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A Classic, Sophisticated Wedding at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown, Massachusetts

Caity Barber and Nicholas Carlucci’s wedding was all about classic elegance and sophistication. Martha’s Vineyard had always been a special place for

Caity Barber and Nicholas Carlucci’s wedding was all about classic elegance and sophistication. Martha’s Vineyard had always been a special place for the New England natives and right from the start they knew it would be the perfect place to exchange vows. Knowing that the majority of their friends and family would be traveling to celebrate with them, it was important to both Caity and Nicholas that guests were given the opportunity to relax and truly enjoy the weekend once they arrived. After settling on the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown, Mass. for the reception, the pair carefully selected venues for the ceremony and other wedding events with the idea that everyone would be able to walk to each from their hotels and homes. The festivities kicked off with a welcome reception at Atria Restaurant the evening before the wedding, where Caity and Nicholas were able to greet and spend time with all of their guests. The couple gathered with their family and friends at St. Elizabeth’s Church the following afternoon for a traditional Catholic ceremony. After saying their “I do’s,” the newlyweds and their guests headed over to the Dr. Daniel Fisher House for a fun-filled night of dinner and dancing. With the help of planner Zoe Ross of ZBR Events and the talented florists at Flowers on the Vineyard, the couple made the venue their own with a color palette of soft champagne, ivory and blush hues and lush, varied arrangements of roses and hydrangeas that gave the reception tent texture and dimension. Taking full advantage of the beautiful October weather and the waterfront setting, both cocktail hour and the reception were held on venue’s perfectly manicured, ocean-facing lawn. Guests took in the breathtaking views, while classic jazz played softly in the background. Jaime Hamlin Catering handled all of the couple’s culinary needs, serving up an inspired menu of delectable, seasonal dishes, which was followed by vanilla chiffon cake with mascarpone, strawberries and buttercream frosting by Val Cakes. The Sultans of Swing got guests up out of their seats and onto the dance floor and kept the party going late into the night at the couple’s after party at the Boathouse. A tip for the taking from Caity: “If you are having a wedding that requires guests to travel, make sure to have an inclusive welcome reception immediately following the rehearsal dinner. To accommodate all of our guests we made it a point to have our rehearsal dinner on the early side so that we could have a welcome celebration at Atria Restaurant. We also had a farewell brunch on Sunday in Water Street at the Harborview Hotel. It gave friends and family a great opportunity to say goodbye before they went home. Above all else, make sure you hire a talented wedding planner, and Zoe if you can get her! Suggestions like these were what made our guests feel so welcomed.”

“Martha’s Vineyard has been a special place for the two of us for a long time and we knew we wanted to get married there,” says Caity. “We looked at several different locations before selecting the Dr. Daniel Fisher House. The property was gorgeous and had lots of space.” Knowing that many of their guests would be traveling to Martha’s Vineyard for the wedding, the pair strategically chose each of their venues with the idea that guests would be able to get around easily on foot.
When it came to her wedding day style, Caity kept things classic to suit the wedding’s timeless feel. She had always dreamed of walking down the aisle in a Vera Wang gown, so when it came to finding her dress, she took her mother, mother-in-law, cousin and best friend with her to the designer’s Boston boutique. She settled on a striking ball gown with a strapless, lace bodice and airy organza overlay with delicate lace appliques. She added a crystal belt to give the dress a hint of shimmer and wore a matching Vera Wang veil for the ceremony. “I always wear my hair down and knew I wanted it to wear it down for our wedding,” says Caity. “I wanted to look like myself, but a better version!”
Ivory and Blush Rose Centerpieces
Caity and her parents arrived to the ceremony in style in the back of a cream-colored antique car. A close friend’s father has an antique car collection on Martha’s Vineyard that couple thought would perfect for their classic, elegant affair. At the end of the reception the newlyweds took a spin around the block in the classic car in celebration before heading down to Main Street for a fireworks display over Edgartown Harbor.
Romantic Ivory Rose Centerpieces
Classic Tulle Flower Girl Dresses
Traditional White Dinnerware and Formal Menus
French Country Reception Chairs
Caity and Nicholas carefully selected all of the music to set just the right tone for each part of the evening. For the reception and the after party, the couple hired The Sultans of Swing to get guests of all ages up out of their seats and dancing. “We had a 12-piece band at the Daniel Fisher House and a six-piece band at the Boathouse for the after party,” says Caity. “They were absolutely amazing!”
Nicholas and his groomsmen took the classic route when it came to their wedding day attire. He donned a sleek Ralph Lauren Black Label tuxedo and customized cufflinks with the nautical coordinates of St. Elizabeth’s Church and each of his groomsmen wore a complementary style. To thank the guys for all of their support, Nicholas gifted each of them with black enamel and sterling cufflinks in the shape of Martha’s Vineyard from C.B. Stark in Edgartown.
After a cocktail hour overlooking the water, where guests enjoyed live jazz music and beautiful views, the couple and their guests sat down to a delectable dinner of fresh, seasonal dishes prepared by Jaime Hamlin Catering. Caity and Nicolas then treated their family and friends to vanilla chiffon cake with mascarpone, strawberries and buttercream frosting by Val Cakes before hitting the dance floor.
Caity and Nicholas worked with Swiss Cottage Designs to create all of the wedding’s stationery, including the save-the-dates, invitation suite, escort cards and menus. “They specialize in custom wedding invitation suites for destination weddings,” says Caity. “They carried a lot of the same themes and designs elements across all of the materials, which made everything feel very cohesive.”
With the help of planner Zoe Ross of ZBR Events and the talented florists at Flowers on the Vineyard, the couple made the venue their own with a color palette of soft champagne, ivory and blush hues and lush, varied arrangements of roses and hydrangeas that gave the reception tent texture and dimension.
To complement her timeless bridal style, the florists at Flowers on the Vineyard created a lush, ivory bouquet filled with romantic full blooms like garden roses, freesia, ranunculuses and hydrangeas for Caity to carry down the aisle. The bridesmaids carried similar arrangements in soft shades of blush and ivory that popped against their navy gowns.
Caity’s six bridesmaids wore long chiffon Monique Lhullier dresses. “I picked the color, length and fabric and then let the girls pick out their individual styles,” says Caity. Everyone has different body types and doing this allowed all of them to look great.” As bridesmaid gifts, she gave each girl a navy “Island Tie” bracelet from C.B. Stark in Edgartown to wear on the wedding day.
Custom Designed Nautical Table Numbers
St. Elizabeth's Church Wedding Ceremony