OUR WEDDING!

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I had such a happy heart putting together these photos and writing about the day of our wedding! It was hands down the most joyful day of my life and I was truly the luckiest girl in the world to be marrying Will in the company of our closest family and friends. I’m not even going to apologize for how many photos are in this post. (And feel free to check out our rehearsal dinner, our welcome party, and our first look if you’re playing catch-up!) I hope you enjoy them half as much as I do! 🙂

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Our wedding ceremony was held in the ‘Sconset Chapel. My parents were married in this same chapel in 1986 and that I always knew I would get married here someday. Thankfully Will loves the church as much as I do and we decided to have two priests — the local priest who’s a dear friend of my Grandy’s and a priest from Will’s Catholic high school in Dallas — co-officiate our wedding ceremony. I love the shot of my brothers Grayson and Camden passing out wedding programs at the entrance to the chapel. (The programs were designed by Albertine Press — you can read about our wedding paper goods here.) If you read my post about what Nantucket means to my family, you may recall that my Grandy and her girlfriends needlepointed all the kneelers in the chapel, including this one of the Chanticleer, where we had our rehearsal dinner.

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Our ceremony started with my Uncle Teddy playing guitar before my brother Camden escorted Grandy down the aisle. Our cockapoo Rory was the ring bearer and I was so happy to have him sitting at the altar with Will when my dad and I walked down the aisle. (We had a friend take him home after that as there’s no way he would have behaved for a full Catholic mass!) We hired a trumpet player to accompany the piano for “Trumpet Voluntary” as we walked down the aisle and it still gives me goosebumps to think about it. After the ceremony, we pushed open the doors of the chapel as the church bells rang and our family and friends blew bubbles. (I ordered the bubbles here. Some of you asked about the logistics of the bubble exit and the way it worked is Will and I walked down the aisle and walked through a back door of the chapel while our bridal party, family, and friends exited, then did a second exit with all our guests lined up outside.) It was pure magic.

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I had a vision of us leading our guests on a mini parade through ‘Sconset for the five-minute walk from the chapel to our reception at the Summer House Beachside Bistro. Thank goodness it didn’t rain on our wedding day! I was so thankful when the ‘Sconset foot bridge reopened just in time for our wedding — it provided a backdrop for some of my favorite candid shots from the day. We arrived at the Summer House for our cocktail hour and reception and the sight of our tent with the ocean just behind it absolutely took my breath away. (P.S. We rented the Sperry tent from Nantucket Tents and they were one of my favorite vendors to work with!)

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Our cocktail hour took place on the lawn next to the pool. We rented cocktail tables and white tablecloths from Nantucket Party Rentals (where we also got our tables, chairs, and place settings for the reception) and had our wedding planner Caroline tie grosgrain ribbon around the top to make them a little more interesting. I ordered custom Krazy straws that read ACK and M&W for the bartenders to hand out and they were a huge hit, even it took ten seconds to get a single sip of your drink.

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Will and I snuck away to take pictures on the beach for the last ten minutes of the cocktail hour and, even though we had taken most of our photos before the ceremony, I’m so happy we have these photos taken right after we were married. 💙

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We sat at a long table with our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and their significant others. We did our guests’ escort cards on navy cardstock with white script by Delighted Calligraphy and arranged them alphabetically in two trays that my mom and I filled with sand. I searched long and hard for navy and white striped tablecloths and finally tracked them down at Rhode Island Rentals. I love that they make an unexpected statement but still feel really classic.

Our florist Sheila Daume had cylinder vases of blue and white hydrangeas on all the tables as well as acrylic frames with table numbers featuring our Kearsley Lloyd crest (we put some version of it on practically everything!). We kept the flowers super simple — I didn’t think we needed anything given the view of the ocean and it was a great way to save a little money. Our red velvet wedding cake was made by Nantucket Bake Shop and again we went with a really simple design accented with blue hydrangeas from our florist.

And I’ve gotten so many questions about the monogrammed napkins my mom had made for our reception! We ordered these plain white napkins and had them monogrammed with our married initials at the aptly named Nantucket Embroidery Co. in Milford, Connecticut. They were lovingly ironed by my Grandy and folded at each place setting (so we now have ~130 of them at home!).

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Once our guests had taken their seats under the tent, our bridesmaids and groomsmen entered the dance floor to the timeless classic “Miss New Booty” that inspired our wedding hashtag #missnewbeutty. We were doubled over laughing at everyone’s choreography, particularly my sister Reilly who had the best men carry her onto the dance floor. The photo doesn’t do it justice — it was legendary.

Will and I did our first dance to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” played by our band, the Sultans of Swing. I was so nervous I practically blacked out the entire thing, but I’m told the dance lessons paid off? You’ll see a few snippets in our wedding video tomorrow. I also danced with my dad and Will danced with his mom — and of course Grandy (Dancing With The Stars’ number one fan) was riveted.

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My dad, the two best men David and Paul, and my sister Reilly all gave toasts and all three toasts made me laugh and cry hysterically. You’ll see parts of my dad and sister’s toasts in our wedding video tomorrow, but everyone hit the sweet spot of being both entertaining and poignant. Reilly gave the commencement address at both our high school and when she graduated from Amherst, so I should have known my eye makeup didn’t stand a chance. 💔

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After cutting our wedding cake (with the sword Grandy used at her wedding!) we had the best dance party of our lives. So many more gems where these came from! 🙈 Grandy was basically the queen of the dance floor and I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed harder than watching my brother Camden ballroom dance with her to this.

I changed into a custom jumpsuit by my insanely talented friend Katie Fong for our sparkler exit and after party at the Summer House piano bar. It’s one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever owned and the fact that I got to design it with one of my good friends makes it all the more special! If you’ve ever dreamt about designing your own wedding dress (or any evening wear!), Katie is your girl.

I hope you enjoyed all the photos from our wedding day! I know I went on and on but it really was the best day of my life and it was so fun to choose my favorite photos to share with all of you. Pop back tomorrow for our wedding video — it’s one you won’t want to miss. xx

*Photos by Cameron & Kelly Studio

 

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  1. This was gorgeous! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a wedding so perfectly suited to the couple. This couldn’t have been any more ‘you’ if it tried! So happy for you both! xx

    Lucy-Claire // sunnydaysandlovelyways.com

  2. Even though I have been married for almost 40 years, it was a joy to see your photos! Thank you for sharing them with us! Your wedding celebration was beautiful!

  3. These photos have moved me to tears, I love everything about your wedding. Congratulations and God bless you and your lovely family.

  4. This might be asking for something a bit too personal, but I’d love a post on planning and personalizing a Catholic wedding (and how to convince your priest to let your dog attend!). I’ve done a bit of googling about planning a Catholic wedding, but the information I’ve found isn’t from sources I relate too…

  5. Loved seeing all your wedding pics this week, Mackenzie, they are gorgeous! Looks like you had a wonderful day. And I can’t believe that was your “backup” bouquet – it’s perfect!

    Also, I agree that Miss New Booty is a timeless classic and should likely be incorporated in all weddings from here on out.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing all about your wedding! It’s been so fun to follow along with the wedding planning and then see all that planning come to life. The pictures absolutely blew me away – everything was simply GORGEOUS! You look stunning and so happy! You have such impeccable style and I am constantly inspired by you.

    Congratulations and best wishes for the happiest future!
    Shannon

  7. Mackenzie, I have been a long time reader, but this is my first time commenting. I have spent the last while viewing your wedding photos and just can’t get enough. You looked absolutely radiant and you and Will are obviously a match made in heaven. Every detail of your wedding is stunning! I love that there was no detail overlooked, but at the same time, it was very refined, gracious and un-affected. Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing these lovely pictures!

  8. mackenzie,
    these photos are so wonderful! you can feel the joy in every single one. endless congratulations to you two, and big ups for pulling off such a beautiful wedding!

  9. Mackenzie, this is the most beautiful wedding I’ve EVER seen. After being a reader for such a long time I can say that it fits both you and Will so well – such a special day for you two! Hope you both have many happy years!

  10. Long time reader, first time commenter here. I have to tell you how much I have enjoyed these wedding posts, and not just because of the beautiful photos. These posts show YOU and who you are. Real life photos of family and friends, the thoughtful details that went into planning the entire weekend, and honest words about what it all meant to you. I know that as a blogger it must be tough to strike the right balance and not publish every personal detail for the world to see, but personally I would love to see more of this on a regular basis. I feel like this is one of the first times I am really seeing the Mackenzie behind the perfect outfit, and I love it!

  11. So wonderful – everything is beautiful! Never apologize for the all the pictures. 🙂 I didn’t realize you were having a full Catholic mass. My fiance and I are doing the same thing; I’d love to hear any additional details you have to share about readings, music choices, etc.

  12. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! You can totally feel the joy in every single image. I’m so happy for y’all–thank you for sharing your special day with us this week!! Can’t wait to see your video–Inkspot Crow did my wedding as well and they are just gems! 🙂

  13. Wow! So classic and beautiful with the perfect mix of elegance and fun. I feel like it sets the bar for how a Nantucket wedding should look! Thanks for sharing!

  14. OMG! THE MOST AMAZING WEDDING EVER! THE ATTENTION TO DETAILS IS UNMATCHED AND YOUR GRANDY IS RESPONSIBLE TO MY TEARY EYES. YOU HAVE AMAZING FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND YOU HAPPINESS IS OBVIOUS IN THESE PICS!

  15. The photos of you tearing up at the toasts are so sweet, and that is the cutest little church I ever did see!

    Also love the striped table cloths. As someone who is currently thinking a lot about wedding tablecloths 😂 I am wowed.

  16. To say I am obsessed with every detail of your wedding is an understatement. Every single thing is just a dream come true. Your photos are the best I have ever seen. Pure joy, love and celebration radiates off each one. I could not be more happy for you. STUNNING.