This week's Wedding Story comes from a Featured Engagement Story a few months back. Remember Jess? She had her beautiful Newport wedding at the end of October and was nice enough to come back and share her day with us!
When did you get married?
October 29, 2010
Ceremony was at Blessed Sacrament Church in Providence and Reception was at Oceancliff in Newport.
Newport has been a big part of our relationship since the beginning. “Our” restaurant (Red Parrot) is there where we go to celebrate every anniversary. We spend a lot of time there during the summer days and Newport was also the setting for his proposal. We wouldn’t think to have our reception anywhere else but Newport. We chose Oceancliff because it’s secluded, right next door to what was once known as the Kennedy Compound and we just thought it was beautiful!
What was your favorite aspect of your wedding?
Walking down the aisle of the church. I always imagined the walk down the aisle and it was everything I thought it would be. It was also important that I had a long aisle to walk down (I guess I wanted the moment to last as long as possible since I only get one shot at it). I think that was the point where I had lots of emotions running through me…sad, anxious, excited, etc.
What was the best resource you used during the planning process?
At Jess’ wedding, there were several dessert options. For one, cake of course!
Each guest got a chocolate covered strawberry with their cake and a chocolate covered apple as their placecard. There was also a 20+ pie table!
What's the one thing you would have done differently?
My centerpieces. I loved my florist…they did a beautiful job with the bouquets, etc but I was disappointed with the centerpieces…they weren’t dramatic enough…
Bridal and bridesmaid bouquets
Any advice for future brides?
Plan everything you can in the beginning so that you don’t have much to do months or weeks before the wedding. That’s what I did and I was able to enjoy the time right before the wedding instead of running around trying to get things done. Also…try to pay all your vendors at least 2 months before the wedding. This is another thing we did which felt good that it was already taken care of so that you aren’t writing checks totaling thousands of dollars right before the wedding. Also, at the reception, take the time to look around the room. Cory and I did this during dinner and it was nice to see our guests having fun, etc. It did go by fast but we do remember everything…I was expecting it to be a total blur.
Photos courtesy of Zenobia Photography Studios.
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