A Whimsical Wedding at the Nahant Country Club in Nahant, Massachusetts

Julie (Jules) Gardener (33 and a scientist) and Linda Gardener (43 and a library director) met on a night out in Boston, where they were introduced by

Julie (Jules) Gardener (33 and a scientist) and Linda Gardener (43 and a library director) met on a night out in Boston, where they were introduced by a mutual friend. Later, Linda organized a meet-up at the Museum of Fine Arts on Fourth of July week. Jules was the only person to show up, and they had a great time. The two spent the summer amongst friends, doing a lot of kayaking getting to know each other. Jules and Linda both began ring shopping separately around the same time, and had both spoken to each other’s parents who had fun waiting for the announcement. Linda proposed to Jules in a cabin in the White Mountains during a surprisingly snowy weekend in spring. The couple was married at Nahant Country Club in Nahant, Massachusetts. “It has a lovely classic feel, and we were able to fit all the guests comfortably in the main room. As a bonus, they were able to create two bridal suites for us, which was great!” says the couple. Jules and Linda’s wedding featured a color palette of royal blue, white and ivory with yellow accents for a traditional atmosphere that translated well with both their English and American friends and family. The couple discovered several cultural differences to reconcile in wedding planning. “Our reception was longer than most American receptions, but shorter than most British ones,” says Jules. “We hadn’t realized how many cultural differences there would be when we started, but it made it really easy to combine things and make it our own.” They added quirky touches to a traditional wedding vibe by including things like personalized rubber duckies as favors, a reading from a children’s book in the ceremony, and a “dress-code” that asked all guests to wear fancy hats or fascinators to the event. “We are still receiving photos of L&J duckies in bathtubs around the world!” says the couple.

Palladium, Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Rings in Nest
Linda’s dress came from Clever Bride Consignments in Holliston, Massachusetts, and Jules’ dress came from David’s Bridal. Jules’ mother traveled from England to be a part of that special moment.
Jules loves rubber duckies, so she and Linda gave their guests rubber duckie favors with the couple’s monogram that Jules designed. “We are still receiving photos of L&J duckies in bathtubs around the world!” says the couple.
Jules and Linda’s wedding featured a color palette of royal blue, white and ivory with yellow accents for a traditional atmosphere that translated well with both their English and American friends and family.
All of the ladies wore fascinators, and the couple encouraged fun headwear from their guests also.
Whimsical Birdcage Veil Fascinator with Pearl Jewelry
“The walk back down the aisle was on a bit of cloud,” says the couple. “We were so happy, and our family members and friends were so genuinely happy for us, it just magnified the importance of the ceremony.”
The rubber duckie cake topper of two bride duckies was an engagement gift from Jules’ brother.