Natalia & Steven | Lighthouse Elopement in Cape Cod

Erin McGinn

Natalia and Steven planned their intimate lighthouse civil ceremony in just three weeks, and the bride bought her dress at Bloomingdales just the day before! Says Natalia, “Not to sound cliche, but we got married because it was the most natural, easy and obvious thing to do. Even though we have been living apart and long-distance for over a year now, it felt like we have been with each other for centuries because our love was so deep, forgiving and patient and we simply wanted to be husband and wife because we knew our love has been through enough to deserve that.”

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The couple’s families joined them on The Original Party Trolley of Boston.

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From Natalia: “Steven’s family is all from New England, so we chose Cape Cod and found a unique spot to get married: the Nobska Lighthouse.” Though the lighthouse grounds are available for weddings, the lighthouse itself is not generally open to the public, but because Steven is a former Marine combat veteran, and the lighthouse is managed by the Coast Guard, the couple and their handful of guests were allowed inside.

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Don’t you love this shot of the groom twirling his new bride after their ceremony? So sweet!

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Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Steven grew up in New England and we are both drawn to the ocean. The Nobska Lighthouse is on a hill right by the ocean in Cape Cod, and felt tranquil and magical to us.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Dancing and getting absolutely wild on the trolley with my whole family while “Shout!” by The Isley Brothers was playing. We were jumping up and down till the whole trolley was swaying to each side and it made me so happy to see both of our families become one large dancing family.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t talk badly about your husband to anyone. People say they are just venting but others don’t forgive and forget the things you say about your husband because they don’t love him like you do. Sometimes the only way people know your husband is through you. Build him up. Always.


See more of this intimate lighthouse wedding in the gallery!

Vendor Credits

Photographer: Erin McGinn / Venue: Nobska Lighthouse in Cape Cod, Massachussetts / Dress: Bloomingdales / Shoes: Zara / Groom's Attire:  Ted Baker / Catering: Brazilian Grill Churrascaria / Trolley: The Original Party Trolley of Boston / Hairstylist: Mirror Image Salon

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  • Lauren says:

    This is so, so sweet! We’re doing a very small wedding in Boston but an elopement like this was definitely considered. I love how you just went for it, and even without paying attention to all the “details” that so many brides stress over, everything is breathtaking. Thanks for such a refreshing perspective.

  • Caitlin says:

    The bride’s dress is amazing! Any idea who the designer is?

  • It’s an honor to have my work featured on your blog, today! Thank you so much for sharing Steven and Natalia’s wedding, one of my favorites, ever!

  • HNR says:

    Wow, what a killer dress, beautiful couple, and gorgeous day! Congratulations!

  • I absolutely love his outfit, such classic style.. Before this I thought “stylish sweater vest” was an oxymoron!

  • You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I
    find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand.

    It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I
    am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  • […] I needed to share more photos of this, one of my favorite weddings of the year!  Steven and Natalia’s excitement just to be married was so inspiring. They wanted to get married at the Nobska Lighthouse in Woods Hole just after New Year’s Day.  Steven having served in the military was allowed to marry inside the lighthouse, a privilege only given to veterans. The beautiful short ceremony was witnessed by immediate family members, we then spent a few quick moments (before we froze!) taking pictures. Natalia’s flair for style was superb down to her red lipstick and vintage inspired heels. Their wedding was featured on Snippet and Ink earlier this year, see more of that HERE! […]

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