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Martha’s Vineyard a popular spot to tie the knot

The island has become one of the country’s top places for destination weddings, especially in fall and spring

In Joanna Fairchild’s basement in Oak Bluffs, not far from the laundry, are shelves crammed with all sorts of island wares for brides and grooms: unusual tablecloths, shabby-chic vases, as well as baskets filled with Chilmark Spring Water, Scrubby Neck soaps, Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salts, and other island-made products that would make just the perfect wedding favor.

Fairchild, a former public relations and event planner in Boston, morphed into a wedding planner when she moved full time to Martha’s Vineyard 11 years ago. Like many year-round residents, she quickly realized that outside of tourism, the wedding biz “is the business on the island.”

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