United by their love for boating, Lauren and Matt Murphy, made plans to get married by the shore. But the wind was taken from their sails as COVID-19 forced the couple to alter their wedding day arrangements. Married in ModCloth, Lauren held her original vision close, while looking to a bright new chapter on the horizon.
The couple met while attending St. Lawrence University, Matt’s sophomore year and Lauren’s senior year. After college, they moved to Boston where they embraced their love for boating and living near the water. While planning their wedding, they knew they wanted to incorporate a nautical theme into their wedding day vision.
The couple planned to put their plans into fruition at Chandler Hovey Park in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The park boasts ocean views under the watch of a lighthouse, the ideal setting for their oceanfront wedding. Following the ceremony, they would join their guests at The Corinthian Yacht Club for dinner and dancing. But with COVID-19 impacting summer plans around the US, the couple began to prepare for inevitable changes. “During March, it felt like July 12, 2020 was so far away and that things would improve enough by then. But the closer it got, the more we realized that it was not likely that our day would look like we had originally intended,” said Lauren.
After postponing arrangements with vendors, the couple settled on waiting for the pandemic to slow before moving forward with plans. But as July 12th approached, the couple could not wait any longer to tie the knot.
Shining New Plan
Planning their wedding in a week and a half, Lauren and Matt committed to exchanging nuptials at Tuck’s Point in Manchester under a rotunda overlooking the shoreline. After the couple said “I do”, they took a boat ride around the harbor, with a sign reading “Just Married”. Cheers and blaring of fog horns resounded throughout the harbor as well-wishers celebrated alongside the passing couple. “The cheers and honks from the nearby boaters made us feel like actual celebrities,” said Lauren.
Following their “Just Married” cruise, Lauren and Matt took a trolley from Tuck’s Point to Beauport Hotel in Gloucester where they had dinner on the deck together as husband and wife. Lauren Married in ModCloth, wearing the Embrace Elegance Satin Maxi Dress in Ivory complete with a classic silhouette and cowl style back. Matt looked dapper for the day in a navy blue suit and lavender tie.
Lauren and Matt’s moments were lovingly captured by Jessica Doherty who they connected with through the True Date Project. The True Date Project is a network of local New England photographers offering donation-based photo shoots to the couples who postponed their wedding day due to the pandemic.
Bright Horizons Ahead
Together, Lauren and Matt defeated the storm and sailed harmoniously into the start of their life together. When asked what she loved most about the day, Lauren replied, “It was also amazing to spend so much time with our families. At a ‘normal wedding’ you spend so much time greeting and talking to each guest, but this was so special to spend the day with the people who are most important in our lives.” Surrounded by their loved ones, Mr. and Mrs. Murphy are planning a celebration in June 2021 at The Corinthian Yacht Club.