Says Kerri, “We have been celebrating Patrick’s birthday on Nantucket since we started dating so it has become a special place for us, and the first vacation spot we ever took together as a couple. One birthday, while enjoying brunch at Galley beach, we started to talk about what it would be like when we got married. In that conversation, we determined a dream wedding, and seemingly unrealistic at the time, would be on Nantucket. When we started the venue search, we visited the White Elephant and could not have felt more at home. We knew we wanted a wedding weekend affair and felt the White Elephant could help us accomplish that as they offered an exclusive wedding weekend where we had the entire hotel, and their staff, to ourselves Friday to Sunday. 140 of our 175 guests stayed at the White Elephant and enjoyed all the perks this lovely hotel has to offer, while also being the site of not only the reception, but also the Farewell Mother’s Day brunch. The White Elephant was the perfect complement of classic, elegant, and authentic Nantucket, with a friendly, fun, and welcoming atmosphere which was exactly what we were going for with our wedding style.
Tell us about your dress. I took the train down from Boston to NYC as the dress I thought was my dream dress was at Pronovias NYC. This was the first bridal salon I had visited and this gown was the sixth or seventh dress I tried on that day. I am a very decisive person and was starting to feel like I maybe did not know what I wanted anymore, which for a bride with a Type-A personality, was a bit disappointing. Finally, I put on this Pronovias Racimo dress and yelled out to my mom, aunt, and cousin, “This could be a winner.” It was the only dress I tried on that I did not feel like I was wearing a table cloth! The material was one of a kind and very comfortable. I felt the dress itself and the material really exemplified all the best elements of Nantucket: classic and elegant, but totally fun and comfortable. It was the first time in my life I truly felt beautiful, so I knew this was the one I wanted. We went on to one other store, which I wanted to skip to head to the closest restaurant and clink champagne but, my mom insisted we go just to see what they had to offer. I could not get the Pronovias Racimo dress out of the head so, 3 days later I made the best purchase and never looked back!
What were your favorite special touches from the wedding?
“It is all about the details” has been a common phrase for us during the wedding planning process. We focused on details that not only meant something to us, but also to our guests. To mention a couple of them:
Our main flowers were White Tulips and Hydrangeas. We chose white tulips as that was a favorite flower of Kerri’s Aunt Patrice, her mother’s sister. We lost Patrice to cancer in 2000 and she had four children who are some of Kerri’s closest cousins. One of her daughters, Molly, was a bridesmaid, and her daughter, Tara, son was a ring bearer. Patrice’s son is the god son to Kerri’s mother, Kerin, and he escorted Kerin down the aisle. The presence of the white tulips reminded us that not only Patrice, but all family members that have since passed, were with us in spirit.
Another special aspect was the Nantucket Basket monogram designed by Mulberry and Elm. There was a necklace Kerri’s grandmother wore every day that was a gold Nantucket basket and the design idea originated from this necklace. This monogram flowed throughout many aspects of the wedding details, and a special memory of her Gam, who was very close to her family. Kerri honored Gam by wearing the Nantucket basket necklace on Friday to the rehearsal and welcome drink.
Our wedding was on Mother’s Day weekend so we hosted a Mother’s Day Brunch after the wedding day. To honor the moms in attendance, we had custom hydrangea cookies made that said “Mom” wrapped in a clear bag with colored ribbon (Petticoat Row). As each Mom arrived, we handed her a cookie and said “Happy Mother’s Day.” Family is so important to us that we wanted to not forget about Moms and their presence on such a special weekend. To continue this theme of family, we also invited all the parents of our wedding party to the wedding weekend.
Finally, our table setting favors were white chocolate elephants made my Kerri’s aunt, Norine, with hang tags. The hang tags explained that we had made a donation to the Susan G. Komen foundation in honor of our family members that have lost battles to breast cancer. The white chocolate elephant represented the venue!
Favorite memories of the day/weekend?
Patrick’s favorite memories:
Weekend: Since our wedding was a wedding weekend affair, I would be remised if I did not express the gratitude I felt on Friday night, at the welcome drink hosted by Club Car. Since guests traveled in from all over the country, we were expecting about half the guests to arrive on island early and attend the welcome drink. We walked into the Club Car for our welcome drink, and to our surprise, double the amount of anticipated guests were there. It was extremely humbling and we truly felt loved in that moment!
Wedding Day: We had taken three dance lessons leading up to the wedding for our first dance. We chose “From the Ground Up” by Dan and Shay, as we felt it resonated with not only us, but everyone who knows us and our families. The song speaks about family, and grandparents who started building their life together and then into a big family, and how we wish to walk in their footsteps. Both of us have lost all four grandparents and they were truly special people in both families. We had a dip at the end of the song that we were rather nervous about as we did not get to practice all week leading up to the wedding day! A memory I will never forget is nailing the dip at the end of the song, looking at Kerri before I kissed her, as we both had those eyes of “Yes! We did it!!” without any words needed. The crowd went crazy! It was amazing.
Kerri’s favorite memories:
My favorite memory from the wedding weekend was on Thursday when our wedding party got off the Hyline and Steamship ferries. We greeted them at the ferry dock to welcome them all to the island, grinning ear to ear. There was so much positive energy walking down that ferry ramp, and everyone just seemed thrilled to be there that it all felt so real in that moment, that the wedding weekend had truly, and finally, begun!
My favorite part of our wedding day was exiting the church after the ceremony. It was raining, which was a bit of a disappointment, but, when the doors to the church opened for our bubble exit, seeing all the guests lining the steps, blowing bubbles, was simply breath taking and amazing. I have never felt more loved than I did in that moment those St. Mary’s doors opened, and I think our faces say it all in that photo.
Patrick and I both come from large Irish families so, to tie in our Irish descent, we wanted to have a bagpiper outside the church. During the planning, my parents took that out of the budget. Although disappointed at the time, I understood it was probably one of those “nice to do not need to do” wedding details. On our wedding day, my parents surprised Patrick and I with a bagpiper! We had NO idea! Just as I was entering the church, I heard the bagpiper and looked back at my dad with a confusing look, and he smiled and said “surprise!” It was so special and a small touch all our Irish relatives appreciated!
Patrick and I both work for Titleist and it was while working there that we met 6 years ago. Subsequently, one of our favorite activities together is also playing golf. To subtly tie in golf to our wedding details, we had a floral decoration made with custom Titleist ProV1 golf balls inside the vase with our names and wedding date. The golf balls were also given away at brunch the next day to guests as favors!
In June 2017, when I traveled to NYC to find my wedding gown with my aunt and mom, we discussed my grandmother (Gam) and how we wished she could have been with us for this special trip. On the train ride back, after finding “the dress,” my aunt asked if I had registered for my Waterford items yet, I said “no,” and she said “Gam always said that was the first thing you should register for.” Being a traditional, Irish, Bostonian, this did not come as a surprise to me so, to pass the time, I figured why not, and created my Bloomingdales registry online. Three weeks later, I got a call from a VP of Bloomingdales, informing me that I was the “June Honeymoon Sweepstakes Winner.” Thinking back, I absolutely did not remember entering any sweepstakes, as the representative from Bloomingdales explained it was because I created my registry in June which automatically entered me into this sweepstakes. If you remember, I created my registry because “Gam always said to register for your Waterford items first.”
The Bloomingdales representative informed me we had won a 6 day honeymoon to Bermuda with accommodations at the Elbow Beach Resort … As it turns out, Gam and Papa took their honeymoon to Bermuda in 1952 and stayed at the Elbow Beach Resort. This still give me the chills to this day, but is so special and amazing. We believe in signs, and this truly was the best sign! Thank you, Gam!
Advice? Choose your vendors like you choose your friends. Make sure they have similar personalities to you and your fiancé, along with similar work ethics. This will allow for a very cohesive relationship while making the most of all your hard work and planning. Most of all – just as a friend would be thrilled for you and your upcoming wedding, a vendor should be, as well! Make sure you feel they are just as excited for you and your wedding day, as you are for your friends! Surround yourself with good vendors and the rest falls into place perfectly!
See more from Kerri and Patrick’s wedding by searching their hashtag: #PatGetsKerriedAway
Credits: Photographer: Anne Lee Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle | Reception Venue: White Elephant | Event Planner: Brittani Faye Hunter (Nantucket Island Resorts) | Florist: Aubrey Maria Designs | Wedding Gown and veil: Pronovias | Groom’s & Groomsmen Attire: Vineyard Vines (Bow Tie/Cummerbund); Black Tux | Bride’s Jewelry: Bloomingdales Bracelet and Earrings; Custom made diamond necklace from Reeds Jewelers Duxbury; Wedding Rings from Reeds Jewelers of Duxbury as well. | Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ attire: Monique Lhuillier, Purchased from Lelite Bridal on Newbury Street Boston | Wedding Stationery: Mulberry and Elm | Cake: Petticoat Row Nantucket | Caterer: White Elephant | Transportation: Cranberry Transportation | Hairstylist: Love is in the Hair | Make-up Artist: NARS | Bridesmaid Gifts: The ROPES Maine custom made bracelets | Videographer: Joseph Nikolai | Welcome Boxes: ACK Gift Bags | Wedding Welcome Party: Club Car | Rehearsal Location: TOPPERs at the Wauwinet