Doug & Dan: An Outdoor Wedding in Provincetown, MA

Sparks flew on the Fourth of July in Provincetown when Daniel (Dan) and Douglas (Doug) met by chance at a mutual friend’s party. “Our interest in each

Sparks flew on the Fourth of July in Provincetown when Daniel (Dan) and Douglas (Doug) met by chance at a mutual friend’s party. “Our interest in each other and passionate conversation about politics created a spark of attraction,” Doug says. They held hands that night while watching the fireworks over Provincetown Harbor, and four years later to the day, Doug proposed to Dan on one knee at the tip of the jetty in Provincetown. The Groom Daniel (Dan) Hochman, 41, IT consultant The Groom Douglas (Doug) DiMartile, 29, student The Date September 16 Exactly one year later, again on the Fourth of July, the two decided to celebrate their anniversary by taking another walk along the jetty in Provincetown. This time, it was Dan’s turn to propose. Doug said yes, and the two decided it was time to begin planning a large celebration to be held at the base of the Provincetown Monument. -- Anja Winikka

Doug found fabric by Robert Allen in several rich colors -- raspberry, blueberry, lime, lemon, and saffron -- and had them made into tablecloths for the reception tables. The couple also had Japanese lanterns strung around the tent to add ambient light.
Doug and Dan’s six female attendants wore simple, strapless, black, A-line dresses by Ann Taylor with buttercup-colored sashes. Because the ceremony was held outdoors, the couple gave their bridesmaids black pashmina wraps to wear over their dresses. The couple wore matching traditional tuxes by Lubiam. They paired the three-button, single-breasted tuxes with matching silver bowties and vests.
A wedding planner helped with the planning. The reception was held underneath a tent on the west lawn of the monument property.
The florist placed colored sea glass, which matched the tablecloths, into vases and then placed a few mango calla lilies into each vase for the table centerpieces. She also used votive candleholders that matched the sea glass to surround each vase, for a simple elegant look.
Doug designed the four-tiered Mad Hatter-style cake. He chose a pastel palette for the buttercream frosting of purple, yellow, green, and pink, which complemented the rich-colored tablecloths. The best part? The flavor was dark chocolate mousse.
Doug and Dan were married just before sunset at the highest point in Provincetown at the base of the Provincetown Monument. Guests were seated facing the harbor, with a stunning view of Cape Cod in the background. The couple recited vows and incorporated both a unity sand ceremony, to celebrate the joining of their families, and the Jewish tradition of breaking a glass, to symbolize the permanency of marriage.