Are you wanting an intimate wedding but worried about excluding too many of your close friends and family? Why not do what Melissa and Peter did and keep the ceremony quiet and then throw a bigger reception a few days later. Genius, right?!
So, just keep scrolling to see how this laid back New England wedding plays out then check out the full gallery to see more! These lovely couple of days was captured by Lara Kimmerer Photography.
Nix The Pomp & Circumstance
From Elegant Aura Wedding & Event Planning: Melissa and Peter wanted a non-traditional wedding celebration - no pomp and circumstance for them. That didn’t mean, however, that they would sacrifice style, elegance or fun.
Intimate Seaside Wedding
Race Point in Provincetown holds a special place in Melissa’s heart, as her family has been spending summers there since her childhood. When she and Peter began dating, she would bring him there to watch the sunset while creating their own new memories.
So, it was no surprise their ceremony took place at sunset on Race Point in early September. Among the sand dunes, and in front of 10 family members, Melissa and Peter exchanged their vows. After sunset and a champagne toast, the family enjoyed an intimate dinner at a local restaurant, Ten Tables, no cameras allowed.
Fast forward to Melissa & Peter's Reception
Their final event, a Coastal New England Picnic, was held at another favorite seaside area – but this time, on the beautiful border between RI and MA known as the South Coast, where Peter spent his childhood beach days.
Food has always been an important part of Peter and Melissa’s relationship, especially all things local and sustainable. They wanted to plan an event around the perfect blend of their favorite things about New England: the ocean, seafood, “backyard” barbeques, local beer and wine, and of course, family.
Celebrating all things local, the Picnic included: wines and beers from Westport Rivers, Newport Winery, Newport Storm and Buzzards Bay Brewery, a feast of grilled sausages, lobster rolls, oysters, fresh local vegetables and cheese from nearby farms, striped bass (caught in a local fishing tournament the day before!), and a roasted pig.
Keeping Things Casual
The gorgeous fall foliage of Columbus Day weekend, an old meetinghouse, (white) tent, checkered tablecloths, picnic blankets, and lawn games set the tone for this casual 90-person clambake/BBQ. The bride and groom wore jeans, and suggested everyone else should, too.
The casual theme carried through to the desserts, where Melissa and Peter skipped the wedding cake, and instead opted for caramel apples, s’mores cupcakes and fruit pies.