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Michele & Kyle

A craft, boho wedding full of personal, handmade details.

When Kyle Dudley and Michele Lalonde’s first-dance song began to play, they were the only ones who knew it was time. They had agreed to find each other and share the moment together. No drumroll, no announcements, no fanfare.

“Kyle was just like, ‘When you hear the cue of the song, I’ll be on the dance floor and you come meet me, and that’s exactly what happened,’” Michele remembered. A few guests caught on and watched them dance, but the ritual was anything but forced. That was the two DIY-ers’ top priority as they planned their wedding together. Kyle is a senior construction manager and co-owns a woodworking shop in Virginia called Square & Chamfer, and Michele is a home decorator. Their crafty, boho wedding was to be a relaxed celebration, free from a tight schedule, free from choreography, and most of all, free from a seating chart.

“It was one of my shticks from the beginning that I didn’t want assigned seating,” Michele said. At their celebration at a rented West Tisbury home, guests chose their places at long farm tables, each named for a different Island town.

Kyle has family on the Vineyard, and has been summering on the Island since he was young. Most of Michele’s family lives in Canada, so the Island became a meeting point between their northern roots and their current home in Virginia, the perfect place to begin married life together.

The wedding was full of personal, handmade details. After the ceremony, guests showered the couple with dried flower petals and walked a path lined with wedding photographs of the couple’s parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents on their way to the cocktail hour. Kyle and Michele's mothers made their childhood favorites for the dessert table. Michele assembled decorative garlands with friends and family. Kyle and his groomsmen wore custom wooden bow ties from Square & Chamfer.

At the reception, the couple opted for an open mic for toasts rather than planned speeches. A risky choice, perhaps, but when friend after friend got up to share their well-wishes, everyone was moved. “My favorite part was the toasts,” Michele said. “We had so many of them and so many good ones, and the vibe was just so amazing.” 

“Our whole thing was, we wanted it to flow organically from one thing to another,” Kyle said. “And it really did. We lucked out.”

Details

Ceremony + Reception: Private Home
Photographer: K&A Photography
Caterer: 19 Raw Oyster Bar
Cake + Dessert: Val Cakes + Back Door Donuts
Music: DJK Entertainment
Flowers: Morrice Florist
Tent + Party Supplies: Boston Rustic Wedding Rentals
Bridal Party Gifts: Cuffs from Craftworks
Libations: Wash Ashore Beer Company
Accommodations: Summercamp + Vineyard Harbor Motel
Welcome Celebration + After Party: Loft
Honeymoon: Mexico
Their Best Advice: “Spend time exploring all the hidden gems of the Island. Get a feel for the type of vibe you want to have. Martha’s Vineyard can offer many different styles from rustic, to beachy, to traditional. We love that about the Island. Not to mention scouting out all the best secret spots for your photo shoot will really pay off in the end."








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