Wedding on Nantucket
By: Jenn Kovalski
Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to go to Nantucket for my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding.
I have not been to Nantucket since I was a pre-teen, I remembered then how much I loved it, and let me tell you- that did not change, it is a gorgeous island! It is so quaint and beautiful with the cobblestone roads, as well as many of the local businesses are original and authentic. While I had little downtime given it was a family wedding, and thus had to run errands, help out as much as I could, and attend the pre-planned activities, I still managed to put a dent in my wallet with some shopping. My boyfriend reminded me that anything that I buy I have to carry home, so this did have a rationalizing effect on my shopping spree.
We arrived on Friday morning after a quick ferry ride. We stayed in a beautiful, rented home that was about a 10 minute walk from the center of town and a 2 minute drive from the wedding venue.
Friday night was the “welcoming party”. This was in place of a rehearsal dinner since everyone who was attending the wedding pretty much came the evening prior, it was a great way to include everyone kick off the weekend together. The ‘welcoming party’ was held at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. It began at sunset on the museum’s roof deck, which had some excellent views of the island accompanied by delicious appetizers and drinks. We also had a free run of the museum, which allowed us to take in all of the paintings, artifacts, and preserved whale bones. If you ever go to Nantucket, make sure to check it out, it’s a really cool place.
The next day was wedding day! The ceremony and reception was held at The Galley Beach Club. The location was perfect. The ceremony was out on the beach, followed by a cocktail hour and delicious dinner inside, then dancing in the tent on the beach or relaxing in big comfy patio furniture by propane fire pits. All in all it was a perfect night for guests and the bride and groom.
On Sunday, we headed to the famous Cisco Brewery on the island to hang out for the day. I didn’t know what to expect when I was on my way there, as it seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, much less on Nantucket. What I found was three huge barns that housed different varieties of drinks that they make there, and you can walk freely from building to building to sample different kinds. There was a live band, a food truck, and a raw bar. It was a great, laid back way to spend time with everyone and re-hash the night prior before we headed home later.
I have to give a lot of credit to my boyfriend’s sister, that girl planned a heck of a wedding! There were so many personal touches, and details that made it so fun and memorable.