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 Jarv

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.”

After five years of dating, Keith popped the question and had a ring custom-designed at Stardust Jewelers Mendon for the occasion. He took Lindsey and their dog Joey to Longfellow’s Wayside Inn Grist Mill in Sudbury, Massachusetts, for an afternoon of exploring. It was there overlooking a beautiful waterfall that Keith got down on one knee and asked Lindsey to marry him, presenting her with a three-stone emerald-cut diamond engagement ring.
When designing their wedding invitations, Lindsey and Keith wanted to transport their guests to sea. They chose a brilliant palette of teal, sea green and blue to give guests a taste of the seaside affair to come, then carried the motif throughout the rest of the stationery, from the programs to menus and even the escort cards.
Whimsical Chalkboard Ceremony Welcome Sign
Traditional Church Ceremony Processional
The First United Methodist Church of Chatham in Chatham, Massachusetts, was a must for Lindsey and Keith’s ceremony. “After attending a service, meeting the congregation and speaking with the pastor we felt very at home,” Lindsey says. “The beautiful clock tower, stained glass windows and wooden pews were the exact Cape touch we wanted for our ceremony.”
First United Methodist Church Ceremony Exit
Lindsey and Keith love dogs, and since their four-legged friend, Joey, was there to share in the excitement of their engagement, it seemed appropriate that he be present on their wedding day. The couple dressed Joey up in a gray tuxedo that perfectly matched Keith’s style and colors.
Lindsey played up the wedding’s Cape Cod-inspired color palette by choosing a brilliant teal hue for her bridesmaids to wear down the aisle. The matching Bill Levkoff gowns complemented the strapless style of Lindsey’s own, while the airy chiffon fabric kept the girls cool and comfortable. As a thank-you for all their support, Lindsey gave each of the bridesmaids sterling silver Cape Cod bracelets.
Paloma Blanca Trumpet-Style Gown
“We love sharing a good meal with friends and family, and our wedding was no exception,” Lindsey says. The evening’s festivities kicked off with a cocktail hour overlooking the water, where the newlyweds and their guests sipped on signature cocktails, listened to jazz and nibbled on inspired appetizers like artisanal cheeses, fresh seafood and savory bites like goat-cheese-stuffed artichoke hearts. Dinner was equally as decadent and guests were taken through three courses of mouthwatering eats, including duck confit, spinach salad, grilled swordfish and a selection of delicious desserts including cake, Italian cookies, truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Post-Ceremony Group Photo
The striking setting of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, served as the inspiration for the entire affair. Lindsey and Keith looked to a bright color palette of teal, blue and sea green to infuse the Ocean Edge Resort with life, adding beach-inspired elements like seashells and sea glass into the design of each tablescape to play up the locale’s seaside location. As a token of their appreciation for their guests’ love and support, the couple sent their friends and family members home with sand dollars and starfish wine charms.
Lobster Trap Card Box
The wedding’s overall style and theme were inspired by Cape Cod, the teal and gray color 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 of the reception’s varied centerpieces.
While dinner was entirely decadent, dessert was just as big a hit with guests. Lindsey and Keith’s close friend created the wedding cake for the affair, each layer boasting a different flavor, including vanilla cake with fresh strawberries, chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream, vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream and dark chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream. Guests were also treated to a spread of treats including chocolate-covered strawberries, truffles and an assortment of Italian cookies.
Calligraphed Escort Cards With Starfish