In January 2014, New England natives Maddy and Andrew Hobbs met in Dallas on a double date—while with other people! A few months and respective breakups later, Andrew invited his future bride to a honky-tonk, where a first kiss amid country music and two-step dancing sealed the deal. Three years later, after moving to Austin together, Andrew got down on one knee during an early Friday morning run. The sweet, quiet proposal was short-lived, however, as Andrew had another time-sensitive surprise up his sleeve: He had booked them a flight to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!
Despite their southern home base and an engagementmoon south of the border, the pair returned to their roots—the bride's family properties in Massachusetts, specifically—for their wedding on September 15, 2018. Maddy knew exactly what she wanted from the get-go…so much so that Andrew joked that he was “the last piece” of her dream nuptials! With the festivities held at her parents’ Padanaram house and Nonquitt farm, the bride ultimately wanted to show friends and family why she holds this summer oasis so near and dear. “All my guests had heard me talk about this place that meant so much, but it wasn’t until they were there, waking up with ocean air, that they got why I loved it,” she adds. The couple capitalized on that emotion with a relaxing, elegant-meets-rustic celebration.
The bride’s mother, an artist and graphic designer, created a custom logo just for the big day. The design made its way onto everything from the invitations to the after-party cups.
On the big day itself, Maddy and her ‘maids stayed zen with a morning yoga class on the beach taught by one of her BFFs. “I loved having that calm moment before the day started with some of my closest friends,” she says. Afterward, as they all got ready with New Leaf Hair Studio and Salt on Elm in the bride’s home, a food truck stationed in the middle of the community served guests breakfast tacos and coffee.
I loved having that calm moment before the day started with some of my closest friends.
Maddy first spotted (and simultaneously fell in love with) her silk mikado Carolina Herrera dress when the designer released their fall look book. And, lo and behold, when she and her mother started dress shopping IRL months later, that same gown happened to be on display in one of the bridal salons. “I turned to my mother and smiled," Maddy recalls. "I knew it was it!” On the big day, she did a first look with her father—and he agreed!
Complementing Maddy’s timeless ensemble, which she paired with a lush bouquet from Flowers by Semia, Andrew and his groomsmen sported blue suits and caramel shoes. Maddy joked that she also gifted her groom a custom handkerchief to keep on-hand during the wedding, knowing full well that she would be the one using it the most!
The floral bridesmaid dresses were actually a backup plan gone wonderfully right. Maddy initially envisioned champagne gowns, but the company her bridesmaids planned to use went out of business. Instead, she admits that she was ultimately elated about the outfit switch-up, saying “everything happens for a reason with wedding planning!”
“The flower girls stole the show,” says the bride of their three adorable wedding participants, all dressed in matching dresses, shoes, and flower crowns.
The pair's florist completely transformed both wedding properties, but especially so for the seaside ceremony spot. Stunning arrangements flanked the altar and seating, without detracting too much from the gorgeous Padanaram Harbor backdrop.
The couple’s 200-plus guests, who had downtime to soak up the beach before the ceremony, watched the “I do’s” from wooden benches.
Maddy’s father walked her down the aisle, while a close friend of the couple’s officiated the event.
During the ceremony, the officiant's nostalgic speech reiterated the importance of the wedding venue for the bride. “He mentioned the memories of family whiffle ball on the grass we were standing on, and I remember looking to my family on the benches—all my cousins were crying and smiling,” she recalls. “I knew getting married at this spot was important, but at that moment, it all came together in such a profound way.”
I knew getting married at this spot was important, but at that moment, it all came together in such a profound way.
The celebrations continued with an outdoor cocktail hour, a signature beverage (“The Ollie,” inspired by the newlyweds’ rescue dog), and some laid-back swinging.
In true New England form, friends and family also enjoyed local beers, shucked oysters, and lobster served on Cape Cod potato chips. Food ended up being one of the celebration’s major highlights, with Maddy opting for a farm-to-table menu.
Guests found their seat assignments in the trunk of a truck filled with an abundance of flowers. The couple prided themselves on their seating arrangement, which mixed their friend groups across tables to encourage more mingling.
Maddy recalls walking into the dreamy farm tent scene as one of her favorite memories—and rightfully so!
With the duo's florist largely taking the reins, the tent looked straight out a fairytale thanks to an abundance of ethereal vines, delicate white blooms, floral-covered trellises, and string lights. Custom flags with the bride's and groom's initials topped off the romantic set up.
Dinner was served alongside sleek, gold-rimmed flatware. It, unsurprisingly, featured local Block Island swordfish that paired perfectly with cornbread Madeleines (in honor of the bride's name!).
Speaking of perfect, friends and family also received custom wedding favors that played on Maddy and Andrew finding their match.
The newlyweds had a few doppelgängers on the dance floor—one of Maddy's bridesmaids debuted cutouts of the couples' heads!
As the night gave way to dancing, the bride took a sashay with her new spouse to Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is," followed by a turn with her father.
With their band and sparkler-clad guests in tow, Maddy and Andrew led the wedding crew to a nearby barn for the last hoorah complete with comfort food and a dance-filled after-party. "We danced in the barns until the early hours of the morning," recalls the bride.
All in all, the sentimental scene helped set the stage for this at-home celebration, so Maddy recommends that couples on the venue hunt should "have the wedding in a place that matters to you."
Wedding Planner: Glass Event Planning
Day-Of Stylist: Caylin Harris Creative
Bride's Dress: Carolina Herrera
Bride's Shoes: Alexandre Birman
Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Suitsupply
Floral Design: Flowers by Semia
Invitations: Cela Design, Inc.
Paper Products: Goosefish Press
Calligraphy: Sharon Morgera
Music: The Sultans of Swing
Dessert: Salvadors Ice Cream
Photography: Henry + Mac