A Wedding with Parisian style in Brewster, Cape Cod
Reception Venue: Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
Photography: Angela Greenlaw Photography
A wedding is one of the most important events in your life, and no matter what kind of wedding you decide to have, I think that the most important thing in terms of style is that it represent who you are as a couple. Beyond that, the whole day is about celebrating your love and your marriage and sharing your joy with the people who are closest to you.
My husband and I got engaged in Paris (read all about that here), and were married on Cape Cod on a beautiful summer day in 2016. We did all of the planning ourselves, choosing to keep things simple, classic, elegant, and traditional.
For our wedding invitations, we chose a classic cream paper with gold cursive lettering in a timeless style. I love that our invitations could have been sent out in either 1916 or 2016 and been equally well-received. For our reception venue, we chose the historical Ocean Edge Mansion for its old-world grandeur, classic ballroom, and stunning ocean views.
In this post, you’ll see my my bridal fashion details and get a glimpse of me getting styled with my bridesmaids! You’ll also see my husband and my classic wedding style and our first photograph as a married couple. You’ll even see how I dressed our two adorable English bulldogs, Jarves and Rosie, for the big day!
After getting engaged, one of the first things I started looking into was what kind of wedding dress I would wear! My mom and I booked an appointment at L’élite Bridal Boutique on Newbury Street in Boston. I let the ladies there know what I was looking for, and in no time I had decided upon a beautiful Monique Lhuillier strapless gown.
I loved the idea of a classic, French fairytale coming to Cape Cod for our summertime wedding. The Monique Lhuillier gown was just right with its sweetheart neckline, full skirt of light and ethereal tulle, and delicate Chantilly lace detailing.
I’ve also always loved ballet style, so the fact that my dress had a fitted bodice and full tulle skirt felt perfectly classic and Parisian ballet-inspired. I chose a long veil that blended into the material of the dress, which added romance and drama to my classic bridal style while bringing the whole look together.
For the bridesmaids, I picked a deep pink chiffon floor-length gown, and I gave them all gifts of simple drop pearl earrings that were very similar to the ones I found for myself on Etsy. I had in mind that the girls would all look like beautiful summer flowers! I found these adorable pink kimonos on The Knot Shop and had all their names embroidered on them. I also gave each of the girls a cute blue and white striped beach tote with her first initial, because we were on Cape Cod in the summer, after all!
Getting ready for my wedding with my lovely bridesmaids on that beautiful July day while looking out at ocean views was pretty phenomenal!
Of course we had to have a champagne toast with the bride and bridesmaids!
I found this vintage-style hair clip at L’élite in Boston and my longtime hairdresser and friend Caitlin did my hair in vintage waves. I found my earrings at Poetry Jewelry Bridal on Etsy and absolutely loved them!
When thinking about my bridal shoe, I went through a process. What style did I want? Classic. What type of heel did I want? Low. Would I be dancing a lot? YES. I researched and decided upon the “Petrina” by Badgley Mischka. I needed an open toe for the summer weather, and I wanted a little sparkle. These were just darling, exactly what I was looking for, as though I had dreamt them up. They made me feel like Cendrillon, or Cinderella en français.
My bouquet that Meredith Fancy created was just perfect. I love this florist. She is so talented, so down-to-earth, and does beautiful work. She is a true gem in Orleans on Cape Cod. Below you can see my bridal bouquet. Across it lies my very special “Something Borrowed” for my wedding day. My aunt lent me a beautiful diamond bracelet that her daughter, my cousin, and her daughter-in-law, my other cousin’s wife, wore at their weddings. Wearing a family piece like this meant so much to me. Beyond that, the bracelet felt vintage to me, in an Art Deco style, and it just went perfectly. The next family member to wear it will be one of my aunt’s granddaughters, who were both adorable flower girls in our wedding!
For me, our wedding reminded me of the enormous importance of family. The emotions surrounding such a profound life event, the love and gratitude that you feel, are incredibly powerful. In addition to family, you think so much about those dear friends in your life who mean so much to you, and the wedding gives you an incredible opportunity to thank them, share with them, and celebrate with them.
I met my Maid of Honor, Courtney, as a twenty-year-old who had just arrived in Paris and was trying to figure it all out. We talked about French culture, religion, love, dreams, and danced in our cuisine in our appartement in the 4ème arrondissement in Paris. We still refer to that dance as “The Kitchen Dance,” and yes, we break it out from time to time. We also went out with friends and danced all night in Paris and once even walked home to the Marais from the Champs-Elysées with our dear friend and roommate Kettiane, because we couldn’t find a taxi (there was no Uber back then). And this Courtney was there by my side as I married the love of my life.
Below you can see her bouquet and both of our bouquets side-by-side! I wanted the girls to carry bright, feminine flowers.
Here I am getting ready in the Bridal Lounge at Ocean Edge in front of an enormous vintage mirror with all of my beautiful fleurs around me!
Here I am with my beautiful Maman! She and I are so close and always have been. She was my “Something Blue” in her floor-length midnight blue gown! I learned from Martha Stewart that the Mother of the Bride wearing blue can be your “Something Blue!” If the Queen says it, it must be so!
My mom and I are always having fun together. We are each other’s sounding board, especially when it comes to style!
Et puis, c’était le temps pour Cendrillon de descendre l’escalier de la grande maison.
And then, it was time for Cinderella to descend the stairs of the great house.
And everyone entered not a carriage, but a white trolley!
The trolley picked up me, my bridesmaids, and both my parents. Our trolley driver was so nice to all of us and played songs like “Going to the Chapel,” which we all sang along to as we drove to the nearby church.
After our wedding ceremony, we had our first family photo taken. My husband and I have two adorable brother and sister English bulldogs named Jarves and Rosie. Jarves’ bowtie came from Pacific Pooch in California, and Rosie’s pink flower collar came from Cupid Collars, all the way in the U.K.! I found both of these amazing places through Etsy, and both shops rushed the orders for me so we could have them in time for the wedding!
Sending lots of love out to you, our readers! Stay tuned for Part II of the Paris-inspired wedding series! Parisian details really came in at the reception, and you’ll see and read all about it!
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Merci et à bientôt,