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Beach Chic Watch Hill, Rhode Island Wedding at the Ocean House

My very own wedding was at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, so whenever I lay eyes on another couple lucky enough to tie the knot in that beautiful place, I can’t take my eyes off. Particularly when it is as beautiful as this one captured by Lauren Halvorson Photography. Every image is worthy of this couples’ most special frame, and you can see all of this beach beauty here.

From Lauren Halvorson Photography Sarah and John Eric love being together in their boat on the water, so there was no place more perfect for them to tie the knot than Ocean House in Westerly, Rhode Island!

One night in college Sarah decided to venture out with two of her best friends (and later bridesmaids) to a party where she met this cute guy who would later become her husband. The funny part is, when he gave her his number she couldn’t remember his name for the life of her, and ended up storing it under the wrong name for a long time! Once they got that sorted out, they managed to fall in love and that’s where this story begins. On Fathers day of 2012 Sarah made plans for them to visit his parents in the morning and hers in the evening, but John Eric had another idea. He wanted to take her out to an elaborately planned evening including a fancy dinner so he could propose to her, but she wasn’t having it. After a bit of back and forth he gave in and just did what she wanted, visiting both sets of parents and then coming home. When they were home, he dropped down on one knee and asked her to be his wife, saying that this wasn’t at all as he had planned it, but she ruined all of that, and he didn’t want to wait another day to ask her to be his wife so he decided an intimate proposal at home would be perfect.

Sarah remembers spending their summers out on the boat in the Watch Hill area, and one of her favorite memories is how Ocean House puts their flag up to symbolize the start of summer. With her favorite moments of their relationship all being in that area in the summer time, and the special place Ocean House held in their heart, they KNEW that’s where they wanted to get married! According to Sarah and John Eric, the best part of their wedding day was having all of their family and friends, many who had never visited the area before, all together in their favorite place: Watch Hill!

Photography: Lauren Halvorson Photography | Flowers: Elements Flowers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Impression | Hair: Jenn Conway | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander | Makeup: Joya Beauty | Venue: Ocean House

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Watch Hill Rhode Island Wedding from Person + Killian Photography

I don’t know what it is about you Rhode Island lovelies, but you happen to throw some pretty fabulous weddings.  I’m talking weddings that are chock-full of preppy meets glam details and a whole lot of heartwarming happy.  Stunning affairs like this gorgeous beauty planned to perfection by The Catered Affair and captured in mesmerizing images by Person + Killian Photography, aka, a never-ending love fest featuring vibrant blooms by Riverside Nursery and a Sperry Tent reception that is all kinds of amazing.  See it all in the full gallery.

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From Person + Killian PhotographyFor the first weekend of Summer, we traveled to historic Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The weekend of wedding events included a seaside ceremony, beautiful tented reception, and Sunday brunch the next day — all designed, catered, and executed by the amazing team of The Catered Affair. The bride, Megan, and her mother had been planning this wedding for over a year, and would often peruse the Style Me Pretty blog for great wedding details and inspiration!

All of the weekend’s events took place at a private residence in Watch Hill, with beautiful details incorporating bright summer colors, white and blue nautical elements, and touches of Irish heritage important to the family. Megan’s strapless white wedding gown was matched with a simple strand of white pearls, and she carried a bright bouquet of spring peonies. The colors of soft pink, tangerine, and deep cerise were brought into all the elements of the wedding from the ceremony to the brunch. Her hair was held with sparkling shamrock pins, and her veil was custom-made in Ireland with embroidered shamrock details. Even their dog (named Shamrock) wore a seersucker bow tie. Megan’s bridesmaids wore seersucker summer dresses in soft pastel colors, with bright summer sandals to match. Greg was dressed in a Navy suit with a white and blue striped tie. His groomsmen added a pop of color with their bright ties — matching perfectly to the bridesmaid dresses and color coordinated Sperry boat shoes to match.

We took Megan and Greg out onto the home’s balcony for their first look. After some pictures of the happy bride and groom, the couple exchanged gifts. For Megan, a diamond eternity ring and for Greg, a new wristwatch. Greg was shocked as the watch Megan had given him the day of their high-school graduation years ago actually stopped running that morning!

The beach was set up with classic white chairs, and beautiful floral arrangements right in front of the ocean. Lemonade spritzers were handed out as refreshments, and guests were invited to drop off their shoes at the designated Paddle-board “Shoe Check” and enjoy the ceremony barefoot. A station was even set-up for guests to rinse off the sand from their feet before heading back up to cocktails! Colorful bunches of pink and orange rose petals were handed out as guests took their seats, to throw at the big finale after Megan and Greg said “I do”.

Cocktail hour took place on the lawn outside the beautiful reception tent, with white garden chairs and colorful linens. The escort card table displayed three white seashells filled with sand and guests names on individual white sand dollars. Next door to the main tent was a lounge tent for guests to enjoy throughout the evening, with a dark navy blue canopy covered in large white nautical stars. Soft white and blue furniture was scattered throughout the tent for comfortable seating, and a photo montage of Megan and Greg was played on a large screen for guests to enjoy all night.

The main reception tent from Sperry Tents was built in the house’s backyard directly over the swimming pool, with a custom made clear dance floor covering the water itself! Tan linens were topped with teal and navy blue charger plates for a great pop of color, and soft white china lanterns hung from the tent’s ceiling. The floral centerpieces were directly inspired by a piece of art painted by Greg’s mom for the couple’s wedding invitation. As the sun started to set, the lanterns glowed in the tent and the trees outside were lit up with hanging lanterns.

Later in the evening, we were given a secret 5-minute warning from the Catered Affair team to bring Megan and Greg outside the tent for one last surprise. We set them up underneath the beautifully lit trees and took a couple pictures, before having them turn around just in time to see a spectacular fireworks show out on the water! It was a great way to kick off the dancing for the happy couple and all of their guests.

The reception tent was transformed on Sunday morning for the after-wedding brunch. The tan linens were replaced with bright tangerine and cerise linens, paired with pops of teal. Lounge furniture was available outside underneath the trees for guests to enjoy the beautiful summer weather, and we took a few minutes to get a couple of photos with Megan and Greg outside on the lawn.

From the Bride… Greg and I first met in high school while crossing paths in classrooms and hallways. Our friendship was solidified on the swim team as we shared practice lanes and more than a few bus rides to and from meets. The water proved to anchor our friendship and became a consistent presence in our lives throughout college and beyond. In March of 2012 when Greg proposed to me on the rocky shores of Maine it was clear the theme should continue; a beach wedding was an easy choice!

We wanted our wedding to reflect our friendship throughout the years colorful, casual, and fun! The event proved to be everything we had dreamed of and more. We were so blessed to have a weekend of perfect weather surrounded by our family and friends, delicious food, great music, and the incredible vistas of the seaside town of Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Greg and I had a blast planning our wedding but couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of our creative mothers and a terrific team from The Catered Affair. Greg’s mother set the tone for the event by painting a watercolor of a flower-filled Nantucket basket, which became a beautiful invitation for guests and an accent on the wedding day itself. My mother pulled together many of the nautical details that were tastefully placed throughout the venue including sand dollar table assignments, a paddle board shoe check for the beach ceremony, lanterns hung in trees and scattered throughout the property, and the scrimshaw table numbers adorning Nantucket basket centerpieces. The Catered Affair tied it all together and flawlessly coordinated logistics when the day finally arrived. We are so thankful to everyone else who helped make our wedding truly special!

Photography: Person + Killian Photography | Flowers: Riverside Nursery | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Bridesmaids' Shoes: Jack Rogers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Thread | Bridesmaids' Dresses: LulaKate | Catering: The Catered Affair | Hair: Priscilla Collins | Band: Dexter Lake Club Band | Entertainment: Klass Universal Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen's Ties: Brooks Brothers | Bride's Veil: Visionary Veils | Event Planning + Design: The Catered Affair | Groomsmen's Shirts: Vineyard Vines | Groomsmen's Shoes: Sperry | Invitations + Paper Suite: Respond If You Please | Linens: Table Toppers of Newton | Makeup: Katrina Hess | Rentals : Peterson Party Center | Tent: Sperry Tents

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Watch Hill, Rhode Island Wedding from TRUE Event + Miles Witt Boyer

One thing is for certain, when you pair the lovely Sarah True of TRUE Event with the Ocean House, magic happens. The kind of wedding magic that makes our eyes light up and our hearts beat a little faster. We live for it. So seeing this work of art unfold through the talented lens of Miles Witt Boyer is like the prettiest of presents. And it’s all made even prettier with the florals from Hana Floral Design and one gorgeous gown from White Dress by the Shore. Lucky for all of us, we can unwrap every layer of lovely, right here in the gallery. Care to join me?

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From the Bride… Deciding to have our wedding at The Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island was simple.  My now husband, Christian, surprised me for my 29th birthday with a weekend at the Ocean House, a place neither of us had ever been. It was the perfect place for our wedding not only because we got engaged there but because we both grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut and loved that Watch Hill was far enough to feel like a destination but close enough that it was just a car ride away. 

Thank goodness we found Sarah True of True Events to help us every step of the way. Wedding planner = best idea ever, and Sarah True was such a find! We knew we wanted two things, a smaller wedding with a “beach elegant” nautical feel as our overall theme. Navy and coral became our wedding colors and they were weaved into our invitations, wedding favors, linens and flowers all thanks to Sarah’s expert advice. The anchor became our wedding symbol and Hadley Rogers of Small Field Papers brought our vision to life with our beautiful wedding stationery.  

We instantly knew that Miles Witt Boyer was the one after seeing the pictures he took from another wedding at The Ocean House on Sarah True’s website and speaking to him over the phone…we just clicked. Miles and his wife Melissa captured every special moment in such a unique way that our friends and family keep asking how and where we found them.

When it came to music, we wanted to keep the dance floor alive all night long and DJ Jonny Stuart from NYC was did just that. We also wanted a string trio for both the ceremony and cocktail hour so we carefully chose Venus Ensembles out of NYC. We specifically chose them because they not only play classical music but contemporary music as well.

Christian and I are major foodies and we only wanted the best for our guests! We had complete confidence in the Ocean House to create a fantastic menu with an array of hors d’oeuvres, scrumptious three course dinner and a huge display of our favorite desserts out on the deck under the stars.

Some of our favorite details included handing out Pashminas in our wedding colors during our cocktail hour as the sun set over the ocean. We sipped Fragolino, an Italian strawberry infused sparkling white wine, which was given to us as a gift from a friend who had it imported from Capri. It was a day that we will always remember but never be able to repeat.  The Ocean House and Watch Hill are such magical places for us and we can’t wait to return to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and watch another lucky couple get married from our balcony.

Wedding Photography: Miles Witt Boyer | Ceremony Venue: Watch Hill Chapel in Westerly, Rhode Island | Reception Venue: Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island | Event Planning: Sarah True from TRUE Event | Floral Design: Yumiko Fletcher from Hana Floral Design | Catering: Toniann Scotto from Ocean House | Ceremony Music: Venus Ensembles | DJ: Johnny Stewart | Wedding Stationery: Hadley Rogers from Small Field Papers | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel via White Dress by the Shore | Bride’s Earrings: Kimberly McDonald | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew | Hair: Timothy Pamment from OH Salon | Makeup: Allie Bailey from Curb Appeal

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