A Colorful, Flower-Filled Nantucket Wedding
Madelyn & Jon
Labor Day weekend 2016 was rich with significance for Madelyn Korengold and Jon Terbell. Their wedding was scheduled for Saturday, September 3, just one day before his 30th birthday and her sister's 21st—and two days before the holiday itself, the very day they'd met, as seniors at Connecticut's Trinity College, eight years earlier.
Nantucket was a shoo-in to host this momentous family celebration. "It's our favorite place in the entire world," says the bride. "We really fell in love there." Madelyn has been spending summers on the island (in the village of Siasconset, or 'Sconset) with her family since she was two; Jon started visiting in college. After graduating in 2009, they both lived there for a season, and they've returned year after year, particularly in late summer. "The water's warm, everything's open, and it's a ton of fun," says Jon. "A lot of visitors clear out."
So after Jon proposed—with his grandmother's engagement ring—the duo began planning a Nantucket wedding that would wrap up the season with a nearly weeklong party. Some 325 guests joined the festivities, which included a Wednesday cocktail party with a raw bar hosted by her grandparents, and a rehearsal dinner featuring a "clambake" entrée on Thursday. By Friday, a hurricane was in the forecast for the weekend, but their welcome party in 'Sconset ended with a postcard sunset.
The next day, a ceremony in the historic Nantucket United Methodist Church was followed by a reception at the nearby Great Harbor Yacht Club—where guests dined on fluke ceviche, heirloom-tomato salad, and short ribs. The evening ended with a macaron bar, dancing, and a bubble-filled send-off to start them on their journey—to the after-party, at least. "I remember Jon being like, 'Wait, it's just the two of us leaving?'" recalls Madelyn. "He opens the door and says, 'Come on!'" A bunch of friends climbed into the car for the ride to the rented house where the partying resumed.
The celebrating continued on Sunday with a family birthday bash. On Monday, the threatening storm finally arrived—trapping anyone who'd lingered one last day. Luckily for the Nantucket lovers, they were happy to stay. They were already right at home.
Welcome to Nantucket
A custom paddleball set and deck of cards, plus cookies baked by a friend, filled the welcome bags.
A Colorful Bridal Bouquet
Madelyn's bouquet by Amaryllis Floral & Event Design showcased Nantucket's summer colors and included garden roses, dahlias, gomphrena, clematis vine, and zinnias.
The Guy's Accessories
A Family Tradition
Heirlooms and nods to family—including the flower-girl dress, which were previously worn by both the bride and her mom—were used throughout the day.
Parents of the Bride
The bride's parents beamed. "The bridesmaid bouquets matched my mom's dress—not by accident," says Madelyn, who, like her mother, wore Oscar de la Renta.
Paper Flower Escort Cards
The Reception Space
Custom cedar trellising, inspired by a local casino, was designed by Amarllyis Floral & Event Design. It masked the tent's poles and spanned over the dining area in a barrel-vault style. Between the ribs of the ceiling, lush five-foot wide hanging planters were filled with cascading florals and foliage. Botanical paintings by Amaryllis created an intimate atmosphere and made the space feel more like a one-of-a-kind room.
The Place Settings
Each reception table showcased a unique collection of flatware and decorative pieces, from crystal candlesticks to mercury glass votives. Bright groupings of dahlias, garden roses, zinnias, pokeberries, and more made for bold centerpieces.
The menus, which were tucked in to the napkins, outlined the meal, which began with a tomato and burrata salad topped with extra virgin olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, dates, basil, and toasted pine nuts. Braised beef short ribs with asparagus, onion-whipped potatoes, and natural reduction followed.
Dancing with Dad
Madelyn and her dad danced to "The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. "One of my first childhood memories was watching Dirty Dancing with my Dad the night my younger sister was born," says the bride. "It has always been one of our favorite family songs. My sister also used it for her first dance, and we both ended our receptions with it as well."
The dance floor was pretty memorable itself—as it was covered with a botanical print that tied the event together even further.
The Wedding Cake
The lemon-and almond-flavored buttercream cake by Jodi's Cakes was piped in patterns mirroring the lace on Madelyn's gown.
Ceremony location, Nantucket United Methodist Church
Reception location and catering, Great Harbor Yacht Club
Event planning and design, Pineapple Productions
Floral, rentals, and props, Amaryllis Floral & Event Design
Photography, Patricia Lyons Photography
Videography, Bowen Films
Calligraphy, Arney Walker Calligraphy
Cake, Jodi's Cakes
Music, Perry Rossi Orchestra
Bride's gown and veil, Oscar de la Renta
Hair and makeup, Nantucket Hair Salon
Mother-of-the-bride dress, Oscar de la Renta
Groom's tuxedo, shirt, and shoes, Ralph Lauren Purple Label
Lighting design, ALPS/Advanced Lighting & Production Services
Transportation, Cranberry Transportation
Tenting and flooring, Nantucket Tents
Custom cookies in welcome bag, Eleanor's Custom Cookies