Catherine and Andreas were married this spring in Cape Cod, and had a seaside affair that incorporated all the cultures their marriage is bringing together. Catherine shared with us her beautiful story, which pairs beautifully alongside these gorgeous images by Erin McGinn. Our favorite fashion element are those blue bridesmaid caplets–such a chic way to bring a little glam to the sand!
Cape Cod represents a lot of firsts for us – it was the first vacation we ever took together, and the first time we said “I love you”. Chatham, specifically, was the first time I had my first whole lobster (now I’m told I can crack those things like a pro). On that trip and on every returning trip, we always make a point of getting lollipops from the Chatham Candy Manor, where the party favors are from.
We’re in a place where getting married doesn’t really change anything for us except the legal ramifications, so we wanted our wedding to really be as personal as possible. At the same time, we also wanted it to reflect all the people along the way that brought us to this point. My parents are both Chinese immigrants; Andreas’s father is German and his mother is Jewish so we really wanted to incorporate as many cultural elements as we could.
Thanks to Etsy, we were able to find a lot of great items to facilitate this. The invitations, designed by Lara Nehls, are a nod to our love of music and vinyls. Hadass Gerson of The Painted Ketubah created a beautiful, multilingual Ketubah for us to sign at the ceremony with our parents. The luggage tag placecards completed a “travel theme” we set for the reception – both as an acknowledgement of how far many of our guests had to travel, and also in keeping in with the role that traveling has had in our relationship. Each table at the reception is labeled after the airport code of a place that is special to us – with the exception of our birth cities (Nanjing, China, and Mettingen, Germany), they are all places that we’ve been together. The cake toppers – a tiger groom and a rabbit bride – are in honor of our Chinese zodiac (animal) years, 1986 and 1987. Lastly, the Robert Indiana “LOVE” sculptures (the wooden carvings in the centerpieces) represent the amazing city where we first met, Philadelphia.