Everlasting Memories at Home


February represents a month-long celebration of love – the love among family, between friends, and for significant others.  At Patrick Ahearn Architect, our number one love is residential architecture, and in our humble opinion, there is no better match than the pairing of our timeless residences with a wedding.  In these magical moments, couples and families are able to create enduring memories to last for generations in the most cherished space of all: home.  Whether a beloved property serves as the backdrop for big day preparations, or whether it functions as the location for actual vows and celebration, its presence will be preserved in photographs and remembered fondly for years to come.

Left: a bride’s bouquet sits on a stair in front of a family residence’s side entry. Hues of white and Essex Green on the exterior and iconic details like clapboard and copper lanterns make an exquisite backdrop for the day ahead. Right: preparations for the big day are made more special in the comfort of home. Natural light floods into the double-height stairwell, highlighting both the architectural wall trim painted Ahearn White and the exquisite lace detailing on the bride’s wedding dress, deftly hung to avoid wrinkling before walking down the aisle.
Everyone will remember wedding preparations at home, from the bride and groom to the littlest participant and even the groom’s loyal 4-legged companion.

Many enthusiasts will recognize our Morse Street House and Carriage House property on Martha’s Vineyard.  One of the firm’s earliest projects in Edgartown, the residence is now more than twenty years young and vibrant as ever.  The new construction home was built to blend seamlessly with its neighborhood, taking cues from the eighteenth century captain’s houses which surround it.  While this property has always held a special place in our heart, we feel it never looked better than it did for this summer wedding.

Architecture providing anticipation and drama: guests arrived from the street, where the view through the carriage house’s Dutch door and pedestrian portal offered only a glimpse of the celebration to come.
Hanging from character-rich interior shutters, the bride’s wedding dress sets the tone for the day’s joyful island vibe.

The residence was originally designed to look as though it was added onto over time, with its volume split among several structures.  Years later, it seems as though the layout was perfectly planned with this wedding in mind – the private interior yard and gardens which were designed to be out of public view now made for ideal locations for a ceremony and reception.

The private garden was transformed into an ideal space for an intimate wedding reception.

We wish all of our clients and friends the opportunity to create precious memories at home during this season of love, and are thrilled that so many of our clients have been able to host such special wedding celebrations within their family residences.