A quintessential New England coastal wedding at the Mystic Seaport Museum

Alyssa and John held their wedding on the sandy shores of Mystic Connecticut, at the beautiful Mystic Seaport Museum. Their New England coastal themed weddings featured hints of nautical decor and beach inspiration. Their day was filled with laughter as they celebrated with family and friends. We absolutely loved photographing their story.

How it all began
The couple’s story began at Bentley University where they were both studying Accountancy. Alyssa; a transfer to the University, was encouraged by her friends to pledge Delta Sigma Pi, a co-ed fraternity. In a wonderful turn of events, Alyssa was paired with John as “Little and Big”. They soon found out that they had much in common and became inseparable. Six years later John and Alyssa traveled to Punta Mita, Mexico for their annual “points” vacation.  John surprised Alyssa during a walk along the beach and proposed to Alyssa, she was ecstatic!

From the beginning stages of wedding planning, Alyssa was excited and organized. I remember when she first contacted me to share the news that they were engaged! Alyssa had been following us on social media for a while… We were so excited to hear the good news! We planned their engagement session for a summer night in Boston. We headed to the Boston Seaport with their dog Max and took a stroll on the Fort Point Channel Harbor Walk. The views of Boston Harbor made for the perfect backdrop, and Max was such a sweet boy! Alyssa and John had the most amazing chemistry, you can see they are truly each other’s best friends. I knew their wedding day was going to be amazing! 

The wedding day

September came and the wedding day arrived, Alyssa got ready in the cutest VBRO rental property. It was a quaint farm style house with a beautiful front porch that made the perfect spot for pictures.

Her wedding details were all so perfectly coordinated. Her wedding bouquet designed by Brambles & Bittersweet really complemented her nautical theme and went with her dress beautifully. 

 Alyssa’s Maggie Sottero wedding gown was timeless! Even her bridesmaids couldn’t contain their excitement when they saw her step out in her wedding dress! Those are the tears of true friends! 

John and his groomsmen went to Waynes Barber! Don’t they all look so handsome? Nothing like a clean shave to start the most important day of your life!

The first look

The bride and groom met on the docks of the Mystic Seaport Museum for their first look. Alyssa walked to John with anticipation, they reached for each other with the biggest smiles on their faces.

I love the colors they chose for their wedding! The bridesmaids wore mauve dresses and the groomsmen sported blue suites. 

The beach ceremony

If you want to make an entrance there really is no better way than picking a unique song for the processional. Alyssa walked down the aisle to an instrumental of the Jurassic Park theme song. Let’s just say I might have geeked out for a second (insert over excited photographer/fangirl)! The waterfront ceremony was sweet and simple. After they exchanged their vows they shared their first kiss as man and wife, and were surprised by a celebratory blow of the horn by a nearby boat! 

The outdoor reception

Alyssa and Johns’s outdoor reception was held in the Mystic Seaport Museum. Their nautical theme was carried out through the rest of the day, with her DIY lighthouses and starfish centerpieces, and sailboat cake topper.

The celebration went on long into the evening, Alyssa and John danced the night away with their family and friends. Everyone had such a great time…It really was the perfect wedding day. #sheehansbythesea

Nautical Wedding Details
Brides cup and perfume
Nautical wedding stationary
Nautical Wedding Ring Shot
Wedding dress photo
White Wedding Bouquet
Pre-ceremony celebrations
Bride reading Card
Wedding gift from groom
Bride Getting into her dress.
Solitaire Engagement Ring
Bridesmaids dresses
Mother of the bride
Bridal Portraits
Bridal portraits
Bridesmaids portraits
Waynes Barbershop
Boutonnieres and grooms details
Patriotic grooms details
Personalized groomsmen favors
Groomsmen photo
The groom looks out a window
First look on a dock
First look at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
First look at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
First look at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Bridal portraits at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Mother of the bride
Grandmother of the groom
Mother and Father of the Groom.
Bridal Party photos at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Bridal Party photos at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Candid Bridal Party photos at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Bridal photos at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Fun Bridal Party photos at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Bride and groom kiss in front of the Thomas Oyster CO Building
Bride and groom portraits at the Thomas Oyster Co Building at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Bride and groom photos at the Mystic Seaport Museum
Bride and groom photos at the Mystic Seaport Museum
Bride and groom photos at the Mystic Seaport Museum
Bride and groom photos at the Mystic Seaport Museum
Wedding ceremony at the Mystic Seaport Museum
Wedding ceremony at the Mystic Seaport Museum
Wedding ceremony at the Mystic Seaport Museum
Wedding ceremony at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut.
Wedding ceremony at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut.
Wedding ceremony at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut.
Wedding ceremony at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut.
Wedding ceremony at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut.
Wedding ceremony at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut.
Wedding ceremony at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut.
Bride and Groom kiss under the lighthouse at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut.
Bride and Groom kiss under the lighthouse at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut.
Bride and groom on the shores of Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic CT.
Nautical wedding details were used all throughout Alyssa and John’s Mystic Seaport Wedding.
DIY Centerpiece for Nautical Wedding.
DIY Centerpiece for Nautical Wedding.
Blue and gold reception decor
Nautical and gold reception decor.
Nautical and gold reception decor, at a mystic seaport museum wedding.
First Dance at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Frist Dance at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Dancing at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Nautical Wedding Details
Reception at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
Night shot on the docks at The Mystic Seaport Museum Wedding.
Wedding reception at the Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic Connecticut.
Wedding reception at the Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic Connecticut.
Wedding reception at the Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic Connecticut.
Wedding reception at the Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic Connecticut.
The dream team:

Venue: Mystic Seaport Museum

Photographer: Shannon Matos Photography

Caterer: Coastal Gourmet CT

Florist: Brambles & Bittersweet

Cake artist: Creative Cakes by Donna

DJ: Spin Enterprise

Hair and Makeup: Hair Unique II

Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal

Wedding dress designer: Maggie Sottero

Wedding dress boutique: Bridal Shoppe & Flowers

Mens Suites: Generation Tux

Officiant – Betty Allard

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