Real Wedding: David Cantu & Lauren Bevilacqua
August 8, 2015
The Dennis Inn
For Lauren Bevilacqua and David Cantú, it’s always been all about family. Hours after David popped the question while he and his bride-to-be watched the sunrise over Marconi Beach one summer morning, the Charlestown couple shared the news with Lauren’s relatives. “I have a big Italian family, and we all have Cape houses in the same neighborhood,” she says. “When we showed up to the beach that morning, we surprised everyone with our announcement and the entire beach congratulated us because my aunts and uncles are all loud and made a big fuss about it.”
As the couple planned their Dennis Inn nuptials, they worked to include elements of their shared Italian roots, as well as David’s Mexican heritage, into the look and feel of the big day. Lauren, a graphic designer, dreamed up a stationery suite with phrases in English, Italian, and Spanish. After the ceremony, the couple pointed guests to their tables with handpainted tiles from Cantú Azulejos, a company owned by David’s family, and performed a mix of traditional rumba and choreographed bachata for their first dance. And in lieu of a champagne toast, Lauren’s father and uncles led guests in an Italian song followed by glasses of limoncello. “The fact that the day had so many pieces from our cultures was just so cool,” David says. “It was about our families coming together and celebrating. It was hands-down the best day of my life.”
After the ceremony, the bridal party took photos on Corporation Beach, in Dennis.
Gold-rimmed glasses and organic centerpieces featuring air plants and anemones gave the tablescapes an “Italian antique mixed with coastal chic” vibe, Lauren explains.
The lush bridal-party bouquets included Charity garden roses, dahlias, zinnias, and thistle.
Lauren and David said their “I do”s in front of a wall of white hydrangeas.
“I wanted to keep it clean and elegant,” Lauren says of her design for the beach-inspired stationery suite.
Bracelets Sisco + Berluti
Bride’s Dress Alvina Valenta, Allegria Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses Twobirds Bridesmaid
Cake Cake & Islands
Ceremony Music Intermezzo Chamber Players
DJ Entertainment Specialists
Envelope and Tile Calligraphy Hush Lettering
Event Design Lauren Wells Design + Styling
Flowers Wild Folk Studio
Hair and Makeup Leather & Lace Artistry
Paper Goods Acqua Design Co.
Rentals True North Event Rentals, Rentals Unlimited, New England Country Rentals
Tent UnderCover Tent & Party