Gloucester Massachusetts: Home of The Perfect Storm, famous baked stuffed lobsters, 17 pregnant teens at Gloucester High School, and Joe’s parents’ historic “summer bungalow” where John Hayes Hammond Jr., the “Father of the Remote Control” once lived and invented crazy stuff in the dungeon (below), which was his laboratory. Pretty cool, right?
But as soon as I arrived for our 4th of July vacation, all my Dawson’s Creek fantasies came true and I was enraptured by the lush trees, rocky coast, salty air, winding streams, New England style homes, polite drivers… and the list goes on…
Note: Dawson’s Creek takes place in Cape Cod, Mass. which is down the coast from Gloucester, but the scenery is quite similar.
Being a florist through and through, much of my vacation was spent imagining how wonderful it would be to do a quaint, seaside destination wedding in Gloucester at my in-laws’ gorgeous bungalow. So humor me as I let my imagination run wild here! Photos are courtesy of hubby Joe.
For the ceremony, a charming white gazebo by the sea just minutes from the bungalow. I just wish the grass were a bit greener. Oh well, this is just hypothetical!
The reception would take place at my in-laws’ bungalow. The old pictures come from a tattered photo album that has been passed down to each owner of the house since it was built in the 1920s.
The bungalow in 2008! Notice the castle foundation. The inventor started to build a castle, then changed his mind halfway through, leaving us with an incredible dungeon with hidden pathways galore. I never actually ventured down there because there are bats!
The ancient door leading to the courtyard where the reception would be held.
A closer look at the weathered courtyard.
THE COLOR PALETTE:
This palette is inspired by the mustard yellow moss clutching the rocks all over the backyard, and the bright, colorful buoys we saw on the harbor.
THE ATMOSPHERE: A casual, candlelit summer soiree at the bungalow inspired by 1920’s Gloucester. Guests are wined and dined with fresh, local lobster and homemade cannolis. Playful jazz music circa 1920s (think Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong) fills the courtyard, and old silent films are projected on the side of the house after nightfall.
MOTIFS AND REPEATING ELEMENTS: Beakers, test tubes and other science tools as a nod to the famous inventor who resided in this house.
All vases and containers will be mismatched, as if gathered from the attic.
I have been dying to use these rustic flower pots from accent decor in a wedding. Hopefully you’ll see them in a wedding soon!
whites: fluffy white hydrangea, white sweet peas
mustard: buttery yellow garden roses, ranunculus, freesia, and oncidium “dancing lady” orchids
blues: blue hyacinth, blue cornflower, indigo blue delphinium, muscari
Below are rough sketches of the alternating high and low centerpieces.
And that, my friends, is the recipe for a gorgeous Gloucester wedding!