Cape Cod’s natural beauty and a historic mansion frame a perfect seaside wedding.

Photo by Kelly Hike

Photo by Kelly Hike

Most people who live on Cape Cod year-round already have a certain reverence for the physical beauty just minutes from their door. When it comes to weddings, no fancy trimmings or extraneous bells and whistles are necessary to celebrate the spirit of this place. All you really need to do is show up and let the timeless, intoxicating fusion of ocean and sky work its magic (a little prayer to the weather gods never hurts either).

When local residents Kathleen and Dan Hodge began planning their wedding in the fall of 2010, like many couples, they were overwhelmed by the decisions to be made. In the beginning, there was one thing they knew for sure: they wanted to give their friends and extended family an authentic Cape Cod experience.

As one of our culture’s last bastions of tradition where families still gather together and celebrate, a wedding is the equivalent of a modern festival and feast. Since many out-of-town guests would be visiting the Cape for the first time, the bride and groom decided that they would create an intimate weekend that offered the essence of the Cape. There would be beach, golf, and plenty of time to socialize, catch up, and luxuriate in the beauty of the outdoors.

Photo by Kelly Hike

Photo by Kelly Hike

Kathleen says, “Growing up on the Cape, I always pictured getting married near the water. We wanted it to feel like it was definitely Cape Cod, even if it wasn’t a Cape Cod-themed wedding.” Like Cape Cod at its best, it would be simple, elegant, classic, and traditional with a modern twist.

There is a certain luxury, comfort, and refinement in any event at Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster, with its regal lodgings and awe-inspiring vistas of Cape Cod Bay beyond the back terrace. When Dan and Kathleen visited early in their planning, they were instantly smitten.