Category archives: cape cod

Sesuit Harbor Cafe

Sesuit Harbor Cafe Dennis Massachusetts Cape Cod Photo

When my parents told me they had found a new favorite lobster roll on the cape, I was skeptical.  We are longtime fans of our local byob establishment, Friendly Fisherman, which has long been my favorite.  We stopped by Sesuit Harbor Cafe on our way to our house in Eastham after a flight to Boston from Detroit, where I had photographed Michael and Lindsey’s beautiful wedding.  I have to admit I was only half awake after our early morning flight, but the lobster roll (and the view) was definitely impressive.  I almost felt like I was cheating on Friendly Fisherman, but we made up for it by stopping by a few days later and stuffing our faces with fried fish and lobster rolls (soooo good).  Now as I type this, I wish I wasn’t 3000 miles from Dennis, MA, because I am craving a lobster roll like nobody’s business. :(  Maybe I can find a way to get back to Cape Cod before next year, fingers crossed!

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a day in Nantucket

In all the years I have visited Cape Cod, I had never made the trip to Nantucket.  This year my mama decided she wanted to celebrate her birthday a bit early while Andreas and I were on the cape and take the ferry to Nantucket.  The day we visited we were blessed with beautiful weather and since it is still off-season, the island was pretty quiet and free from the throngs of tourists that come in the summer months.  We spent the afternoon strolling the streets and exploring the incredibly charming town and later ventured out to Cisco Brewers to sample the island’s beer.  The brewery/winery/distillery has a lovely patio and we brought along sandwiches to enjoy with our beers.  Normally I am not much of a sunbather, but after our long winter, I was craving some sun on my skin and soaked up all the sun I could get!  Before catching the last ferry back the Hyannis, we had an amazing dinner at Black Eyed Susan’s, a meal I am still dreaming about.  It was such a lovely little getaway and I am already looking forward to our next trip to the cape and Nantucket.  Happy birthday Mama!!

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Lou Lou magazine feature

We just received a copy of Lou Lou Magazine (thanks Daniel + Davina! – their stunning wedding is also in the mag) where our wedding is featured, and we are both completely flattered and honored to have two full pages in the Bridal issue in addition to being featured on their website this week.  It was a wonderful surprise especially as we did not have a lot of the gorgeous little details which grace most weddings featured in the blog/print world, but every time I see these images the  memoires of the weekend come flooding back- details or not, it was a damn good party :)

6 months + wedding film

I woke up to an email from Daniel and Davina this morning with some never-before-seen film shots from our wedding, which was a lovely surprise gift as we celebrated our six month anniversary this weekend.  Don’t you love the soft quality of film?  I love film grain and these photos remind me that I really need to take out my mamiya this week, since I brought it back with me from California and haven’t touched it since.
my hair guru/bff Travis Jay is truly amazing.  If any of you California friends need a fabulous hair colorist/stylist, Travis Jay is amazing re-writing my vows before the ceremony.  did i tell you that I forgot to copy one of them?  So when we said our vows, Andreas had one more than I did.  oops.  That might have been why I was laughing here:
film photos by our wonderful photographers Davina + Daniel
I hope you all had lovely weekends!  It was the most beautiful spring weekend here in Berlin, and while I lugged my camera around with me, sadly I didn’t take any pictures.  BUT we finally made some more progress on our flat, and I finally have my very own desk.  I had been working from the TV cabinet for the last few months and it was certainly not that chic.  Little by little, this apartment feels more and more like home.  :)
If you are not completely sick and tired of our wedding photos, you can check out part I and part II

Wedding Part 2

I meant to post this second half of wedding photos weeks ago, but once again life got in the way.  If you missed the first half, you can see them here.

The week of the wedding we had gorgeous summer-esque weather in Cape Cod, and I crossed my fingers the weather would last until our Saturday celebration.  My mother obsessively checked weather.com, and eventually I had to confiscate her blackberry to avoid her freak-outs every time she saw that the rain forecasted for Saturday was still forecasted.  I, on the other hand, had faith that there would be no rain on the day of our little celebration. and knew that if there was… we would still have a great time.  Although just to be safe, a few days before the wedding I ordered another pair of shoes to wear in case of rain, because there was no way I was going to wear the beautiful Christian Louboutin pumps I had planned to wear, if it was raining.  Louboutins are gorgeous shoes, but definitely NOT rain appropriate and they would have been destroyed.  In the end, it rained all night long before the wedding and we awoke to a bit of sun and no rain clouds in sight.  Which is still good luck, right?  Since technically it rained on our wedding day? ;)

Right before the ceremony the sky turned grey and it looked like a storm was going to come to the party after all.  I had planned the ceremony right before sunset so afterwards we could take my boat out and enjoy a few moments on the lake together, just the two of us.  As we pulled the boat into the water,  the clouds suddenly parted and gave way to the most incredible sunset I have EVER seen.  My mama and I like to think that all of our family members who are buried at the local cemetery in Eastham had something to do with it (including my grandparents who loved Cape Cod with all their hearts).  It was truly a magical moment and incredible way to start our married life together.

The rest of the evening was filled with good food, good wine, lots of laughter and a couple of tears (happy tears of course).  My dream had always been for it to feel more like a fabulous dinner party with our nearest and dearest rather than a wedding and I definitely think we accomplished that.  As you can see, we had quite the dance party.  After it was all over, my friends came down from their cabins in swim suits for a midnight swim, and even though I didn’t have my bathing suit with me, I ran into the lake in my slip and joined them.  It was a fabulous end to the best day of my life thus far, and thank you for letting me share it with you.  xo

if you want to see the slideshow Davina and Daniel made for us, you can see it here.  It makes me both laugh and cry every time I watch it.

Venue: Gibson’s on the Pond
Caterer: Sumptuous Catering
Photographers: Davina and Daniel
Wedding Dress:  Monique Lhuillier & Cocktail Dress:  Antik Batik
My Shoes:  Badgley Mischka
Flowers:  Flowers by Mary
Andreas’s Suit:  J.Crew
Andreas’s Shoes:  H by Hudson
Hair:  tj hazzard
Rings:  Kevin Main Jewelry
Wedding Pies:  Cottage Street Bakery & Marion’s Pie Shop
Ceremony Musician:  Fred Fried

and if you missed part 1 of our wedding, see it here

wedding part 1

I was never a girl who dreamt about my wedding.  To be completely honest, the idea of marriage was something I hardly even thought about before I met Andreas, and it was something we talked about after only months of knowing each other.  And it made (makes) sense with him.  Spending the rest of my days by his side is a thought that still makes me giddy.

When we got engaged last year we both knew we wanted a laid-back, intimate celebration where our friends and family could get to know one another over a long weekend in Cape Cod.  The location was perfect for a lot of reasons.  One, it is almost half way between our two homes.  Two, it is where we got engaged and one of my favorite places in the whole world.  And lastly, because my family has a long history in Cape Cod- the land we own there was purchased in British Pounds and has stayed in our family for generations.  We wanted our friends and family to make a vacation out of the wedding and have a chance to enjoy all the things we love about cape cod, and we wanted to find a place where we could house all of the guests and have the wedding celebration.  Amazingly, the venue we chose for the wedding neighbors my family’s property, and is a small grouping of lake side cottages where most of our guests also stayed, and is actually not a wedding venue at all.  It was perfect.

We decided to break with tradition and start the wedding off with a cocktail hour because I liked the idea of our guests being able to relax and mingle before the ceremony.  Having the cocktail hour first also gave us the chance to go out for a post ceremony boat ride at sunset, which was a crazy wedding dream I had, which turned out picture perfect (photos I will share soon).

I walked “down the aisle” with my parents by my side to our favorite song, “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez, performed by an amazingly talented local jazz musician.  My uncle Richard officiated the ceremony and created an actual “tying of the knot” for the ceremony- where each guest wrote their name on a piece of rope and they were tied together to create a circle of knots, symbolizing the fact that our family and friends are now tied together and we are all connected by our love.   The ceremony itself was very short (just how we wanted it) and had a few bursts of laughter tucked in, one when I mistakenly thought Andreas called me his husband in German.  oops.  I would say we accomplished our goal of not having a boring ceremony :)

We celebrated our first few moments being husband and wife with a champagne toast and afterwards were engulfed in hugs and kisses from all of our friends and family, which was one of my favorite moments of the day.  The feeling of being literally surrounded by love.
party photos to come soon!

photos by our incredibly talented photographers Davina + Daniel

Venue: Gibson’s on the Pond
Caterer: Sumptuous Catering
Photographers: Davina and Daniel
Wedding Dress:  Monique Lhuillier & Cocktail Dress:  Antik Batik
My Shoes:  Badgley Mischka
The Louboutins I had purchased would have be ruined from the rain :( These back-up shoes arrived on Friday morning… Thank you Zappos!
Flowers:  Flowers by Mary
Andreas’s Suit:  J.Crew
>Andreas’s Shoes:  H by Hudson
Hair:  tj hazzard
Rings:  Kevin Main Jewelry
Wedding Pies:  Cottage Street Bakery & Marion’s Pie Shop

Ceremony Musician:  Fred Fried

view part 2 of our wedding photos here

"Rehearsal" Clambake Dinner



I showed up to dinner and Cydney & I were wearing almost the exact same outfit, just opposites.  Obviously why we are friends :)
We started our wedding weekend off with a traditional Cape Cod clambake on Friday night, and stuffed our faces with lobster, sausage, clams, mussels corn on the cob and my dad and brother’s amazing BBQ, and it was DELICIOUS.  After a busy busy week of wedding planning it was incredible to sit down and enjoy a meal with our nearest and dearest and let any of the stresses of organizing a wedding melt away.  It was the perfect start to what was without a doubt, the best weekend of my life, completely surrounded by love.

I promise I will post some actual wedding photos soon!  We have almost a thousand, and there are so many that I LOVE, I will need to spend the weekend picking my favorites to share :)

The Clambake was catered by Treats Catering– If anyone ever needs a caterer in Cape Cod, I highly recommend them!  Great Service and Amazing food.  Looking at these pictures make me hungry….

** rehearsal is in quotes, because there was no rehearsing.. although looking back, it might have been a good idea….

photos by Davina + Daniel  (who we also highly recommend, amazing amazing photographers!)

instax love

One of my favorite wedding purchases and latest obsession is definitely my new Fuji Instax Mini Camera.  I forgot to take it out at our Friday night clambake and at the wedding (even though both nights it was sitting right next to my seat) but we still have a giant stack of instant photos from the weeks on the Cape.  These are some of my favorites, but have much more to come!

From top left :
1) Finally days after the wedding we had some time to relax on the beach together
2) my mama and me in our pjs
3) Andreas couldn’t wait until we got home and snuck into the dutch apple pie we bought during our pre-wedding pie tasting extravaganza (aka driving around to a bunch of different bakeries trying one of everything on the menu- not so good for the bridal diet, but oh so fun)
4) a and our niece, miss emma sophia
5) dinner with best friends
6) my mama’s bff cleaned our house before the wedding- what an amazing friend!
7) the boys
8) hanging with the niece and nephew
9) my parents in a one man kayak :)

The last few weeks have been an amazing whirlwind and I cannot wait to share more with you.  Honestly I am not sure it has all soaked in yet, I am pretty much still on a wedding-induced high. aka bliss  :) We were incredibly lucky to have so many of our nearest and dearest travel so far to celebrate with us.  I could not be more thankful for all the amazing people in our lives who surrounded us with love during such a monumental moment, and that includes all of you, thank you for being such incredible friends/readers!  Also, a GIANT thank you to my lovely guest bloggers for all of your lovely posts (and for the great advice!!) and for all of your support as well.

Off to unpack my suitcases and get some much needed rest!  xox

On Love - Kayla from Exquisite Banana

While I am off preparing for the wedding, I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to blog-sit and write a bit on the topic of love.  Kayla was one of my very first commenters on this little blog and after making my way over to Exquisite Banana, I felt an instant connection to her and the icing on the cake- she spent her early years in Cape Cod which is, as you know, one of my favorite places in the world, and that just made me adore her even more.

When Ashley asked me to contribute a guest post while she’s off getting married(!), I jumped at the chance. I think we can all agree that she is a sublimely awesome human being.
One of the things I love most about Ashley is her adventurous spirit. When I think ‘Ashley,’ I automatically think “travel.”
Therefore, I couldn’t think of anything more apropos than a congratulatory salutation combining the three places in the world that hold the most obvious significance for Ashley and Andreas:

California–where she’s from
Europe–where he’s from
Cape Cod–where they’ll both be from (at least for the first few hours of their marriage)
Congratulations, my dear friend. I’m ending with James Dillet Freeman’s “Blessing for a Marriage.”
For you, I wish all of this and then some.

“May your marriage bring you all the exquisite
excitement marriage should bring,
and may life also grant you patience,
tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another –
not so much to fill your emptiness
as to help you to know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete;
the valley does not make
the mountain less, but more;
and the valley is more a valley because
it has a mountain towering over it.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another,
and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!”
and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart,
may both of you hope to have
good sense enough to take the first step back.
May you enter into the mystery that is
the awareness of one another’s
presence – no more physical than spiritual,
warm and near when you are
side by side, and warm and near when
you are in separate rooms
or even distant cities.
May you have happiness,
and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.”

With love,
Kayla from Exquisite Banana

(photo credits: European map from my personal collection; California map from 
Vassi Slavova Design
Cape Cod Leather Travel Journal from 
Leather Maps on Etsy

love at sunset

It still feels pretty surreal that we are here on Cape Cod, finishing last minute preparations for this wedding we have been planning for the last year. Tonight was cold and windy, but when we walked down to the wedding site, which is only a block away from our house, the air was suddenly warm and still.  We watched the sunset (which is when we will be pronounced man and wife) and my heart felt full and happy, all of the little stresses of daily life (and wedding planning) washed away, and all felt right in the world.  We could not have picked a better place to celebrate our love, and I cannot wait for our nearest and dearest to start arriving, it will certainly be a weekend filled with love.  and a special thank you to you, my lovely blog friends for all of the support and guidance during this wedding planning adventure, I wish you could all be here to celebrate with us as well.

I have asked some of my favorite bloggers to help watch over this little blog in the next weeks, and I have some GREAT guest posts lined up for you!  stay tuned :)