Neil and Lacey (McIntosh) met while both students at Holy Cross in Worcester, almost 10 years ago. They got married on October 5, 2013. “We thought it was a chance meeting, but it was actually somewhat of a blind date set up by a mutual friend,” says Lacey. “After college Neil moved to Boston and I moved to Maine, but we couldn’t seem to stay apart and kept finding ways to be together. “It was fun to spend time together in Boston, Portland, on the Vineyard, and Block Island, showing each other around and sharing our special places with one another. We eventually both took jobs in central Massachusetts in 2011 and finally got to be in the same city. We got engaged on a fall trip to Martha’s Vineyard in October 2013 on Long Point (in the company of a happy seal) and celebrated that evening at Neil’s favorite restaurant, State Road. “Honeymoon: Spain! A back-roads driving tour along the north coast of Spain – San Sebastian, Bilbao, Rioja, Bermeo, Ribadesella, Picos de Europa, and Madrid.”
Neil and Lacey’s vendors:
- Ceremony: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Oak Bluffs
- Reception: Private residence on Tower Hill Road, Edgartown
- Food: Truly Scrumptious Catering
- Raw Bar: Jeremy Scheffer
- Dessert: Donuts and apple fritters from M.V. Gourmet Cafe and Bakery, aka Backdoor Donuts
- Music: Guitar by Eric Lowe at the church, steel drums by Rick Bausman for cocktail hour, and DJ Connor Johnson
- Flowers:Kelly St. Laurent Flowers and Events
- Photography: Gene B. Photography
- Bartender: Rachel Wild
- Tents and rentals: Tilton Rental, Araujo Brothers portable toilets, Island Transport transportation
- Bride’s hair & makeup: Katie McIntosh, Lacey’s sister
- Friends and family hair: Mary Bergeron
- Rehearsal gathering: The Seafood Shanty
Q&A with the bride
What is one piece of advice you’d give you friends who are planning a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard? Planning a wedding in the off-season definitely made more things accessible to us in terms of availability and budget. It was fun to plan a party with our friends and family in a place that is so special for the both of us. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box to find a way to get the things you really want! You can save a lot by doing things like decorations yourself – just make sure you have the time and some good friends to help you out.
What was your worst Bridezilla moment? I hope I didn’t have one!
Is there anything you regret splurging on? No, we kept most of our choices really reasonable, so when there were special things we wanted to splurge on, we were able to and got to enjoy them.
Is there anything you think you spent too much money/time on? Twinkle lights! We spent a ton of time setting them up along the dock and around the property and then on the morning of the wedding they just stopped working. There wasn’t enough time to take them all down so we just left them hanging. Somehow, Lacey’s father and brother-in-law Jason miraculously saved the day and they sparkled throughout the night!
What was your favorite part of the big day? Aside from getting to share the amazing experience of getting married with our friends and family, there were so many special moments of the day, but here are some that stand out: Arriving to the reception on Lacey’s father’s boat and seeing a steel drum band that Lacey’s friends had secretly arranged to play for the cocktail hour, the raw bar, having a huge dinner party with our family and friends, and a few fireworks at the end of the night! We also really liked that all of the people helping out with the wedding were Islanders and people we have known for years – it made the day feel really special and intimate.