Ann and Matt tied the knot last May in true Cape Cod fashion: steps from the sand, against a jaw-dropping background of Nantucket sound, and with their chocolate Labrador in attendance – looking very dapper in a blue bowtie and matching leash, we might add. We are grateful to First Mate Photo for capturing the day with such grace, and for sharing these photographs with us.

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The wedding day décor took its cues from the seaside environment, with gorgeous square reception tables in varnished wood and coordinating folding chairs evocative of classic yachts. And with such pretty woodwork on display, there was no need for linens; instead, every table had an artful display of geodes, coral, driftwood and party popper favors scattered at the base of each flower arrangement. Florals included grey green, delicate blues and cheerful yellows, with pops of luscious tropical specimens like air plants, tea leaves, ‘roo paws and peace lilies.

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The bride looked stunning in a strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline, and added a fun and beachy flare to her look with flowers behind her ear and at the wrist, while the groom sported a clean and classic suit of pewter grey with a black tie and cognac leather shoes and belt.

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After dressing in one of the waterfront location’s guest suites, the bride was able to sneak down to the resort’s private beach where the groom was waiting for a first look, and then to pose for pictures. The couple was joined by their bridal party – groomsmen in suits of sharp black, bridesmaids in grey tea-length dresses – and then it was time to walk down the aisle.

The pair tied the knot on the resort’s lawn overlooking the water, in a heartfelt ceremony officiated by a friend. Pennant banners in shades of white and blue flapped cheerfully in the breeze around the guests, and helped delineate the ceremony space from the rest of the event. After saying their vows, the couple was joined by their pup, who was so ecstatic he leaped for joy, and raced up the aisle with the happy newlyweds as they made their exit.

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Then it was time to celebrate, first on the lawn with mini margaritas, a raw bar and delicious passed hors d’oeuvres such as rubbed lamp chop lollipops with fresh mint aioli, and mini lobster rolls. Afterwards, the party moved into the tented reception area, where dinner was served in a series of stations, exquisitely laid out with bountiful spreads. All in all, a perfect evening, and a joy for us to have been a part of.

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Pre-Ceremony Refreshments:

Ice Tea and Water

Raw Bar:

Oysters & Shrimp – shucked to order – Served with Cocktail Sauce, Lemons & Wasabi

Butlered Hors d’oeuvres:

Mini Lobster Roll; Garlic Rubbed Lamb Chop Lollipops with Fresh Mint Aioli; Skewers of Mozzarella, Basil & Cherry Tomatoes; Truffled Mac ‘n’ Cheese Tartlets; Bacon Wrapped Shortribs with Tomato Tarragon Jam                               

Food Stations:

Salad Station

Artistic display of Grilled & Marinated Vegetables, Olives & Feta Cheese; Freshly made Caesar Salad; Salad of Vine Ripe Tomatoes (five varieties) with Shallots, Opal Basil, Scallions & Freshly Cracked Black Pepper; Crispy Breadsticks & Focaccia BreadAnn&Matt-472 (853x1280)

Slider & Fry Station

Your choice of Ground Angus Beef with Cabot Cheddar, Caramelized Shallots, Baby Greens & Roasted Garlic Aioli, or Country Fried Chicken with Nectarine-Cilantro Relish. Served On Soft White Rolls with Garlic & Parmesan Fries

Live Grill Station

~Grilled to Order ~

Tuna Steaks with Mango Cilantro Salsa; Grilled Tri-Tip with Chimichurri Sauce; Accompanied by an Israeli Couscous Salad with Red & Yellow Pear Tomatoes, Lemon Cucumbers, Basil & Mint

Dessert Station:

Assorted Finger Desserts

Rocky Road Fudge Bars, Lemon Loves & Cheesecake Squares, Miniature Chocolate Tollhouse Cookies; Freshly brewed Coffee/DecafAnn&Matt-580 (853x1280)

Complete Vendor List:

Officiant – David Sieltz (friend)

Tent – Undercover Tent

Additional Rentals – True North and New England Country Rentals

Photos – First Mate Photos

Music – Murray Hill Entertainment

Flowers – 1956 Blooms, Boston

Event Planner – Cape Cod Celebrations