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A Paris-Inspired Wedding: Part II

Paris-themed wedding reception

For my husband and me, the wedding ceremony was the most important and most sacred part of our wedding day. We were so happy to officially became husband and wife! After the ceremony, it was time to celebrate.

My last post, A Paris-Inspired Wedding: Part I, gave a glimpse into wedding preparations with my bridesmaids and my romantic bridal style. In this post, A Paris-Inspired Wedding: Part II, you will see and read about our post-ceremony celebration on our wedding trolley ride, our first photographs as a married couple, and all of our Paris-themed wedding reception details.

As you saw at the end of my last post, my husband and I had our first family photographs taken outside the church in Brewster with our two adorable English bulldogs, Jarves and Rosie. Even they had on their wedding best!

Bride and Groom with English Bulldogs

It was a beautiful and hot July day, with only a few whiffs of cloud standing out against the brilliant blue sky. We climbed into our white wedding trolley with our entire wedding party and headed to the nearby Crosby Mansion in Brewster to take photographs in the shade of the trees.

Our photographer, Angela Greenlaw, was incredible throughout the whole day and ran the photoshoots flawlessly. We took countless formal photographs and plenty of fun ones as well!

Wedding party fun

I had a blast taking photos with my beautiful bridesmaids!

Bride and bridesmaids

After taking all of our wedding party and formal family photos, everyone but Dan and I headed to the cocktail reception on the Ocean Terrace at the Ocean Edge Mansion. Dan and I had our own private photographs taken during this time.

During this shoot, the slightest breeze picked up my veil and made it billow out dramatically. To me, Paris style is all about romance and drama. I felt that my long veil that blended into the full tulle and Chantilly lace skirt of my Monique Lhuillier gown captured that idea of classic Parisian romance, all within a historical Cape Cod setting.

Bride and groom at Crosby Mansion in Brewster

The flowers on Dan’s boutonnière matched flowers that were in my bouquet!

Bride and groom on veranda

I love the hint of hydrangea in this picture, as hydrangeas are so emblematic of Cape Cod.

Bridal bouquet detail

The historical setting of the veranda at the Crosby Mansion along with my sweetheart gown, and vintage-style curls, hair clip, and earrings gave these photos the timeless effect I was looking for.

Romantic bride on veranda

Smiling romantic bride

The last stop for Dan and me before the wedding reception was a nearby Cape Cod beach!

Bride and groom on beach path

Just married trolley

We arrived at the Ocean Edge Mansion just in time to see our guests at the end of our cocktail hour, where we served a fresh seafood bar along with a variety of passed and stationary hors-d’oeuvre. Meanwhile, the Ocean Edge Ballroom was all set up and awaiting our guests.

Bride and groom at Ocean Edge Mansion

Since a ballroom is grand and regal, we used a lot of gilded gold accents inspired by Versailles. But while Versailles is extremely extravagant and ornate, we kept our décor elegant and simple with subtle hints of grandeur. We chose crisp white linens for our welcome table, gold place card frames for our guests, and classic blue and white hydrangeas to tie the theme back to Cape Cod.

Welcome wedding table

I found this welcome sign on an Etsy shop called From Kelly With Love. The artist, Kelly Duffy, personalizes and paints the signs by hand. I ordered the sign a bit on the late side, and she magically pushed up her timeline to complete it and get it to us on time! I am so grateful to her for that. I love how on Etsy, you can communicate directly with the artist and business owner.

The ornate gold frame of the sign supported our elegant Parisian theme, while the painted blackboard brought a casual aspect that was fitting to Cape Cod. I especially loved the regal motif with the hand-painted “S” in the middle, which represented my husband and I becoming “The Shores Family.” Paris is also the art capital of the world, and I loved that this hand-painted piece welcoming our guests felt like a work of art in itself.

Welcome to our wedding sign

We put each guest’s place card in a small gold frame with his or her name and table name in cursive lettering to add to the classic Parisian theme.

Gold place card frames

The ballroom felt grand yet intimate: the perfect setting for our night of dinner and dancing!

Ocean Edge Ballroom

You can see the exterior of the ballroom at Ocean Edge as the sun was setting below.

Ocean Edge Ballroom

We set the tables with crisp white linens, classic white plates, and classic glassware. Meredith Fancy created table arrangements with bright colors of deep pink, blue hydrangea, and purples to highlight the summer season and stand out against the classic white tablecloth. We added a few candles to each table, and voilà! Romance.

Wedding reception table

We named each reception table after the sites of Paris. Guests found their place card frames on the welcome table and then took “a tour of Paris” to find their table!

Table names included Tour Eiffel, Place de la Concorde, Musée Rodin, Jardin du Luxembourg, Arc de Triomphe, and the like. Of course, we added a table called Château de Versailles.

Below you can see a photograph of the Musée d’Orsay table, complete with an ornate white frame holding a description of this famous Parisian museum, best known for its incredible collection of Impressionist art.

Musee dOrsay wedding reception table

We used gold Chiavari chairs with white cushions in keeping with our simple and elegant, yet grand Parisian theme. The champagne for the champagne toast tied in nicely with the gold of the chairs!

Gold chiavari wedding chair detail

We kept our wedding menu cards classic and elegant for our sit-down dinner.

Wedding menu card in napkin

Wedding menu card

We chose to do our own unique seating and instead of a head table or sweetheart table, we sat with our parents, the Maid of Honor, the Best Man and his wife, and our priest, who offered a blessing before the meal. Our table was named Pont Saint-Louis after the bridge that connects the Île de la Cité to the Île Saint-Louis, since this is where Dan and I were engaged in Paris.

Wedding reception table

After guests entered the ballroom and found their seats, our incredible Boston band, FreeStyle, started to play “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder. First, our parents and the entire wedding party was introduced. Here you can see the Mother and Father of the Bride entering. My mom was my “Something Blue!”

Mother and Father of the Bride

And then, Mr. and Mrs. Shores were announced for the first time as a married couple!

It was time to start the celebration!

Bride and groom entrance

Bride and groom entrance closeup

We then had our first dance as husband and wife

to the classic song “At Last” by the immortal Etta James.

First dance

First dance

First dance twirl

First dance closeup

We then had everyone come up and start dancing with us.

Here are the Mother and Father of the Groom dancing!

Mother and Father of the Groom

The Best Man and Maid of Honor shared a dance before giving their thoughtful, very

meaningful, and very funny toasts!

Best Man and Maid of Honor

We had such a good time listening to our speeches as we sat in our chairs marked “Mr.” and “Mrs.” I found these adorable gold chair signs on Beau-coup.

Mr. and Mrs. chair signs

After toasts, dinner, and lots of dancing, it was time for the cake cutting!

For this, the band played “Stand By Me.”

wedding cake

Wedding cake cutting

wedding cake closeup

Wedding cake eating

After this, while we were dancing, our wedding photographer stole away with our rings for a few minutes to capture a few shots of them together.

Wedding rings on flowers

We danced all night to the absolutely incredible band, FreeStyle!

Wedding band

I had a surprise split bouquet for the bouquet toss, so there was more love to go around! The band played Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.”

Bouquet toss

Dan and I were the last ones dancing.

In the morning, we would be off to Champagne, then Burgundy, and Paris for our honeymoon!

Bride and groom dancing

For our wedding favors, we gave guests dark chocolate seashells in white boxes wrapped in gold ribbon from a famous local handmade candy shop called Ghelfi’s of Cape Cod. What a better way to tie Paris to Cape Cod than with dark chocolate seashells?

Wedding favors

**The following part of the post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.


A Wedding with Parisian style in Brewster, Cape Cod

Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier     Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridal Boutique: L’élite    Hair Styling: Illusions    Makeup Artist: Kimberly Richard

Flowers: Fancy Flowers by Meredith    Wedding Trolley: Kenny’s Coach

Reception Venue: Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

Wedding Band: FreeStyle    Party Rental: Be Our Guest  

Photography: Angela Greenlaw Photography


What are your favorite parts of weddings? What is your favorite wedding style? Share in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!

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If you missed Part I of this post, you can find it here. Stay tuned for a honeymoon series covering our trips to two major wine regions of France, Champagne and Burgundy, followed by a visit to, bien sûr, the City of Light: Paris!

À bientôt,


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  • Reply
    February 12, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    What a beautiful post! Such a gorgeous wedding <3 Happy weekend!


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      Lindsay Shores
      February 12, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you so much, Liz! Happy weekend to you too!

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    February 12, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    This is too beautiful <3 ! WOW!!! No words.

    x Helen

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 12, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      Merci beaucoup, Helen! So kind of you! I’m so glad you liked our wedding style!

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    February 13, 2017 at 12:07 am

    What a beautiful wedding!!! He’s one lucky man! Congrats!

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    February 13, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Oh my goodness, so beautiful and congratulations! I’m wedding planning now, so will certainly use as inspiration!

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 13, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      Congratulations to you too then, Cameron! So exciting! And thanks so much for the kind words! I found some fantastic wedding details on Etsy and cute bridesmaid gifts from the Knot Shop, like the pink kimonos you can see in Part I of this post. Have a blast planning your special day!

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    February 13, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Wow this is Monique Lhuillier gown is so chic; and you looked absolutely gorgeous in it! Congratulations and many blessings to you and your spouse 🙂

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 13, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Tracey! I just love Monique Lhuillier. So kind of you to offer us many blessings!

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    Sharon Wu
    February 14, 2017 at 4:38 am

    wow such a beautiful wedding! congratulations and wishing you and your life partner many amazing years to come together 🙂 xo, sharon

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you so much, Sharon! So kind of you!!

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    Sherry from carats & confetti
    February 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    This is so fantastic and you both looked so beautiful and happy!
    Our favorite part after the ceremony would definitely be our reception. Three years later we still have people randomly telling us how fun it was! That was our mission. To have a fun party and for everything to have a great time. We had a travel theme for our wedding since we LOVE to travel and it was set in a renovated train station. Thank you for sharing your big day. I always love to get a glimpse into how others spent theirs!
    Sherry xoxo

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 15, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Sherry, I love this! I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing the details of our big day! A major goal of ours as well was that everyone have a blast. What a fantastic idea to have your wedding in a renovated train station! I love how different everyone’s wedding style is and how it expresses who the couple is. My brother is getting married soon in Vermont, and I am so excited to experience their country elegant wedding style!

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    February 16, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I love everything about this wedding! Those flowers are probably my favorite thing. So elegant and feminine. Well done!

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 17, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you so much, Sharon! So nice of you!!

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    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    February 16, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    You look so gorgeous and happy! Such a beautiful wedding setting too. My husband and I had our first dance to “At Last” by Etta James as well 🙂 Congratulations!

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 17, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Marlynn! Don’t you just love “At Last”? Etta is so classic.

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    February 16, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    I love that your mom was your something blue! You were a beautiful bride and your bridesmaids pink dresses were a wonderful contrast to your beautiful wedding dress. Congratulations!

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 17, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you, Mary! I thought it was so cool when I found out that she could be my “Something Blue!” I chose the deep pink bridesmaid dresses because they were so feminine and reminded me of bright summer flowers.

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    February 16, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    So beautiful!!! I love all the details that you put into your wedding!!! Congrats!!!

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    February 17, 2017 at 1:45 am

    I love everything! The table settings are beautiful, and I love your welcome sign and place cards!


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    February 17, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Wow what a beautiful wedding, all the details are stunning. And you look amazing

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      So so nice of you, Christina! Thank you! We were happy it all came together!

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    February 17, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    These pictures are absolutely amazing! So so pretty!

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      Lindsay Shores
      February 17, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you, Hannah!! We had a wonderful photographer, so we were lucky there!

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    Danielle Greco
    February 17, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! I love the entry table you made and the sign! So pretty!

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