Betsy Nyman and Matt Wood
Draw inspiration from their stylish celebration.
September 19, 2014
Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
As the first day of their vacation to Maine’s Acadia National Park came to a close, Matt and Betsy were determined to dedicate the following day to hiking. Their feat: the most challenging and well-known trail in the park, Precipice Trail.
The almost-vertical, 1,000-foot climb up the face of Champlain Mountain kept the couple on their toes, but the view from the top made the hike more than worth the trouble. After spending some time taking in the view from the summit and reflecting on all the metal rungs and ladders they scaled to make their way up, it was time to take some final photos.
As the two stood on the granite ledge of the mountain at 1,058 feet, Matt asked Betsy to be his forever. She said forever wasn’t long enough. And so began their plans for their big day.
“Matt and I knew we wanted to get married on the Cape as soon as we got engaged,” explains Betsy. “Cape Cod is a very special place to us, and it is also somewhere we have created so many cherished memories with both of our families.”
Together they traded in a shady ledge for ocean’s edge to exchange their vows.
“Ocean Edge Resort offered us the perfect seaside option with beautiful views of Cape Cod Bay, while also allowing us to keep the classic vintage style we wanted,” she continues. Here’s more of this couple’s seaside celebration.
Betsy went with a dramatic classic-vintage look for her bridesmaids. “I started looking at bridesmaid dresses, and immediately knew I wanted to go with lace. Soon thereafter, we decided on the ivory/gold color scheme for the wedding,” she remembers.
“My Auntie Pam sewed these bags for us to give as welcome gifts for out-of-town guests,” says Betsy. A few days before the wedding, the couple filled the bags with Cape Cod treats and a welcome note, and had Ocean Edge present them to guests upon arrival.
Fancy Flowers by Meredith incorporated pearls and rhinestones into the bouquet. “I have kept them along with the lace to be used for the appropriate occasion to come,” Betsy says.
Given to Betsy by her sisters, the tags labeled objects representing something old (a WWII pin from her late Grandfather Repoli), something new (a purse), something borrowed (a vintage cameo earring), something blue (a blue marble that belonged to her late Grandma Nyman), and a sixpence in her…purse.
The wedding tables were decorated with an assortment of glass the brides’ parents spent the entire summer collecting. “My mom then turned the collection into golden mercury glass, which we used to add a romantic glow to each table,” Betsy says. On each napkin lay either a starfish or sand dollar ornament the couple made by hand.
The couple channeled an elegant seaside inspiration on the reception table by using a giant clamshell to hold all the paper gifts and well wishes.
The gifts table was arranged with items meaningful to the couple during their engagement. “The wooden sign reads ‘Champlain Mountain – Elev 1058 Ft’,” explains Betsy. “This is where Matt proposed to me in Bar Harbor.” The couple also included a toy 1956 Chevy Bel Air, the car the father of the bride’s childhood best friend they used for a vintage Save the Date photo.
The couple served lobster during the cocktail hour on the raw bar. Aprés-reception, they hosted a seaside bonfire on the beach with a bar and s’mores.
For dessert, the couple chose cannoli and raspberry, alternating between layers, and the bride surprised her groom with two carrot-cake cupcakes, his favorite.
Caterer: Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
Bride’s Wedding Band: Stephen Gallant Jewelers
Groomswear: Men’s Wearhouse
Bride’s Shoes: Fabulicious Bella 26
Cake: Montilio’s Baking Company
Hair/Makeup: Lisa George Makeup Artist & Associates
Florist: Fancy Flowers by Meredith
Band: Cape Tunes, DJ Scott Rosenthal
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