A Pink-and-Gray Destination Wedding in Nantucket, Massachusetts
Rose and Gray
After meeting and falling in love on Massachusetts's Nantucket Island, Rose and Gray knew it would be the perfect spot for their wedding. After five years of dating, the New York City-based duo set the date, September 12, 2010, for their romantic, "Great Gatsby"-inspired beachside nuptials.
With a playful color palette inspired by their names, Rose and Gray worked with a team of talented artists to create their simple yet classic nautical invitation suite. Calligrapher Pier Gustafson, who also addressed the envelopes, designed an icon of a compass rose that encircled the couple's first initials. Calligrapher Deborah Delaney's beautiful script graced the stationery, designed by Angela Denise of 80 Press. The suite was letterpressed onto soft white paper by Bowne & Co., Stationers.
The save-the-date (also designed by Denise) was a bit bolder in color than the invitation. The postcard featured a map of the island and directed guests to Rose and Gray's website for more information.
The Welcome Bag
Rose and Gray's wedding planner, Michelle Rago, helped the couple come up with welcome gifts for their guests. Inspired by monogrammed Goyard bags, they worked with 80 Press to create the silkscreened bags labeled with tags from Sesame Letterpress. Each one included a welcome newsletter, Nantucket Nectars cranberry juice, Nantucket Pure water, Cape Cod sea-salt potato chips, rose and gray saltwater taffy, two Fresh lip balms, and a sake-scented candle with a custom "Rose and Gray" label made by Fresh, where Rose is the director of public relations.
The welcome newsletter featured a schedule of events for the weekend, as well as information on local attractions, a customized crossword puzzle, and Nantucket trivia. It also contained horoscopes created by astrologer Susan Miller -- she had helped the couple choose their wedding date.
The Bridal Bouquet
Dawn Kelly of Soiree Florals mixed peonies -- the bride's favorite -- and garden roses for the bouquets.
Rose and Gray chose Nantucket Unitarian Church, located right off Main Street, for their ceremony. The interior of the church, a perfect size for the 175 guests, fit the wedding's palette of rose and gray. Andy Bullington and Mollie Glazer played cello, piano, and acoustic guitar during the ceremony. They played some of the bride and groom's favorite songs, including Regina Spektor's cover of John Lennon's "Real Love" and an instrumental version of "Sweet Child of Mine" by Guns N' Roses.
The Young Attendants
Gray's nephew Griffin and Rose's niece Sophia were the ring bearer and flower girl. "Everyone thought they looked like a mini Rose and Gray," Rose said. "They stole the show." Griffin carried a ring pillow the bride's mom made from her own wedding veil. Sophia wore a Crewcuts dress and carried a small pink nosegay of roses.
The couple's ceremony was very personal. Rose teared up when their officiant, Reverend Ted, read a Walt Whitman poem. Gray's sister, Kristin, read Pablo Neruda's "Sonnet LXIX" and Rose's brother recited a significant passage from "The Bhagavad Gita." Rose received her yoga teaching certificate just prior to the wedding; her training had led her to that inspiring text.
In the Moment
The new Mr. and Mrs. Stockmayer shared a kiss as they walked back up the aisle at ceremony's conclusion. But it wasn't the first kiss of the day. "When I got to the altar right after my dad handed me off, Gray gave me a kiss on the lips, out of habit," Rose said. "The priest remarked, 'Not yet, that comes later,' and everybody laughed."
The Getaway Car
The couple rented a vintage car to transport them from the church to their reception site.
The newlyweds posed for photographer Abby Ross along the pier. The couple love to stroll along this area, and thought it was a fitting spot for them to spend their first moments as husband and wife.
Rose wore an Angel Sanchez gown from Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, Dior shoes, and diamond slice-drop earrings from Susan Foster. She also wore a bracelet that Gray gave her as a birthday present and a diamond solitaire necklace that she received as a wedding present from her godmother. Gray wore a Brooks Brothers suit.
Gray's parents joined the newlyweds for a photo on the beach.
All in the Family
A grouping of family wedding photos was displayed at the cocktail hour. Including some of Rose's parents, married for nearly 40 years, who also wed on the beach. Rose wanted to share these special snapshots with her guests.
The Signature Drinks
A special cocktail, dubbed the Rose 'n' Gray, featured Triple 8 cranberry vodka, lemonade, club soda, and mint. A wood stirrer with the compass-rose icon was the finishing touch. The bar was stocked with other flavors of Triple 8 vodka, supplied by the couple's generous friend Jay Harman, who is a partner at the Nantucket-based distillery where the rehearsal dinner had been held the night before.
The couple's logo was printed onto labels and affixed to Nantucket Vineyard wine bottles. Rose's father actually helped make some of the wine.
Calligraphed escort cards guided guests to their seats.
Pier Gustafson calligraphed each guest's name on the top of their menus. Galley Beach prepared a three-course dinner consisting of a Caprese salad, autumn vegetable risotto, and surf and turf of sea scallops and filet mignon served with roasted-garlic whipped potatoes and haricots verts.
Each table was assigned a different nautical symbol drawn by Pier Gustafson. The head table was a heart-shaped rope.
To fit in with the wedding's laid-back but chic aesthetic, the reception's long tables held mercury-glass vessels, oversize mint-julep cups, and votive candles atop custom linens. Folding bamboo chairs and centerpieces of stock flowers, local hydrangeas, and garden and Majolica roses completed the beachy look.
Galley Beach offered a waterfront setting, sunset views, and enough room for the pair's large guest list.
Jodi's Cakes made a lemon cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. It was stenciled with Fresh's iconic pattern and rested on Rose's mother's wedding veil. A cookie bar of traditional Italian cookies -- made by the bride's relatives -- and Italian confetti (also known as dragees) was set up for guests to enjoy. They filled bags, sealed them with custom stickers, and took them home for a late-night snack.
Photography: Abby Ross
Wedding planning: Michelle Rago
Location and catering: Galley Beach
Flowers: Soiree Florals
Cake: Jodi's Cakes
Hair: Ryan Cotton from Marie Robinson Salon
Makeup: Kerri Plant
Wedding bands: Custom from Carvin French Jewelers, 212-755-6474
Rentals: Placesetters, Inc.
Tent: Nantucket Tents
Videography: Scott Capizzo of Surfside Production
Transportation: Highland Drivers; Cranberry Transportation