August 25th, 2012. He fell in love with her infectious smile when she giggled. She fell in love with his sense of humor and the slightly mischievous twinkle in his eye. James (Spike) Willcocks and Candace (Candy) Tischer met at a “Court” Tennis tournament in Tuxedo Park, New York in 2008. They shared a glass of champagne at the black-tie dinner and then hit the dance floor for the rest of the evening.
That shared sense of fun was very much a part of their August wedding. “When we began planning we wrote the following: casual, beachy, vintage modern, coastal, travel, sporty, and I think we got pretty close to that,” says Spike.
After a surrey ride from the intimate Grace Memorial Chapel where the ceremony was held to the Menauhant Yacht Club where the tented reception took place, a family friend took Candy and Spike out on a boat ride in a slip called “Her Ladyship.” “It was amazing because it allowed us a moment to take a breath with just one another and to be on the water, which we love so much,” says Candy.
One of the couple’s favorite parts of planning the wedding was all the little details that define their personality as a couple, like cocktail napkins with different phrases in British English and its American equivalent as a conversation starter for their Brit and American guests. Spike has his PhD in chemistry so they placed their escort cards in test tubes with scrolls for guests to leave them “messages in a bottle.” Favors included homemade “Dr. Spike’s Candy” and custom British Brighton Rock candy.
“I loved all the elements that Spike and Candy added to personalize the wedding,” says florist Patrice Milley. “I could tell they put a lot of thought and sentiment into the day.”
*This real wedding was featured in Southern New England Wedding magazine’s 2013 issue.
For more on Cape Cod weddings, check out the post on Alexandra Otway & Ted Norberg’s wedding at the Hyannis Port Yacht Club.