July 6, 2018
Chequessett Yacht & Country Club
When Molly Rossiter and Hayden Callahan first started dating in the fall of 2014, the then-University of Wisconsin students weren’t quite sure where their relationship was headed. They had mutual friends and went on study dates and to concerts, but Molly was just starting her senior year; Hayden, on the other hand, was about to graduate in December and move to Boston for an engineering job. That uncertainty disappeared, however, when the couple took a weeks-long road trip just two months into their courtship. “I think we kind of fell in love then and it solidified our relationship,” Molly says. They dated long distance for about a year while Molly finished up school and, eventually, joined Hayden in Boston.
After living in the same city for several months, Molly says they knew they were “heading towards marriage.” In December 2016, the couple started looking at engagement rings. “The first time we went in [to Barmakian Jewelers] we were just looking to see what size I was, and we actually ended up buying the ring together,” Molly says. “We had no idea that was going to happen.” Even though Molly knew what the ring looked like, she still didn’t know when Hayden would actually pop the question. She’d planned a surprise getaway to the Adirondack Mountains in February 2017, and had an inkling that Hayden might propose then. On the drive up, “He was acting so calm and collected,” she recalls. “I remember thinking there’s no way he’s going to do it.” When they got to their Airbnb, though, Molly had just started putting away groceries when she turned around to see that Hayden was down on one knee. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! It was a surprise to me even though I knew about the ring and everything,’” Molly says.
The pair spent the rest of the weekend quietly soaking up their engagement—and then the planning began. Molly and Hayden visited a few venues on Cape Cod, but weren’t sold on any of them. On Fourth of July weekend, they visited Chequessett Yacht & Country Club in Wellfleet. “It was the last one we were going to and at that point I was like ‘I don’t know if we should even go all the way to look at it,’ but we did, and we fell in love right away,” Molly says. They signed the contract on the spot. Then, on their wedding day, came every bride’s worst nightmare: rain. At the last minute, the couple decided to swap their planned beach ceremony for one in the yacht club’s boathouse instead. But yet, “I’m so glad [it rained],” the bride says. “The pictures came out so well and it turned into this beautiful night with the sunset, so it was actually perfect.”
While searching for hair inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest, Molly fell in love with the look of flower-adorned tresses. “Stacy [Kuehn] and I had a great consultation where she tried a bunch of different styles and we settled on a loose wave,” Molly says, “It held pretty well, which was surprising, and the flowers were still in my hair. Hayden pulled out about 40 bobby pins at the end of the night.”
Outside of their ceremony, Molly and Hayden greeted guests with a custom wood sign from Etsy vendor Oaky Designs.
The yacht club’s boathouse provided an intimate, rustic-chic setting for Molly and Hayden’s ceremony. “Everyone was there watching us,” Molly says. “It felt very ‘together’ and cozy.”
Pinned to a chicken wire memo board, the couple’s DIY escort cards stemmed from a template created by Etsy shop Minty Paperie.
“I’m not really one for color, so I knew I wanted mostly greenery,” Molly says of the reception decor. The long tables featured loose, flowing garlands dotted with cream and pale-pink roses.
The couple treated guests to a naked white-almond cake with both raspberry and champagne buttercream. “I actually didn’t eat any until right before we went off for our honeymoon, but it was so, so good,” Molly says.
Molly and Hayden called on a few of their friends to submit songs that they wanted to hear at the couple’s wedding. For their first dance, though, the DJ played “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones. “My mom loves her and I kind of grew up listening to her,” Molly says.
Bride’s Gown BHLDN
Bride’s Jewelry Barmakian Jewelers
Cake Cottage Street Bakery
Catering Mac’s Seafood
Ceremony Music SpeechLess Strings
DJ Fine Tune Entertainment
Flowers MKM Design
Hair Stacey Kuehn Hair
Makeup Eden Skincare & Makeup
Photographer Ashley Tilton Photography
Planner Cape Cod Celebrations
Rentals PEAK Event Services
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