Isn’t there something so romantic about a lighthouse wedding? Emily and Matt chose Wings Neck Lighthouse in Cape Cod for their low-key Labor Day weekend wedding, and filled it with DIY details (and a lobster bake)!
“The ceremony was our favorite part of the day,” says Emily. “The weekend was super windy, but during the ceremony, the winds calmed and it was sunny. It was magical as we said our vows. We wanted to keep the wedding intimate, so we Matt’s dad officiated the ceremony, and we got married legally when we got back to Chicago.”
Instead of a full bar, Emily and Matt offered beer and wine, as well as cranberry lime seltzer and grapefruit pineapple ginger ale that guests could mix with vodka and gin if they liked. Dinner was a classic lobster bake which included New England clam chowder, Cape Cod steamers, mussels, linguiça sausage, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes, cole slaw, fresh rolls, and sliced watermelon.
Some details about the day from the lovely bride…
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We aren’t from Massachusetts and many people ask us why Cape Cod. I’ve always loved lighthouses and we wanted an outdoor destination wedding from the start. We Googled lighthouses and this place was one of the first searches that came up. It’s both a lighthouse and a vacation rental – it was perfect. We rented the place for a week, which was really convenient for setting up the day before and the day of.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We really wanted to enjoy our wedding weekend with the people that matter most to us, and a small casual wedding appealed to us. Because it was a small destination wedding, we were able to treat everyone to a sunset sailboat ride after the rehearsal. Three hours at the reception was not enough time, so a weekend full of activities allowed us to engage with our guests and take in the moment.
What advice do you have for other brides? Don’t sweat the small stuff. I didn’t care if my hair wasn’t perfect or I forgot to wear my earrings or it was too windy for flying lanterns at the end of the night. It was about all my family and friends together for that day.
Photography: Julia Hui / Venue: Wings Neck Lighthouse in Pocasset, Massachusetts / Bride’s dress: purchased off eBay / Bridesmaid dresses: Target / Groom’s vest: Forever 21 / Stationery: DIY with paper from Paper Source / Catering: Clambakes Etc. / Dessert table: Alexis Evonne Concepts / Rentals: American Tent Company