Maddy and Evan first met while working for a Washington DC based startup. Distance couldn't keep them apart through the years, despite living on different coasts. The pair eventually found their way back to DC together, and Evan popped the question while on a romantic trip to Paris.
When it came time to plan the wedding, the south shore of Massachusetts was a natural choice for their seaside celebration as Maddy spent summers on the picturesque town of Scituate. Their original plans included a guest list of 200 and a grand scale celebration, but COVID of course had other plans in store for all of us.
Knowing that they didn't want to delay their marriage and celebration, Maddy and Evan made the tough decision to keep their September 26 date and downsize their guest count to 34 of their closest family and friends. While the guest list grew smaller, the beauty and joy of their wedding day was only amplified.
To keep safety at the forefront, COVID testing was done, masks were worn indoors, and all setups and services were designed to follow social distancing protocols.
The ceremony took place at the picturesque Second Congregational Church in Cohasset. Those who could not attend in-person were able to join and celebrate from afar via live stream on YouTube. Maddy and Evan were also able to include their sweet Dalmatian pup, Winnie, in the ceremony processional. Winnie wore her very own greenery collar to coordinate with the wedding party!
Having grown up in Scituate, the Scituate Harbor Yacht Club was like a second home to Maddy's family and holds a very special place in their hearts. It provided the perfect harborside setting, with a spacious lawn for a sailcloth tent and waterfront views.
Custom made flags flew high in the ocean breeze ("W" for Willingham) while guests feasted on seafood and sipped on specialty cocktails: paloma, old fashioned, and pear ginger champagne. Live music was provided by Silver Arrow Band while socially distanced from guests. During golden hour, Maddy, Evan, and Winnie set out for a launch ride around the harbor where they were greeted by family friends out on their kayaks!
At sunset, guests took part in a ceremonial cannon launch and lowering of the flags, before transitioning under the tent for dinner. Maddy and Evan showed off their dance moves with a choreographed first dance to the song ILYSB by LANY as the sun set behind them. To help guests find their seats, Maddy crafted a beautiful DIY seating chart with a lattice grid, printed seating cards affixed, and adorned with pampas grass and florals by SOULFLORA Floral Design.
Guests dined at a mix of farm and linen dining tables, adorned with vibrant corals, yellows, and lush eucalyptus and pops of modern, gold details. Table settings featured rattan chargers and blue patterned napkins from PEAK Event Services to bring together an eye-catching blend of textures and colors. Up above, the tent was adorned with bistro lights and a suspended six foot hoop of lush greenery.
Silver Arrow Band serenaded guests over a candlelit dinner on the water, including a surprise musical interlude of The Office’s theme song, a nod to Maddy and Evan’s office romance. After toasts and dances, the couple cut their first piece of pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting by Mama B’s Tasty Treats, the perfect flavors for early fall.
For guests who were celebrating from afar, the bride’s twin sister compiled a series of video tributes that guests could watch during the reception. A recipe book was also compiled so that the bride and groom could continue to remember all the love and support from near and far.
Although COVID changed up plans for this couple and their families, they never wavered in their commitment to tie the knot and celebrate amidst a year of unknowns and curve balls. Their wedding day was everything they had hoped for and more.
Planner: Revel and Joy Events
Ceremony Venue: Second Congregational Church of Cohasset
Reception Venue: Scituate Harbor Yacht Club
Catering: Ellen Mackenzie Caterers
Cake: Mama B’s Tasty Treats
Photography: Kjeld Mahoney Photography
Cinema: LoveLocked Films
Floral Design: SOULFLORA Floral Design
Entertainment: Silver Arrow Band
Tenting and Rentals: PEAK Event Services
Trolley: ROCKSTAR LIMO
Hair and Makeup: Blackroom Salon
Bridal: Anais Anette, found at Ceremony Boston
Bridesmaids: Shona Joy and BHLDN