Even though Nikki’s mom was the event planner extraordinaire, her dad still had his own special role to play—walking her down the aisle of course, and also as her dance partner for a uniquely personal father-daughter dance. “My mom married my dad when I was six, and he and I had a dance in their wedding that we had choreographed together. He was my very first dance partner,” says Nikki about how their special moment sent her down a lifelong path as a professional dancer. “For our dance at my wedding, we had the video of us dancing when I was six playing in the background and we recreated the dance.”

For the rest of the evening, Nikki wore a short white dress—easy for dancing. “The dance party was epic,” says Nikki who spent the night twirling and showing off the feathered skirt of her stylish new ensemble. “You know how sailors like to party,” she laughs. “Between all of our friends it was like the athletes and the artists all coming together.”

“I think my favorite part was walking towards Chris. Gorgeous music is playing, I’m trying not to cry, and I see him standing there and he’s just the only thing I can look at,” says Nikki, pointing out that the music was all chosen from her favorite musical theater songs and that the ring bearer carried her childhood stuffed animal to hold the rings—a “ring bear.” At the end of the aisle, Chris stood in front of Nikki’s aunt who officiated and under an arbor he made by hand—one that has now found a permanent home in the backyard of the couple’s family home in Megansett—embellished by wildflowers of orange, yellow, pink, and pops of blue and with branches twisting and intertwining at the top just as Nikki and Chris’s lives have done. 

Next for Nikki and Chris: a trip to Iceland—the perfect honeymoon for a couple who spend most of their days on the shores of Florida or Cape Cod (something they celebrated with a sand ceremony at the wedding, combining sand Nikki collected from the Cape and sand Chris collected from Sarasota). And Nikki’s biggest advice to soon-to-be brides: “Before you walk down the aisle, take a deep breath and take in every single step that you take. That is the most special moment that you’ll ever have—that walk down the aisle—so take it all in, squeeze your dad and enjoy it.”

Vendors:

Photographers:
Nicole and Zach Gowan
Hair and Makeup:
I Do Onsite Hair and Face
Catering:
Chef Roland
Wedding Coordinator:
Cape Cod Celebrations
Stationary:
ThePinkPolkaDot 
Florist:
BrendaMaver-Brenda the Wandering Florist
Rentals:
PeakEvent Services
Farm Tables & Chairs:
True North
Tent:
American Tent
DJ:
Murray Hill Talent – Scott Arrington
Trolley:
Rockstar Trolley
Cake:
RobinFredey
Bride’s Wedding Dress:
Willowby By Watters from The White Magnolia Boutique 
Bridesmaid dresses:
JoAnna August
Grooms suit:
Bonobos
2nd Dress:
BHLDN
Jewelry:
Twigs and Honey
AV:
Carlson Audio Visual, Inc.
Welcome Party Catering:
Clambakes, Etc. 
Getting Ready Robes:
Plum Pretty Sugar
Ceremony Music:
Fenway String Quartet