A Tale of 2 Weddings: Classic Cape Cod and Vintage Romance

Summer 2015 was the summer of weddings at the Hayward house.  Justin and Lydia were married in June, and Jillian and Christian in September.  In one summer, my family doubled!  How lucky I am to have 2 new “children”!

As different as Justin and Jillian are, so were their weddings.  Justin and Lydia met when they were 15 years old in Chatham.  Lydia’s family also has a summer home there, so they have so many memories of summers together on the beaches of Cape Cod.  Their wedding was a perfect June day and their celebration was quintessential Cape Cod.  From the bridesmaids’ vibrant blue Lilly Pulitzer dresses, to the hydrangea bouquets, to the barnboard and nautical rope accents, their wedding was Classic Cape Cod!

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Allison Evans Photography

Jillian and Christian met in college at rival schools (Jill at BU, Christian at BC) and wanted something a little closer to Boston.  Jillian loves the vintage, shabby chic look, and Christian is an old soul that would have been right at home decades ago.  Their wedding reflected their love of all things vintage with their venue at Alden Castle, along with its dark wood panels and crystal chandeliers, blush colored garden roses and hand painted signage, reclaimed wood boards and groomsmen in black tuxedos and bow ties, their wedding was Vintage Romance.

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Colleen McCarthy for Hayward Photography

 

Here’s a taste of both weddings,  from Classic Cape Cod…

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography, Dress: Amsale from Vows Bridal Outlet

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography, Location: Eastward Ho! Country Club

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography, Flowers: New England Gardens

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography, Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography,  Flowers: New England Gardens

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography, Flowers: New England Gardens

 

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Cake: Delicious Desserts, Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

To Vintage Romance…

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Dress: Allure from Vows Bridal Outlet

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography

 

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Dresses: J. Crew

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson, Cake: I Dream of Jeanne

 

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography

 

I absolutely LOVED both!  And here’s my growing family!

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Photography by: Allison Evans of Hayward Photography

 

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography

 

Lydia and Jillian each had a very special “something old”.  Lydia wore her great, great grandmothers vintage lace fingertip veil, also worn by her mom and her aunt.  Simply beautiful and timeless!

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Photography by: Allison Evans Photography

 

The lace around Jillian’s bouquet was actually the lace cuffs from my wedding gown.  Jillian also cut down my wedding gown to cocktail length and wore it for her Rehearsal Dinner!  How honored I was that she chose to make these touches her “something old”.

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Photography by: Colleen McCarthy of Hayward Photography, Flowers: Lucinda Larson

 

 

A Very Special Thanks to Jillian & Lydia’s Vendors:

Lydia’s Photography: Allison Evans Photography, Cambridge, MA

Lydia’s Gown: Amsale from Vow’s Bridal Outlet, Watertown, MA

Lydia’s Bridesmaid Dresses: Lilly Pulitzer

Lydia’s Flowers: New England Gardens, S. Harwich, MA

Lydia’s Venue: Eastward Ho! Country Club, Chatham, MA

Jillian’s Photography: Colleen McCarthy for Hayward Photography, Milton, MA

Jillian’s Gown: Allure from Vow’s Bridal Outlet, Watertown, MA

Jillian’s Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew

Jillian’s Flowers: Lucinda Larson Flowers, Milton, MA

Jillian’s Venue: Alden Castle, Brookline, MA

Jillian’s Table Numbers: Amaretto on Etsy.com

Jillian’s “Mr. & Mrs.” Signs: Willow Road Designs on Etsy.com

 

 

The Perfect Rehearsal Dinner

For this third post in our wedding series, I (Jillian) have once again taken over for my mom to share my wedding inspiration with you.  Although the rehearsal dinner for myself and Christian has been generously taken over by his parents, I’ve been hearing lots of ideas that my parents have in store for my brother’s in June!

Before you start coming up with fun ideas for décor, you’ll want to make sure you pick the right venue.  Whether you choose to have it on your backyard patio, a clambake on the beach, or at a restaurant, you’ll want to make sure that you find a space with privacy.  I say that because the last thing you’ll want is have your entire party in the middle of a restaurant where everyone else in the room with you is listening to every toast, joke, and story being told (you know there are sure to be some embarrassing ones if your family is anything like mine!).

Once you’ve found the perfect spot, you’ll need some decorating inspiration- that’s where I come in!  Here are some gorgeous rehearsal dinners and tablescapes that I think are just absolutely stunning.  Hopefully I’ll be able to provide you some inspiration for your event, or even some ideas for your next dinner party!  Enjoy!

 

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Bluebird Productions

 

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Bluebird Productions

 

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

 

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

Beth Helmstetter for Inside Weddings, via Inspired by This

 

Style Me Pretty, via The Sweetest Occasion

Style Me Pretty, via The Sweetest Occasion

 

Atelier Pictures via Project Wedding

Atelier Pictures via Project Wedding

 

Colin Cowie Weddings

Colin Cowie Weddings

 

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Colin Cowie Weddings

 

Do you have any great ideas for hosting a rehearsal dinner?  How would you plan yours?