- Stacey & Matt -
Stacey and Matt were married on Nov. 9th on St. Augustine Beach. On their wedding day we could all feel the love, it was like watching a real life fairy tail as they exchanged heartfelt vows on the beach. She and Matt adore each other and they have a way of sharing their love with every one around them. They absolutely glow. Their story starts back on Nantucket….
“Matt and I met on Nantucket where we both moved to for work. The first time Matt and I actually met was when he had catered an event at Great Harbor Yacht Club before the clubhouse was built. Apparently I had brought him a beer! Fast forward a few years later and all the stars had aligned, I was single, he was single and we both found our perfect match. Matt spent weeks and months courting me with dinners, flowers and mixed tapes (CD’s haha). He won my heart over and we made it official. “
Back when they lived on Nantucket we all became such great friends…I can remember when we started to see them out together and they were always having the best time together! When they told us they were moving we were all sad to see them go, but so happy to watch their new life together take form in Florida. During their wedding weekend I kept thinking about the amazing parralells between Nantucket and St. Augustine and I asked them more about how they chose the destination for their wedding….
“Matt and I love Nantucket and when we moved down to Florida, we wanted to find a place to get married that had the same small town feel on the beach. St. Augustine has an amazing history with beautiful buildings, old brick roads and historic charm. The only thing that makes it even better is minutes from the beach. Matt and I knew we wanted to do a beach wedding; there is something so special to us about the serenity of the waves and the mystery of the water. Many of our dates on Nantucket were at the beach, just walking, talking and getting to know each other. The first thing we did the morning after the wedding was wake up and take a walk on the beach, it was amazing. We chose the House of Sea and Sun because of the great location and friendliness of the staff. As much as we wanted to do a lot of the wedding on our own, we knew we needed help. The house was perfect to hold my large family and close enough to hotels for travelers, it was an ideal location. “
Stacey and Matt are so lovely and she wrote more in detail about how they chose some of their vendors and what made their day so special…
“We met Rae, our officiant, at the House of Sea and Sun when we when to check out the location. We both instantly found a comfort with Rae and knew she would do an amazing job with the ceremony. The ceremony was by far and above the peak of the day! The flowers were also done by Rae. She used Blue Cremon for the bridal bouquet along with palm leaves. White lilies, calla lilies, spider mums and palm leaves were used for the maid of honor and flower girl bouquet. Around the stems of the bridal bouquet was my grandma’s while and blue hanky as my something old. My hair & makeup were done by ‘Simply Makeup’ out of Jacksonville. Mandy did my makeup and Sara Jane did my hair. They both did an amazing job achieving the perfect beach look.”
A few more details from Stacey about this fabulous day…..”My shoes are Swarovski Crystal which I Made. Each crystal was individually glued on the shoes to attain the sparkly look! Also my Dad’ initials with anchors on each side were put on the inside of my shoe so I could dance with him all night.” Stacey’s father passed away when she was younger but she grew up surrounded by love with her mom and her step Dad, Mark, who walked her down the isle. Later Mark also gave a speech that had everyone tearing up as he explained that he was there to speak on behalf of her father and himself.
There were so many beautiful things that happened throughout the day and I believe Stacey’s father was shining down on Stacey and Matt as they got married. During the ceremony a gorgeous flock of birds flew over in a perfect V…..I heard several people say under their breath…”That’s Joseph flying over and giving his love.” It was such a special day.
Thanks to the wonderful world of technology Stacey and Matt were able to Face Time her sister who was unable to travel because her baby had arrived early and they weren’t able to travel. Stacey’s brother, Kris, made sure that they were dialed into the wedding day and able to wish Stacey & Matt a happy day!
I met Matt many years ago when he worked as a chef on Nantucket at Slip 14 and when Stacey told us they were doing the food themselves we were all excited…”In choosing where to have the wedding we knew we needed a place that would allow us to do the food. Both my brothers and Matt are Chefs and did everything from creating the menu to prepping the food the days leading up to the wedding. “
From Stacey & Matt…..”Katie – we cannot thank you enough for wanting to be part of our special day and traveling down to St. Augustine to do our Photography! The weekend and especially the wedding day was so much more special having a friend and someone we trust do the photography! Thank You, Thank You, Thank you!!”
- Stacey & Matt -
I recently spent the weekend in St. Augustine, Florida, to photograph Stacey and Matt’s wedding festivities. Stacey and Matt met on Nantucket and I am lucky to call them longtime friends of mine. These two are all smiles all the time and they absolutely adore each other. They are also very stylish and when Stacey mentioned doing a vintage inspired shoot around historical St. Augustine the day before the wedding I was all in. This was a great way to kick off the wedding weekend.
From Stacey…..”I have always loved the 50′s era and Matt loves the vintage look. We fell in love with the old time feel of St.Augustine when we visited in 2012 after many people told us about it. As soon as we visited we knew it was the perfect choice for the wedding! It has the best of both worlds with the the old historical architecture of the downtown and also the gorgeous beaches. It is perfectly us!”
For the photo session we started out at the historical St. Augustine Lighthouse which was built in 1871. We climbed the 219 steps and even ventured outside at the top of the lighthouse to take in the views. The staff had warned us of the 35 mph winds at the top but this was all part of the adventure! From there we headed into town.
St. Augustine was originally founded in 1565 and served as a Spanish military outpost. A large amount of the architecture today reflects that Spanish heritage. The downtown area is absolutely gorgeous. We visited the infamous ‘Love Tree’ and also met a few Pirates along the way. St. Augustine was having their annual Pirate Gathering in which people dress in Pirate attire and celebrate the golden age of piracy in the Nation’s oldest city. Needless to say there was never a dull moment as we explored the downtown and we even ran into a few of Stacey’s relatives who were in town for the wedding!
My favorite area was Aviles St. There, Stacey gave Matt a surprise present that she had for him. Matt was completely surprised as he read her card and opened the box. She gave him a lovely watch that he had always wanted.
These two are completely in love and being around them you can’t help but smile. The next day they were married on the beach under sunny skies and surrounded by loved ones. Their Wedding Highlight Post will be up this week!
Enjoy! – Katie K.
- Kinnon & Oliver -
Kinnon & Oliver were married Nov. 2nd 2013 at The First Congregational Church and had their reception at The White Elephant. They had a particularly exciting week leading up to their wedding as they had arrived but in true New England style there was a storm brewing. As I spoke with Kinnon that week she was very calm and kept saying that no matter what they were just excited for the big day! I always remind my couples that there’s never a reason to worry about weather because there just isn’t anything we can do about it! From Kinnon…”Due to gale force winds on Friday, flights and ferries were canceled. All of our guests went to great lengths in terms of transportation in order to make it to our wedding. The travel woes just added to the excitement of the weekend and Oliver and I cheered every time we heard news of someone making it onto the island! ” This positive attitude that Kinnon as is shared by Oliver, they are an inspiration as they are always smiling and spreading love to everyone around them!
I asked Kinnon about how they met and then how they planned their Nantucket Wedding….”We met at Pocomo Beach, Nantucket, in the summer of 2003 when we were both still in high school. We always remained friends and began dating a number of years later in New York. Nantucket is special to us because it is where we first met and have made many amazing memories with families and friends going all the way back to when we were kids. Oliver is head over heels in love with Nantucket and I always joked that if I didn’t want to get married on the island, there wouldn’t have been a wedding!”
Later they were engaged and started planning their wedding….”We wanted everything to be in one central location so that our guests could walk everywhere and wouldn’t have to use transportation. We love the White Elephant because it is right on the harbor and has delicious food. Speaking of food, our tables were all named after restaurants that have special meaning to us – places where we had our first date, brunch after we got engaged, and many other celebrations.”
As luck did have it the storm rolled through and by the wedding day there wasn’t a breath of wind and we had gorgeous soft light for their photos. This time of year we have shorter days so we made the most of every moment after their afternoon ceremony. We rode in Oliver’s shiny red Bronco down to The Brant Point Lighthouse and took photos all around the beach. Right on cue the slow ferry cruised by and they honked the horn when they saw us on the beach to congratulate the newlyweds. Nantucket is such a special place!
From there we greeted their guests and family at The White Elephant as they kicked off their reception with a fun dance set by The Sultans of Swing. Kinnon & Oliver love to dance and their timeline had little dance sets sprinkled throughout dinner and into the night. At one point it was so hot on the dancefloor that they rolled up the awning siding and people were dancing out on the lawn….in November no less! An absolute highlight was also seeing Tim, the best man, get on the mic and sing ‘Can’t Hold Us’ by Macklemore….he was absolutely awesome!! Together with The Sultan’s of Swing they had the entire room dancing and cheering!Here’s to another fabulous fall wedding! I asked them about their favorite memory of the night….
“Our favorite memory of the night is when we did our first dance to “You are the best thing” by Ray LaMontagne. We hadn’t really practiced at all but I knew I could rely on Oliver’s usual over-the-top spinning and dancing to get us through. It was so special to be surrounded by huge smiles from our friends and family.”
Kinnon & Oliver come to Nantucket every chance they get and I look forward to seeing them cruising the shiny red Bronco next summer as husband and wife! congratulations to them!!
Enjoy! – Katie K.
Wedding Coordinator: Jimmy Jaksic, Flowers: A close family friend; Suzanne Codi, Hair & Makeup: Darya’s Salon, Ceremony: First Congregational Church, Officiant: Reverend Gary Kingsporn, Photography: Katie Kaizer Photography, Band: The Sultans of Swing, Reception: The White Elephant
- The Frazier Family -
Nantucket is a very special place to be a family photographer. I love the unique combination of photographing families who live on Nantucket year round and families who come from all over the world to visit this special island. This year I have gotten to know another great local family, the Fraziers. Angel and Pepper live and work on Nantucket and they are raising three great kids, Felicity, Happy & little Pepper. They also have two Pugs, Monomoy and Starr Lite, who were a great addition to the family photo session. Angel and I had some great conversations recently about the Nantucket and I asked her about their connection to the island….
From Angel….”I have a special love for Nantucket. I was born and raise on the island by my native father and mother (from NYC) who shared with me the beauty of Nantucket. I am lucky to be able to raise my children here and pass down the magical adventure Nantucket has to offer. I find Nantucket has a special place in my heart and now my children as well.”
I too was born and raised here and I couldn’t agree with her more about how special it is to grow up on the island. Here’s a collection of images from our session this fall! I met them at their house in Surfside and photographed the kids as they played in the yard and then we all walked down their path to the beach by Surfside. These kids were all smiles and it was wonderful to photograph them as they ran around the beach and played with their dogs. It was a truly great afternoon!
Enjoy! – Katie K.
- Josh & Suzanne -
- Steve & Holly -
- Tyler & Aly -
Aly and Tyler were married Sept. 28th at a private residence in Madaket. Aly and Tyler are a special part of the Nantucket Community. They are charismatic, fun and the ultimate team. Everything about this wedding was original and reflected their personalities. They love being on the water whether they are surfing, boating or other adventures. Aly arrived to the ceremony on a boat driven by Tyler’s father Hal. Everyone stood awaiting her arrival and she looked stunning as she walked up the dock to the ceremony. Tyler’s Brother Sam Herrick was their officiant and Best man. Later he delivered what we have deemed one of the greatest Best Man Speeches of all time. He had the entire room bursting out in laughter and standing at seven plus feet tall he has quite the presence.
Aly and Tyler love Nantucket and they have made it their home year round. I was over joyed when they told me they would be married in Madaket, one of the most romantic places on the island, known for the amazing sunsets and also the ‘old Nantucket’ feel. After the Ceremony we took photos on the docks, the Madaket Beach and also on the infamous Millie’s Bridge in Madaket. These places are iconic Nantucket locations and now they are also part of Aly & Tyler’s wedding story. While taking photos everyone watched the sun dip below the horizon creating amazing light and beautiful skies.
Here’s a little more about how these two lovely people got to their wedding day…
Tyler always knew that Madaket Beach had always held a special place in Aly’s heart as she had spent summers there with her family. He chose this beach as the spot for a sunset proposal on her 25th birthday. Without waiting for her to say “yes” he slipped a family ring on her finger, the answer was blatently obvious.
After getting engaged in Madaket they knew they wanted to get married there. Aly described why this was the perfect place for them…. “I had always dreamed of a backyard wedding and Tyler wanted to get married on a beach. We were offered the Charney’s house to use for the wedding and it was the perfect combination. The admiralty club was an obvious choice for the reception because it was so close and brad Flemming offered to sponsor us.”
I’ve known Tyler and his family my whole life and he has been good friends with my brother for as long as I can remember. When I met Aly I also felt like I had known her forever. Much to my surprise I learned during the speech by the Co-Maids of Honor, Leah & Kelsey Cabral, they had met at one of my Brother’s notorious birthday parties on the beach one August. I asked Aly more about their story…. “Tyler was born and raised on Nantucket Island while Aly grew up in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. The couple was first introduced by Kelsey and Leah Cabral in August of 2008, during one of Aly’s many summers spent on the beautiful island. They first met at one of PJ Kaizer’s famous birthday parties on the beach where Aly convinced Tyler to join her for a drink dowtown later that night. Although they stayed in touch throughout the next fall, winter, and spring, it was not until June of the following year that Tyler made the relationship official by asking Aly to be his girlfriend in the small kitchen of his Tom Nevers rental. After dating for a while tyler claims that Aly passed the ultimate test after traveling with him to New Zealand for 3 months in 2011, where they camped and lived out of “Silver Fox”, their 1986 Toyota Hiace van. “
The wedding day was full of love and laughter. When they told me about their wedding plans I knew it was going to be extra special as they brought in lots of their good friends to make the wedding what they wanted. They made their wedding unique showing everyone their version of a Nantucket Wedding. Jonas Baker and his team catered the event, another good friend Claire Winship did the flowers with her aunt Kendra Lockley of Simply With Style. Everything had a personal touch. Jamie’s Junk Show is one of their favorite bands and they traveled down from Vermont. Scott Capizzo and Raymond Colon of Surfside Production did the sound and DJ-ing. Aly and Tyler are good friends of mine and when they asked me to be their photographer I was honored. Through out their wedding day I couldn’t help but think that this was truly what our Nantucket community is all about… friends and family coming together in a place they love to celebrate the marriage of two sweet people who share special ties to Nantucket.
Having the combination of a live band and DJ was perfect. The dancefloor was full the entire night as everyone danced the night away. This wedding was a wonderful mix of Nantucket locals and also friends and family who traveled in for the wedding. Aly and Tyler are going to have an amazing life together and I look forward to hearing about their adventures in the future!
Congratulations Tyler & Aly!
Special Thanks to Scott Achs for coming down from New Hampshire to photograph this wedding with me!
Ceremony: Private Home in Madaket, Reception: Madaket Admiralty Club, Catering: Jonas Baker of Slip 14 & Purple Sage Catering, Officiant: Sam Herrick, Flowers: Kendra Lockley & Claire Winship of Simply With Style, Hari & Makeup: Glitz Glam Bridal, Tuxedos: Vera Wang Black Collection, Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo at Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique, Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander at Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique, Photographer: Katie Kaizer Photography, Band: Jamie’s Junk Show from VT, Tents/Rentals: Nantucket Party Rentals, DJ, Sound & Videography: Scott Capizzo & Raymond Colon of Surfside Production, Cake: Pam Goddard of A Piece Of Cake 508-228-6184, Raw Bar: PJ Kaizer of Isle Have Another 508-560-8625, Photobooth Rental: Dan Gault 774-236-9031.