today’s love story:
Emily & Chris’s Intimate Boston Island Wedding
and all the magical moments that made it
I’m so excited to share Emily & Chris’s intimate Boston Island wedding highlight today! Where do you think this picture was taken? I’ve pretty much already told you, but humor me. Doesn’t the coastline look like a Cape Cod wedding, or Martha’s Vineyard wedding? It’s actually in Quincy! They snagged a little close-to-home slice of heaven for their intimate “backyard” wedding.
Because of Covid, guests were limited to just immediate family and the wedding party. Their people. Of course there’s more they’d love to celebrate with…and that’s still going to happen next summer at their Cape Cod wedding at Willowbend in Falmouth. But for now, its married on a private oceanfront location with their favorite people and views of their favorite city. Scroll to the bottom to read advice from Emily if you’re considering a pandemic-can’t-stop-us elopement.
They continued on to their home for a small backyard celebration, complete with dinner, champagne and wedding cake!
Love isn’t cancelled…and neither is the line for wedding cake. If you were looking forward to getting married this year, there’s absolutely no reason you still can’t. And then you get to live TWO incredible days. Which, trust me, will be a gift when you realize how quickly the day really does go! Emily describes it better than I ever could below…
- Why did you decide to still get married on your original date?
We had been looking forward to our date since the day we booked it. We just couldn’t let Cornavirus take EVERYTHING away and we wanted to hold onto something special that day. This was the date that we spent all this time choosing and the day we wanted to look back on with our future children to remember our wedding. It was important to us to get married this year no matter what.
- Are you happy you did?
YES!! Very happy we did it. I wouldn’t take anything back, it was truly the most special day of my life.
- What was your favorite part?
honestly everything about the day was my favorite. I loved that it was intimate – allowing us to spend all of our time with our closest family and friends (meaning we can spend extra time with extended relatives next year). I loved how casual it was – we were laughing, joking, crying and there was never a strict “schedule” to follow. It was a day filled with love (that ended with people jumping in the pool at night and Chris and I dancing on our kitchen island…haha). I can’t pick a favorite part – my dads toast, Chris and I’s dance, at one point we played my mother in law’s favorite song (sweet caroline) and we just danced on our patio. Every moment was special and because it was small I could be a part of all of them.
- Do you have any suggestions to brides who are considering it?
Trust your gut! If you want to do it, go for it. I was nervous at first that people wouldn’t want to celebrate us twice, but I was sooo wrong. Especially now, everyone wants to celebrate love. It’s a happy moment in these crazy sad times. There are no rules right now, brides and couples have to create their own traditions and special moments. I would also say, don’t worry about not being able to have all the other special things (bridal shower, bach, etc). I am still doing ALL of that, just next year and as a married woman 🙂 It’s just going to be another crazy moment I will remember when I’m older and another story I get to share with my children. I’d also say, if you do end up doing it, just don’t stress about little things – plan a few but let everything else just happen and embrace the small, weird, special, funny moments that happen (because you definitely won’t be having those at your big wedding!!).