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

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  1. Robert London

    Love the lighthouse and the clambake looks wonderful and so unique!

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  2. kristi wright

    I love her sparkly reception dress!

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  3. Ariana

    Yes to both comments above! I’d also like to add, how cute are those kids?!!

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  4. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    Her dress is just fabulous!!


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  5. lydia {ever ours}

    that’s a rather amazing venue to have!

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  6. Brit {Colure Weddings}

    A lighthouse wedding? trying not to be jealous, trying not to be jealous…

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  7. Jillian Nicole

    How cute is that little picnic dinner of lobster and all the fixins’!? Love it!:)

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  8. Colleen

    So beautiful! I just love when the wedding pictures look so genuine and carefree.

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  9. Jenna Stratman

    Perfect example that beautiful doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag! Love the ambiance of this wedding.

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  10. Cindy

    her dress is gorgeous :X

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  11. Christina Brosnan

    Such prettiness! I adore her dress!

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  12. Cory WEber

    I love a simple and intimate wedding! Only the people you love most in attendance. Well done!

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  13. Kelly in DC

    oh Emily, please share with us where you found that fabulous sparkly dress!!

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  14. Calie Rose

    Love the Cape Cod lighthouse, food selections, and the brides sparkly dress!

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  15. Emily Lai

    Thanks for a great comments! I got the dress from Nordstrom.

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  16. Tim Duncan

    That sequin dress is amazing! Super stylish!

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  17. Tvin – {Bridal Headpieces}

    This looks like such a sweet gathering. I love lighthouses and I bet the views were amazing. The wedding table looked superb as did all the catering. It had a real vintage feel to it.

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  18. Scroll Cards

    So beautiful family…dress is gorgeous.

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  19. Ivana

    Emily, please whatwho is the designer of this sequin dress, I haven’t found it in the Nordstrom. Thanks a lot!

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  20. Tess

    Isn’t the town sueing this place to stop weddings?

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