A Seaside-Inspired Wedding at the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, Massachusetts

Having spent many summers together at the Ocean Edge Resort in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Lindsey Clarkson (32 and works for a nonprofit) and Keith Jarvis (39 and an SEO strategist) knew exactly where to turn when planning their spring wedding. The resort’s beautifully manicured lawns, elegant facilities and ocean-facing mansion offered an idyllic setting for the couple to say their “I dos.” After a traditional ceremony at First United Methodist Church of Chatham, Massachusetts, which the couple entirely wrote themselves, the newlyweds and their guests headed to Ocean Edge for a night of celebrating. The wedding’s overall style and theme were inspired by Cape Cod, the teal and gray palette playing off the rich hues of the Atlantic Ocean and the setting’s breathtaking beaches. “Our intention was for the decor to be natural, but elegant and we achieved that with the use of driftwood, shells, sand dollars and sea glass,” Lindsey says. A lobster trap was used in lieu of a traditional card box and each guest was given a seashell wine charm displayed appropriately on a sand dollar at each place setting. Cocktail hour took place on the terrace overlooking Cape Cod Bay, where guests were treated to signature blueberry lemonade cocktails and mouthwatering appetizers like sesame-crusted tuna, baby lamb chops, goat-cheese-stuffed artichoke hearts and a raw bar. Bruce Abbot Music set the ambiance for the evening with renditions of popular jazz and classical tunes. Guests moved inside for the reception and indulged in a delicious progression of duck confit with Gorgonzola and walnut ravioli, spinach salad, filet mignon, grilled swordfish and chicken breast followed by wedding cake, Italian cookies and an array of sweets before hitting the dance floor. “There were many small, sentimental pieces to our special day that we were able to share with our friends and families,” Lindsey says. “Every detail was a true reflection of us and planned with great meaning. It was important to us that there be delicious food and drinks, a fun atmosphere and to be able to share the day with those most important in our lives.” A tip from Lindsey: “We learned a lot by planning our own wedding. We knew all the sacrifices we made to accomplish our dream wedding would be worth it and when the day arrived it was more than we could have ever dreamed. Bask in your day and take a moment to look around and enjoy yourselves.”