Monday, February 8, 2010

Rent Romantic 3BR Home For You or Your Guests

Though you may have booked a block of rooms at your favorite Inn or hotel for your special day, perhaps you don't know where your extended family and friends can stay? Particularly in the summer months, Chatham is considered to be one of the most sought after places on the Cape to visit, so it can be challenging to find housing for your guests.

As of the new calendar year in 2010, I am offering to rent to my wedding clients a renovated, three bedroom home in the lovely "Ridgevale Heights" area of Chatham, only a 5 minute walk to beautiful Ridgevale Beach. This home is very special to me, with a gorgeous deck that overlooks conservation land. Sit and have a wonderful time with your family and friends as you smell the gentle sea breezes, hear the birds chirping in the trees, and taste your favorite barbecue item on our new gas grill. Take the hassle out of preparing for your big wedding day in knowing that your loved ones are enjoying a romantic, charming home that is within a 5-10 minute drive to Chatham Square (the center of town where there are many restaurants and quaint shops), the Chatham Bars Inn, the Wayside Inn, and the Wequassett Inn, to name but a few of the finer local establishments where my clients often marry. Chatham is close to the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, the Captain Linnell House in Orleans, Wychmere Harbor in Harwich, the Manse Inne in Brewster, and many other beautiful cape cod wedding venues.

My home is also available during the off-season for nearly all weekends, so if you would like to rent our romantic home while you plan your wedding day with area wedding merchants, or if you simply would like to have a romantic getaway in gorgeous Chatham, please contact me and my wife, Lianne for details about our availability and rates. We may be reached at 774-237-0080 or; for more details and photos, please go to our home rental web site at

Rentals during the peak summer season are for one week minimum. We do not allow smoking and no pets are allowed. We can only accommodate 6 persons maximum, but we do have friends in town whom we can refer you to for additional rental space.

Monday, November 30, 2009

I hope that you gain some insights about what clients of mine have done to make their wedding day that much more special. There are so many wonderful venues and themes from which couples can choose for their custom wedding on Cape Cod. Each couple has their own special needs and desires, so with this in mind, please know that my recommendations are based on the experiences I've had the distinct pleasure in sharing with the couples whom I marry.

I would be remiss if I neglected to say that there are many fine wedding venues that I have yet to post onto my blog, as this is a work in progress. As a wedding officiant on Cape Cod, I've had the pleasure of meeting many special wedding planners, restauranteurs, florists, musicians, chefs, photographers and other wedding experts, who put all of the finer touches together to make each wedding extra special for their clients. I am grateful to share in a couple's special wedding day - it's one of the most important days of one's life and I treat all of my clients with the extra care that I would appreciate receiving.

My wife, Lianne, has taken nearly all of the photos on this blog. If you would like to have her take photos of your wedding service, please contact us at

Friday, July 31, 2009

Ocean Edge Resort and Inn, Brewster, MA

Though I've been
performing weddings for several years here on Cape Cod, I always have new experiences with reception locations and ceremony venues that are new to me. At the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster, the environment is

fit for royalty with its rich wooden staircases, beautiful chandelier and charming, elegant 19th century decor. If you and your party are interested having a drink at their newly renovated outdoor lounge overlooking the bay, the ocean view and comfortable furnishings make the Ocean Edge a top notch experience. I hear they also have a stunning ballroom that has recently been renovated. Overall, Ocean Edge Resort transports you back to a time gone by; the photographs that grace its walls speak to luxury, good times, and an elegant Cape Cod experience.

Monday, July 6, 2009

A Few Testimonials from Couples I've Married

Ian & Laura:

We wanted to say thank you for being a part of our special day. We both thought the service you wrote was beautiful and it is something we will remember for the rest of our lives. Thank you again for making our wedding day so memorable!

Iva and Jason:

Thank you so much for officiating our wedding. It was a lovely, personal and very meaningful ceremony and you did a wonderful job of capturing our wishes. We truly enjoyed the moment!

Erin & Chris:

Erin and I wanted to thank you for the beautiful ceremony you held. Many have commented on the great job you did and we couldn’t agree more. Thank you again for being a part of our special day.

Chris & Andrea:

Andrea and I can’t begin to thank you enough for helping us out with our wedding. Without your kindness and generosity, this special event would not be possible. I am honored to have you preside over the ceremony.

Kimberly & Matt:

We just wanted to say a formal thank you for being a part of our wedding. It was such a great day – something we will never forget! You were so kind to take the special trip back to Sandwich to get our marriage license completed – thank you!

Janine and Jason:

Thank you so much for all of your help. We feel so much more secure knowing that you looked over our vows and will get us through the ceremony tomorrow. We are happy to be in such good hands

Family Pets

Yes, our animal friends are important to us, too, and some couples elect to include them in their special service! A popular role is the family dog delivers the wedding rings to the best man. I would recommend that you not do this, however, if you're marrying in an open field where rabbits and other wildlife may never see your rings again if your trusted pet's hunting instincts kick into gear.

Seriously though, a well-trained pet can play a key role as ring bearer and it can be quite a crowd pleaser. Pictured here, "DJ" was the most beautiful and calm animal I've had the pleasure of working with! She performed an excellent job and looked so pretty wearing a pink and white festive flower wreath.

Champagne & Cake, Bubbly and Sweet

In the years I've officiated weddings, I've seen couples celebrate in simple and sweet ways. Add a special touch to

your wedding with a bucket of champagne, or order cakes that are not only sweet, but also tie in with your color scheme or wedding nautical theme. Creativity is the norm so have some fun in celebrating
your wedding that will taste sweet and bubbly, too.

Cupcakes are a nice way to celebrate your wedding, too! Pick the style that suits you both the most, or order a cupcake stand that brings in a theme such as a holiday or a season. Celebrate with style!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Beautiful Beaches for Your Wedding Ceremony

Cape Cod is known for its gorgeous beaches, and so it would be impossible to name the numerous locales in which I've performed marriage ceremonies. Of course, it all depends on the weather when selecting a town beach, but there are many Inns

offering lovely weddings on the beach. Have a "plan B" when planning your wedding on the beach; mother nature can shift her patterns quickly on the Cape, and you don't need more to be nervous about on your special wedding day. It's worth the effort, however, if you love the beach as much as I do. Smelling the fresh salt air, hearing the seagulls as they soar above, and watching the beautiful sea and sky are breathtaking to behold and it makes your service that much more romantic.

For the Chatham area, "Lighthouse Beach", "Forest Beach", and "Hardings Beach" are all exquisite in their own way. The beach front Boat House of the Chatham Bars Inn is a gorgeous venue. The back lawn of the Wequassett Inn overlooking the ocean is a wonderful location on the water. Or arrange your wedding nearby the sparkling pool overlooking the ocean.

Contact the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce or the town clerk's office for where you desire to have your wedding for more details about acquiring permits. The top photo here is of a couple I married at the Chatham Bars Inn's Boat House. In fact, the large Cape Cod Venues and Wedding Ideas blog photo is of the gazebo at the Chatham Bars Inn overlooking the ocean.

You may also inquire about private home rentals on the beach such as Point House in Chatham at Scatteree Beach and The Winslow House in Orleans, MA, a turn of the century mansion overlooking the bay.

To the left are pictured Sarah and Brandon whom I married on Chatham Lighthouse Beach. There are new parking regulations for this specific beach, so be sure to inquire at the town hall while obtaining the permit. To the right is an early autumn photo of Point House's view on Scatteree Beach at the Chatham town landing.

I could write a book about beach weddings...I truly enjoy every beach for its own special views and natural beauty. Virtually every town on Cape Cod has several beaches to rave about that can make your dream beach wedding a reality.