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Natural Blessings

Mother Nature lends a hand for a memorable rehearsal dinner feast on Craigville Beach

Photo by Stacey Hedman

The happy couple were greeting the 80 family members and friends savoring Ahi Tuna with Crystalized Ginger and Hoisin Glazed Marinated Steak Skewers—just a preview of a delicious menu created by Falmouth’s Eat Your Heart Out Catering—when our photographer rushed in with the news that a spectacular rainbow was arching over the ocean.

The guests headed to the deck and were greeted by not one, but two vivid rainbows. Partygoers toasted the breathtaking sight as a good omen for the bride and groom and began digging into a heaping raw bar of fresh oysters, shrimp, and littleneck clams, artfully arranged in a rowboat on the deck.

Mother Nature lends a hand for a memorable rehearsal dinner feast on Craigville Beach

Photo by Stacey Hedman

Eat Your Heart Out is a longtime favorite with brides and party planners (as well as several members of the Kennedy family), who have called on the Falmouth caterers for personal and charity events. The company worked with us to design a beautifully presented dinner from start to finish, from the distinctive appetizers through a tasty clam chowder course and onto the hit of the night: an old-fashioned clamboil featuring fresh, steaming-hot, one-and-a-quarter-pound lobsters; local corn on the cob; roasted garlic herb potatoes; and even a lemon-scented towel. Guests could also choose grilled barbecued chicken and a light salad with fresh greens.

As the guests sat down to tasteful yet simply decorated tables—given a whimsical seaside touch with burlap runners over white linen, festooned with sea glass, shells, and floating candles—The Beach Club glowed inside and out. After a dessert of four ice cream selections from Centerville’s famous Four Seas Ice Cream served with hot fudge, the entire party headed home. We were certain that Mother Nature would bless us all for the next day’s Cape Cod wedding to be held in a meadow with views over a West Barnstable marsh out to Cape Cod Bay.

Susan Dewey is the editor and associate publisher of Cape Cod Life Publications



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