This Bride Felt Like a Disney Princess at Her Martha’s Vineyard Wedding
A patient pair make it official with a magical island wedding.
Alexandra Giniger and Bryan Scotland will convince you true love is worth waiting for. Their tale began in 2010 when Bryan asked his sister Blake for her “cute” friend’s phone number. Her answer? “Absolutely not,” Bryan says with a laugh. It took him six years to get Alexandra’s digits, but when they finally went on a first date to a rooftop vineyard in Brooklyn, the connection was undeniable.
After that, their love story moved faster. Bryan popped the question on Christmas morning three years later, and the New Jersey couple began looking for venues on Martha’s Vineyard—their favorite summer getaway and a place that’s long been special to the groom’s family. After a tour of the gardens at Lambert’s Cove Inn, the decision was easy. “There were bunnies hopping, bees flying, and Alexandra said, ‘I feel like a Disney princess,’” Bryan says. “I told her, ‘That’s exactly how you should feel.’”
Their June 2021 nuptials also felt like a fairy tale. Guests from as far as Hawaii and Kenya traveled to the island to sip Jamaican rum punch (a nod to the bride’s heritage) and celebrate under the reception tent’s twinkling lights. Switching up the order of events, the newlyweds ended the night with their first dance. “Everyone joined in,” Alexandra says. “Being with all these people who’ve played an important part in our lives was amazing.”
Alexandra stunned in an Essense of Australia gown finished with floral appliqués, sequins, and pearls. As for Gigi, the couple’s rescue dog? She donned a floral collar.
The pair celebrated with a customized bottle of 2012 Perrier-Jouët “Belle Epoque.”
After the ceremony, the wedding party showered the couple in petals as guests cheered. “There was so much joy in the air,” the bride says.
Inspired by the colors in a vintage postcard of Martha’s Vineyard, the bride and groom included pops of coral and blue in their table settings and floral arrangements.
“Bryan makes me laugh every single day,” Alexandra says. “I know there’s never going to be a moment without joy in our lives.”
The newlyweds and their guests struck poses in an ultra-cool photobooth—a refurbished VW bus.
Vineyard Caribbean Cuisine baked a small Jamaican rum cake frosted with traditional royal icing.
Alexandra’s great-aunt Carol Jenkins—a well-known journalist and activist—officiated the ceremony, incorporating a quote from James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time.
Bride’s Ceremony Dress Essense of Australia, Kleinfeld Bridal
Bride’s Reception Dress Alieva
Cake Vineyard Caribbean Cuisine
Calligraphy Maidenwood Press
Cellist Terrence Thornhill
Flowers O Luxe Design
Groom’s Tux Hugo Boss
Hair/Makeup Sea Spa Salon
Photo Booth MV PhotoBus
Planner Designed by Delsie
Rentals BBJ Linen; Big Sky Tent and Party Rentals
Steel Drummer Becky Bass
Transportation Martha’s Vineyard All Star Tours
Videographer Dante Avant
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