Jen Huang has just launched a lovely new website, and she sent over Amanda and Phillip’s breezy destination wedding to celebrate! I can’t think of a better way to spend a Monday morning than by dipping my toes in the sand of a Caribbean beach…

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The Ceremony

“We had Phillip’s very best friend in the world officiate our ceremony,” says Amanda. “He knows us both so well and he also just might be the greatest public speaker I have ever witnessed. It was remarkable to have him standing with us during the ceremony and made it even more personal. We also chose to write our own vows. Phillip’s words were kind, moving and confirmed what I already knew – that he is my perfect partner and that we are dedicated to a life of being the best we can be for each other.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Ethereal, Intimate, Heartwarming.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  I loved our photographer’s suggestion to skip the First Look and wait for the aisle. Phillip and I both had so much to look forward to and it made the moment even more real for us. I am forever grateful to her for that gift. We will never forget seeing each other for the first time and recognizing the power of what we were doing. It was full of love and emotions – just a beautiful memory.  //  And that handsome husband of mine and how excited we both were. We couldn’t stop giggling! It was so surreal to have our family and friends join us in this idyllic place for such a momentous occasion.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  I loved that the walk down the aisle wasn’t very long, so everyone felt comfortable with the time it took to get to the front.

Ceremony Music:
Pre-processional: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Air on G, Ave Maria, Only Time, Hallelujah.
Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by James Taylor

 

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The Venue

“It all started with a New Year’s trip to the island of Anguilla with friends, before we were engaged. Our first stop was to Cap Juluca Resort’s Maunday’s Bay beach. The view was breathtaking, as was the contrast between the blue, crystal clear waters and the white Greco-Moorish architecture. It was my vision of heaven, and Phillip asked if we could get married there. At the time, he was joking and I teased that there was a very important question that he had to ask me first (and that I had to agree to!). When we started discussing where we would like to have the wedding, we couldn’t stop thinking about our first impression of that beautiful beach.

“Also, the West Indies are my happy place. My grandparents first came to the island of Nevis, West Indies in 1963 and eventually moved there. I have spent time there every year of my life there, save a few due to blizzards or my work schedule. However, getting to Nevis is a bit difficult and we didn’t want to subject our guests to that level of travel. Anguilla was the perfect compromise to having that same welcoming island feel with more affordable flights and easier travel routes!”

 

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The Reception

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  When we were deciding on colors, we looked to the setting and the venue for inspiration. The bright blue of the water, along with Cap Juluca’s appropriately named “Blue” Restaurant, inspired the color we chose for the men’s suits. The hot pink bougainvillea is a vibrant local flower that catches your eye all over the island. We decided it would be the perfect complement to the blue and also very much a part of the landscape. We wanted everything to be pure, lush and elegant. Cap Juluca is quite simply paradisal, so there was very little to do beyond finishing the fine details that made the evening special and unique to our love story.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Phillip and I both decided to honor the memory of our grandparents by wearing something of theirs. I chose a simple pearl necklace from my grandmother and Phillip wore cuff links from his grandfather.  //  We found ways to incorporate the things we love the most into the reception, from a bonfire on the beach with s’mores to a tiered “cake” of cheeses to chocolate chip cookies and milk. We surrounded ourselves with the people we love the most and a few of our favorite things to have an evening we’ll never forget.  //  I also cannot get over the bridesmaids’ attire. Hayley Paige’s chiffon creation had a neckline that flattered everyone and made it contemporary and elegant. They looked like goddesses and the softness of the pink astilbe added to just how delicate they seemed. I designed and created the belts with the help of my Mother and Maid of Honor, which tied it all together.

First Dance Song: One Love, Bob Marley

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To let the little things go. Part of my profession has been creating seamless special events for clients in New York City and I had to take a step back from that level of execution. At the end of the day, my best friend and I were celebrating the extraordinary moment of becoming family. That’s all that really mattered!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I highly recommend paying for what you can in cash. Vendors appreciate it and will meet you in a better place during negotiations – just make sure you have a solid contract signed before handing over the cash! Also, I wish someone had told us that when dealing with a resort or restaurant, always go for the open bar negotiation. If your guests are a social group, you want to rest easy knowing exactly how much is going towards that number instead of having to tally up with the planner the next day. // I love beauty products and have had the pleasure of growing up with and working with Bobbi Brown. From a young age, she influenced my beauty regiment to focus on healthy living, happiness from the inside out, and accentuating your naturally striking features. I knew when it came to my wedding day that I wanted a subtle, glowing look that would just look like the best version of me on a Tuesday morning. I consulted my beauty guru and former colleague, the wonderful Rachel Adler, Beauty Director for StyleCaster Media Group. She has always been the person I turn to for any beauty emergencies, how-tos and favorites. Once she heard what I was looking for, she was kind enough to put me in touch with the gorgeous and talented Creative Director at e.l.f. Cosmetics, Achelle Dunaway, to come to my rescue. Achelle helped me create a beauty plan of attack for my wedding day – i.e. a lasting look with minimal touch ups that would withstand the Caribbean weather while not looking too “done up. She is a genius with products and colors, which saved the day. I ended up with a look that was easy to recreate, that I knew I would be happy with, and that didn’t require me flying down a team of specialists.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  I have an obsession with the moon when I am down in the islands and as the evening wore on, a huge yellow moon rose to watch over us. It was more than I could have asked for or planned on our wedding night. To have our feet in the sand and watch the moon rise over the ocean, while we ate and looked around at everyone in amazement – it was just spectacular.

 

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  • Anguilla Destination Wedding from Jen Huang

    8 September 2014
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    A church fire, a dislocated kneecap, and 7+ inches of rain weren’t going to get in the way of Allison and Brad tying the knot and celebrating with friends and family! Their small town wedding was full of special moments and sweet details, and Allison kindly answered all of our questions about the day…

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    “My entire Dad’s side of the family is Catholic and all of us kids were raised Catholic, so it was important to me to be married in our church,” says Allison. “The church I grew up going to was large and old, with stained glass windows from Germany and an incredibly large organ that had been broken way before my time. The high, white ceiling with gold trim and long aisle are a bride’s dream! However, the 200+ year old church caught fire roughly eight months before our wedding. With our date set and everything arranged, there was not much we could do but wait and hope. I was told there was little chance of the church being ready, but being the hard headed and stubborn person I am, I refused to have a Plan B and went ahead planning our ceremony as if there had not been a fire. About two weeks before our wedding they welcomed people back for the first mass. The church was far from done, with lighting, sound system, painting, carpet, and much more to do, but people could at least be in it! It was heaven to us! The people who donated money, time, and talent were amazing. I think it made it even more special to us to have our wedding there.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Traditional, Simple, Beautiful.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Because we were having a Catholic ceremony, we met with our priest several times leading up to the wedding. A Catholic ceremony is pretty traditional, but we decided not to have a full mass – we wanted to have a simple ceremony, with the focus on us and our desire to be married in front of God and our friends and family. Our priest gave us a template of how the ceremony would go and we got to choose the readings and music. He let us know what we had to include and what we could skip. Our Catholic church doesn’t allow your to write your own vows, which we were completely fine with - I know we would have both been blubbering messes! We didn’t choose readings that were directly about marriage, but more about what it means to be a good person and what God asks of us in daily life – readings that spoke to us.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  This is a hard one – can I say the entire thing? I loved walking down the aisle with my dad. I loved when we got to the front of the church and seeing Brad and him shaking my dad’s hand.  //  My nephew, Luke, was such a character during the ceremony. He took his job as ring bearer very seriously! He also decided to look doubly handsome and wore both a bow tie and a neck tie – the “bowtie tie” it became known that day! I think it will catch on.  //  Seeing Brad get emotional and talking to distract him was another favorite part. Everyone laughed because we chatted through the whole thing, but it was our way of handling being in the spotlight and the overwhelming sense of the importance of what we were doing.  //  Oh and the kiss! The priest forgot to say, “You may now kiss the bride!” and we were kind of left hanging, so there was a moment we looked at each like, “Now what?” Later my sister told me that my nephew, Luke thought it was his job to say, “You may now kiss your prize!” and was seconds from yelling it out. I wish he would have!  //  After we walked back down the aisle, we wanted a moment with just each other to really let it all sink in. We went upstairs to the balcony and shared a few minutes just talking and saying over and over, “We just got married!” I loved overlooking the balcony and seeing all of our guests – it was such a neat moment to see everyone we love all be there in one place and all for us.

    Tell us about any special details from your ceremony.  My favorite book is Emma by Jane Austen, and in the movie Emma they throw flower petals and wave wedding wands. So for our ceremony exit, my best friend made paper cones out of the pages of Emma that we filled with lilac, hydrangea, and rose petals, and we had wedding wands made with ribbon and bells and small flowers. They were perfect!  //  Brad’s stepdad, Roger, let us borrow his 1963 corvette, a car he holds very dear and one that Brad has never seen driven by anyone other than Roger. Brad was so nervous driving it!

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  The night of our rehearsal we had to wait for the painters and electricians to finish and leave the church. We laughed so hard at our luck and how wonderful everything was turning out to be. The church was so gorgeous that I didn’t think there was any need to decorate. Why clutter and complicate something that they worked so hard on!  //  I think I mentioned the entire thing already! A special moment for me was when we were getting ready to leave the convent where us girls were getting ready and everyone had gathered my dress and we were all ready to make a dash for it in the rain when out of nowhere it stops, and we walked the few steps to the church in sunshine… and then it started raining again!  //  Due to the church fire and wiring problems, there was a problem with the sound system that couldn’t be quickly fixed the night of our rehearsal. The musicians came to me and gently broke the news. We were not able to have the songs that we had chosen, and with no time to panic, I decided to just let the musicians choose the songs for the ceremony. I had known them for years from church, they knew me, and everything they sing is amazing, so I put my faith in them and it was completely wonderful. People still comment on how beautiful the music was and how perfectly it highlighted our ceremony.

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    The Reception

    “I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else besides the center of my tiny town with everyone I know, so we chose to have our reception in my family’s backyard,” says the bride. “I am from a town of around 50 people in the middle of nowhere and everyone had a part in helping with it one way or another. I’ve always known it was a special place to grow up and be a part of, and that was definitely apparent on our wedding day – when it rained seven and a half inches that week and everyone was either barefoot or put on boots to party in the mud.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  I was really influenced by Jane Austen and British country weddings. I wanted an English garden wedding with Italian simplicity. I brought all of our favorite things into our wedding, even if it didn’t match or fit, and made it about friends, family, food, and us. I also wanted it to be timeless, simple, and romantic, like it could have been a hundred years ago or yesterday.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My entire family came from all over to attend the wedding, and many hadn’t been in Leonard since my grandmother died twelve years ago, so there were a lot of tears shed for everyone to be back. I had to take the opportunity to get a family photo on the front porch of my parents’ home where there was a photo taken every year when my grandmother was alive. I knew she was there with us that entire day.  //  The most special detail was Brad’s wedding gift to me. He built a walnut farmhouse table for us to sit at during the reception. He told me that it was where we would have our first meal as a married couple, and that it will be our family table for years to come, and he hoped that our children and lives would grow around that table. Knowing that he had worked on it for months and the thought he put into it is exactly why I married him.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  That’s such a hard question because there wasn’t a single moment I didn’t like, but I have to say dancing in the rain! I know they were photographing us but in that moment it almost felt like it was just us dancing in our kitchen.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Our ceremony was very traditional, but our reception on the other hand was not traditional at all. We didn’t want to be announced, no garter toss, and no bouquet toss, which was probably for the best because my bouquet was so huge! It would have knocked someone out! Beautiful but huge!

    What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t stress about the weather or the details. You can’t do anything about the weather, and no one will notice tiny monograms or favors, but they will notice your attitude and joy, even if things aren’t going as planned. Think about the bigger picture, which is that you are marrying someone you love and leave it at.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  I have never heard of any wedding having as many obstacles as ours did – the church fire, over seven inches of rain that week, the groom dislocating his kneecap six days before the wedding. It was a true testament to our friends and family to brave the elements and kick off their shoes to celebrate our day in a foot of mud. Every disaster and obstacle we faced gave our wedding day so much character and life that I wouldn’t have changed it for anything in the world. God had a far better idea of how our wedding would go than we did and I thank him for giving us such a memorable and fun wedding – the little details were lost in the rain but the love for each other, our friends and family, and the fun we were all having together endured.

     

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    Photography: Alea Lovely / Venue: Private Residence in Leonard, Missouri / Dress: Sarah Seven / Shoes: The Loft / Veil: Sarah Gabriel / Halo: BHLDN / Earrings: Macy’s / Suit: Vera Wang Black via Mens Warehouse / Save The Date: Minted / Stationery: Copper Willow Paper Studio / Floral Design: Allen’s Flowers / Rentals: A1 Party Rental / / Catering: Table of 5 Catering / Cake: Connie Ray / Videography: Olive Media / Matches: The Knot / Vases: BHLDN
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  • Rainy Day Wedding from Alea Lovely

    3 September 2014
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    We’re back from the long weekend with a wedding full of vintage Hollywood glamour, garden elegance, and the always striking appearance of a groom in uniform. Read on for the details from Rachel and Caleb’s romantic Washington wedding!

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    The Ceremony

    “We had a traditional Christian wedding service, but I don’t actually remember most of the actual ceremony (readings, etc.),” laughs Rachel. “I was carried away in my husband’s eyes, too busy smiling like a goon to do anything other than remember the important parts.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Magical, Classic, Playful

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The vibrancy of everything, my Dad, my husband, my bridesmaids and groomsmen, all our family and friends, the place, it was all alive and full of joy!

    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  It was nothing like I expected it to be. If that happens to another bride, just wait for it –  the unexpected is the most enjoyable.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our wedding was a crazy, time crunched event, but turned out to be a lot of fun for everyone, and a reunion with friends that my husband and I had not seen in years. We had a five-day wedding affair complete with white water rafting, a rehearsal dinner by the bay, a brewery visit, karaoke, and lots of family and friend arrivals. I had recently ended my active duty contract as a U.S. Marine and moved to Washington to be with family to plan the wedding. My soon-to-be husband was deployed overseas for the entire planning process, arriving on U.S. soil a month and some change before we were to wed. By the time the big day rolled around, we were ready to jumpstart our life together. It was a ludicrous wedding week and a magical day.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  The location was naturally beautiful! Like something right out of a dream. It had two fields, trees, a garden, pond and lodge, plenty of space for kids to roam and perfect photo opportunities. It was everything we could ever hope for in a wedding venue.

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Classic Hollywood glamour style was the biggest inspiration. There is a richness in this particular style and it shaped the wedding: an outdoor ceremony with elegant bridal party looking like they were attending a classic garden party.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  Even though my hairstylist and makeup artists were several hours late, getting to see my mother, mother-in-law, sisters and bridesmaids transformed into glamour covergirls was unforgettable. But my favorite moment was walking with my dad down the small, dirt pathway to the bridge with my handsome groom standing just on the other side.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. We had a lot of help with the details and decorations. My Aunt Mary made Mrs. and Mrs. plaques for our sweetheart table and gifted us a pair of forks from her wedding. My Grandma gifted a set of golden candlesticks from my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary (we got married on their 65th anniversary). My mother gifted me earrings and a necklace from my Granny who had passed away; the jewelry was put into my bouquet along with a gold broach from my Aunt Mary. We were very blessed to have so many wonderful details given to us that day.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Get married on a week day! Our costs were cut nearly in half by executing our wedding on a Thursday. Our DJ, the amazing Chris Graves, was $2000 instead of the $4000 he charges for a weekend. Our Venue, Beau Lodge, was upwards of $2000 for a weekend, and significantly less on Thursday.

    First Dance Song: “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge.

     

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    2 September 2014
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    Even though we’re coming upon the last unofficial weekend of summer, I’m not ready to say goodbye to it just yet! Let’s linger a little longer with Rachel and Tim’s DIY camp wedding at YMCA Camp Campbell…

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    With so many guests coming from out of town, Rachel and Tim chose a venue that allowed all of the guests to stay on site. Camp activities like archery and tree climbing set the tone for a playful and unique wedding.

     

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    Rachel’s bouquet was just one of many DIY details from the day: “So many people pitched in that the whole weekend just felt completely filled with love. My aunt and grandma did the flowers. An amazing friend made all the cupcakes. Another sculpted the cake toppers. My grandpa took video. Another grandma helped cover the candles in comic book scenes. An uncle and cousins manned the barbecue for the welcome dinner, and another friend picked up the day-of planner duties. The garlands were made by Tim’s sister, all the triangles and circles on the table were cut by hand by the family. My dad spent hours making these perfect gold circles that we sprinkled on the dessert table, and my mom helped with just about everything else. So as we were walking around during the weekend, we were not only surrounded by our friends and family, but every little detail felt like a present from someone we love. We were smiling the entire weekend.”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We had a friend officiate. He was amazing. To help him prepare, we each filled out a questionnaire (provided by another friend and frequent wedding officiant) that covered our backstory, feelings about marriage, and family,” share Rachel and Tim. “We also gave him a list of things that we wanted to include in the ceremony — how happy we were to get married in a state with marriage equality, how California would always be important to us (we recently moved to New York), and a shout out to friends and family that couldn’t be there — but we left it up to him to decide how to weave them in. It was funny and personal and expertly delivered.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Non-traditional, Personal, Outdoorsy.

    Anything else?  We wrote our own vows. We set a word count and both wrote them last minute. We had a good friend read both sets before hand just to make sure that we were on the same page. It worked out! Also, I really wanted a reading, but I couldn’t find a single passage that seemed personal enough. Two days before the ceremony, a good friend asked how we’d feel if she read excerpts from “Oh, the places you’ll go.” It was so awesome. I had been looking for passages about love or family, and instead she gave us this wonderful send off into married life. It was perfect.

    Ceremony music: 
    Processional: Hoppipolla (instrumental) by Sigur Ros.
    Recessional: Here’s to You by Joan Baez

     

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    The Reception

    “We really wanted to find a place where our friends and family could hang out for the weekend,” say Rachel and Tim. “We knew a lot of people would have to fly in to attend, and we wanted to try to get as much time as we could with all of them. (And we secretly hoped they would all become friends.) At some point, the camp counselors started dancing with the guests and the photographers were hanging with my parents. Everyone looked like they were having a good time.”

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Because the wedding was going to be at a YMCA camp, we researched a lot of camp themes. We looked at a lot of merit badges, neckerchiefs, troop numbers, that sort of thing. We also liked bold colors and strong shapes.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Well, Tim is a big comic book fan, so we wanted to include some things from that world. We settled on creating votive holders decorated with iconic comic book wedding scenes. We also combined our love of science with Tim’s love of candy and filled test tubes with Nerds candies. A friend also sculpted our cake topper, which were modeled after the main characters in the iPad game “Machinarium.” It was a favorite iPad game of ours while we were dating.  //  We also framed photos of our parents and grandparents at their weddings and put them next to our guest books. I really liked seeing the history of our family in weddings. I like that we’re now a part of that history.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  The best tradition that was handed down to us was to make the wedding our own and to do what feels right to us.

    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Some variation on “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Sure, worry about the details before hand, but on the day, step back and just enjoy the people around you.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make spreadsheets. Lots and lots of spreadsheets. And then double check them.

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  If you can put your family to work, DIY is a great way to go. We made a few things ourselves, but we mostly decided what we wanted and then put our parents/grandparents/friends/siblings to work. (They were all anxious to help.)

    First Dance Song: Up on the Roof by The Drifters

     

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    Photography: Helena and Laurent / Venue, Catering: YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, California / Bride’s Dress: Saja / Shoes: Cole Haan / Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Groomsmen Attire: H&M / Rentals: Alexis Party Rental / Music: Old Belle / Bartending: Night & Day Productions
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  • Camp Wedding from Helena + Laurent Photography

    27 August 2014
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    Newport, Rhode Island was the perfect place for Katie and Aaron to tie the knot: not only is it where they fell in love, it’s also in between their respective home towns in Cape Cod and New Jersey. Plus it’s a beautiful place for a beautiful wedding!

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    The Ceremony

    “We planned the ceremony along with our officiant, John Stratton, who is Aaron’s cousin. We found an amazing resource called The Wedding Ceremony Planner by Judith Johnson that gave us traditional and non-traditional ideas and a solid framework. And we loved incorporating our personal story and personalities into our ceremony.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words. Open, Personal, Simple.

    Did you include any traditions?  Yes, many old and new traditional elements including a candle lighting to honor Katie’s late father, and Christian ceremony readings.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The moment we heard the words “I now pronounce you man and wife.” And the immediate cheers, applause and shouts of support that followed!

    Ceremony Music:
    Processional: Harvest Moon, by Neil Young
    Brides Entrance: Holocene, by Bon Iver
    Recessional: All You Need is Love, The Beatles

     

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    The Reception

    “The inspiration for our entire wedding came from the profound relationships we have with our family, friends and each other. Our intention was to celebrate the union of our two worlds, by throwing our very first dinner party as a married couple. With an emphasis on the word party! While we are a modern couple, we have deeply rooted heritage and tradition in both sides of our lives, so our wedding combined both modern and traditional romantic elements.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Both of us grew up in beach communities – Katie on the Jersey Shore and Aaron in Cape Cod – so it was important to us to be married in a seaside community. We choose Newport because we took our very first vacation there as a couple and it’s where we first fell in love. And since Newport is located between New Jersey and Cape Cod, it seemed like the perfect place to start our lives together as husband and wife.

    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding:  The big hits: Champagne served upon guest arrival for the ceremony, a live percussionist that played alongside the DJ, a cigar roller, and late night snacks (chicken and waffles and s’mores!).

    Menu  
    First Course: Butter Lettuce Watercress Salad / Moscatel Poached Peaches with Marcona Almonds, Manchego, Sherry Dressing // Entrees: 10 oz. Pepper Crusted Aged Sirloin with Garlicky French Beans, Watercress-Shallot Salad, Crispy Potatoes Vincotto / Roasted Atlantic Salmon with Stewed Beluga Lentils, Braised Heirloom Carrots, English Peas in Mint Butter, Pea Shoots // Stuffed Eggplant Rollatini with Quinoa, Smoked Tomatoes, Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Pepper Oil // Dessert: Carrot Cake

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Take a moment to really look at all the people in the room on your wedding day (including your husband!). Every single person that matters in both of your lives, all there to celebrate your love. Coming together as one happy family – laughing, smiling, dancing and spending time with each other. It was breathtaking.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Que sera! Control what you can control, and let the rest go. The unexpected makes for the best stories. And don’t look at the weather. Ever! You most certainly can’t control that, so close the weather app.

    First Dance Song: Wonderwall, Ryan Adams

     

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    Photography: Erin McGinn / Event Planning: Jubilee Events / Venue: Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island / Floral Design: Greenlion Design / Dress: Mori Lee via RK Bridal / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Clutch: Stewart Weitzman / Suit: Jos A Bank / Tie: Brooks Brothers / Shoes: Johnston & Murphy / Program, Monogram: Jar of Ideas Design / Seating Chart, Table Numbers: The Perfect Table Cape Cod / Invitations: By Invitations Only Designs / Hair, Makeup: Jennie Kay / Cake: Fatulli’s / Transportation: Newport Limousine Service / DJ: Max Baun, C-Zone Entertainment / Guitarist: Chris Phillips / Photobooth: Photobooth Planet / Cigar Rollers: Boston Cigar Factory
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  • Rhode Island Wedding from Erin McGinn

    26 August 2014
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