Summer Weddings

Last night our friends Dan and Raquel got married in Gloucester, MA, and they had an absolutely perfect night for it, gorgeous weather, and fireworks all around to boot. Their wedding was at a marina which made an ideal setting for the day that was in it.

Cape Ann Marina


Gloucester Harbor

Inside the wedding tent, lots of unique little touches made the wedding theirs. Raquel loves elephants, and so the place card holders were little elephants. Each table was named after a book. We were at Slaughterhouse-Five.

wedding place cards

The bride also loves the color red, and the simple red rose centerpieces really popped.

red rose centerpiece

Loved my dress, which I bought in Provincetown a few weeks ago, but had a really bad hair day. I haven’t had a chance to get my hair fixed since the nightmare cut and color that I had awhile back. My highlights are ridiculous, like she blobbed on color in random places, and my hair is darker than my natural shade – I had asked to have it lightened. I just need to make the time to go back to my usual hair salon, but it’s hard to sit still doing nothing for a few hours!


Of course no great wedding is without great food. We started with a very fresh and flavorful mix of greens that included a bunch of spicy arugula. It was amazing.

mixed greens salad with feta and fruit

I chose salmon for my meal, and it was grilled to perfection and served with asparagus, creamy mashed potatoes, and a fruit salsa dipping sauce. It was so yummy!


We ended up dancing the night away with a break for chocolate covered strawberry-topped cake.

chocolate covered strawberry cake 

The bride’s family came all the way from Barcelona, so I got to practice some of my Spanish. I really need to get back into speaking it more as I was definitely rusty!

I love summer weddings, but then again, I love fall, winter, and spring weddings as long as the couple is happy and having a great time. We have another wedding at the end of the summer in the Berkshires, and it is going to be a LOT of fun. We have been looking forward to it for about a year!

Do you have any weddings to go to this summer? What makes a wedding great, in your opinion?


Happy 4th everyone! I am headed to the beach to soak up some sun!

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  1. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

    I love weddings, especially summer ones! haven’t been to any weddings in 4 years, no one’s getting married but everyone’s having babies around here :D

    That marina wedding looks so beautiful!


  2. Erin’s avatar

    Everything looks so gorgeous — love the table names, too. :)


  3. Katherine’s avatar

    I love weddings so much! your dress is great


  4. Meghan’s avatar

    Your dress looks fabulous! (this is Raija) Looks like it was the perfect day and venue for a wedding!


  5. Abby’s avatar

    That cake looks scrumptious!!!


  6. Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana’s avatar

    Oh great idea for the book names as table markers. For our wedding we did our pets and our family pets growing up. Instead of just the name, we also had their photo :)


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I love that idea! So personal!


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