After meeting at Ace Bar in the East Village and dating for more than four years, Austin Kahler proposed to Caroline Soule on Cape Cod. While on their favorite walk through a hidden path that ends on the top of the dunes with a sweeping view of the beach and bay, Austin got down on one knee. They then gleefully rode their bikes back to the house, where their families were waiting to surprise the happy couple.
Choosing a wedding venue was an easy decision. “We always knew we would get married at my grandparents house on Cape Cod,” Caroline shares. “It’s where my parents and aunt and uncle were married and has the best view of the harbor. We were very fortunate to be married in a place that is very special to us”
“My mom is an interior designer, so we were very keen on it feeling somewhat residential, which inspired a lot of the elements like the lanterns, furniture, and linens,” the bride says of her wedding design. “But we also really wanted it to feel like you were eating under a giant tree, which is where the bar design came in. We basically built a giant manmade tree that was growing out of the top of the tent with a bar fully around it.”
.With Nicole Simeral’s planning expertise, the couple’s vision was perfectly brought to life. Cheree Berry Paper & Design set the tone for the weekend with a beautiful invitation suite, while Joseph Rogero captured every touching moment.
“I wanted a very tailored dress but one that still had detail to it,” Caroline says of her wedding dress. She also knew she was going to wear the diamond and pearl flower earrings that her grandfather had made for her grandmother. When she found a Carolina Herrera dress from a 2017 collection, the bride instantly fell in love with it.
On the morning-of, the bride got ready with makeup artist Dani Wagener and her stylist and dresser, Beth Chapman. And at the last-minute, Caroline completed her ensemble with a pearl veil to complement her jewelry.
Bridesmaids complemented Caroline in olive green silk Jenny Yoo dresses, while the groomsmen wore traditional tuxedos. Austin looked handsome in a Canali tuxedo.
On October 1, 2022, the couple were married in the same white church where Caroline’s parents said, “I do,” years prior. The ceremony was classic yet quick, and Caroline and Austin recited their own short vows to add a personal touch. “We literally both looked at each other at the end and couldn’t believe it was over,” Caroline says of the service. “It was perfect, and looking out to see all of our family and friends in one place for us was surreal.”
After being announced as a married couple, the newlyweds and their guests gathered under closed Sperry tents for the cocktail hour and reception. The space was masterfully decorated with florals and greenery from Winston Flowers, designed by Raymond Felton, and linens from Stradley Davidson covered long tables. Caroline and Austin then had their first dance to “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder.
The delicious dinner was catered by The Catered Affair, and the menu consisted of a burrata salad, filet, and a crab cake duo to highlight the area’s fare. For dessert, the newlyweds cut their cake from Montilio’s Bakery.
To better dance the night away with the 13-piece band from Night Shift Entertainment, the bride changed into a sequin, feather Jenny Packham dress. “Our band was INSANE,” Caroline remembers. “People couldn’t stop dancing until we were told it was over.”
Espresso martinis and desserts were enjoyed until it was time to take busses to the after-party at Grumpy’s with Chick-Fil-A-esque sandwiches and fries. The local dive had pool tables and a deejay that the couple had brought in from Boston. “We continued to dance there, until they kicked us out at the end of the night,” Caroline reminisces. “We didn’t want it to end.”