Sarah and Colin married in early June at the Sankaty Head Beach Club on Nantucket. The bride’s family settled in Siasconset in the 1700s and Sarah grew up spending summers in ‘Sconset. With strong family ties to the island, it only made sense to celebrate their wedding in a place rooted with special memories. / Images by Katie Kaizer.
Says Sarah, “My (bride’s) family has been in Siasconset since the 1700s, making the island of Nantucket, and particularly ‘Sconset, a very special place. I spent summers in ‘Sconset, working at Claudette’s, biking around town, hanging on the footbridge, and beaching. Every summer upon arrival, my family has a tradition of walking or biking up to the Sankaty lighthouse and walking all the way around it before giving it a kiss. My now husband knows how special Nantucket is and is privy to this tradition. In June 2017 when we arrived on island, we biked up to the lighthouse and walked around, as is tradition, and before I knew it, he was on one knee. Growing up, I had watched numerous smiling brides walk down Front Street, right in front of our family house, in their gowns – now it was my turn!
Sankaty Head Golf Club was the obvious choice for venue. For one, it’s a gorgeous location with a classic, wooden, cozy clubhouse that I love – the exact look I was going for. I’d grown up going there for dinners, bingo, or pool time and everyone who worked there felt almost like family.
The style we chose was classic Nantucket – there’s really no other way to describe it. High quality, elegant and classic but simple and understated. Zero frills. The style was very reflective of our personal style, so it was natural, easy, and felt very ‘us.’
What were your favorite special touches from the wedding? The weather was honestly a special touch. The forecast was for wind and rain, but instead, the sun came out and we had an incredible purple-orange sunset.
I also loved carrying my Nantucket lightship basket, made for me in the style of my Nana’s basket, and wearing my gold snake wrap bracelet that was passed down to me from my Nana’s side of the family (it was my Nana’s family who settled in the 1700s). For bridesmaids gifts, I got white wool shawls from Nantucket Looms, a favorite shop on island, that had dual purpose – they looked beautiful and they provided warmth in the early summer breeze. I have a Looms shawl that I’ve cherished, and was excited to gift one to each of my maids. Finally, the thistles in my bouquet and my husband’s boutonniere were special. They reminded me of island adventures as a kid where we’d see them off the sides of trails on the way to some hidden beach. All these elements helped me feel a connection between our day and the location.
Tell us about the moment you knew you had found *your* dress. Finding my dress was maybe the most challenging part of the whole wedding journey. Having watched hours of shows like, ‘Say Yes to the Dress,’ I expected to have that feeling, but I never did. I knew I wanted a classic, elegant, and timeless dress — no lace, no beads, no bling, just simple and flattering — which made it easy to narrow down choices at the various shops we visited. The dress I ultimately ended up choosing I tried on at two separate visits and I knew it was the one because it just fit. It felt comfortable [and] it was classic.
Favorite memories of the day? My husband’s favorite memory was watching me read my vows, tears in my eyes, as we stood up on the bluff with the waves crashing behind us.
Taking photos as a couple were among my favorite memories. We chose to forgo a first look so that it would be as I walked down the aisle. Yes, that meant missing some of our cocktail hour, but the time we spent together as true newlyweds visiting our favorite spots in ‘Sconset was totally relaxed and very special.
Another favorite memory was looking out at our party. We’d heard numerous people give us the advice to just take a step back at some point during the celebration and soak up everything (great advice, by the way). We positioned ourselves in front of the dance floor, hand in hand, and just looked at all our family and friends having fun just because of us.
Advice? Don’t stress! I know it’s easier said than done, but you have all the people who love you in one place, you’re providing food, drinks, and music – if your guests are having a bad time or judging something, that’s entirely on them. Pick the few things that are important for you, and prioritize getting those right. The little pamphlets of your ceremony, menus of the dinner they already signed up for, or favors are totally unnecessary and will just get chucked or forgotten. Worry about the big things that you care about, that will be truly memorable. Focus on the love, the energy, the fun that you cultivate.
Photographer: Katie Kaizer | Ceremony and reception venue: Sankaty Head Beach Club | Florist: Sheila Daume | Wedding Gown: Pronovias | Groom’s Attire: J.Crew suits, Nordstrom bowties, Nice Laundry socks | Bride’s Jewelry: Roberto Coin earrings and rings, family bracelet | Bride’s shoes: Sam Edelman | Bridesmaids’ attire: Azazie dresses, white shawls by Nantucket Looms (bridesmaid gift) | Bridesmaids’ attire website link(s): ; Wedding Stationery: Goosefish Press | Cake: 45 Surfside Bakery | Caterer: Sankaty Head Golf Club | Transportation: Cranberry Transportation | Hairstylist: RJ Miller Salon | Band: Perry Rossi