from the bride:
our wedding was at the end of august and the weather could not have been better. we didn't get the hot humid weather that typically comes with a late august. if anything, it was a bit chilly which suited me fine considering it had rained the 3 days before our wedding and the day after, but luckily not a drop on our wedding day. our ceremony was a traditional catholic ceremony held at st. barnabas church in portsmouth, ri which was the church in our hometown that we grew up going to and still go to.
i knew i didn't want a ballgown which would not have made sense for our wedding anyway. i had a vision of a fitted halter gown, possibly with lace. my sister, aunt and i went out for what i thought would be the first of many trips to different bridal salons to find the perfect dress. unbelievably, at the first shop we visited, the dress i had envisioned in my mind was on display. i tried it on and knew it was the one so i brought my mom up shortly after to show her and it was ordered within days.
cocktail hour on the great porch overlooking the blue sea
escaping under the tree on the lawn
the beach theme we used was a no brainer. we grew up on an island, it was a summer wedding and we had panaoramic views of the ocean from our reception. we nixed doing traditional flower centerpieces for our tables and instead decorated with lots of shells and candles and a pop of hydrangea here and there. our cake continued the beach theme and was topped off with two miniature adirondack chairs. of course we had to have flowers for our bouquets so I chose my favorite flower of all, calla lilies, which luckily were in season.
we thought about a white tux for andy but with my dress being ivory, we didnt think we would get a perfect match and didn't want 2 whites to clash so to add a splash of fun to a standard black tux, he went with the white shoes...
as with all weddings, it went by too fast. the party continued at a bar in newport where i walked in still in my wedding dress to the surprise of the rest of the bar patrons. it was a fantastic way to end the night. i always smile when i think back on my wedding because i know there is nothing i would have done differently that could have made the night any more perfect.
a huge thank you to stephanie & andy for sharing their day with us. it was a joy to see!
photographer: melinda beth photography
caterer: frank silveira catering
cake: steve cory at sweet berry farm
dress: eden's bridal
hair and makeup: sydney's salon
florist: carlone's florist
bridesmaids dresses: j.crew