Amy and Matt married in a classic oceanside wedding with plenty of personal touches. The Salisbury, Massachusetts Blue Ocean Event Center is literally right on the water—the huge windows overlook the electric blue ocean. Cute additions included their love of Legos (adorable) and gorgeous floral arrangements. Thank you for sharing your special day with us, Amy and Matt!

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From the Photographer:  Amy & Matt’s wedding was a classic oceanside wedding with nerdy touches to stay true to who they are as a couple. The venue is gorgeous with all the windows overlooking the ocean. You are literally right on the water. Amy did an amazing job pulling it all together and highlighting the venue’s ocean side charm with the centerpieces featuring sea glass and shells. They made sure to personalize their wedding with things they love. Instead of a sand ceremony they built a lego heart together (they love lego’s). They also had a lego cake topper that was absolutely adorable. The tables were named for shows that they emjoy watching together. They DIY’ed a card box shaped like the TARDIS from Dr. Who…another show they love, and gave it a clever name (CARDIS). Their “nerdness” was on full display, but didn’t overtake the day. The bouquets were a beautiful mix of roses & hydrangeas. They did a first look and we started on the beach next to the venue, it was a chilly day in April so after some photos we quickly decided to head over to the arcade for some photos. This was high on Amy+Matt’s to do list as they love coming to the arcade and playing the racing games together. Amy’s older sister officiated the wedding making it extra special.

.How did the two of you meet?  Although we like to joke around and make up elaborate stories of how we met the simple truth is we met on the dating website, OkCupid. Describe your engagement:  I managed to get tickets for us to a matinee of Hamilton in New York last January. At dinner after the show Matt asked me if there was any landmark in NYC I’d like to check out. I suggested the Flatiron building. Once we arrived, he got down on one knee and popped the question! Personal or handmade details: We didn’t want to go too overboard with decorations, since our venue has such a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. The majority of the decorations had nautical elements to them. But, we also wanted to make sure our wedding reflected us as a couple. so decided to add some personal flare into the details. Matt loves Lego and we like to collect Lego minifigures together. So, for our unity ceremony, we decided to build a heart out of Lego pieces. We also had Lego shaped candy for our thank you gift and minifigures as our cake topper. Instead of standard table numbers, we opted to have our tables were named after some of our favorite TV shows. Our biggest craft for the wedding was our card box. We both love Doctor Who and after seeing a few versions of a T.A.R.D.I.S. card boxes on Pinterest, we knew it was something we wanted to have for our big day. Describe your wedding flowers: Bridal bouquet featured lavender roses, white ranunculus, lavender and blue hydrangeas, and dusty miller as the filler. Memories and Stories about the Day you would like to share: One of the funnest parts of our wedding day was getting to take some of our bridal portraits in the arcade that is across the street from our venue. Getting married in April in New England, we knew that we might not have the best weather on our wedding day. The week leading up to the wedding, temperatures had been in the 80’s. But, in true New England fashion, it was 50 and overcast on the big day. Our photographers were still able to capture some fantastic photos on the beach for our first look. Plus, it meant we got to spend more time playing skee ball with our bridal party! Your first dance song: “I Love How You Love Me” by Camera Obscura The thing that we would have done differently is? Let go of what you can’t control and delegate when you can. I planned A LOT for the wedding. I had so many spreadsheets and our day of timeline came out to about to about 5 pages. At some point, I realized it’s ok if not every single detail or idea happens. The most important thing is getting to marry the love of my life. Plus, I had a fantastic coordinator, wonderful bridesmaids and friends who helped get things done. Our favorite detail of the wedding was: One of the best pieces of advice I got was to make sure that Matt and I had some time to ourselves. We made sure to schedule in 15 minutes to ourselves in our bridal suite after we finished up our family portraits. It was great to get some time alone before our reception entrance.  Your advice for other plus size brides: Don’t assume certain dress shapes won’t look good on you! I was so sure that sheath, mermaid and trumpet cut dresses would look awful on me. But, my top 3 choices were those cuts! Three adjectives that describe the day: Fast, Incredible, Party

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Vendor Love – Photography: Mr+Mrs Drew Photography |
Venue: Blue Ocean Event Center | Bridal Gown Designer: Melissa Sweet Vintage Lace Dress (8MS251122) from David’s Bridal | Hair Stylist and Makeup: Courtney Scott |Bridal Hair by Luminous Hair Studio  | Flowers: Ford Flowers | Bridesmaids Attire: katebridal| Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Cake: Topsfield Bake Shop | Invitations & Calligraphy: Blue Basement Studios  | Jewelry: Bride’s engagement ring and band from Benati,  Bride’s pearl bracelet and earring from Barmakian Jewelers, Necklace belonged to the bride’s grandmother | Music/Entertainment: Spotify | Rentals and Décor: DIY | Officiate/ Minister: Bride’s sister Alicia Greenwood

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Shafonne Myers is a certified wedding and event planner who longed for bridal inspiration that looked like her. She has created a website and magazine that brings bridal inspiration to plus size brides. She does speaking engagements educating the world about plus size brides and self confidence.
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