By Sir Arnold’s standards, these two are the picture of perfection. Who am I to argue with such sage wisdom? Meet Derek & Lauren:
Derek and Lauren wisely chose the charming town of Oak Bluffs for their sweet and intimate destination wedding. While the forecast threatened rain, the clouds were teasing yet kind, and not a drop got in the way of the festivities. Bride & groom began their mornings at separate private residences. Surrounded by friends and family, their preparation for the wedding was steeped in comfort and brimming with joy.
The ceremony was a lovely melding of tenderness and tradition. My favorite moments from their mass are emotional bookends. Who could resist Derek’s expression as Lauren walked towards him, and Lauren’s spirited grin as she walked back down the aisle on the arm of her husband… pure sweetness.
Following the ceremony, we snuck in a couple newlywed snuggles, then hopped on the trolley. Between the toasts, the carousel, and the missing groomsman (who was off purchasing refreshments for a second round of toasts), I can’t remember the last time I heard this much laughter during a portrait hour!
Just before entering the reception, the Mr & Mrs sneaked into this irresistibly lush nook for a few minutes alone. Is it me, or does their cuteness know no bounds?
All of their loved ones gathered to celebrate at the adoooorable Sailing Camp Park. The aptly-themed nautical details added an extra dose of whimsy to the already delightful day. A very sweet touch is the use of Adirondack chairs as a guestbook. I imagine Lauren & Derek as they grow old together, sitting on these chairs on the porch. Holding each others wrinkling hands and smiling at each other, they can recall being young and exuberantly in love, and be taken back to where their marriage began. Maybe Derek can even bring out that rockin’ custom Vineyard Vines bow tie for days like that.
The party went on and on, late into the night. Dance off challenges were accepted. Cigars were smoked. Cakes (yes, plural) were consumed. Most importantly, Lauren & Derek surrounded by unending bliss, support, and genuine love. Their night was sweet… full of light… in a word, perfection.
Derek and Lauren, thank you so much for including James and I in your oh-so special day. We echo your own words when we say that we wish you lived closer and that we could be friends. If we ever make it out to Indiana, you will be the first people we call! Until then… we will just try to lure you East.
We both wish you all the happiness that you truly deserve.
Briana (and James!)
Photography by Briana Moore Photography
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Oak Bluffs MA Reception Venue: Sailing Camp Park, Oak Bluffs MA Bride’s Dress: Vineyard Collection, Priscilla of Boston Floral Design: Beach Plum Floral Hair and Make up: Tiffany Bioski Trolley: Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing Lighting/Rentals: Tilton Tents and Party Rentals