One Couple's Classic Coastal Wedding on Cape Cod

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After Lindsay Papenfuss and Daniel Carey met and casually dated in college, they parted ways for separate careers across the country, but the miles couldn't keep them apart. Just two years after they moved apart, the two came back together in Boston. "That time we didn't let each other go," Lindsay says. And years later, on a getaway to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Daniel dropped to one knee and asked Lindsay to be his wife.

As a nod to spot where they got engaged, the theme for the couple's May 8, 2015, became seaside glamour with a hint of fun. Lindsay and Daniel asked guests to join them on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where pristine beaches could provide the backdrop for their springtime celebration. Rebekah Kay Photography was there to capture every black, white, and pink detail.

Lindsay says the most stressful part of wedding planning was selecting her gown. "I am very particular about clothes," she admits, "so I knew the dress would be a difficult decision for me." The bride ultimately chose a silk and organza Lazaro wedding dress with a ruffled skirt, switching out its beaded bodice for a simpler sweetheart top. She added a Swarovski crystal belt to the gown for a touch of glam.

Daniel and his groomsmen wore black tuxedos and striped ties for the big day. Their boutonnieres featured white freesia and ranunculus flanked by subtle greenery. "The guys looked great and very classic, which is exactly how I wanted them to look," Lindsay says.

Lindsay's bridesmaids wore blush-hued gowns with sweetheart necklines. The bride gifted each 'maid a chunky diamond-like necklace, which completed their day-of ensemble. "It was the perfect touch of glamour," Lindsay says. The bride's bouquet featured white hydrangea, peonies, and roses (and was wrapped with excess fabric from the Lindsay's gown) while her attendants carried mixes with a touch of pink.

The couple also included a junior bridesmaid and flower girl in their wedding party, with the older of the two wearing a dress that mimicked the bridesmaids' gowns and the younger in white frock and ballerina bun.

Lindsay and Daniel held their ceremony at St. Joan of Arc, which featured cathedral ceilings, exposed beams, and lots of stained glass windows. To highlight the altar, the couple used two large pink-and-white flower arrangements but kept the rest of the church untouched.

It was important to Lindsay and Daniel that they have the opportunity to write their own vows. "It was one of the most special moments to speak our heart to each other in front of all our family and friends," Lindsay recalls. "It was certainly a moment I won't forget." Afterward, they recessed down the church aisle to Cannon in D.

Inside the nearby Wychmere Beach Club, guests were greeted by tables decked out with mercury glass vases filled with white hydrangea, blush pink and ivory roses, and spray roses. Floating candles in glass cylinders gave the tables a dreamy glow. At each place setting, guests also found their favors: Pink colored match boxes with the words, "Light Up the Night."

The couple's all-white wedding cake was topped with fresh flowers with layers of vanilla and chocolate cake covered in buttercream frosting.

"We love to dance," Lindsay says, "so after a beautiful formal dinner we quickly grabbed our friends and family and spent the night on the dance floor." Their first dance as husband and wife was to Michael Buble's "Hold On."

The couple honeymooned in Napa Valley and Maui before returning home. Reflecting on their wedding day, Lindsay offers up this advice to brides-to-be: "Stay true to your vision, don't get swept away in the opinions of others. It's easy to get pulled away in different directions, but ultimately this is a day about the two of you."

Ceremony Venue: St. Joan of Arc || Reception Venue, Wedding Planner, and Catering: Wychmere Beach Club || Bride's Wedding Dress: Lazaro || Veil & Flower Girl Attire: Allegria Bridal || Jewelry & Wedding Bands: Hearts on Fire || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair & Makeup: Kacie Corbelle || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Michael Kors || Florist: Designers Touch || Invitations: Shine Invitations || Music: DJ Danny Walsh || Cake: The Casual Gourmet || Favors: Simi Winery || Photographer: Rebekah Kay Photography

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