Lakeside At-Home Wedding in Rhode Island :: Jessie & Phillip

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Photography by Jocelyn Filley.

This is such a darling wedding with lots of beautiful details, but it’s the flowers that steal the show. (No surprise when the bride is a floral designer!) Just look at that vintage car trunk overflowing with summer florals, and wait until you hear the incredibly moving story behind them…

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Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; diamond wedding band; white stationery tied with apricot ribbon;

If you had your whole wedding day to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? I wouldn’t have forgotten my veil… I left it on my mom’s bed by accident and didn’t realize until after the ceremony!

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Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; flower girl watching bride get ready;

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Did you have a first look? Why or why not? Yes, mainly because we wanted to take photos together before the ceremony, but it turned out to be a special moment in and of itself. It sort of hit a reset button on all of the morning’s emotions and made us feel like “okay, let’s get this party started!”.

Jessie’s lush, natural bouquet and Phillip’s blush boutonniere are as beautiful as you would expect when the bride is a floral designer! Jessie told us “running Rountree Flowers, I have done hundreds of other couples’ weddings. For ours, I hired the most talented of my designer friends to execute my vision. After making my own story board, I designed and purchased vases and preordered all the flowers. After briefing my friends on my vision and setting them up to work at the house, I was able to essentially walk away and let them create what turned out to be beyond perfect decor.”

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; natural bouquet; lush bouquet; summer bouquet;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; couple laughing; bald groom; groom in glasses; groom in blue suit; groom in pink tie; blush boutonniere; natural summer bouquet; carol hannah pemberley; sleeveless wedding gown; wedding gown with train;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; bald groom; groom in glasses; groom in blue suit; groom in pink tie; blush boutonniere;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; couple laughing; bald groom; groom in glasses; groom in blue suit; groom in pink tie; blush boutonniere; natural summer bouquet; carol hannah pemberley; sleeveless wedding gown; wedding gown with train; bride and groom with kids; flower girl in flower crown; page boys in pastel suits; page boys in seersucker suits;

What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Being in the wedding business, I always urge brides (and their mothers) to hire a good wedding planner. Their experience and ability to spontaneously problem solve is well worth the cost – the more you trust them, the more they can support and give to you. Often they handle more behind the scenes for you than you’re ever aware of! // Follow your own rules, while being inclusive of certain things your parents feel are important (even if it drives you a little crazy!) // Remember to thank your friends and family for helping with the little things, well before the big day.

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The Ceremony

Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? The ceremony was on a large patio behind my mom’s house, overlooking a lake, which in Rhode Island is called a pond. We loved the simplicity of using the natural surroundings – water, gardens, sky – as our outdoor church. All the chairs were arranged to face the pond, with the house behind them. As a floral designer, I was tempted to build a dramatic structure for the ceremony, but opted just for simple flowers down the aisle.

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Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; hanging glass bowl of flowers; bowl of flowers hanging from ceremony chair; red and white striped ribbon;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; wedding parasols;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; page boys in seersucker suits;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; page boy and flower girl; page boy in seersucker suits; flowergirl with floral pomander;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; parents walking bride down aisle;

Your ceremony in three words. Episcopal, simple, heart felt.

Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Reverend Jackie Kirby, who is the assistant chaplain from nearby St. George’s School.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? The ceremony was traditional Episcopalian, from the Book of Common Prayer. At first I was hesitant to accept such a fixed structure, but then I came to really like the ceremony as it is. Jackie’s homily and our readings made it feel very personal.

What were your ceremony readings? We included two readings. The first was from the Old Testament, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. The second was from the New Testament, Colossians 3:12-17.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? I loved having my niece and five nephews (in adorable coordinating outfits!) sitting nearby. I loved the close proximity of the guests and the familiar, beautiful setting. My favorite thing about it was feeling my relationship with Philip shift during that time into something even more special.

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; couple laughing; bald groom; groom in glasses; groom in blue suit; groom in pink tie; blush boutonniere; natural summer bouquet; carol hannah pemberley; sleeveless wedding gown; wedding gown with train; at home ceremony; backyard ceremony; lakeside ceremony;

What were your vows like? We read traditional Episcopalian vows from the Book of Common Prayer.

Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? I was surprised by how emotional I was. I almost couldn’t speak while I was saying my vows!

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; couple laughing; bald groom; groom in glasses; groom in blue suit; groom in pink tie; blush boutonniere; natural summer bouquet; carol hannah pemberley; sleeveless wedding gown; wedding gown with train; lakeside ceremony; first kiss;

Cocktail Hour

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Did you serve a signature cocktail? Yes, Old Fashioned (my favorite) served in small glass flasks, and Hummingbirds, a gin cocktail, in honor of my husband’s favorite spirit.

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; cocktail hour; glass bottles; silver tray of drinks; gray and white striped straws;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; bride and groom at cocktail hour;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; personalized matchbooks;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; newspaper cone hors douvres;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; backyard cocktail hour;

The Reception

Why did you choose this location for your reception? The ceremony and reception were both at my family home in Rhode Island. It is one of the most beautiful places I know and I have always dreamt of marrying there. The ceremony and cocktail reception overlooked my mom’s gardens and the pond behind the house. After cocktails (in the courtyard/driveway by the front door) guests walked past a small fruit tree orchard, through a grass field, to the tent, which is surrounded by old stone walls and a wooden sheep fence.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding? My father, who passed away three years ago, had several classic cars. For my siblings’ weddings, he had either driven them in one of his cars or lent one to my brother for him to drive them. In his absence, we parked two of our favorites near the entrance to the tent and decorated them with garlands and flowers flowing out of the car trunks. I think he would have loved it.

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; at home sperry tent; vintage cars;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; vintage cars; greenery garlands decorating vintage cars; backyard cocktail hour;

Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? The escort cards were pinned to a huge burlap bulletin board from Ballard Designs and hung under a grape arbor attached to the house – guests walked past it on the way from cocktails to reception.

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; garland of greenery and roses; pink escort cards; garland of greenery and roses around escort card board;

How would you describe your reception? It was a summer tented wedding with a mix of casual home-inspired elements (linens, pillows, some farm tables, collection of white lanterns on the tables) and traditional formality (rosé champagne toast, lush flowers, seated three course dinner).

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Summertime on my Mom’s farm was really the inspiration. I wanted it to feel lush, with casual elegance. I wanted color, but nothing loud – all the colors fit with the surroundings.

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; at home sperry tent reception; tiffany chairs with white cyshions; chandliers; string lights; red peach white table florals; white linens; white porcelain table decor; white candle holders;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; at home sperry tent reception; tiffany chairs with white cyshions; chandliers; string lights; red peach white table florals; white linens; white porcelain table decor; white candle holders;

What was your wedding menu? It was so good! First Course: Watermelon, Crumbled Feta, Pickled Red Onion, Niçoise Olives, Black Pepper-Lime Vinaigrette, // Second Course: Grilled Petite Fillet of Beef with Vintner’s Sauce and Truffle Foam // Third Course: Wild Mushroom Agnolotti // Side: Haricots Verts, Tomatoes & Braised Artichokes // Vegetarian Option: Asparagus and Ricotta Crespelle Morel Mushrooms and Fava Beans & Pea Shoot Salad

And about those great irate print linens? Jessie told us, “the fabric for the table runners on the farm tables and overlays on the rounds was handpicked by me at Gray Line Linen in NYC’s garment district, and I had a friend sew them for the tables.”

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; at home sperry tent reception; tiffany chairs with white cyshions; chandliers; string lights; red peach white table florals; white linens; white porcelain table decor; white candle holders; ikat print table cloths;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; at home sperry tent reception; tiffany chairs with white cushions; chandliers; string lights; red peach white table florals; white linens; white porcelain table decor; white candle holders; ikat print table runners;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; couple laughing; bald groom; groom in glasses; groom in blue suit; groom in pink tie; blush boutonniere; natural summer bouquet; carol hannah pemberley; sleeveless wedding gown; wedding gown with train;

What was the best advice you received as a bride and groom? Not to eat from a raw bar at least 48 hours before the wedding day, in case we were unlucky and got a bad oyster!

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; server with trays of pink champagne; silver tray of pink champagne;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; server with trays of pink champagne; silver tray of pink champagne; at home sperry tent; server greeting guests at reception;

What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? When we were announced as we walked into the tent for the first dance. It was so intense and fun to be applauded and surrounded by so many loved ones. It was such a moment of joy.

What was your first dance song? You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oats.

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; at home sperry tent reception; tiffany chairs with white cyshions; chandliers; string lights; red peach white table florals; white linens; white porcelain table decor; white candle holders; first dance;

What type of cake or dessert did you serve? A light and delicious lemon poppy seed cake by Madison Lee’s Cakes. Madison drove the cake up from New York and assembled it in my mom’s laundry room (which is the coolest room in the house.) She is amazing!

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; at home sperry tent reception; tiffany chairs with white cyshions; chandliers; string lights; red peach white table florals; white linens; white porcelain table decor; white candle holders; white tiered cake decorated with white flowers; bride and groom hug cutting cake;

Jocelyn Filley; exquisite events; rhode island; rhode island wedding; Rountree; at home wedding; mature wedding; wedding with kids; tent wedding; backyard wedding; lakeside wedding; at home sperry tent reception; tiffany chairs with white cyshions; chandliers; string lights; red peach white table florals; white linens; white porcelain table decor; white candle holders; candlelit reception; vintage cars;

Colors

Style

Garden

Season

Fall

Location

New England

Vendor Credits

Photography: Jocelyn Filley / Venue: Private Home (bride’s mother’s home) in Rhode Island / Event Planning & Design, Rentals: Exquisite Events / Floral Design: Rountree Flowers (bride’s company) / Dress: ‘Pemberley’ style by Carol Hannah / Shoes: Vince Camuto / Jewelery (Bracelet): Vintage by Carol Hannah / Maid of Honor’s Dress: Alfred Sun, purchased at Nordstrom / Hair: Kristen Moshiek / Make Up: Weddings by Deb Houghton / Tent: Newport Tent Company / Restrooms: Luxury Loo / Officiant: Rev. Jackie Kirby of St. George’s School / Reception Music: Band Around Town / Catering: The Catered Affair / Cake, Dessert: Madison Lee’s Cakes / Shuttle Service: Rockstar Limo / Valet Service: Valet Connection / Videography: Maple Loft Studios

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