After almost seven years of dating, Matt finally got down on one knee in December of 2013 after a horse-drawn carriage ride through Chicago and Laura said yes to her handsome Matt and a beautiful half-carat, conflict-free solitaire diamond ring. In a whirlwind nine months of preparation, Laura and Matt finally tied the knot on September 7, 2014. With a $12,000 budget, many of the details were DIY - from the invites to the bouquet and boutonnieres and more, Matt and Laura were truly able to bring personality, class and a sense of adventure to their Cape Cod, MA wedding.
Matt picked out the colors of coral, teal and mint while Laura ran with the nautical/beach theme, using anchors, seashells and starfish to accent everything. Laura considers their wedding to be slightly offbeat, as there was no seating plan, no formal speeches at the ceremony, no hair or makeup artists, no maid of honor or best man, and no DJ or live band. Instead, they encouraged everyone to mingle and dance, focused the ceremony on their relationship, had friends and family help with hair, makeup and outfits, and created their own play list for the reception and played it via iPod. Their officiant, Jes, is one of Matt's best friends and got married, herself, a month later with Matt as her Best Man. Matt and Laura didn't want to play by the rules - they made their own rules to the relationship long ago.
Gray's Beach in Yarmouth, MA provided a beautiful late afternoon backdrop of the amazing Cape Cod shoreline and salt marshes. The Dennis Inn delivered amazing food, decor, centerpieces, linens and all the accouterments in a beautiful Cape Cod colonial house. Cupcakes were baked by Bettie's Cakes, Laura's former employer. Bettie's Cakes closed their doors a week before their wedding, making Matt and Laura's wedding cupcakes their final confection. Matt and Laura flew their photographer, Zahra of ZOA Photo, into Cape Cod from Atlanta, GA where she is Atlanta's #1 wedding photographer, working alongside celebrities and models as well as many local couples.