Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Wedding Story: Melinda!

This week we have Melinda Magner's Wedding Story. Melinda, originally from Massachusetts and currently residing in South Carolina, had a bright and sunny yellow-themed wedding in Newport, Rhode Island. With that, here's Melinda...

When did you get married?
July 10, 2009

Melinda's bouquet, courtesy of Florals by Alisa
Where was your ceremony? Reception?
Both took place at the Island House of Belle Mer, Goat Island Newport, RI

Melinda & her bridesmaids (who got their dresses at J.Crew) got their hair done at Main Attractions in Fall River and their make-up done by Brandi Shelly
What made you choose that reception location?
We wanted a venue that had outdoor ceremony space with a water background. Newport was also a special place for us.

The placecards were a fun accent to this Newport in the Summertime wedding...Starfish
What was your favorite aspect of your wedding?
That we were able to get married on our 7th year anniversary of dating. The view, the food and having all our loved ones there to help us celebrate.

The centerpieces
What was the best resource you used during the planning process?
The Knot and friend's advice.

The bridal party outside @ Belle Mer.
What's the one thing you would have done differently?
To be honest nothing planning wise. The only thing I regret is not taking pictures with my side of the family.

Melinda had the PERFECT shoes for her yellow-themed wedding.

Any advice for future brides?
Don't second guess yourself. Narrow down the vendors you like for each category to 3 and then meet with them. Stick to your budget, its not worth going into debt for one day. You don't have to have everything that is available out there, narrow down what's important to you and your husband to be. Have fun with it and try not to stress too much. Let go and have fun on your wedding day!

Excellent points, Melinda. That was the way we did vendors as well. We found ones that we liked through their websites, emailed them a few preliminary questions and if all went well, we met with them. After meeting with a few, we compared notes and chose accordingly. It's also important to "click" with your vendors; especially ones that will be present with you the day of the wedding. If someone is going to be around you ALL day (ex. your photographer, videographer, etc) you want to make sure you like them as a person and not just as a vendor!

All photos courtesy of Rupert Whitely. Melinda's day was captured on video by Mike Picard Videography.

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