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An Elegant Late Summer Wedding in ‘Sconset on Nantucket Island

By Shayna Seid | Photography by 

Mark Crosby of Zofia & Co. Photography

Anne Devereaux Rauscher, a sales director at Trunk Club, and Lawrence “Larry” Kennedy, an investment banking associate at Guggenheim Partners, began dating after being friends for a nearly five years first. Annie’s best friend from high school grew up with Larry in Wilton, Connecticut, and after they all moved to New York, they met at a group dinner. Almost three years of dating later, and Larry popped the question at Steps Beach on Nantucket. 

Ever since she was a little girl, Annie knew she wanted to get married at ‘Sconset Chapel and Larry agreed it would be the perfect spot. Realizing ‘Sconset is a decent ways away from downtown Nantucket, they decided to also host the reception in the village. They fell in love with the ‘Sconset Casino, a tennis club in the heart of the community, because of its charm and knew it would be perfect for their casual yet elegant wedding. To help plan everything, they hired Jimmy Jaksic of Immaculate Reception.

In New York City, the first dress that she tried on at Monique Lhuillier ended up being the one. “I immediately felt it but was nervous about not seeing what else was out there,” Annie says. “I continued for another two weeks, and nothing came close.” For her footwear, she knew she wanted to wear blue shoes, and one of her friends found the perfect Maryam Nassir Zadeh pumps. Aside from her wedding gown, Annie was the most excited about her after-party outfit: a ruffled dress by Keepsake the Label with Sophia Webster shoes that read “Wifey for Lifey.”

For the big day, Larry wore a custom suit from Trunk Club, that some of Annie’s best work friends helped get. “Annie’s Husband” was embroidered on the inside of the jacket, which still makes the bride smile every time she thinks about it.

At the charming chapel, surrounded by lush, beautiful gardens and floral arrangements by Soirée Floral, the two had an intimate, emotional ceremony. “It was a bundle of nerves and excitement all rolled into one,” Annie says. “We were both so happy—smiling and crying happy tears throughout.” To exit, they walked out of the chapel with their dog, Lola, while their friends tossed flower petals.

Directly next door, the cocktail hour began on the patio of the casino. It started to rain lightly just in time for the sit down meal, and everyone found their seats inside. A duo plate of halibut and short rib was served, and dinner closed off with a floral wedding cake with layers of Funfetti and lemon flavors.

The Silver Arrow kept everything fun on the dance floor. The newlyweds had their first dance to This Must Be the Place by Talking Heads. After the speeches, the first dance, and the cake cutting, I loved being able to just dance with all of our friends and family and enjoy!” the bride says.

For their exit, the pair ran through a tunnel of friends holding up glow sticks while Tweezer Reprise” was blasting in the background. Everyone then made their way to the Summer House for the Juice Bar’s blackberry ice cream and donuts from Downyflake