Nicole & Lawrence | Classic Garden Wedding in Cape Cod

Rebecca Hansen is the wonderful photographer behind our fun DIY holiday centerpieces from last month, and I think you’re going to love her work even more once you see Nicole and Lawrence’s charming Cape Cod wedding…

Set up in matching frames, guests could take a look at wedding photos of the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents.

I love this story from the bride:  As the wedding got closer and I had moments of panic about last minute issues and logistics, Lawrence would tell me: “It’s gonna be great.” At first he was saying it to be comforting but he had to use the phrase so much that it became our joke motto for when we hit the wall with wedding planning. “The wedding is two weeks away and we don’t know where we’re going to get flowers for the tables? It’s gonna be great! Rental company truck is stuck in the mud? It’s gonna be great!”

If you have room for it, it’s a fun idea to set up lawn games for your guests!

DIY details included rosemary sea salt favors, chalkboard menus, signage, bunting, and centerpieces. Instead of wedding cake, guests enjoyed strawberry shortcake – perfect for a summer wedding!

Some details from the bride!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Lawrence and I spent a lot of time on Cape Cod while we were dating, so we started our search there but didn’t have much luck. We were having trouble finding a place that felt comfortable and homey, while still being able to accommodate up to 150 people. When we finally found the Overbrook House (just before the bridge to the Cape) we knew it would be the ideal setting. We loved that we could have the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing all in different places within the same property. And the huge house meant that both of our families and our wedding party could stay with us for the weekend.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We used the Overbrook House as our main source of inspiration – when we first visited I noticed that there were ferns growing everywhere, so we used that as a design element on the invitations and signage. The house is in the woods, next to a farm, and close to the ocean, so it didn’t lend itself necessarily to one specific look. At first I found that a challenge but I think it helped keep us from being too literal with a theme and instead focus on what felt natural to the venue and to us.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I really thought I would be too nervous to enjoy the ceremony but it was absolutely my favorite moment. I couldn’t believe that I was standing up there with my soon-to-be husband, the weather was perfect, the chairs were full of people we loved, and all the wedding planning stress had vanished like it had never even happened. I was completely relaxed and happy.

What advice do you have for other brides?  My advice to other brides would be to have a cutoff point for looking at sources of inspiration. Wedding blogs are a fantastic resource, and I loved looking to them for inspiration. However, I found myself frustrated because what my mom and fiancee had worked hard to put together didn’t seem to measure up to a single cake table from some of the weddings I was looking at every day. I decided to stop looking at blogs a few weeks before the wedding and I think it helped me focus more on being happy with what we put together instead of feeling like we were leaving things out.



Photography: Rebecca Hansen Weddings / Venue: Overbrook House in Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts / Bride’s dress: Amy Kuschel / Hair, makeup: Charlotte Phinney / Groom’s suit: Banana Republic / Stationery: designed by bride, printed by Cranky Pressman / Bouquets: Just For You Florist & Gifts / Ceremony music: Con Fuoco String Trio / Reception music: White Label DJs / Catering: Season to Taste / Rentals: Peterson Party Center /

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  • Li Mei says:

    Love, love, love the wedding!

    “…have a cutoff point for looking at sources of inspiration” – BEST ADVICE EVER. I probably had the same feeling of not being satisfied/happy with some of the elements from my wedding simply because I couldn’t find similar items that I have seen on inspiration boards, and I was trying too hard to make things look as pretty as what I have seen in photographs.

  • Nina says:

    I love the wooded table number signs! I am also doing the same except the table numbers will be in frames. HUGE QUESTION: How were you able to draw the numbers onto the board? Any DIY tips? Thanks so much!

  • Leandra says:

    Love her advice. Especially with blogs as tantalizing as S & I, it’s easy to want EVERYTHING you see. ;)

  • Always love the outdoor wedding, just as it’s closer to the nature!! I love these photos, I feel that day is so fresh and sunshine!!Love them!!

  • Tracy says:

    Nicole! You looked gorgeous! You really did an amazing job! I loved the rosemary sea salt idea! SO UNIQUE AND DARLING! I love the terrarium idea!

    I wanted to really thank you to for all of your was honest and real and really I think a lot of us feel that way! I know I do. It was so helpful to read the difficulty you had looking at blogs and the indecision of finding a theme! everything looks so easy but in reality it’s just not!!

    I wish you so much love in your marriage! xo

  • Nicole looks like such a sweet girl! And the photos of them together.. you can’t deny their love! Super cute wedding!

  • Alainey says:

    I love the rosemary sea salt idea! We are having a beach wedding wedding and I would love to have this as our favors. Where did you get the jars or how did you do the imprint?

    Beautiful wedding!

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