Elizabeth & Matthew: An Oceanfront Wedding in Beverly, MA

When Elizabeth discovered that her boyfriend, Matthew, wouldn’t be in town for her birthday or their dating anniversary (which are just a day apart),

When Elizabeth discovered that her boyfriend, Matthew, wouldn’t be in town for her birthday or their dating anniversary (which are just a day apart), she decided she could either sit home alone or go out and celebrate. The Bride Elizabeth Eastman, 29, graphic designer The Groom Matthew Winheld, 33, artist and illustrator The Date October 7 The couple was living in Manhattan at the time, so she met up with friends and family at a restaurant in the West Village. Just as Elizabeth was lamenting his absence, Matthew walked through the door and totally surprised her. She was even more shocked when he dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him. “I just started laughing and crying and said, ‘Say it again,’ because I didn’t want the moment to end,” she says.

After checking out numerous paper stores in New York City, the couple found the perfect combo of papers for their invitations. Plum-colored backing, hand-painted paper, and a cranberry papyrus wrap provided the sophisticated look they craved. A swirling flourish motif, reminiscent of both vines and the ocean, completed the stylish invites.
Program holders were attached to each aisle chair. Not only were they functional, but the holders also doubled as decor with the addition of dried lavender and colorful ribbon.
Plum ribbons and pearls surrounded each tier of the cake. Fresh flowers at the top and base and the couple’s signature swirl motif further personalized the rich confection.
The newlyweds took their first dance to Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing.
Surrounded by views of the ocean, Elizabeth and Matthew exchanged vows on the grass at Misselwood. Guests sat in a semicircle of chairs around the altar, which was demarcated by large, wrought iron urns filled with flowers and curly willow
Elizabeth used plum-colored raw silk, beaded appliques, and crystal tassels to create a one-of-a-kind ring bearer pillow. Velvet ribbon sewn in the center secured the rings in place.
Elizabeth’s satin shoes were the perfect accent to her lace gown.
Each bridesmaid wore an aubergine floor-length dress in the style of her choice. As their gift, Elizabeth had custom necklaces created from crystals and black pearls.
Elegant chandeliers hung from the ceiling, which was colored with specialized pink and purple lighting that was projected in the signature swirl pattern.
Elizabeth and Matthew took a DIY approach to many of the elements, handcrafting the invites, ring pillow, escort cards, and menus.
Young and old alike enjoyed the lounge area, which was filled with comfy pillows and low benches. The cozy area was a great place to relax between turns on the dance floor.
A tent on the grounds of Misselwood was transformed into a chic reception venue.