Marta & Al’s Casual Beachside Wedding at the Vineyard


Marta and Al’s weekend-long celebration at the East Chop Beach Club was a destination wedding for most of their guests but to them, that place was home. Some of their friends came from as far as halfway around the world so they planned Martha’s Vineyard-centric activities like hiking and boat rides for the guests to experience the island’s local flavor. The actual wedding was a lovely, casual beachside celebration that allowed them and their guests to simply relax and have fun, and fortunately we are able to witness this today courtesy of the talents of One Eleven Images.

martha's vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

Adam and Kelly of One Eleven Images remembers the handsome couple’s celebration with fondness:

We spent the entire weekend with Marta and Al for their Marth’a Vineyard wedding. They were kind enough to put us up in their beautiful home and invited us to shoot all of their activities through the weekend. Friday was a welcome dinner and cocktail reception complete with all of Al’s college buddy’s singing their old fraternity song! Saturday brought tennis in the morning with some of their guests followed by their perfect beach ceremony and reception. Sunday brought a last brunch for all of their family and friends. All weekend Marta and Al enjoyed the island vibe and took everything in stride and were able to relax and enjoy with all of their friends. They threw a really great party and allowed us into their celebration every step of the way.

east chop vineyard wedding

martha's vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

The beautiful bride is here to tell us more about herself and Al and their wedding:

Al and I live in Boston and Martha’s Vineyard. He grew up summering on the Vineyard, I went there with friends for years before I met him. We both love it there and decided to make a home there. We finished building our house in the spring of 2010 and he surprised me by proposing to me at our housewarming party in July 2010 – in front of 250 of our friends and neighbors!

We wanted our wedding to be all about our guests – about half were from the Vineyard and half from off island. We had friends come from as far away as Singapore, Hong Kong and Hawaii and we wanted everyone to have a great time seeing the Vineyard and making new friends. So our festivities started with a casual dinner Wednesday night, another casual bbq at our house Thursday night, a big welcome reception for all guests after our rehearsal dinner Friday night, a tennis tournament Saturday morning and an open house brunch on Sunday. There were other events planned, hikes, boat rides etc. in between.

martha's vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard Wedding

Martha's Vineyard Wedding

martha's vineyard wedding

martha's vineyard wedding

martha's vineyard wedding

martha's vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

The theme for the wedding itself was casual, authentic and very local. Our flowers were all in season and grown on island by our extremely gifted florist, the food was catered by an island based chef with as much local produce as we could manage. The colors, navy and sunflower yellow, were meant to be more fall than nautical even though it was on a beach.

The rehearsal dinner/welcome reception was held at our tennis club, across the street from our house and the ceremony and reception were at our beach club, right down the street from our house. This was the world that Al, my husband, and his friends grew up in and the community he grew up with was all there so it was very special in that way.

Our first dance was a James Taylor song, and he’s an island guy and we rode away from the reception on our scooter – our preferred mode of island transportation. (One of Al’s fraternity brothers toilet papered it for us… nice touch).

Martha's Vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

I love the chill island vibe of this celebration! Here are a few more notes from Marta on what made their celebration became uniquely theirs:

* My dad is a Unitarian minister, he didn’t do the service, the local Unitarian minister did it, but he gave a blessing.
* For the guest book we had everyone take instant pictures of themselves which they put in a specially designed book and signed the page the photo was affixed to – the results of that were really fun to look through afterwards.
* I made cheesecake for the rehearsal dinner –  and all the desserts at the reception were made by friends. The cake was a homemade carrot cake – with baby carrots grown on island as decoration – made by our caterer.
* I didn’t make this happen but all of Al’s fraternity brothers stood up and serenaded me with their fraternity sweetheart song at the rehearsal dinner and again after the reception…
* We had a table of “tasting tequilas” for our tequila drinking friends…
* As part of the response card we asked our friends to submit a song or two they’d like our DJ to play. That was used to create the songlist for the dancing.
* We kept it really simple with no wedding party and just a single classical guitarist for the ceremony – a three-piece jazz group with a Cuban drummer for the cocktail party and dj after that.
* The one goofy “wedding” thing we did was I found these mason jars with “fireflies” inside, they were like Christmas lights but done up to look like fireflies, so cute, we had them scattered around on some of the tables at the reception.
* The containers for the flowers were all antique mason jars and medicine bottles that I had collected and also that my florist had collected.
* A lot of the pieces used on the buffet were from my collection of antique baskets, cake stands etc.

Martha's Vineyard wedding

Martha's Vineyard wedding

Thank you to Adam and Kelly of One Eleven Images for sending in another wonderful wedding (the other one was Leslie & Josh’s celebration), and congratulations to Marta and Al! Thank you for sharing your special day with us!

Photographer:  One Eleven Images
Reharsal dinner / Welcome reception venue: East Chop Tennis Club (Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts)
Ceremony / Reception venue: East Chop Beach Club (Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts)
Caterer: Bernadette Cormie of Herring Run Kitchens
Florist: Krishana Collins, September Weddings
DJ/Musician: Eric Johnson
Rentals:  Tilton Rentals
Tents: Seaside Celebrations
Dress: J Crew
Invitations, table cards and all printed materials: Miriam Bradford, Limoncello Style
Hair and makeup: Maggie’s Salon
Wedding Coordination: Colleen Kimmel of Classic Weddings

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