I just finished an incredible month long collaboration with photographer Eli Dagostino working on an editorial bridal photo shoot! It was such an amazing experience. We wanted to join our forces together, gather fellow Martha’s Vineyard wedding vendors and capture the essence of a true island wedding and rehearsal dinner.
Martha’s Vineyard is special because brides have a variety of backgrounds to choose from for locations. Yes, of course, we have our gorgeous, sun streaked beaches and up-island country fields for hosting your special day. But Eli and I were discussing how many brides are now coming here to either have that glamorous, classic style wedding in say – Edgartown, or a rustic FAB look at a barn or in this case, the Grange Hall in W. Tisbury.
From the hair stylist to the florist to the models to the make-up artist to the venues….to the assistants & our crew; we all worked together so smoothly it was one of those magical moments (or days!). Oh, and who can forget, Peter Stray, the videographer! Superb work.
Check out the video that Eli edited and put together for the behind-the-scenes of our bridal shoot. The photos will be added to the end once they go public in one of our favorite wedding magazines (ssshhh)…stay tuned!! So excited! …WAIT – BIG thanks to my husband, Jim, who was more than accommodating & patient during this whole process. He says I have to get back to “real” work now.
One of the first weddings we did last last season on June 2nd, was a gorgeous event at the Allen Farm, overlooking Lucy Vincent Beach. The couple resides in NY and had 130 guests at their wedding. As the groom, Patrick Dempsey told us, “…if any future brides and grooms want to speak to anyone, we’re happy to be a referral if you ever need it. You guys were great, and everything turned out beautiful!” We’re always so happy to get feedback like this from such a wonderful couple!
The couple said they were more than happy with their choice of vendors: Jaime Hamlin, caterer; Louise Sweet, of Flowers on The Vineyard was the florist; Patrie Grace, on-site coordinator; and Sultans of Swing, for the musical entertainment. Thanks to Kristen Conklin, photographer, for these beautiful photos.
The bride and groom picked out a simple, yet polished interior design with: sparkling bistro lights over head, a mix of square, rectangular and round tables all covered with the nova solid tablecloths in Ironwood and hemstitched linen napkins.
It’s a family affair, their big dog won’t be left out this shot!
The majestic Sperry custom made tent with bistro lights.
The combination of the long, family style tables with the round tables makes for a perfect flow.
Our white lounge sofas, chairs and mirrored coffee tables make cozy little sitting areas for the couple and their guests.
The Captain Flanders House is one of our favorite places to hold weddings on the island. We loved doing this Inspiration Shoot with Jocely Filley of Jocelyn Filley Photography. She did a splendid job of highlighting our rustic farm tables along with our vintage china, mohagany wood chaivari chairs. Our indoor/outdoor sofas and mirrored coffee tables also make sweet little sitting spots for your guests or for photo opts.
Krishanna Collins Island Grown Flowers provided her beautiful, seasonal floral arrangements which complemented the entire natural setting. Jessica Buckley from Buckley Catering added gorgeous finger food and eye-catching desserts to make the scene complete. Oh, and the horses were the perfect guests! Enjoy!
This perfect summer wedding took a lot of coordination and planning which all paid off for the perfect event! Credit Jocelyn Filley Photography for all images.
Alice & Ben
We love assisting brides and grooms-to-be with their vision. In this case, there were many hands helping to create that perfect blend of elegance and dramatic color for this couple’s island wedding.
Alice and Ben met on Martha’s Vineyard in 2001 and got married this past summer at Alice’s mother’s home in Chilmark, on a gorgeous spot dotted with sweeping vistas, splendid gardens, and the island’s classic stone walls. The pictures below, taken by photographer Shawn Connell of Christian Oth Studio, tell the story of their perfect day.
Our aluminum lanterns never looked so good sitting on the old stone walls! The lavender, blue, and violet color schemes in the flower arrangements by Lynda Dandeneau of Dandeneau Flowers were breathtaking – and they provided an added touch of dramatic color that you don’t often see on a lantern!
We were thrilled that the couple chose to use our translucent Sperry Sailcloth Tent, as it lets in the afternoon sun, lending natural flavor to the island setting.
The sunlight added a sparkle to the table settings of silver-plated flatware, classic crystal, and gorgeous tablecloths. Lavender linen hemstitch napkins looked so elegant with the menu cards propped in them.
The combination of a shimmery lavender under-cloth and white linen overlays was perfect! And our natural wood chivari chairs always look well positioned with the wooden tent poles in the background – adding to the rustic yet sophisticated tone of this wedding.
As day turned into evening, the asian lanterns hanging high in the tent added a decorative glow.
Special thanks to Julie Hatt, wedding coordinator, for her consistent attention to detail and perfect organizational skills….and, of course, V. Jaime Hamlin Catering for always making every job special. We love assisting to make the magic happen for so many wonderful couples like Alice and Ben.
They were already technically married, but this minor detail did not detract from this amazing wedding celebration at a private residence in Menemsha, MA, Martha’s Vineyard. It was a pleasure working wtih Alix and Ollie to plan their big day. Alix had a clear vision of how she wanted her tented reception to look – elegant and gorgeous! It was also fun working with Desiree Spinner Events who has assisted with creating some beautiful weddings on the island. Also, many, thanks to Rebecca Hansen for her magnificent photos.
Inside the tent, buntings, hand-made by Alix, were strung between the 46′ x 125′ tent’s center poles. Great touch that was definitely vintage-chic!
Our lounge furniture, mirrored coffee tables and, of course, the beautiful Spery Tent all added a unique shimmer and romance to this wedding.
The attention to details helped give this wedding a vintage flair – from the bride’s dress to the lounge and table settings. Every decorative accent was well thought out and planned.
The bistro light strings were in abundance!
A 46 x 105 Sperry Tent was the perfect setting for this fun rehearsal dinner. The atmosphere was relaxed and festive, with illuminated star lanterns in an array of colors overhead. Red check linens and freshly cut sunflowers provided a down-home backdrop for the delicious lobster bake. Event planning and floral arrangements by Kate Parker Designs. This is summer living at its best. Bibs for everyone!
Photos courtesy emilie inc. photography. Thanks guys!
We were so pleased to be part of Lilly and Charlie’s wedding last season. Lilly’s mom, Mary Steenburgen, and stepfather, Ted Danson, hosted both the ceremony and reception on their property.
Designed by planner Emily Kelly, the event was perfection from start to finish. Danson officiated the ceremony, with Steenberger and Kate Danson looking on. After the ceremony, the family posed with friend and fellow Vineyard fan Bill Clinton.
Held under a 46′ x 125′ Sperry Tent, the reception was full of handmade details, including garlands made from old book pages for the bride and groom seats and a mirror that displayed the evening’s menu. Bistro lights illuminated the tent as night fell, while guests enjoyed dinner by Jaime Hamlin & Sons Catering and danced to the Mike Benjamin Band.