted a small wedding. To us, it’s a very intimate thing to exchange vows and promise your life to each other. I will admit that our families were a little surprised at first – but once we explained our vision they understood and have been supportive ever since. We’re lucky that way, I know it’s not always easy top please everyone. My advice here is to do what truly feels right for you both as a couple, because that’s really what this is all about.
Knowing we had a small group allowed us to expand on our horizon a bit in terms of the setting. Before we made the big move across the pond, we decided on Cape Cod as our location. Why Cape Cod? Neither of us have family there, however it is a place with great meaning. With a shared affinity for the sea, Andrew surprised me with a trip for birthday a few Octobers ago (sneaky guy!) and since then it’s been an integral part of our story.
THE LOOK + FEEL
We found a beautiful beach front home where we will be hosting the ceremony, dinner, and party. Think traditional Cape style architecture, designed to the nines in our favourite aesthetic: coastal colonial. I don’t love the idea of a themed wedding, but things will definitely feel beach-y without looking too nautical. Instead of going literal with anchors and lobsters, we are using a colour palette of pale blue, blush, and lots of white to make our statement.
Of all the vendors involved in planning a wedding, hiring the right photographer is the most important thing to Andrew and I. Beginning the planning only six months out meant that not having this locked down was the one thing that stressed me out a bit. We quickly realized all the good Cape Cod photographers we could find were booked nearly two years in advance (who are these people?). So I got a little resourceful and put out a call on Instagram . . . to my absolute surprise and delight, our favourite photographer, Tara McMullen, commented on my post letting me know she had October 8 free and was willing to make the trip out east (and travels the world for weddings frequently). I freaked out! I assumed that because the wedding was only six months away that she would already be booked (she and her partner Barb really are that good – hello, dream team). My learning here: you should absolutely try for your pie-in-the-sky vendor because you never know . . . sometimes people have to cancel/switch dates which could mean room for you and your wedding. And just look at the way she captured my friends’ Kelly Lynn + Andrew’s wedding! Pure. Magic.
In my next post I will share more about floral, rehearsal dinner (a clambake!), and bridal/groom party looks. In the meantime, if you or anyone you know has tied the knot in Cape Cod I’d love to hear any recommendations . . . especially in regards to the best locations for wedding photos.