This Cape Cod private residence wedding goes down in history as the most spectacularly fun wedding I’ve ever photographed. This awesome couple played up the things they cared about, and invited family and friends to relax, dress down, and party like crazy.
This relaxed summer wedding took place entirely at Jessie’s parents’ home on Scraggy Neck on the Cape. The casual summer home feel was carried through the entire event, and I loved how relaxed and happy everyone was. Leading up to the wedding, the bridal party spent a couple of days sunbathing and swimming on the property, and I loved reading that one of Jessie’s favorite memories of the wedding itself was the 4am skinny-dipping adventure!
Tim is co-founder/producer/DJ at The Most Definitely so music was clearly super important to them, and I loved getting to hear Red Hook Orchestra in action (they rocked the dance party as is evident in the photos!) I also loved getting to work with my dear colleague Allison Wildes Liset at Elegant Engagements of Cape Cod who as always made the wedding flow beautifully and look utterly spectacular.
Here’s what Jessie wrote about the day:
How/why did you choose your wedding venue on the Cape?
We got married at my parents house on Cape Cod, which is where we met. It seemed only fitting!
Why did you choose Kate to be your wedding photographer?
Because she’s a sexy british chick with a cool accent 🙂 No, but really… we chose to use Kate because of how incredibly personable and disarming she is. Neither my husband nor myself are particularly good at being the center of attention, and Kate had a way of taking pictures that was casual and honest and relaxed. It worked really well for us as a couple! And, not only that, but if you’ve seen the stuff she photographs.. she’s AMAZING at it.
What were some of your favorite wedding day moments? Did you cry? Did anything go wrong?
Walking down the aisle was definitely my favorite moment. I walked down my porch steps and was bombarded with 250 faces that I knew … and that cared enough to show up. It was pretty wild and pretty humbling! We also had all of our friends stay at our house for the weekend. Because of this, I would say that it was really the moments in between that we loved. The BBQ on Thursday before the wedding, swimming the morning of the wedding, getting my hair done and having my friends bombard the bathroom after they had just arrived from italy… skinny dipping at 4:00AM once all the fan fair had stopped, lighting Chinese lanterns over our bay…
We actually didn’t cry! I think we cried enough the weeks leading up to the wedding.. by the time the day arrived we were just psyched.
Nothing went wrong. If it did… I ignored it.
The funniest part of the evening was probably all of the outfits… my dad wore a madras jacket and red high top chuck taylors. My friend Johnny tye-dyed his seersucker suit… there were lots of outrageous outfits. Our invite specified that people could wear whatever they wanted… so there was creativity!
When I’m 80 I’ll remember how awesome it was to have all the people we love in one room. I’ll also remember walking down the aisle with Tim after saying our vows. It was AWESOME.
What were some of your favorite details?
We put up everyone’s RSVP notes… they were hysterical and made for a cool installation-type-look in the tent! We also LOVED our flowers. My friend Katie did them and they were casual and elegant and stunning.
Did any of your vendors go above and beyond for you?
My friend Katie Mendelson was AMAZING with the flowers. She spent 4 days in our garage putting centerpieces together. Our stationary-ninja was also awesome! Her name is Lana Effron and she owns Lana’s Shop in Denver, CO. Although she’s far away… she was incredibly helpful and communicative and did so much work for us!
Anything else you’d like to share, or any tips for couples currently planning their wedding?
Every time you sit down to talk wedding shop, have a drink in hand. And remember, at the end of the day you’re choosing to spend your life with someone… the whole party part of it is just icing on the cake.
What’s up next for you as a couple?
We just got back from Japan, which was the most rad trip in the world! Other than that we’re puttering happily in Brooklyn.
Many thanks to my second shooter Adam Glanzman for several of the photos above.
Ceremony & Reception Private residence, Scraggy Neck ~ Florist Katie Mendelson ~ Band Red Hook Orchestra ~ Ceremony Musicians Red Hook Orchestra ~ Hair Stylist Erin at Artworx Hair Design ~ Makeup Artist DIY ~ Officiant Katie Meaney ~ Caterer Max Ultimate Food ~ Cake/Dessert Baker Allie Mansfield and Lindsey Crowley ~ Stationery/Paper Goods Lana Effron from Lana's Shop ~ Lighting Exquisite Events - Event Design ~ Rental Company / Decor Sperry Tents, Exquisite Events, Max Ultimate Food ~ Wedding Coordinator Alison Liset - Elegant Engagements ~ Videographer Monet Eliastam