Looking Back on a Dreamy Cape Cod Wedding Day


Today we wish a happy first anniversary to an inspiring couple as we look back at their stunning fall Cape Cod wedding



October 11th fell on a Saturday last year. I know, because on that day I watched my younger (and only) sister walk down the aisle on my Dad's arm toward the man she had dreamed of, the man she didn't know she was looking for, but the man she needed to find. 

Kyla and Chris got married in Orleans, Massachusetts (on Cape Cod) at the Winslow Estate, where they invited an intimate group of close friends and family from around the world — most of whom were in the wedding party — to join them for a week-long holiday in this oceanfront mansion. The wedding punctuated the week, smack-dab in the middle. While our family is mostly based in or around New England, Chris hails from England, so most of his closest friends and family had a significant distance to travel. The extended stay in this stunning location made a long trip across the Atlantic worth the adventure.

The Winslow Estate is a breathtaking property, one that facilitated relaxed get-to-know-each-other group hangs in lounge chairs overlooking the water during the days that both preceded and followed their big celebration.

 Photo of Winslow Estate by Brianna Graves

Photo of Winslow Estate by Brianna Graves

The communal back lawn also gave our friend and talented Los Angeles-based musician, Keaton Simons, a green stage on which to perform daily. He graciously obliged more often than not. It was Keaton (and his partner Laura) who we called when I was in labor, begging him to calm and ground me with a song. My daughter must have recognized the sound of his voice, as she followed him and his guitar around the lawn like the pied piper. 

 Photo of Keaton and Amalia by Brianna Graves

Photo of Keaton and Amalia by Brianna Graves

Kyla and Chris held the wedding, and thus the rehearsal, right on the grounds of the Estate, which made things easier (in most ways) for the wedding party and houseguests. 

 Bride Kyla at her rehearsal with bridesmaid Jenny. Photo by Brianna Graves.

Bride Kyla at her rehearsal with bridesmaid Jenny. Photo by Brianna Graves.

The wedding day was misty and magical, and the rain brought extra romance to the party and mystique to the photos. 

Though I knew it was a lovely day, and I knew it was a fun wedding, I don't think I ever truly absorbed just how extraordinary the event was until I looked back to reminisce on their wedding photos one year after the fact.

Kyla and my mom, and their combined creative prowess, DIY'ed most everything from the concept to the decoration and setup, with a romantic, vintage-y, beachside feel. They sourced the napkins and tablecloths, a collection of assorted delicate tea cups and colorful bird cages, created pouffy paper lanterns, designed the lighting and more.  You name it, they did it (with some help from bridesmaids and family). 

 I was happy to write the place settings. Despite a few embarrassing misspellings (and in one case, the absolute wrong last name), I was pleased with how they came out.

I was happy to write the place settings. Despite a few embarrassing misspellings (and in one case, the absolute wrong last name), I was pleased with how they came out.

Chris' sister Clare — a new mommy who was up with her sweet six month old daughter Mila around the clock that week — created all of the flower bouquets for the bridesmaids, as well as the arrangements that decorated the entire tent and every table.

Her work was positively stunning, and I don't know how she accomplished what she did without collapsing. I was happy to snuggle Mila whenever I could, and her husband Amar patrolled the premises with Mila in arms to allow Clare to work, but her talent and dedication to the task was still impressive (preeeetttty sure I would have cried and given up under the circumstances).

The bridemaids gathered in the morning to prepare Kyla for the day ahead (which obviously meant drinking mimosas).

 Badass bridesmaid and fearless leader of LA-based Redboot PR, Laura.

Badass bridesmaid and fearless leader of LA-based Redboot PR, Laura.

 The gentlemen wore Cape Cod cufflinks.

The gentlemen wore Cape Cod cufflinks.

Chris' groomsmen did the same in another part of the house. Which obviously meant pool tables and whiskey.

 Amar, Mila and Clare — Chris' beautiful sister and adorable family.

Amar, Mila and Clare — Chris' beautiful sister and adorable family.

 Kyla's maternal side — me with the World's Cutest Human, our grandmother "Nanny," Kyla and our mom, Denise.

Kyla's maternal side — me with the World's Cutest Human, our grandmother "Nanny," Kyla and our mom, Denise.

Before we all knew it, it was time to head down the aisle, lead by the World's Cutest 18-month old Flower Girl.

 They did it! Great success.

They did it! Great success.

 Blue steel with the full wedding party. Some of us didn't catch on...

Blue steel with the full wedding party. Some of us didn't catch on...

Before too long, photos were complete and the wedding party welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hall back into the tent to celebrate, eat, dance and be merry for the rest of the afternoon and evening, weather-be-damned.

My father's tuxedo shoes were cutting his feet, so flip flops replaced them, and the World's Cutest Human decided to bomb the Father-Daughter dance and give Elmo a ride in his stroller at that exact moment (she was quite perplexed, actually, why Kyla and my Dad were crowding her and Elmo on their stage). But it was those personal moments that made the day special.

 Mother-son dance.

Mother-son dance.

Kyla's best friend Caitlin beautifully hand-lettered all of the signage around the space, including the bride and groom's signature drinks.

 Chris' Aunt Leslie, who named them man and wife, Rogier and little Eliza, Chris' Aunt Sue and Saskia.

Chris' Aunt Leslie, who named them man and wife, Rogier and little Eliza, Chris' Aunt Sue and Saskia.

 Two sweet baby friends.

Two sweet baby friends.

And then, it was time to dance the night away. The bridesmaids brought in all the love with their heart glasses.

 Even our grandparents got in on the heart glasses love.

Even our grandparents got in on the heart glasses love.

Before their chariot could turn into a pumpkin, the entire wedding ushered Kyla and Chris to their car with glowsticks a'waving, sending them off to celebrate their nuptials privately, excitedly, exhaustedly and in peace. Hooray!

Today, on their first anniversary, Kyla and Chris are expecting their first child, awaiting the arrival of baby boy Hall in March 2016. And the dream lives on.

Happy anniversary, Kyla and Chris! I am so proud of the two of you, and the love, patience, kindness, courage, faith, trust, respect and space you hold for one another. I was honored to stand by your side on October 11, 2014, and I will remain by your sides for the countless anniversaries and celebrations to come in our lifetimes. I love you both! 


Unless otherwise noted by a caption, all of the photos of the wedding were taken by the Boston-based Honey by HIVE Studio. This husband-wife team of Austin and Cassie Huck so brilliantly captured Kyla and Chris' day, and the two of them were also fun to be around (though mostly invisible!). Their talent shines through in the photos and it was impressive how quickly they scouted the property and found the perfect backdrops to frame their shots (especially in such a restricted environment because of the weather). It goes without saying, but please do not use or republish their photos without proper credit/link back given.