Our Wedding Day
Our Wedding Day
Today marks 6 months of marriage and during such a difficult time in the world it’s so great to look back on some happy memories.
Before I get into the details of our wedding day, I want to give you all a little background on how we made some of the major decisions. First question, we are always asked is “Why Rhode Island?” I was born and raised in New Jersey and Joe is from Massachusetts, but Rhode Island holds such a special place in both of our hearts. I went to school at Johnson & Wales in Providence and shortly after my sister followed me up to party at URI. Having my sister so close, I spent lots of weekends on the beaches of Narragansett and family weekends in Newport. When I first started dating Joe, Rhode Island was a big thing we had in common. Joe’s family has a beach house in Charlestown and he has been going there every summer since he was a kid and we continue to spend as many summer weekends down there as we can! When asked “Why Newport?”, if you know me you know that I have been planning my wedding since the day Joe and I met (quietly.. of course). I always wanted to get married in Rhode Island and Newport was a huge contender. We shopped around the state, we even looked at some venues in New Jersey and Boston, but Newport, especially the Bohlin just felt right.
Joe and I decided to get married on a Sunday, we thought it would be a great way to spend a WHOLE weekend celebrating and give some of our guest that were flying in extra time to make the trip. We were scared that a Sunday would turn away a lot of our out of town guests (which everyone was from out of town), but it surprisingly didn’t. We invited 210, guaranteed the venue 150, and had 143 in attendance that night.
With the wedding on Sunday, Joe and I along with our parents, got a jumpstart on the weekend and headed down to Newport Friday afternoon. I had almost every minute of the day planned including a meeting with our rehearsal venue at noon and my dress with my Dad at 3pm. All of that quickly changed, after we had driven about 25 minutes and I realized I forgot my veil in the front closet of our apartment. Great way to start off wedding weekend hahaha! We finally made it down to Newport and had a great evening with our families, we were even surprised by how many of our guest started to arrive.
Saturday flew by. It started with a nice family stroll down Thames Street followed by the most amazing morning cliff walk with my besties. After that, the day literally flew by, we quickly ran through a rehearsal for the next day and headed off the main drag to the OceanCliff for our rehearsal dinner. If you are ever in Newport and want a Lobster roll with an amazing view..this is your spot! (pictures and link below) We followed up the rehearsal dinner with a welcome reception at the Red Parrot (another super fun spot in Newport). Fun Fact: Joe and I had out first Newport Date there.
Now let’s get to it. People say your wedding day will fly by and to enjoy every second. I will tell you this is 100% true! When the day comes, you need to enjoy EVERY second, forget all the stress or nerves that you’ve had leading up to it and just think of it as a fun day with your person and the ones you love the most. I woke up that morning had the “Oh shoot! It’s my wedding day” moment, looked outside to the most gorgeous day. The sun was shining and it was unseasonably warm for September. My day started very early with hair and make-up. Sarah Depault Beauty did an amazing job, Sarah showed up right on time with a team of three. I was told that hair and make-up determines how the day is going to go. TIP: Make sure you ask your hair/makeup artist how many people they think they will need to get the job done. Sarah and team finished all of the girls with TWO hours to spare! That’s right, if this was the factor that was going to determine how the day went, I would say the day was going to be smooth sailing!
By 12:30, the girls were all in their bridesmaids gifts, which included a monogrammed button up, KJP pearl earrings, light pink flip flops, and champagne flutes (crafted by me!)
We started to move to our first look location at 2pm. A few weeks before the wedding, I was still trying to figure out where I wanted to do this. I wanted something other than Nautical. The Bohlin was right on the marina and I knew we were going to get plenty of pictures by the water. I started looking through the collections of several Newport photographers, when I stumbled upon the Elms. The Elms is part of the Newport Mansion Society, they do charge a small fee to take pictures on the grounds, but I think it was so worth it. Fun Fact: As I mentioned earlier, it was unseasonably warm that day and the Mansion grounds were full of dragon flies. I am so impressed by how Stephen edited them out.
When we got to the Bohlin, I took a look into the tent and saw our whole vision come to life. Everything that we had been planning for the last 18 months was perfect. I broke into happy tears.
Our wedding started at 4:30pm, we did our wedding at that time to ensure that we would still get some sunlight for the ceremony and cocktail hour. We proceeded into the wedding to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect (piano version). Joe and I decided to write our own vows to each other, we sent them to my sister a few weeks in advance to make sure they weren’t the same. I vowed to always support Joe’s passions, including guitar, Tom Brady, the Patriots, and fantasy football (tough year to vow that). We recessed the wedding to Lauv’s I Like Me Better and then the party really started.
After entering our reception to AC/DC’s Back in Black, we shared our first dance of husband and wife to You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontage. Fun Fact: First Dance was probably the hardest task of our whole wedding planning process. Joe and I have VERY different taste in music. I wanted a country ballad and he wanted anything but that. We compromised on this song because it fit both of our vibes…and I got my country ballad Speechless later in the night THANKS DJ JEFF! After that we laughed and cried through three sentimental speeches from my father, my sister, and Joe’s Best Man Nacho. I danced with my father to It Won’t Be Like This For Long by Daruis Rucker (My dad and I share the mutual love of country music) and Joe danced with his mother to You Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story. We smushed some delicious salted caramel funfetti cake in each others faces and then it was time to really party! Our DJ had a fun way of getting our guest to the dance floor, a lot of our guest were classmates of Joe’s from Boston College, so we took a big group BC picture on the dance floor and then the dance floor was open for the night. Once this group started dancing, no one was leaving. Our last song, Mr. Brightside came way too quickly.
Looking back, I would not have changed a thing. I still sit here and think about the magic of that day, but I remember that day just signifies a new chapter of our lives. Every day that Joe and I spend together (that’s a lot of days/nights as of late), we continue to learn, laugh, love, and grow. Happy 6 Months, cheers to many more days, months & years.
Photography: Stephen Whiting Photography
Planning: Sparkle & Cass Event Planning
Video: Key Moment Films
Venue and Catering: The Bohlin Newport
DJ: BeatTrain Productions featuring DJ Jeff Durand
Officiant: Judge Robert Hardman
Tent Decor and Rentals: Sperry Tent, Peak Rentals
Hair & Makeup: Sarah Depault Beauty
Wedding Gown: Justin Alexander
Wedding Gown Boutique: Alexandra's Boutique (ask for Anthony!)
Bridesmaids Gowns: Sorella Vita
Maid of Honor Gown: Adrianna Papell
Bridesmaid Gifts: Kiel James Patrick
Stationary: Paper Source
Jewelry: Bridal Finery
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Hair Piece: Bridal Finery
Groom’s Tux: Joseph A Banks
Groomsmen’s Tux: The Black Tux
( I am going to do another details & decor post in the upcoming weeks)