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201205may_026 “You just can’t get better than that: a beautiful building set on the water, beautiful grounds, and the beach,” says Kathleen. “It had everything that we wanted.” The mansion and surrounding amenities were just what the couple envisioned for their classic Cape Cod weekend: a touchstone of Cape Cod history, a graceful, modern hotel and golf club, and a private beach where, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Provincetown.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Victorian-style mansion at Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club has a rich and storied history. It was built in 1912 by the Nickersons, a prominent Cape Cod family—nearby Nickerson State Park was created from donated land that was formerly part of the estate—who lived in a grand style, complete with servants and footmen in black boots, tails, and top hats. (As an interesting side note, from 1945 until the early 1980s, the property was a seminary for the La Salette religious order.) The current resort still retains much of its original character, from period furnishings to meticulously detailed finishes and woodwork.

201205may_027 With the stately stone and stucco exterior of the Ocean Edge Mansion as their backdrop, Dan and Kathleen aimed to create a wedding where the people and the place were the highlight. “We wanted it to be about us and who we are: simple and classy,” says Dan. “No bling—nothing too fancy.”

To bring their vision to life, the pair enlisted local wedding stylist, Desiree Spinner of Desiree Spinner Events in Osterville. Since 2009, Spinner has been delighting clients with her attention to detail and her thoughtful, creative approach to event design. She was inspired to start her business when she became frustrated planning her own wedding. “I couldn’t find anyone here on Cape Cod who could help me with my vision,” she says. “I wanted something different than the typical Cape Cod wedding and someone to bounce ideas off.”

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Amanda Wastrom is a frequent contributor to Cape Cod Life Publications.

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