Thoughtful Cape Cod Wedding

Thoughtful Cape Cod Wedding Brendan & Caroline wed in late summer at Nauticus Marina in Osterville, Mass., on the Cape. Their families pitched in to help with thoughtful details from nautical flag pillows to hand-painted driftwood to a custom lobster face-in-hole to create a truly memorable celebration. / Images by Kelly Cronin Photography.

Says Caroline, “Our day was meant to feel nautical, but in a subtle way. We were surrounded by boats, so we really wanted the day to feel casual, yet elegant. We picked Nauticus because of its breathtaking surroundings – picture perfect on its own. We kept things simple and let the backdrop of the marina really speak for itself. We were also the one and only wedding that weekend, so we felt unique and special, without any timeframe stress. We could drop off and set up on Friday and even come back on Sunday to pick up leftover things!

I’m not generally a decisive person, but just as I knew that Brendan was The One right away, he and I knew Nauticus Marina was The One right away (it was the first place we visited and we dropped off the check that day). Same thing with my dress- it was the first dress I tried on. I found myself comparing all of the other dresses to it, trying to alter them to be like the first one, so I just said, “This is it!”

Brendan & Caroline’s Love Story | Brendan and I met on St. Patrick’s at a bar in Boston. We had a mutual friend that got us introduced over a sip of whiskey, and we connected over our Irish heritage (perfect on St. Patrick’s day) and our hometowns. We had instant chemistry and Brendan asked for my number and set up a date for the upcoming week. The day after we met we reconnected and ended up moving the date up by a few days – we just couldn’t wait to see each other again!

Favorite memory? The moment when four of my best friends / bridesmaids came running onto the dance floor to “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” dressed in full lobster costumes.

The family was very helpful and crafty when it came to the wedding details. My grandmother sewed nautical flag pillows for us in a “B” and “C” design; my sister hand painted on driftwood the table names, the driftwood was harvested and restored by my grandmother; my mother built window boxes for tablescapes; one bridesmaid hand wrote all of the envelopes and escort cards, and another bridesmaid even hand painted a massive lobster Face-in-hole that my mother and grandfather constructed as our photo booth! Caroline’s advice? I would say use the resources you have: friends and family love to help – so utilize them! And make sure that you’re having fun planning the day, it’ll show and the quirky parts will only rub off on your guests. They’ll see you had fun planning the day, so they’ll have fun celebrating the day!

The couple honeymooned in Curacao.

Credits: Photography: Kelly Cronin Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Nauticus Marina | Florist: J Doyle Floral Designs | Wedding gown & veil: Bella Sera Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Puritan Cape Cod, Hyannis | Bride’s Jewelry: Nina | Bride’s shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Jenny Yoo, Leah dress | Wedding stationery: The Dotted i, Concord MA | Caterer & Cake: The Casual Gourmet | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Hairstylist: Razzmatazz Hair Studio | Cookie Bar: Top Shelf Cookies (who is a friend of ours) | Band: Men in Blac, of Hank Agency | Groom’s pre-wedding gift: Boston Bruins cuff links with a Stanley Cup Championship game-used puck | Bride’s pre-wedding gift: diamond stud earrings from Hamilton Jewelers in Princeton, where Brendan bought the engagement ring and we bought our wedding bands together