Olivia R. Larsen and Michael P. Gately of West Tisbury were married on a beautiful summer evening on Saturday, August 24. The ceremony took place overlooking Lagoon Pond at the quintessential Sailing Camp Park in Oak Bluffs, surrounded by family and friends. The bride’s parents are John and Susan Larsen of Chilmark, and the groom’s parents are Michael and Betsy Gately of West Tisbury. Olivia’s sisters Brigida and Abigail Larsen were the couple’s attendants, and Captain John Christensen, an instructor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and sea captain, officiated at the nuptials. The music for the processional was provided by the bride’s cousin, Suzanne Stumpf, and her husband Dan Ryan, from the Musicians of the Old Post Road. Linda Powers, the groom’s aunt, who works at Donaroma’s, provided the beautiful floral arrangements, flower crowns, decorations, corsages, and boutonnières. Peg Gino, the bride’s aunt from Little West Farm in Plymouth, created the stunning bridal bouquet.
The newlyweds met in 2006 while students at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, and their romance continued for the next 13 years. In June 2018, Michael proposed aboard the USS Constitution in Boston.
Olivia graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English with secondary educator licensure in 2012 from Lasell College, and received her master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University in 2014. She is currently the program coordinator at the West Tisbury library.
Michael graduated with a bachelor of science degree in marine transportation in 2011 from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and was commissioned as an officer in the Navy Reserves. He is currently a chief mate aboard LNG tankers with Hoegh LNG of Oslo, Norway. Michael is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
The newlyweds would like to express their gratitude to the following local businesses who made their wedding day extra-special: Sailing Camp Park, Big Sky Rentals, Donaroma’s, Buckley’s Gourmet Catering, Back Door Donuts, Chilmark Coffee, Mila Lowe Photography, DJ Smooth B, Andy Herr, Robyn Lopes-Beaulieu, and Chilmark Chocolates.
The couple are planning a honeymoon in the spring, and reside in the beautiful West Tisbury home they built together.