Midway through their August wedding reception, the band asked guests of the new Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Buckley to step outside onto the terraces at Willowbend. Elizabeth and Steve, along with family and friends, were treated to a spectacular surprise fireworks show that mirrored the joy and celebration of the occasion.
The real fireworks began in the fall of 2012, when Elizabeth and Steve first met through mutual friends. The pair clicked immediately, and began dating shortly thereafter. On Elizabeth’s birthday, after dinner at the site of their first date in the North End, Steve proposed. They then headed to what turned out to be a surprise birthday party for Elizabeth. As they entered the room, where excited family and friends yelled “Surprise!” Elizabeth “surprised” them right back by holding up a sparkling left hand.
Steve spent childhood summers at his grandparents’ home in Falmouth and Elizabeth’s parents live at Willowbend in Mashpee, so it was fitting that their rehearsal dinner and wedding reception took place on the Cape.
The couple’s vision for their wedding wasn’t complicated. “We wanted it to be classy and elegant but simple,” says Elizabeth. “We wanted to bring in a bit of the Cape, so we had starfish in the centerpieces and a raw bar. The flowers were so beautiful; we added only a few touches, like coral cranberries in the bouquets and centerpieces.”
Most important to Elizabeth and Steve was the presence of loved ones. They also honored those who were absent.
“We wanted to make sure our grandparents were a part of it, so we had photos of all of their weddings,” says Elizabeth. “Steve’s grandmother, Mimi, was the only grandparent there and our wedding day would have been her 67th anniversary. Mimi was so excited that we got married on the same day as her, which was special to us.
“So many times we just stopped, looked around and took it all in. It was mind-blowing to have everyone together and nice to see our parents so happy.”
Copy by Lenore Cullen Barnes
Photography by Rebecca Arthurs Photography
Featured Vendors: Reception, Catering + Linen Rental: Willowbend // Cake/Dessert: Montilio’s Baking Company // Bridal Accessories: Shoes To Dye For // Bridesmaid Dresses: Country Weddings Bridal Boutique // Transportation: Rockstar Limo
Additional Resources: Wedding Planner: Laurel Hartman // Florist: Dolores Ahearn // Bridal Gown: Oscar de la Renta from L’Elite, Boston // Bridal Accessories: L’Elite, Boston // Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Puritan of Cape Cod // Hair + Makeup Stylist: Illusions // Engagement Ring + Wedding Bands: DeScenza Diamonds // Invitations: Coral Pheasant // Paper Products: Dulce Press // Reception Entertainment: Soul City // Videographer: Jimmy Baggott // Post-Reception Party: Lanes Bistro