Let’s kick off the week with a gorgeous two-part feature from the incredible talented Jonathan Canlas! Molly and Thomas’s wedding three-day wedding weekend included a Friday night clambake dinner for all of their guests, held at the same venue in Newport Beach where the wedding took place the next day…
Says the bride: “Our rehearsal dinner (we didn’t call it that – we called it a welcome dinner) was a clambake and all of our 200 guests were invited to the Friday event. The theme was ‘Sweden Meets New England Clambake Celebration,’ and the invite was in both English and Swedish.”
“A great moment Friday night was the Swedish Snaps sing-a-long,” shares Molly. “Every one had a shot of snaps and had to sing together to ‘Hej Lang Gore’ – we had the phonetic, English version on screens which was quite humorous. Americans loved it.”
The clambake dinner was followed by ice cream novelties (ice cream sandwiches, Eskimo pies, fudgesicles, etc.), and a bonfire for s’mores.
The tables reflected the seaside location without being overtly nautical: blue and white runners with a coral-inspired pattern, blue water glasses, and simple bud vases filled with foliage.
Says the bride: “Having a traditional New England Clambake was a wonderful experience for our overseas guests and a great way to showcase the best of New England. We had 100 overseas guests, mostly from Sweden and the UK. We worked with Compton Clambakes who were wonderful and gathered all of the guests around the pits to explain the tradition of this feast before we all sat down and ate.”