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!
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!
I had a blast taking photos with my beautiful 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.
The flowers on Dan’s boutonnière matched flowers that were in my bouquet!
I love the hint of hydrangea in this picture, as hydrangeas are so emblematic of Cape Cod.
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.
The last stop for Dan and me before the wedding reception was a nearby Cape Cod beach!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ballroom felt grand yet intimate: the perfect setting for our night of dinner and dancing!
You can see the exterior of the ballroom at Ocean Edge as the sun was setting below.
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.
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.
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!
We kept our wedding menu cards classic and elegant for our sit-down dinner.
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.
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!”
And then, Mr. and Mrs. Shores were announced for the first time as a married couple!
It was time to start the celebration!
We then had our first dance as husband and wife
to the classic song “At Last” by the immortal Etta James.
We then had everyone come up and start dancing with us.
Here are the Mother and Father of the Groom dancing!
The Best Man and Maid of Honor shared a dance before giving their thoughtful, very
meaningful, and very funny toasts!
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.
After toasts, dinner, and lots of dancing, it was time for the cake cutting!
For this, the band played “Stand By Me.”
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.
We danced all night to the absolutely incredible band, FreeStyle!
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.”
Dan and I were the last ones dancing.
In the morning, we would be off to Champagne, then Burgundy, and Paris for our honeymoon!
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?
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A Wedding with Parisian style in Brewster, Cape Cod
Reception Venue: Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
Photography: Angela Greenlaw Photography
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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!