Classic Nantucket Wedding at the White Elephant Hotel

Classic Nantucket Wedding at the White Elephant Hotel

Blair Mack and Bentsen Falb married at the Nantucket United Methodist Church followed by a reception at the White Elephant Hotel. The reception embodied pure Nantucket essence designed by Nantucket Island Events and Soiree Floral and included blue and white hydrangeas nestled in Nantucket baskets. / Images by Jordi Cabre.

Says Blair, “Our recent American inspired New England wedding on Nantucket Island was extremely sentimental, traditional, classic, historically family driven and, of course, also very classic Nantucket which were all things we wanted to incorporate into our wedding. Bentsen and I first met on Halloween night 2012 and from that moment on, fall has always been our season even though we love the bright and happy colors of summer. I grew up in California and Arizona but attended high school in Connecticut and now live in Texas where I attended college and met my husband. As you can imagine, it was a difficult decision to choose our wedding location as every part of the country where I had lived was beautiful to me in its own unique way but Nantucket had always sparked a special place in my heart. It could have been due to my mother and stepfather’s successful marriage (who were wed on the island) or recalling long happy days of past family summer vacations, or the magic and romance my husband and I feel on this stretch of sand.

Our wedding ceremony was held at the picturesque downtown Methodist Church, which was constructed in 1823 and designated as an American Treasure by First Lady Hillary Clinton. The Church is also the only wooden building, which was miraculously spared in the Great Fire of 1846. In addition to our wedding procession, my cousin, Chapin Lewis, 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, served as our flag bearer immediately prior to my entry. On the communion altar was my husband’s Danish Family Bible which was printed in 1732. It is believed the last time the Bible was in the Atlantic was when his ancestors were immigrating to America. For music, we had a bagpiper in reverence to our Scottish roots who led my entrance into the church with ‘Highland Cathedral.’ Incorporating red, white and blue into my colors, the house party girls wore red, and my bridesmaids wore sapphire blue dresses, which matched my ‘something blue’ in my pearl and sapphire bracelet, incidentally my September birthstone. For my something old,’ I wore my late father’s German family crest ring to remind me of his presence on this important day. Keeping with our theme, on the flag pole mast in the foreground was a U.S. and Arizona flag flown over the capitals in Washington, D.C., and Phoenix on the Fourth of July and a Texas flag flown over the capital in Austin on Texas Independence Day. To remember our grandfathers who sailed in the Pacific in World War II, we flew the Arizona flag over the mast of the infamous World War II battleship, USS Arizona, and the Texas flag over the USS Texas in honor of Bentsen’s great-grandfather who served as its helmsman in World War I.  

My favorite special touches from the wedding were after we said our ‘I do’s,’ we were greeted by our friends and family showering us with white rose petals as we stepped down the church stairs into the street. Our wedding guests then followed us and the bagpiper through Main Street on the walk from the church to the reception at the White Elephant Hotel all the while well-wishers in bars and local businesses came out to clap and cheer us on. Upon arriving at the White Elephant, our guests were greeted with champagne flutes and hors d’oeuvres on the lawn overlooking Nantucket Harbor. There were little tables set up on the lawn with classic Nantucket hydrangeas in Nantucket baskets. We also had a beautiful and amazing wet bar (oyster bar) inside a classic wooden boat for our guests to indulge on while they watched the sailboats go by before we headed into the bistro lighted porch area for a night of dinner, dancing and a hydrangea-covered cake. Then we made our final exit as we ran through our cheering family and friends sparkler show. It all felt like such a fairy tale and we will never forget that day and night. 

Favorite memory? There are just so many memories so it is hard to name a favorite. I would say walking down the aisle with my stepfather, looking at my almost husband as the bagpiper played, having rose petals thrown at us from our loved ones, parading down Main Street in a procession while the town came out to cheer us on, cocktails on the beautiful harbor, our first dance, dancing with my family and friends and honestly, my husband, step dad’s and mom’s beautiful and unforgettable speeches. It was truly the most memorable, best day of my life.

Tell us about your dress. My dress happened to be the very first dress I tried on, out of probably 50 dresses. They say, ‘When you know, you know,’ and I just kept coming back to it. I also knew it was the one because it felt like it was made for my body as soon as I tried it on and I couldn’t stop dancing in it. I felt like a ballerina and princess all at the same time. I was also particularly drawn to this dress as it resembled my favorite idol’s (Irish American turned Princess Grace Kelly) back lined, spaghetti strap gown that she wore at the Oscars and when they told me they could have a custom veil made to match the identical tulle I was sold even more than I already was. It also helped that my best friend and mom also kept on chanting, ‘it’s the one, it’s the one’ throughout the next month of us browsing just for fun. I also knew it was and that I just needed to stop wasting my time and go get it. 🙂

At the reception, in lieu of table numbers we opted to use the names of ships such as the Mayflower, Ship Anne, etc., which were some of the ships my family had traveled on as they immigrated to America along with other names of ships and seaport towns significant to both of our families. And for our first song, we went with Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love,’ a family favorite and, of course, states ‘some things are meant to ‘B,’ as Bentsen and I are lovingly known by our friends and family as ‘B&B.’

Advice? Try not to stress too much over every, little detail because it is one of the most magical times in your life and it goes by so fast (too quickly) so try to enjoy each and every moment of it because you will never get to experience that same, exact part of your life, at that exact time again.

Photographer: Jordi Cabre | Ceremony Venue: Nantucket United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: White Elephant Hotel | Event Design: Nantucket Island Events | Florist: Soiree Floral | Wedding Gown: Amsale | Groom’s Attire: Brooks Brothers | Bride’s Veil: Custom | Bride’s shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ attire: Alfred Sung | Wedding Stationery: Paperdolls Design | Caterer and wedding cake: White Elephant Hotel | Hair and make-up: RJ Miller Salon | Officiant: Episcopal Reverend Jacqueline Mcgrady | Band: The Sultans