A Dream Come True on Nantucket: Louise and Justin Adomunes’ special day at Dreamland Theater

Cape Cod Life  /  September/October 2019 / , , ,

Writer: Elizabeth Shaw / Photographer: Katie Kaizer Photography 

A Dream Come True On Nantucket

Louise & Justin Adomunes

Photography by Katie Kaizer Photography

Cinematic views of Nantucket Sound, a dog as the co-ring bearer, and a boat ride from ceremony to reception sounds like a scene from a movie that would play in the Nantucket Dreamland theater. But this was the real life wedding of Justin Adomunes and Louise Broedelet. 

Justin and Louise met three years ago after mutual friends in Boston introduced them. Justin introduced Louise, a Holland native, to Nantucket, and it was love at first boat ride. When the time came to pop the question, Justin couldn’t think of a better spot to ask than on their boat. Louise became suspicious when he insisted on an early (5 a.m to be exact) ride out into the harbor for some fishing. But, with their black lab Winston in tow, they headed out to Oyster Harbor from Osterville. While Justin didn’t catch any fish, he caught Louise when he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Winston joined in on the excitement, and after, to top it all off, they finally did catch a fish.

There was never a second choice when it came to a location for the wedding. Nantucket holds a special place in the couple’s hearts because it was their first trip together, and Justin wanted to take Louise to the island he visited so often with his family. 

In May, the families arrived on Nantucket to celebrate, first to Slip 14 for the rehearsal dinner/welcome party on Friday. “The central location of everything just made it great with the logistics. Most people stayed right in town and could walk to all the main events of the wedding,” says Justin. On Saturday, the ceremony was held at the White Elephant resort where the couple was married by Justin’s uncle Jim. After saying “I do,” Justin and Louise boarded their boat, sailed around the harbor, and were greeted by their guests again at the Dreamland for the reception. “We were able to pull up as close as we could to the Dreamland and we saw everyone up on the deck enjoying the cocktail hour and our families waiting below welcoming us,” Louise describes. 

While a movie theater might seem like an unconventional venue, the Dreamland has become a premier (pun intended) spot for events. Justin, familiar with it from receptions for the Nantucket Big Game Battle fishing tournament, hadn’t thought of it until Louise wanted to visit while looking for venues. “We went in there, without 300 fishermen this time,” he explains with a laugh. “When you see it empty like that, you really appreciate how beautiful it is.” The updated lounge area on the second floor above the main screen features a wide open space indoors and a beautiful patio overlooking the harbor. 

“Because we were on Nantucket, we wanted to make sure we had those water views, but having the wedding in May, you really need to have that indoor/outdoor option and the Dreamland provided that,” says Louise. The Dreamland also allowed the couple to customize their wedding in a number of unique ways. “There were certain elements of the event that we wanted, and we were able to pick all our own vendors. It was kind of a blank canvas,” Justin explains. The couple describes being in control of every last detail, from the caterers to the alcohol to being able to bring Winston along to celebrate. “We had 50 or so people over from Europe and Dubai and we wanted to give them a true Nantucket experience,” says the couple.

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Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth Shaw is a former assistant editor, photographer & videographer for Cape Cod Life Publications. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Elizabeth spent many summers on the Cape, before she and her family moved down full time in 2016. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island as a double major in Writing & Rhetoric and Film Media, and started at Cape Cod Life the following fall. In her free time, she takes as many pictures of her dog, Watson, as possible, in between beach trips.