Kate and Roddy’s Nantucket Wedding – St. Paul’s Church and The Great Harbor Yacht Club

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Kate and Roddy were married on September 17th 2016 at St. Paul’s Church and enjoyed a gorgeous evening reception at The Great Harbor Yacht Club. Their evening was incredible and we had one of the most magical sunsets I’ve ever seen. The sky looked like a painting as everyone enjoyed the harborside reception.

I met Kate and Roddy for their Nantucket Engagement Session last spring over Daffodil Weekend.  It was clear right away that they love Nantucket and have a special connection to the island. Kate told me more about their decision to be married here…”Nantucket has been a very special place for my family and we have some incredible memories there. It is a spectacular island steeped in history and fascinating people. Last year, Roddy visited for the first time and was immediately smitten with the island. We spent many beach walks discussing our future and savoring the salt air, the refreshing dips in the ocean, the amazing sunsets, the fantastic culinary scene and fun nights in town. It seemed fitting to start the very beginning of our married life on this great island.”

We loved photographing the first look at Kate’s family home here on Nantucket. The couple was over joyed to see each other and we enjoyed starting their family portraits right there at the beautiful home. Following the church ceremony the couple had a great exit where all the guests were waving around ribbons. The scene was incredible with everyone smiling and cheering for the newlyweds. It was no surprise that among many other moments this was one of their favorite of the day…”Walking out of the church to see all of our family and friends – our favorite people- cheering and waving ribbons will forever stand out to us. It was an amazing moment. Other favorites: riding in the antique car through town to the GHYC – the first moments as a married couple; walking out on the docks under an incredible, almost paint brushed sky.”

At sunset the couple lit off the canon and everyone was invited into a gorgeous tent for dinner and toasts. We loved the Maid of Honor’s toast which turned into her and another friend singing one of Kate’s favorite U2 songs from their college years! The whole crowd was laughing, we alway love a good surprise toast! That wasn’t the only surprise either….after everyone enjoyed some dancing Kate’s father had everyone gather around for a special surprise.

Kate and Roddy had met in London while they were both living there. While living there they had followed news about  the royals very closely plus colorful politicians like Boris Johnson (who was mayor at the time). So Kate’s father had decided to write to many of them and let them know that Kate and Roddy were to be married on Nantucket! Much to their surprise they got back several letters…including the following…

They received a standard response from Kensington Palace on behalf of Kate Middleton the Dutchess of Cambridge. They also received standard response from Buckingham Palace on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. Boris Johnson a former Mayor of London and now Foreign Affairs Minister of the UK wrote them a personal response and congratulations and lastly, Ed Balls à former member of Parliament hand wrote a response as well! Kate’s father delivered a great and humorous account of the responses and he had the whole room erupting in laughter. The evening was full of heartfelt fun moments just like this that made their evening unique and truly special! We are so happy for Kate and Roddy and look forward to seeing them again on Nantucket!

Special Thanks to Kathryn Kennedy for all of her talent in joining me to photograph this wedding!

Ceremony: St. Paul’s Church, Reception: The Great Harbor Yacht Club, Photography: Katie Kaizer Photography, Hair & Make Up: Lyndsay Simon Beauty, Dress: Vera Wang, Flowers: Soiree Floral,  Band: To the Max, Wedding Planner: Nantucket Island Events , Cake:
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