A Beach-Inspired Wedding at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, Massachusetts

Ashlie Gregoire (28 and a sourcing manager) and Jimmy Farese (29 and a civil engineer) were good friends all throughout college and as luck would have it, after graduation, they both landed in New York City for work. “Before we knew it, we were spending every weekend together and began dating shortly thereafter,” says Ashlie. After four-and-a-half years together, Jimmy decided to pop the question on the evening before Thanksgiving. His initial plans of proposing along the water with the Manhattan skyline in the backdrop were foiled by the cold, but Jimmy quickly thought of a plan B and got down on one knee in their home. “We spent the rest of the night calling family and friends,” says Ashlie. “The next morning we headed out to spend Thanksgiving with family and celebrate the engagement!”Cape Cod was deemed the perfect place for Ashlie and Jimmy to say their “I do’s” The couple spends almost every weekend in the summer in the Cape and Jimmy spent most of his summers growing up there with his family. “When it came time to choosing a wedding location, there was no doubt in our mind that we wanted to get married on the beach,” says Ashlie. “We couldn't think of a more perfect location than Cape Cod and the Sea Crest Beach Hotel exceeded our expectations.” Playing off their wedding’s locale, the couple decided on a Cape Cod and beach theme for the day. Cheerful shades of pink and neutrals were deemed the colors of the day, the bright hue reminding Ashlie of summertime and fun. Lush full arrangements of David Austin roses, ivory stock, blush astilbes and a few branches of eucalyptus were scattered throughout to set a romantic, whimsical mood. Centerpieces filled with seashells and sand, plus the addition of ivory floating candles tied into the couple’s romantic, beach-inspired vision. A starfish motif made appearances throughout the day, from the stationery to the escort cards, place cards and centerpieces. And beach chair table numbers added a playful touch to the tabletops. The rainy weather leading up to the wedding managed to clear up a few days before, allowing guests to enjoy an outdoor cocktail hour overlooking the ocean. “All we wanted was to relax, enjoy our time with our guests and have the time of our lives,” says Ashlie, “and that's exactly what we did! Our dance floor was packed from the beginning to the end of the night. Everyone was enjoying themselves so much that we extended the reception to keep the fun going.”