Nautical Wedding in Chatham, Mass.

Nautical Wedding in Chatham, Mass.

We’re celebrating sisters this week on Classic Bride blog! Sisters Molly and Ann both wed at their family summer home in Chatham, Mass., and while Cape Cod Celebrations designed both weddings, each had a uniquely beautiful feel. Today, I’m sharing Molly and Matt’s nautical-infused wedding from 2014. Tune in on Wednesday to see Ann and Matt’s 2016 wedding! / Images by Emilie Sommer.

Says Molly, “Matt and I said “I do” under a European birch tree in the backyard at my dad’s summer home in Chatham, Mass. We both loved the personal feel that a backyard wedding encompassed. Since our wedding was in the middle of July, we wanted to make things as casual and comfortable for our guests as possible. We kept the focus on family, friends, good food, and great music! We really let the location and company speak for itself.

My best friend from childhood, Sam Bennett, designed and made my wedding dress by hand, which was incredibly special. He’s worked and designed for Christian Siriano, Amsale, and Christos.

Favorite special touches? In line with the Chatham/nautical theme, our table cards had sketches of boats that both our families had owned at one point in time, which spanned the early 1900s to present day. We also had guests sign a nautical flag, which we later framed, for our “guest book.”

Molly and Matt’s Love Story | We first met a wedding in Maine, however, it was not for another year that we actually went on our first date. After the wedding, we kept up through Facebook occasionally, which was mostly based on a friendly Patriots-Ravens rivalry. The following year, when I moved to Beacon Hill, we went on our first date to a Mexican restaurant. The rest is history! Favorite memories? The dancing! I also had this moment where I truly felt like everyone here is having a blast. People really brought their A-game to the dance floor and it made me so proud of our new joined family, friends and life ahead. I love the Tennessee Williams quote, “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” That really felt like the case at our wedding. Advice? YES. I kept reminding myself throughout the process that it’s all about me and Matt getting married and everything else is “bonus.” Anything I choose to include, (like lighting, flowers, tablecloths, etc.) where there is room for error, if it’s not perfect it’s okay, (it’s just extra anyway)! Additionally, if something isn’t perfect, on your big day, keep it to yourself. The last thing you want is people to make a bigger deal of some minor detail in your mind and have it become “chatter.” I truly believe the bride and groom set the tone of the wedding, so if you’re enjoying yourself, your guests will too. There’s no need to sweat the small stuff! Lastly, “attend your own wedding.”

The couple honeymooned in Thailand and the Maldives.

Credits: Photography: Emilie Sommer | Ceremony & reception venue: Private family residence | Event Design: Cape Cod Celebrations | Florals: Patrice R. Milley Floral Design | Wedding gown: Sam Bennett | Groom’s attire: Vineyard Vines | Bride’s jewelry: Kate Spade | Bride’s veil: L’elite Bridal | Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ attire: Shoshanna | Wedding stationery: Paper Moss | Caterer and cake: Casual Gourmet | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Hairstylist: Will Charles Salon | Make-up: Dani Wagner | Tent: Sperry Tents | Band: Eturnity Star Orchestra | Videographer: 822 Weddings