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Amanda + Ilana’s Clam Bake wedding | USA

Real Weddings / September 2, 2014

Yes, you read that correctly, a clam bake themed wedding…well, a New England clam bake wedding to be exact. You must be thinking, sounds like a nautical / by the sea kinda wedding? You’d be correct BUT way more fun! “We never wanted a formal event, so we encouraged our guests to play dress up, pretending to be on a yacht with the likes of Ralph Lauren and Jackie O. We definitely wanted to have our guests embrace the Cape Cod New England clam bake theme.

Amanda and Ilana had been together almost 7 years before tying the knot, yay. Just 3 months prior to their wedding, the state of California (and the Federal government) had struck down Prop 8, thus the girls’ nuptials were legally recognised in their home state, double yay!

Amanda and Ilana’s wedding was held in Princetown, Massachusetts on September 28, 2013. Their ceremony was on the beach under a Chuppa, or arch, constructed by their friend Eugene (who also officiated their ceremony). “We separately walked down the staircase aisle to the sand while an acoustic version of ‘Hysteric’ by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played. Amanda was escorted by her father, Ilana by her brother. Our dear friend Eugene officiated and Nacho (the ring-bearer) held the rings with his seersucker bow tie and independently brought the rings upon call. Since this was such an intimate celebration and so special for us, we wrote our own vows. We also included a couple of elements of our heritage. We used a modern version of the Jewish 7 blessings for our siblings to recite and ended the ceremony with an Irish blessing and a good old stomp of a glass. Mazel Tov!

Their wedding was an intimate affair, consisting of their closest family and friends. Amanda and Ilana wore elegant matching strapless dresses, decorative jewellery and carried bright and bold bouquets.

The post-ceremony service for their guests was down by the water’s edge, that consisted of cocktails and freshly shucked local oysters, while the girls dashed off for some quick portraits by the sea.

Planning a wedding from 3,000 miles away required much creativity and $$$, most of their styling pieces were DIY by the girls and their family and friends – including the invitations and save-the-dates by Amanda. Other DIY pieces included “three 21 foot pinnacle banners that were strung through the boathouse rafters. Amanda’s mom hand-painted the mini buoys that were attached to the escort tags. Eugene (our officiant) is a Hollywood Prop guy and his wife, Johanna is a floral guru. They jumped in without hesitation filling in the blanks, including constructing our Chuppah and overall emotional support.

At the reception, Amanda and Ilana were announced into the reception to “the theme from American Monday Night Football.” Yes, they are also big football fans.

It was lobsters, lobsters, lobsters as far as the eye could see – Amanda even screen-printed the lobster tote bag favours for all the guests. Cute!!

Wedding cake? The girls decided that the most appropriate requirement for this age old tradition would be to have…Whoopie Pies “a traditional New England special treat“. AWESOME!

Then after the pies were cut, it was ALL ON on the dancefloor.

The girls had this to say about their photographer, Dennis Pike
From our very first interaction with Dennis we felt as though we were talking with an old friend. We were fortunate to meet the day before our wedding at our Cocktail Party and he fit right in as if we really were friends. Obviously that made for excellent pictures the next day as we were comfortable allowing him to call the shots (no pun intended). We continue to get compliments on his work.

Tips from Amanda and Ilana:

Please do yourselves a favor and consider hiring a wedding coordinator. 1- It will save on squabbles and 2- Someone should take over the details on the wedding day. We were fortunate to have a couple people fill this role, but if we had to go back, we would spend the money to have peace of mind. Also, don’t sweat the small stuff, like what style of cutlery or plate to use… no one else will know it’s not perfect.

Roll credits…

Photographer: Dennis Pike | Attire: House of Fashion (Amanda) + Glamour Closet (Ilana) Catering: Cosmos Catering | Favors: DIY | Flowers: Wild Gardens, LA | Hair + Make-up: Lindsey Consoles | Music: DJ Jodi | Officiant: Eugene McCarthy (friend) Stationery: DIY | Styling / Decorations: DIY | Transport: Yellow School Bus | Venue: Chequessett Yacht Club | Wedding Planners / Coordinators: friends

Fun facts: I'm a "loud" little Latin gurl. I heart my label maker as much as I do my partner. I also like red things, leg-day and red velvet everything. My daily vocab includes "have you eaten?", "I love you" and "I farted"... not all at once or in that order. If I'm not talking to you about feelings I'd be helping you organise something.

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on September 4, 2014

Absolutely stunning.

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