Melanie and Max married in a private beach ceremony on Nantucket, the place where they fell in love and where Max was born and raised. The couple took cues from the natural beauty of the island for their color palette and decor, leaning heavily on grey and dusty blues. / Images by Brynna Grae Photography and Sarah by the Sea Photography.
Says Melanie, “Nantucket is such a special place for both my husband and I. It is where my husband Max was born and raised. It was where his parents met and were married. It was where we fell in love and where we have made some of our most special memories. We both couldn’t picture getting married anywhere but Nantucket. Our inspiration came from the natural beauty of the island which we would describe as whimsical, romantic, and laid-back. We incorporated grey and dusty blues while using greens and shades of red to add a pop of color to our coastal inspired wedding.
Tell us about the moment you knew you had found your dress. I actually had a difficult time finding the dress of my dreams. So much in fact that I had to have my gown made custom by Rebecca Schoneveld. What I found so special about her as a designer is that she wants the dress to fit the bride, not the bride to fit the dress. She appreciates the beauty of a woman’s body no matter her shape and size. Not only did I love the way the dress looked but the way it felt on my body. If you’re going to be spending all day and night in your dress, it should be comfortable!
Favorite special touches? Our Chuppah which was made by Max’s father. In the Jewish tradition it represents the couple’s first marital home that they build together. Ironically, ours was blown away and shattered into pieces the night of our rehearsal because the winds were so strong! The morning of the wedding, Max’s father and his closest friends rebuilt it for us so our first home was intact for our ceremony. My best friends helped me with the arrangements that we decorated the arch with. We also incorporated a piece of my childhood by getting married on the rug that my parents decorated my room with when I was a baby.
Favorite memories? There [are] SO many! I would say: My first look with my dad; Walking down the aisle and seeing Max’s face. He was holding back tears. I will never forget the way he looked at me, ever. ; Max’s brother making his best man speech. It had everyone in the room laughing out loud! ; Max and I taking a moment alone during the reception. The two of us stepped back and looked out at all of our guests. It was a special moment for the two of use to see all of our friends, family, and loved ones together. There was so much love and happiness in one place.
My other favorite touch was the ‘Family Tree’ that we decorated with lights and pictures of loved ones that have passed away. It was a special place that we created to pay tribute to our loved ones who are no longer with us.
Advice? My advice would be to relax and enjoy! I’m talking about enjoying every moment, the whole process, from making the guest list to the last dance of the night. Stressing over the little things will take away from the big moments of the day. You and your guests won’t remember the chair covers, the color of your napkins, or any of the other overpriced non-essentials that brides tend to stress over. What will be remembered is all of the fun, love, and memories that were made on your special day.
Photographer: Brynna Grae Photography and Sarah by the Sea Photography | Ceremony Venue: Private Beach Ceremony | Reception Venue: Backyard tented reception at a family friend’s home | Event Planning: Jyl Deering from Deering Events | Florist: Arrangement and Bouquets made by Bride, florals from Fifty Flowers | Wedding Gown: Custom Rebecca Schoneveld Gown | Bride’s Jewelry: BHLDN | Bride’s shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Bridesmaids’ attire: The Dessy Group | Wedding Stationery: Custom order through Howdy Dudey Neon | Caterer: Nantucket Catering Company | Hairstylist and Make-up Artist: Blushing Bride’s Boston | Custom Made Wooden Signs: Knotty by Nature Designs | Custom Made Vow Books: Mad for Mod Studio