An Elegant Wedding at The Boathouse Field Club in Edgartown, Massachusetts

For their early October nuptials, San Francisco–based couple Victoria van Roijen (33 and a registry marketing manager) and Bob Hall (40 and a business development professional) headed to the East Coast, where they said “I do” at the Boathouse Field Club in  Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.  “My family has been spending summers in Martha’s Vineyard since before I was born, and my parents and several aunts and uncles have houses in Edgartown,” says Victoria. “So while it was a destination wedding for Bob and me, it wasn’t for most of my family.” 

Working with planner Danielle Bailey, the pair planned an elegant tented affair with a soft color palette and subtle rustic touches. The day started with a tented ceremony (a last-minute adjustment due to unexpected rain), string interpretations of modern songs and the couple’s officiant reciting the school prayers from Victoria and Bob’s boarding schools, a surprise to the bride and groom. 

The couple decided to forego a first look. “There was something that seemed extra special when we were finally facing each other during the ceremony,” says Victoria. “I loved the tradition of not seeing each other first, and the moments that we shared outside after we were married and it was just the two of us.” Victoria walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “All I Want Is You” by U2.

After exchanging vows, the newlyweds and their guests moved into a larger tent for the reception. Round and square tables filled the space, each decorated with white and neutral linens and bud vases filled with a unique mix of purple blooms. “Growing up, my sister and I used to love a series of books called Brambly Hedge. They were a huge inspiration for the flowers,” says Victoria. “The idea of a fall wedding, with berries and fruit and muted colors, came straight from the pages of those books.” 

After dinner, the newlyweds and their guests hit the dance floor, where two of Bob’s college friends surprised everyone with a suitcase filled with an assortment of hats. “The hats were shaped like the craziest things: TVs, turkeys, strawberries, crabs, alligators and pacifiers,” says Victoria. “Everyone instantly took them—it was a riot!”

A tip for the taking from Victoria: “Try out your dress on a variety of different floors, not just the smooth floor of the dress salon. You might need your dress a little shorter if you’re walking on grass, brick or carpet, since those tend to catch your dress. The one I ended up picking had a lot of ruffles and layers, which made it very feminine, but the edges of the ruffles were raw, which made it feel a bit cooler and more modern. The train moved beautifully with all the layers, almost like the foamy water of a wake behind a boat." —Shelby Simon