‘Personal and Special’ Atmosphere at Oceanfront Cape Wedding

Kristen & Marcus

August 27, 2016 • Osterville, Massachusetts

By Lenore Cullen Barnes | Wedding photography by Kate McElwee Photography

Choosing Marcus Messmer as her physics lab partner in college was one of the best decisions Kristen Coletti would make. Not only did he “do all the calculations while she distracted him with interesting conversation,” she says, it also helped sow the seed for a seven-year relationship, crowned by a beautiful beachfront wedding on August 27, 2016.

As romance blossomed, the moment that sealed the deal for Kristen was when she first witnessed Marcus’ extraordinary dance moves, learned while in Uganda as a member of the Peace Corps.

One morning, after having worked the entire night, Marcus picked Kristen up at the airport and began driving in the wrong direction from his apartment. Kristen laughed, thinking it was due to fatigue. But Marcus knew exactly where he was going. He drove to the Johns Hopkins campus and asked Kristen to marry him by the physics building where they’d met.

Kristen had spent a lot of time on Cape Cod while growing up, and Marcus had come to love her favorite place as well, so the Wianno Club felt like the perfect wedding venue. “The ocean backdrop is gorgeous, and the staff made us feel comfortable and at home,” says Kristen. “They seemed to genuinely want our day to be as special as possible.”

Kristen wanted elegant but simple décor “with a lot of earthiness and a touch of rustic.” The flowers and bouquets had branches and stems with touches of peach, and the tables had a similar décor.

The couple exchanged vows under a bright blue sky on a bluff overlooking the ocean. “Our favorite part of the day was our ceremony,” Kristen says. “We both wrote our vows and felt they encompassed our relationship, but also had memories that we shared with various guests. It felt super personal and special. Marcus’ favorite memory is sneaking away from the party to take pictures on the rocks because it gave us a moment to step back, take a breather and realize we were actually married.”

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FLORIST Vintage Flowers


BRIDAL GOWN Sposabella Bridal

HAIR + MAKEUP: Artworx Hair Design


STATIONERY The Pink Polka Dot

WEDDING PLANNER Elegant Engagements of Cape Cod

CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE Wianno Club, Osterville, MA

CATERER Wianno Club, Osterville, MA

DESSERTS Maison Villatte, Falmouth, MA


PHOTOGRAPHER Kate McElwee Photography

VIDEOGRAPHER Manx Taiki Magyar

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