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!
“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.”
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!
“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.”
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!).
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
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