Aside from Shea arriving, the highlight of my Summer of Sleep Deprivation was my sister Tricia's wedding. You know a wedding is fun if you're super pregnant and totally sober and still have an amazing time. Without the cocktails, I was able to take in all the details and fully appreciate how special this couple is and how gorgeous their celebration was -- the way they looked at each other with such love was second to none, but coming in right behind that was watching my dad throw his fourth and final wedding with pure joy and ease, and closely in third, Tricia's dress. A detailed stunner that makes you want to get married again and wear this on loan.
Bridal Style Throughout the planning process, I tried not to stick to one particular theme or style because I wanted to keep an open mind and not be afraid to mix different elements of detail/design if they worked well together. Overall, I’d say the result was a combination of romantic, whimsical, and classic.
Dress by Ines di Santo, purchased from L'Elite. Their owner Salwa and her staff had worked so well with my older sisters as brides, I knew I was in good hands. When I went to try on dresses, I had a few ideas of designers and styles in mind and I ended up going in a completely different direction. I had visualized a classic, clean white dress but I wasn’t loving this look in the few that I had tried. I then saw "Bloom" by Ines di Santo on a mannequin and was in awe of the detail and color. I was reluctant to try it because of how different it was from what I had in mind, but once I had it on, my mom, sister, and I all started crying. I was surprised at how much of a reaction I had to a dress, and I knew then that it was the right choice. I’m so glad I went with something a little more unique-- it felt that much more special. Initially, I wasn’t planning on wearing a second dress and I still like the idea of wearing a wedding dress for an entire night, the more ripped and dirty the hem at the end of the night, the better. Though my dress didn’t feel super heavy, it did have a lot of material, and I knew that at some point in the night I would be relieved to change into something light and easy. I found a great short dress by Cinq a Sept, which actually had the crisp white look that I originally sought out in a wedding dress. The night of our wedding was so hot, even for Nantucket, that I questioned whether I’d make it through dinner without changing. Luckily I was able to hold off!
Shoes by My shoes were from Sophia Webster’s bridal collection, and I absolutely loved them. I actually decided on a short second dress because I wanted to give my shoes some attention, and yes, they were comfortable enough for me to wear the whole night. I loved how at first glance, the white satin straps had a classic/ traditional look, but the colored crystal heel and “wifey for lifey” scrawl on the sole added a playfulness that I think mimicked my overall style as a bride.
Accessories by I wanted to keep accessories simple given the amount of detail on my dress. I chose a pair of three-point diamond earrings from L'Elite that were just the right size.
Health Secrets I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself to “get wedding ready” because I know if I felt stressed about looking my best, I wouldn’t enjoy the months leading up to the wedding. I had moved around a bit during the fall, so by December I was eager to commit to a routine that would help me feel more settled being back in Boston. I started doing Barry’s once or twice a week in the winter, and I quickly became addicted to the sense of community, the instructors, and of course the workout. By the spring I was doing Barry’s 3-4 times per week and I’m still hooked. I also maintained a regular yoga practice, and the two workouts balanced each other out really well. Depending on the day, I could always count on one of them to get me out of my own head. I stuck to my usual plant-based diet, which for me, has always provided a great source of energy and has helped my skin, mood, sleep improve over the years.
Beauty Secrets I saw Lindsay Osgood at Vega Vitality for a few hydrafacial sessions and she is amazing. I had some spots of melasma on my face from being in the sun, and Lindsay added a brightening treatment to the hydrafacial, which made a big difference in evening out my skin tone. She also did a session of dermaplaning the week before my wedding, which removed all dead skin and helped my makeup go on flawlessly.
Hair by I used Kayla Capone from Will Charles Salon (also with Dani Wagener) and was so happy with the result. I had seen Kayla for a blowout earlier in the year and she handles my hair really well. She mastered the effortless curl I was going for, while still keeping it secure enough to stay out of my face.
Makeup by Dani Wagener! I loved working with Dani. I wanted a natural, glowy look and Dani was able to give me just that. I found myself asking for her advice on a number different things throughout the planning process. Her products and knowledge are invaluable. She’s the best!
Greatest moment(s) of the night So hard to pick just one! A few highlights. Coming face to face with Mark at the altar for the first time that day. I had been nervous and emotional leading up to the ceremony and walking down the aisle. Once I faced Mark all of the nerves faded away and I felt completely in the moment. It was really memorable. My dad’s speech was also one of my favorite parts of the night. I had been prepared for a roast but he kept it more sentimental with just the right amount of humor. Though the whole room seemed moved by his speech, it felt very personal to me. I loved being able to sit back and fully appreciate him and all he had done to make the wedding as amazing as it was. Lastly, one of Mark’s friends gave an impromptu performance during our after party that had everybody singing along. It was a great way to close out the night (before heading to the Chicken Box for last call!)
Wedding Venue Mark and I were thrilled with Great Harbor Yacht Club. Courtney Mackey was amazing to work with both leading up to and the day of the wedding. Their entire staff is so attentive and professional, I knew that our guests would be well taken care of. The food and scenery make it an ideal choice for a summer wedding.
A few Favorite Vendors Joe Mikos (photographer) and Michael Molinar of Flowers on Chestnut. Joe was so easygoing and personable, which made Mark and I feel immediately at ease while taking photos. He also has a more candid style, which was important to us. While he mostly went unnoticed the day of the wedding, we loved working with him and the photos came out beautifully. I also really enjoyed working with Michael from Flowers on Chestnut. I didn’t have specific flowers in mind for the tables, but I gave Michael the colors and the overall effect I wanted, and I trusted him with the rest. Michael has an understated, less is more approach to floral design, working with whatever is fresh and in season. The result was elegant and natural, which is exactly what I wanted. Finally, LouLou Baker from Peeps Paper Products created our entire paper suite, and I had so much fun working with her. Loulou specializes in custom watercolor illustrations and everything she designs has a beautiful, personalized effect. While LouLou brings all the talent, it felt like a team effort thinking up some of the designs with her, and I loved seeing them all come to life.
Advice for brides to be I know the planning process isn’t easily enjoyable, especially if you’re like me and get overwhelmed when having to make decisions (of any kind:). While all of the details are wonderful and can personalize the planning process, they didn’t hold nearly as much importance as I thought they would the day of. The morning of my wedding, a friend of mine who is married, texted me a really helpful reminder that I wish I had all along. He said: “No matter what your expectations are for tonight, it will exceed them. Enjoy it, and take a moment to soak in the fact that for the first and probably last time in your life, all of the people that you two love and care about will be in the same room at the same time. It’s AMAZING!” So true. That’s what it’s all about!