Hal and Dale were married last weekend at the Unitarian Church with a reception following at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. From the moment I spoke with Hal I knew I'd love him and Dale. They are two of the most generous, charitable and good hearted people I have ever worked with.
Living in New Orleans, they took solace during a Nantucket getaway after Hurricane Katrina hit. They celebrated their 25 years together by getting married surrounded by their friends and family, most of whom flew great miles to be here. I felt truly blessed to meet such a warm, friendly and fun bunch of people. There was so much love all around. I have many more images to share of their week on Nantucket, but I'm going to go backwards and start with the wedding. It deserves to be first. :)
Ceremony : Unitarian Church of Nantucket, Reception : Nantucket Whaling Museum, Florist : Dawn Kelly at Soiree Floral, Caterer and Cake : Kendra Lockley at Simply with Style, Band : Brian Kelly with Seabreeze, Vintage Cars : Highland Drivers
Stacey Doyle, Rhode Island Wedding Photographer, and pure awesomeness, accompanied me once again. Thanks Red!
Dale shared this comic that described their union to me perfectly :
"In order to be happy, (Nelson), you need three things...something to DO, something to LOVE, and something to HOPE FOR."
The ceremony was full of so much emotion. Laughs, nerves, happy tears, and tons of love. I've never been so moved.
Did I mention the emotions were flowing?
Full of contagious smiles.
The Whaling Museum provides such a unique backdrop for a Nantucket wedding.
Kendra did a great job putting a twist on the traditional beach inspired cake.
Dawn and her team really went above and beyond with the bouquets and centerpieces. Hal and Dale had peach roses added to their table top.
How sweet? Stacey and I got our own placecards, menus and even a seat amongst the guests with a full dinner. Uncommon and super appreciated.
I was pleasantly surprised by the traditional New Orleans Second Line to When the Saints Come Marching In. It was my first but surely not my last.
At this point of the night, as Hal and Dale were departing and I watched the enter the getaway car, I had a tinge of sadness that I may not see them again, since they live so far away, so I started planning my New Orleans trip right away. :)