Nuptials At Sea
Tell us your love story!
We first met on okcupid in 2010. Virginia had just moved to Baltimore to start nursing school and Avery was living in DC. We started talking on okcupid and then decided to meet up. Avery planned every detail of our first date, including washing her car before she picked Virginia up from Union Station. We went out to dinner and then to a Best Coast show at the Rock and Roll Hotel in DC. Avery drove Virginia all the way home to Baltimore that night. We’ve been together since.
What about the proposal?
By this time we were living in Connecticut. We were in DC visiting family for the passover holiday. Avery took Virginia out for a surprise evening. She recreated our first date, including dinner at the same restaurant we first met at. We even went to a show at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Soon after the show started, Avery took Virginia outside and proposed on the sidewalk.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
Virginia: Soon after we started dating I realized that Avery is the sweetest, kindest and funniest person I had ever met. She makes me laugh like no one else and life is just the best with her. I’m the luckiest.
Avery: Virginia went to Haiti during her time in nursing school for a week. I realized how much I love her and how much I needed this person by my side for the rest of my life. It wasn’t just this incredible trip she took to help people, but it’s how she lives her life every day.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew we wanted to get married in Provincetown, our happy place. We also knew we wanted a small, intimate wedding. We both love the ocean, and had the idea of getting married on the Schooner Hindu. We had sailed with the Hindu both in Provincetown and in Key West and fell in love with the boat and crew.
What surprised you during planning?
We planned our entire wedding ourselves and to be honest, everything went pretty smooth. The crew of the Hindu gave us helpful recommendations for a caterer and beer/wine supplier. We also went to Provincetown a few months before the wedding to plan details. From there everything just fell into place. The most difficult part was coordinating travel plans with family and friends coming from all around the country.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Unbeknownst to us, there was a huge annual bike race, the Pan-Mass Challenge, on the same day as our wedding, which had the potential to delay guests getting into Ptown. Luckily, everyone made it on time.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
Check about local events going on during your wedding weekend and think about how that might impact travel, etc. We also worried about weather as we had an outdoor wedding. We really didn’t have a backup plan which, looking back, seems outrageous. We chose to get married in August, which is typically beautiful, sunny, dry weather in Cape Cod. At the last minute we (mostly Virginia) freaked out and bought 30 giant white umbrellas and ponchos. Luckily we didn’t need them and Amazon has a good return policy.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Hard question. We loved every second of our magical wedding day. The intimate pedicab ride from our hotel to the dock with Eileen, our photographer, was especially wonderful. Of course we loved the 4 hour sunset sail on the Hindu with our favorite people. The whales we saw during the sail topped it off.
- Photography By Eileen Meny Photography
- Getting Ready Hotel By Lands End Inn
- Ceremony & Reception By Schooner Hindu
- Hair & Makeup By Snip Salon
- Florals By Wildflower
- Catering By Cosmos Catering
- Invites By Concertina Press
- Virginia's Dress By BHLDN
- Avery's Suit By Bindle & Keep
- Avery's Shoes By Frye
- Transportation By P Town Pedicabs
- Virginia's Shoes By Seychelles