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Laid Back New England Wedding

Lara Kimmerer Photography

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.

black and gold Valentino wedding shoes

strapless lace overlay wedding dress

beaded clutch and chandelier earrings

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.

beach wedding

beach side wedding vows

wedding kiss

orange and purple bouquet

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.

beach front wedding

a toast to the bride and groom

cheers to the newlyweds

laid back beach updo

romantic beachside wedding

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.

white on black invitation

new england fall reception picnic

chalkboard pumpkin

mason jar mug favors

personlized mugs and guest book

wine selection

drink menu chalkboard

Locavore Dining

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.

fall picnic reception

oyster bake

clam bake new england reception

tasty grilled reception food


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.

laid back reception

beer pong

fun for everyone

Seasonal Desserts

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.


dessert table

carmel apples

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