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Ocean Wedding

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

Photo by Kelly Hike

“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.

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.”

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

Photo by Kelly Hike

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.”

The bride and groom heard about Spinner through family connections and hit it off immediately. Spinner jumped at the chance to work with a local couple. “It was great working with Dan and Kathleen because they were really involved,” she says. “We got to meet in person and go to all the vendor meetings together. It was also nice to have a relationship with their parents.”

For their part, Dan and Kathleen found that Desiree Spinner Events provided the perfect amount of guidance and direction. Bride and groom were equally impressed with the flow of the wedding day. “They were there early, before we woke up, making sure everything was the way we wanted,” says Kathleen. “They took care of everything and it was so nice not to worry about that.”

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