June 23, 2012. Ryan Huard proposed to Lauren Malone at what she assumed was a regular Malone family dinner at Eastward Ho! Country Club. When Lauren asked if she could eat his last oyster, he dropped to one knee and held out the oyster shell with a ring floating in it and asked her to be his wife. With such a special memory attached to the Chatham country club, they both knew it would be the perfect venue for their wedding as well.
“Eastward Ho! Country Club is the quintessential Cape Cod country club, overlooking Pleasant Bay, with sparkling water and verdant rolling fairways,” says Lauren. “Ryan and I both agree that if we had to pick the most meaningful moment of the day, it was the time that he swept me away in the golf cart and drove up the fairway to the crest of the golf course overlooking Pleasant Bay. It was the only few moments of the day when we were alone together. The water was crystal blue, the swift breeze relaxed us. It was heaven. Standing up on the hill together hand-in-hand, it made any pre-party jitters disappear.”
Music, an important wedding element for the couple, kept the night alive. The Winker Band played Frank Sinatra-era music during the cocktail hour and dinner. Afterwards, the band Flipside rocked the dance floor, and for the after-hours, a DJ played pop hits.
Photographer Bryce Vickmark also works as a photojournalist, so he brings that sensibility to his wedding clients, capturing all the unscripted moments of the day as well as the classic photos so they can relive the day. “Lauren and Ryan’s wedding was great because of the couple themselves,” he says. They were so happy to be marrying each other and were not shy in showing it. They had smiles on their faces the entire day.”
This real wedding was featured in Southern New England Wedding magazine’s 2013 issue.
To see another real wedding in Chatam, MA, check out Adare Lindsay & Patrick Kiely’s wedding at Chatham Bars Inn.