19 Sep 2017


 In one of his many memorable monologues from the 1991 hit remake, “Father of the Bride,” superstar Steve Martin reminisces about a lifetime of experiences his daughter has had both in their family home and in their small community. Later, on the eve of the highly anticipated nuptial day, father and daughter share an intimate encounter on their back lawn. George Banks (Martin) concludes he will remember the moment for the rest of his life. The new bride at our house and her father shared a similar experience at our Nantucket home last weekend.
It was a four-day affair, beginning with a welcome BBQ and concluding with a “send-off brunch.” Of course, the main event was the ceremony and reception sandwiched in between. Per the bride’s request, with our enthusiastic support, all events took place at our home. Like Annie Banks from the movie, many of Ashlie’s childhood memories are here. Not only our home, but the island is where her foundation comes from. She learned to sail at Nantucket Community Sailing and discovered all the hidden corners of Nantucket during her days at Strong Wings camp. She became a regular at the Nantucket Pharmacy counter and Aunt Leah’s Fudge Shop. It was only appropriate that fudge was the wedding favor for the weekend. She met two of her best friends while working at the Boys and Girls Club. One her maid of honor, another a bridesmaid. In short, Nantucket is not only part of her life and her upbringing – it’s part of her story.
With the new trend in social media hashtags for weddings, #NANuptials was an easy choice for the happy couple. The groom’s (and now our daughter’s) last name is Nanino…but equally important, they wanted the wedding to be about the island they both love. Every decision they made as the wedding plans unfolded was an effort to ensure their guests felt as embraced by the Grey Lady as they have. The details of the event were flawless, mostly because Nantucket offers some of the most talented wedding vendors in the world.
Maureen and Maggie from Nantucket Island Events assembled a “dream team.” Their creative ideas and calming demeanor made the planning process easy and fun. Dawn and her team from Soiree Floral created a spectacular floral design for the tent, tables and ceremony. Patrick and his crew from Island Kitchen catered the entire event from their food truck and our household kitchen and wowed the crowd with the delicious fare, unmatchable service and gracious hospitality. 45 Surfside designed a fabulous nautical themed cake and 56 Union hosted an intimate and delectable rehearsal dinner. DJ Maple Syrup knocked our socks off (literally in some cases!) with some of the best dance music we’ve ever heard and Zofia and Co and Jacob Moncayo captured it all on film and video with some of the most breathtaking images we’ve ever seen.
In the end, all of the planning and executing aside, the theme of the weekend was summarized in one word by all who attended – Love. Love from a young couple for and to each other, their family and friends. Love from two sets of parents for and to each other, their family and friends. And love from and for an island that is famous for opening wide its arms to extend gracious hospitality, share the talent and goodness of its people and make everyone who docks here feel special, valued and nostalgic. Whether it’s a wedding or just the time on Nantucket, we’re certain like George Banks, it’s a moment everyone will remember.
Happily Ever After.

Shellie Dunlap
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