Sankaty Beach Club Wedding on Nantucket

Katherine and Will’s fond memories of visits and summers on Nantucket led the couple to have their wedding on the island. They wed at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House and their reception was held at the Sankaty Beach ClubSoiree Floral created beautifully organic and earthy arrangements with dusty blues, peaches, blushes and pops of orange and ivory. / Images by Runaway Bride Nantucket and Julie Almand of Soiree Floral.

Says the couple, “K.C. grew up spending summers on Nantucket and always envisioned having her wedding on the island. Will had fond memories of Nantucket from visits during childhood and time with K.C. and her family, so he was happy with the location, too. We wanted to use colors that reflected the coastal location, the season, and our personalities! Tell us about your dress. I was looking for a dress with clean lines that was easy to wear. I had some trouble at first, and then a friend of my mom’s recommended that I look at Sarah Seven. I tried on two dresses that I loved there and chose the one that more closely matched my initial vision and could be customized to be even more my style.

Our ceremony was very personal. Will’s older brother officiated the service and some of our dearest friends offered readings and songs. K.C. also made the table numbers and a friend hand wrote the place cards and gift tags. We gave all of the guests a 2017 penny to toss overboard on their ferry ride home; a tradition that is said to ensure their safe to return to Nantucket in the future! Favorite memories? Our wedding day was quite cloudy. We took the Nantucket Hotel’s vintage school bus from the ceremony in town to the reception in ‘Sconset. Just as we were arriving for cocktail hour, the sun came out and cast a wonderful glow on the party! Will remembers the moment the pianist started playing Jonsi’s “We Bought a Zoo” – a song we had chosen to start the ceremony. This beautiful song surreally signaled that the exciting reality of his wedding had arrived. There is a photo of K.C. beaming that captures one of her favorite moments and really the joy she felt the whole day. It was taken shortly after we exited the church to be greeted by our family and friends. We feel that one of the greatest things about a wedding is gathering so many of the people you love in one place, and seeing them after the ceremony was really awesome.

K.C. and Will’s Love Story: We met in high school, actually, thanks to mutual friends. We dated our senior year. K.C.’s family gives Will a hard time for breaking her heart during that spring, but the breakup was amicable. Several years later, Will sent K.C. a message on her birthday and invited her out for coffee to catch up. He can’t really say exactly what motivated him after all those years, but we’re so glad he was!

Advice? Will was really dubious about the whole wedding thing at first, but now he wishes he could do it all over again. His advice – go big! When else will you get the chance to ask everyone of importance to you to congregate at a place of your choosing? K.C.’s advice is to choose what really matters to you and free yourself to compromise on the rest. Come wedding day, this day is about you and the person you’ve chosen to marry, so enjoy every moment! Where did you honeymoon? We were both fortunate to have the summer off after our wedding (K.C. was a graduate student and Will was a teacher), so we spent a little over a month traveling to different parts of Asia. We spent time in Bhutan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. Credits: Photography: Runaway Bride Nantucket and Julie Almand of Soiree Floral | Ceremony venue: Unitarian Universalist Meeting House | Reception venue: Sankaty Beach Club | Event Design: Jimmy Jaksic | Florals: Soiree Floral | Wedding gown: Sarah Seven | Groom’s attire: The Black Tux | Wedding stationery: DFM Stationery | Cake: 45 Surfside | Hairstylist: Mariah Wolfe | Make-up artist: Yolanda Grant