Chris and Kelly Scott were married on May 3, 2013 at Chris’s grandfather’s house on Oyster Pond in Edgartown. They met through mutual friends in college – him at Bentley and she at Northeastern – who were dating at the time. Seven years ago this past Valentine’s Day was their first official date, but it wasn’t easy sailing for Chris at first: When he first asked her out in Sept. 2006, she wasn’t interested, but she “caved” a few months later.
He proposed on Dec. 23, 2011. “Christmas is my favorite time of year,” wrote Kelly, “and we always do something special before the madness of the holidays. He took me out to eat at a nice restaurant in the South End and then to see the tree in the Boston Common. We exchanged gifts on a bench in the Commons – it was a really warm winter. I gave him a watch, and he gave me an iPad and told me to open it because he had “set it up.” When I unlocked the screen there was a picture of the ring in the open box. I was thrown off and asked what it was, and then he proposed with the actual ring right there. It was very clever and cute.”
Chris and Kelly’s vendors:
- Location: Oyster Pond, Edgartown
- Wedding planner: Kelly St. Laurent Flowers and Events
- Food: Linda Jean’s Restaurant
- Cake: Cakes for Occasions in Danvers and Cakes by Liz on the Island. The original cake melted on the drive here so Liz fixed it.
- Dessert: Donuts and apple fritters from M.V. Gourmet Cafe and Bakery, aka Backdoor Donuts
- Flowers: Kelly St. Laurent Flowers and Events
- Photography: Bob Gothard
- Tent & Rentals: Tilton Tents
- Bridesmaids gifts: Heather Rose scarves and beach plum jelly made by Chris’s father Tom
- Grooms gifts: Vineyard Vines ties
Q&A with the bride
What is one piece of advice you’d give your friends who are planning a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard?
Take advantage of the Island and support local businesses, even if it costs a little bit more. Also, it was important that our wedding was a lot of DIY, but ask your family and friends for help. I think it’s important to involve everyone in your day so they feel like they have their own special part of it, whether it’s just picking up flowers or crafting center pieces. Finally, hire a planner to help you the day of. It’s worth the money not to worry.
What was your worst Bridezilla moment?
I would like to think I wasn’t too much of a Bridezilla, but after the rehearsal dinner (and a few cocktails) I wanted to sleep with my soon to be husband and not with the girl. I was convinced otherwise, but people were definitely annoyed with me.
Is there anything you regret splurging on?
No! Not even the Jimmy Choo’s that I took off.
Is there anything you think you spent too much money or time on?
No, not really, we were planning our wedding for a year and a half so it felt like a really long time but it flew by.
What was your favorite part of the big day?
There were so many! The ceremony was my favorite part, and then there was this moment right after the ceremony when were alone in the house for one minute before having to take pictures and we just looked at each other and were like, “OMG, we’re married!” Tasha’s [first cousin of the groom] speech was also amazing, the first dance, and we had sparklers and fireworks at the end of the night which really rounded everything out. Also, on a fun note, we did a spin the bottle dance circle that was initiated by one of the guests which was really fun.