An intimate wedding celebration at Kelley Chapel in Yarmouth, MA
What led you to decide to celebrate the wedding the way that you did?
We are a low-key couple who don’t relish the limelight, so we knew that we wanted the celebration to be intimate, focused on love and family, and one where everyone felt special and included. It was very important to us to spend time with every one of our guests who took the time to join us so I think having the cocktail hour first turned out to be one of our favorite decisions. We wanted a relaxed and joyful vibe, and we were definitely able to accomplish that.
What was the biggest adjustment from what you originally planned? How were you able to handle it?
I hate to say this, but we were actually incredibly lucky and everything went off exactly as we had hoped and planned. Granted, I am a very meticulous planner and we were working with an amazing wedding coordinator (Jyl Deering), so we had contingency plans ready to go, but I can’t think of any plan B’s that we needed to switch to.
What was the best part of your wedding?
This question is so hard; it was truly the perfect experience for us from beginning to end. If I had to pick one part, I think it would be the cocktail hour which we had before the ceremony. It allowed us to not only give hugs and visit with all of our guests but also to relax and get rid of any butterflies before the ceremony. We were both nervous about being the center of attention during the ceremony, so having a drink while visiting and laughing with our friends and loved ones first, allowed us to take a deep breath and really enjoy every moment.
Was there anything that surprised you about your wedding?
We were surprised by how smoothly the day went! We had planned for every possible disaster and the day just felt smooth and perfect. If there were things going wrong around us, we certainly didn’t notice or care. As a very type-A personality, I was worried that my own attention to detail would end up sabotaging my ability to be present and enjoy the day, but that was not the case at all. Any tiny things that went “wrong” ended up being perfect accidents that I wouldn’t change for the world.
What were some of your favorite images?
Another very hard question. Angie’s pictures are absolutely stunning and she captured the day perfectly. I don’t consider myself terribly photogenic, but I truly felt beautiful and like myself in Angie’s pictures. I am very expressive so I find that I am always making some crazy face in photos, but Angie managed to capture moments where I was still my expressive self but also looked beautiful and happy.
We will treasure the formal family photos forever, the candid photos of our guests throughout the day made us cry with happiness, but I think our favorite photos are the bride and groom photos that we did down at the beach before any other events began. Looking back at those photos we can see the true happiness, love, and gratitude that we were feeling at that moment and throughout that day. The beach was an absolutely stunning backdrop and the range of shots that Angie got was incredible.
Any advice for couples going through this process or about to go through the process?
Pick the top two or three things that are most important to you for the wedding, and build the day around those things. For us it was being on Cape Cod, spending time with family and friends, and good food. If you have those things nailed down, everything else will fall into place.
If you are able, we would also recommend working with a local wedding coordinator. Our coordinator gave us the absolute best vendor recommendations (including Angie!) and made the day feel seamlessly smooth.
Finally, hire Angie! Can I say that?? She is truly a joy to work with and we are so grateful to her.
Planner – Jyl Deering @deeringevents
Ceremony –Kelly Chapel in Yarmouth MA
Florals: Designer’s Touch – @designers_touch