Classic Nantucket Wedding at Wade Cottages

Classic Nantucket Wedding at Wade Cottages

Since Kelly was little, she knew she wanted to get married on Nantucket. Last summer, she and Allan tied the knot on the island at The Chanticleer followed by a reception at Wade Cottages (where Kelly summered growing up). I love that Kelly chose a color palette to echo the natural colors of the island. La Rock Events and Betsey Brooks Floral & Design helped to bring the beautiful vision the couple had to life for an unforgettable celebration with friends and family. / Images by Katie Kaizer.

Says Kelly, “From the time I was very little (probably about 7 years old), I told anyone who would listen that I was going to get married on Nantucket. My parents had their honeymoon there over 35 years ago, and consequently my sister and I grew up summering on the lawn of Wade Cottages in ‘Sconset. The tiny streets, the charming cottages adorned with flowers, and most importantly, the friends I made there convinced me at a very young age that it was the only place I could see myself walking down the aisle. It made all too much sense to marry my favorite person in the world at my favorite place in the world, and so the fairy tale began.

I wanted to pull colors from the beautiful elements of nature on the island itself and surrounding it, so I chose to include gray (like the shingled houses on the island), dusty blue (like the sea surrounding us), with some light pinks, peaches, off whites and sea foam accents. All very natural, happy colors. The style of the wedding was shabby chic, with clean lines, farm style tables, and romantic, whimsical details like draped, sweeping tulle from the ceiling of our tent, paired with fairy lights to add to the magic. Kelly & Allan’s Love Story | We met in college, at Denison University. I was immediately taken by Allan when we met. I was accompanying a friend to a party (and didn’t really want to go). I sat down on a couch to relax, when Allan joined me. We spent the whole night talking, he talked me to my door, kissed my cheek and asked for my number. I knew at that moment that he was special, and the love story unfolded from there. Tell us about the moment you knew you had found your dress. The tears gave it away, as soon as I came out in my dress, I took one look at my sister and we both burst into tears. We knew it was the one, I felt like a princess in the dress and kept imagining what Allan’s face would look like when he saw me in it. My dress was very whimsical, with an illusion neckline and silver beaded detail that looked like Ivy and flowers along the shoulders and bodice (that tied in perfectly to the ceremony venue). The rest of the dress was made of silk tulle so it followed the wind and any move I made. It was perfect for the beautiful day we had in Nantucket! We wanted to infuse our personalities into the day, and my husband is a teacher who loves to read, so we decided to decorate each table with books tying back to our color palette.  Favorite moment? Music has always been a huge part of my family, with my dad being a musician and my sister and I growing up singing with our parents. We spent months preparing a surprise performance of an acoustic song called ‘These Will Be The Years.’ I sang the lead, with my sister on back up harmony and my dad playing guitar. The best moment was seeing the completely surprised, ecstatic look on my husband’s face as I sang to him. It was as if no one else was in the room. Kelly’s advice? One piece of advice that I took with me from a friend was to try and enjoy the day, and make it slow down as much as possible. To do this, I had my sister / maid-of-honor remind me what time it was every 30 minutes, so I could slow down and soak up those moments and try to make every bit last a little longer.

The couple honeymooned in Italy (Siena, Rome) and Greece (Rethymnon, Athens).

Credits: Photographer: Katie Kaizer | Ceremony venue: The Chanticleer | Reception venue: Wade Cottages | Wedding planner: La Rock Events | Florist: Betsey Brooks Floral & Design | Wedding gown: Reem Acra | Groom’s Attire: J. Crew | Bride’s Jewelry: BHLDN | Bride’s veil: handmade | Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Attire: Joanna August | Wedding Stationery: Custom made – Papyrus | Cake: Petticoat Row | Caterer: Nantucket Catering Company | Transportation: Cranberry Transportation | Hairstylist: RJ Miller Salon | Band: Brick Park | Lighting Design: Perfect Nantucket Events by Billy Voss