A Yellow Nautical-Inspired Outdoor Wedding in Massachusetts

Megan and Alex

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Megan Andrews and Alex Underwood tied the knot on September, 10, 2011, in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts -- a favorite vacation spot of the bride's family. The New York City couple treated their 120 guests to a weekend-long casual yet elegant fete with subtle beachy touches and a classic New England feel.

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The Location

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The afternoon wedding was held at The Beach Plum Inn, where many of the guests stayed during the weekend.

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Prior to the ceremony, the bride and groom strolled down to Menemsha beach with their photographer, Johnny Miller, for portraits.

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The Invitation

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Hello!Lucky created the the ocean-blue and bright yellow stationery suite. The nautical illustrations are by Lab Partners.

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The Fashions

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Megan wore a Nicole Miller gown, Jimmy Choo shoes, and Dana Kellin jewelry. Alex chose a Paul Smith suit.

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The Bouquet

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The bride carried lily of the valley, muscari, dahlias, gomphrena, 'Majolica' roses, freesia, ferns, and chamomile flowers. Her late mother's wedding ring was tied to the ribbon that bound the stems.

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The Bridal Party

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Megan's bridesmaids wore Thread dresses in various shades of blue -- perfect for the coastal affair.

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The Boutonnieres

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Lily of the valley and exploding grass were tied with a slate-gray satin ribbon for the groom's lapel. The groomsmen wore either clusters of a 'Majolica' spray roses or hellebores.

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The Entrance

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Megan walked down the aisle, strewn with rose petals, on the arm of her father, Jeffrey Andrews.

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The Ceremony

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To help stave off the summer heat, programs doubled as fans.

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The Ceremony

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Excerpts from Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms and Roy Croft's Love were read during the outdoor service. Guests looked on from wooden benches.

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The Escort Cards

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Tags hung on distressed wood boards painted with various icons such as lobsters, suns, and lighthouses, that first appeared on the couple's save-the-dates. These motifs were printed to designate table assignments.

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The Place Cards

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Each guest's chair was clearly marked.

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The Cocktail Hour

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The Beach Plum Inn displayed the raw bar in an authentic fishing boat. The vessel was later repurposed as a cooler to house the beers during the afterparty.

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The Reception

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Dinner was served under a tent. Guests were divided among three long tables set with crisp white linens and custom runners. "We decided to mix our friends so they could all meet and spend time together," Megan says. "It was a risk that paid off."

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The Centerpieces

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Cheerful arrangements of dahlias, 'Majolica' roses, scented geranium, gomphrena, snap dragon, and exploding grass dotted the tables.

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An old remote-controlled Polaroid camera perched on a tripod gave guests a great photo op.

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The Dessert

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The couple chose a chocolate cake covered honey-fudge icing by Black Dog Bakery. It was adorned with fresh blooms and vines and placed on a simple glass pedestal.

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The Dessert

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A pair of smaller cakes (one red velvet and the other carrot cake) was also accented with flowers.

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The First Dance

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Megan and Alex took a spin on the dance floor to "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney.

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Late-Night Fun

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A fire pit kept guests toasty as the evening wore on and the temperature dropped. Adirondack chairs were placed around it and marshmallows were brought out for roasting.

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Photography: Johnny Miller

Location and catering: Beach Plum Inn

Stationery: Hello!Lucky

Cakes: Black Dog Bakery

Music: Jeremy Berlin Trio (jazz trio); DJ Eric Visa

Rentals: Big Sky Rentals

Hair and makeup: Jennifer DelMonaco

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