This Falmouth Micro Wedding Is Giving Us All the Feels
Full of personal touches, the sweet celebration even included a spin in a classic MG.
June 5, 2020
The Moors Clubhouse
For Juli Laubner and Ben Elder, the road to “I do” first began in Woods Hole, where they met while working at a restaurant in 2013. Things moved pretty quickly from there, Juli says, with the couple soon moving in together and then buying a house within a couple of years. It seemed all but predestined that the pair, who live in Falmouth, would one day walk down the aisle—it was just a matter of when.
The answer ultimately came in 2019, just a few days after Juli’s birthday. After leaving a gig at a local library, Ben, a musician, headed to a nearby jewelry store to pick out a ring—and promptly proposed to Juli in their kitchen soon after. “I was very surprised. I figured if he was going to do it, it would have been on my birthday,” says the bride, a nurse. “But it’s very much like Ben to make it personal [by proposing] in the place we live and to also do it on a whim. He had the ring for maybe an hour before he proposed.”
Aiming to marry the following year, the couple began planning, dreaming up a city-chic celebration in the heart of Boston. There would be a ceremony at King’s Chapel, a photo session aboard a swan boat in the nearby Public Garden, a decadent seven-course meal at Hampshire House on Beacon Street. “And then COVID hit,” Juli says. “We were still kind of hopeful in March, but then it just got worse and worse.” Unsure how to proceed, the couple anxiously awaited updates on the state’s gathering guidelines. Once Governor Baker announced Massachusetts’ reopening plan in mid-May, they knew the June wedding they’d envisioned would have to be cancelled. “I cried for a whole day,” Juli recalls. “And then we said, ‘Okay, let’s plan something else.”
Determined to honor their original wedding date, the bride and groom got to work, enlisting the help of family and friends to put together a totally different (and totally DIY) wedding in just two short weeks. Trading the urban vibe of their planned Boston event for a more rustic feel, the couple opted to host loved ones at the Moors House—a charming private clubhouse overseen by a Falmouth neighborhood association, to which Ben’s aunt belongs. On the day of, Juli and Ben swapped vows outside in the company of some 25 guests, treating their loved ones to a lively cocktail hour before tucking into a family-style dinner (served for a smaller group indoors). “All of our family and friends came together to help, which was great,” Juli says. “They’d all been waiting for [us to get married] for a long time, so they were on board.”
The bride’s bouquet included white calla lilies, greenery, and three yellow roses—each a tribute to a departed loved one.
Ben’s parents built the couple’s elegant ceremony arbor, adorned with white blooms and foraged sassafras vines.
For her wedding-day look, Juli paired a chic Paloma Blanca gown with black lace-up booties, a beaded belt, and this dreamy veil—crafted from Italian lace.
In lieu of penning their own vows, the couple chose to swap handwritten notes while stealing a few moments away from their guests. “We didn’t do original vows because I knew I would cry,” Juli says with a laugh. “We did letters instead.”
Serving dinner inside the clubhouse for just their parents and siblings, the bride and groom dressed up the dining table with family heirlooms, including vintage silver and china passed down from their respective great-grandmothers.
The couple’s DIY theme extended to the bar, where guests could pour prosecco, mix up Aperol spritzes, or sip the pair’s signature cocktail—a fruity blend of bourbon, blackberries, lemon, and mint.
In addition to sweets such as macarons and chocolate-covered strawberries, Juli and Ben’s dessert selection included this blueberry-topped vanilla cake. The couple included mini versions of the confection in their treat-filled goodie bags, which they doled out to guests who didn’t stay for dinner.
The group clinked glassed while enjoying a family-style meal, complete with lemon-and-pea risotto, roasted chicken, and short ribs.
Tunes from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin offered the perfect soundtrack for dinner and dancing. “Our very last song for the night was [Sinatra’s] “That’s Life,” which we were planning to play at Hampshire House as well,” Juli says. “It was fun singing along at the end of the night, and honestly what a great way to sum up the COVID wedding situation—’That’s Life!'”
Bride’s Gown and Veil Paloma Blanca, Vows
Bride’s Shoes Bella Belle
Caterer Eat Your Heart Out Catering
Desserts Delicious Desserts
Flowers Copper Penny Flowers
Groom’s Suit Generation Tux
Photographer Hope Allison Photography
Rentals Taylor Rental
Videographer Lauren Hoyerman
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