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Elegant Rhode Island Coast Wedding

When your love knows a thing or two about flowers (he’s a landscape artist after all) and proposes at the US Botanic Gardens by a Hellebore, it’s only fitting to incorporate that pretty little thing into all sorts of wedding details. Kim Lyn captured all the beautiful blooms by Busy Bee Florist and more at this summer celebration and like the flower itself, this fete was as sweet as can be. More in our VAULT right this way!

From Kim Lyn… They were highschool sweethearts. He loves the passion he sees in her eyes when she looks at him, the determination and confidence she exhibits is what inspires him to do his best. Simone and Bryan were married at the Dunes Club in Narragansett, RI on August 30th, 2015. It was the perfect summer’s day with a light breeze over the ocean. Their wedding was one that I will never forget, the love their family shared, the laughter, it will stick with me forever.

Simone and Bryan had the sweetest first look which allowed them to spend time alone before the hustle and bustle of the big day. They were also able to spend time with their immediate family during formals before the ceremony. The sweet looks they kept giving each other literally made me swoon. Bryan had the most adorable reaction to seeing Simone for the first time. He was full of smiles and kisses and of course those tender touches. I swear they are the cutest couple EVER.

They planned their perfect Rhode Island beach wedding from Washington, DC with the help of family. There were so many special touches at the wedding, the beautiful florals, her dad’s old porsche, Bryan’s family even sang a song during the ceremony. Each intricate piece of their wedding day flowed flawlessly into one another.

Simone was absolutely glowing from the moment I walked in. She told me how much love she has for her new husband and is taken away by how much he takes care of her. She is smitten by him because he is helpful, supportive, dynamic, ambitious, intelligent, and fun. He keeps her laughing and she knows she can count on him 100% forever and ever. I know they will live happily ever after.

From the Bride… Bryan and I grew up in Rhode Island, so it only seemed natural to get married back home. Although we met in high school, we spent many ensuing years in a long‐distance relationship. Silly things like higher education kept us trekking between New Brunswick, Nashville, and Amherst before we were finally able to settle together in Washington, D.C.

A true landscape architect, Bryan proposed at the U.S. Botanic Gardens. He had stealthily planted a sign under a drooping Hellebore – a flower that would later be depicted on our wedding stationery and featured in our floral arrangements. Between the fickle New England weather and my rather inflexible medical school schedule, we were looking at a mere five month engagement. We would have been lost without the support of our families and our amazing vendors, but the condensed timeline kept us honest about our wedding priorities. It was important to us that our wedding reflected who we were as a couple, incorporating elements from our home state, our family, and our proposal. We wanted the event to be tasteful, simple, and approachable.

We knew we wanted a water view, and the Dunes Club provided a beautiful venue and excellent accommodations. Planning from afar, we loved that we could arrange our ceremony, reception, catering, cake, and wedding coordination all through a single source. Foodies at heart, it was the tasting that really sold us. Who can resist an oyster bar and mini clam cakes and chowder for cocktail hour?!

One of our most difficult searches was for a florist that fit our budget and Bryan’s standards. Clueless, I fell in love with any flower that bloomed in April. Giti, from Busy Bee Florist, did a fantastic job deciphering my hodge‐podge Pinterest boards. She created the most stunning floral arrangements – elegant, unassuming, natural, and undeniably gorgeous. Our color palette was inspired by my bouquet, and featured navy, dusty greens, and pops of blush.

For stationery, we enlisted the help of my stepfather, a graphic designer. We wanted something modern and fresh; sophisticated, not stuffy. My stepmother proved jack‐of‐all‐trades: providing beautiful calligraphy, spray‐painting lanterns, and assembling signs for our photo booth, seating chart, and card box. It was so fun seeing our ideas realized, and knowing they had a personal touch.

The ceremony was no less personal. We asked my grandfather, who had previously attended divinity school, to officiate. We were fortunate enough to have his son and daughter‐in‐law as professional musicians in our family, and couldn’t believe how lovely they sounded as a string duo. Bryan’s mother and sisters also sang in the ceremony, while my sisters performed the readings. To round out the wedding party, we had nieces, nephews and cousins serve as our four flower girls and two ring bearers!

Lastly, we needed someone to capture the moments. As you can see for yourself, Kim Lyn Photography did a phenomenal job. It was so important working with someone we trusted, and Kim went out of her way to make our day seamless and special. We will cherish these pictures for years to come.

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Photography: Kim Lyn Photography | Floral Design: Busy Bee | Wedding Dress: Cicada Bridal | Hair: Serai Beauty | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Venue: The Dunes Club | Bridal Boutique: Andria Bird Bride

Elegant Beach Club Wedding

It’s not everyday that you meet the love of your life in grade school, but for these two cuties, it was a lifetime of friendship turned Transatlantic romance that led to their elegant beach club wedding. Imagine pretty pink florals from Sayles Livingston Flowers and the fab stylings of Details With Love, all wrapped up in an evening of heartwarming moments captured by Snap! Photography.  See them here. 

From the Bride… Conor and I met as elementary school kids growing up in Rhode Island. Conor was immediately impressed with my fort building skills and from then on, we were close friends.  So close, we even attended prom together!

Conor moved to New York City after college and I soon followed with my own move and a new job. However, this isn’t the end of the story.  Soon after I made the move to Manhattan, Conor took a job in London. While some may think this would be the end of a love story, for us it was only the beginning.  The distance turned out to be exactly what we needed to see what we had all along. Two years and two continents later, Conor proposed in front of his childhood home – where we first met 20 years earlier, almost to the day. We celebrated with a bike ride to the Matunuck Oyster Bar, our favorite neighborhood haunt, for oysters and champagne with family and friends.

With many shared memories rooted in the Ocean State, it was the perfect place to celebrate our new life together. Early on in planning, Conor decided that with the majority of guests traveling to be with us, it was only fitting to share everything we love most about southern Rhode Island with them. We tried to infuse that sentiment into every detail including the gift bags, the menus, the venue and even the Oyster Bar!

My family has a long history at The Dunes Club in Narragansett and Conor and I both love beach days there, making the venue an easy sell. We quickly decided to stay local, choosing mostly Rhode Island based vendors for our wedding day. Our band, Sugar, was a no-brainer, we loved them before we were even a couple and knew they’d have everyone dancing!

We clicked right away with our photographers and florist. The cherry on top was our wedding planner, Kristin Love of Details with Love. Kristin took our lofty ideas (read: a champagne and oysters beach club reception) and turned each into more than we could imagine, ensuring that our personalities were infused in every piece of the wedding.

I wanted to enhance The Dunes Club’s vintage seaside elegance and took inspiration from the watercolor and gray invitation suite East Six Invitations created for us. We loved the symbolism of the compass detail and wove it through many elements, including our seating cards – an Ebay find and huge hit! Conor and I spent weekends hand watercoloring everything from the table numbers and bar signage to the banner that adorned the vintage trunk, which served as a cardholder. The trunk is an old family piece from the 1800’s. It was precious to use and I loved the treasure chest vibe it gave off with the surrounding pocket-sized gold compasses.

We wed over Labor Day Weekend and kicked off the holiday with lobster rolls and cocktails at my Parents home for all the guests. Our rehearsal dinner was held at Shelter Harbor Golf Club the following evening. The weekend-long affair allowed us to spend quality time with each of our guests while sharing our favorite places. By our Sunday wedding, it was a big, happy party!

A few moments and a few things were especially meaningful from our wedding.

As a wedding gift, my Sister’s boyfriend handcrafted the anchor marquee light illuminating the mantle and dessert bar. Wow, were we proud to display such a beautiful piece. I created the menu cards by reproducing a watercolor painting of a lobster, done by my Aunt as a gift for my parents before their wedding. The tie to the watercolor details was lovely but her sentimental reaction to seeing her artwork on each place setting meant more than anything!

Sayles Livingston pulled colors from my six bridesmaids’ ethereal soft pastel Twobirds Bridesmaids ballgowns to create the magical florals. The high-low centerpieces, coupled with the twinkle lights and lanterns topping the room, made me feel like a fairy floating through Ferngully all night long.

My Anne Barge wedding gown was love at first sight, my mom and I found the wrapped tulle and the delicate pin-tucked dress at Kleinfeld’s. In a happy coincidence, the dress was named Aimee! I added the covered buttons and jeweled belt and the fluffy tulle skirt had me twirling the night away.

The most spectacular part of the night was the fireworks display celebrating Labor Day. With my sister and our friends by our side, it was an incredible way to reflect on what brought us there. After the grand finale, we danced all through the night while end-of-summer thunderstorms rolled over the ocean outside. It was a fairy tale night and put simply, more fun than we could have imagined.

From the Groom… What more can I say? The weekend really blew away any expectations that I could have had. The incredible emotions on the day were beyond anything I’d ever experienced. I have to give my wife a tremendous amount of credit. All the little details she put so much time and effort towards really made it such a special event. I’ve never seen The Dunes Club look so beautiful. I can’t thank all the vendors enough, everyone brought their absolute A game and it made the difference. Just awesome.

Photography: Snap! Weddings | Event Planning: Details with Love | Event Styling And Design: Details with Love | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: twobirds Bridesmaid | Lighting: Ryan Designs | Band: Sugar | Beach Club: The Dunes Club | Bridal Gown: Anne Barge | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited

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Rustic Narragansett Wedding

If you’ve ever wondered why we can’t seem to get enough of gorgeous Rhode Island weddings, here’s your answer: their awesome.  And this pretty little Narragansett affair from Details With Love and Adeline & Grace Photography?  It’s a little bit rustic, a little bit romantic and soooo heartwarming.  In other words, it’s the kind of wedding that takes your regular Wednesday and kicks it up a notch.  See it all here.

From the Bride… Our ceremony and reception were filled with lovely details perfectly executed by Details with Love and beautifully captured by Adeline & Grace Photography. South Ferry Church was a rustic and simple chapel that we always dreamed of. By adding seasonal flowers on the pews, potted plants and antiques, we were able to maintain the rustic charm while making it reflect us as a couple. The Towers is such a natural and beautiful iconic venue that encompasses everything we love about Rhode Island. We saw it as rustic blank slate and decided to personalize it by bringing in a variety of details. One of our favorite details was definitely the custom chandeliers from Ryan Designs that were brought in and hung from the beams. When the sun went down and the venue was lit up at night, the chandeliers added a romantic, elegant feel to the room.

The flowers by Sprigs were another favorite detail of ours. Instead of having a centerpiece in the middle of each table, we had an ongoing tablescape across the long Tuscan tables with a mix of seasonal florals in creamy ivory and blush, tied together with gold table numbers, metallic wrapped favors and mercury glass vases and votives. In addition to all the tablescape, there were so many other details that tied the reception together. We had wedding photos of our parents on their wedding day and a variety of custom made signs for our photo booth, bar and dancing shoes. The custom backdrop Candid Photo Booth designed was a beautiful blend of blush satin ribbons and metallics. The photo booth provided endless fun and entertainment and was a huge hit with our guests. And when the reception was over we had a sparkling send off through a sea of lit sparklers held by all the people we love.

Photography: Adeline and Grace Photography | Flowers: Sprigs Flowers | Ceremony Venue: South Ferry Church | Reception Venue: The Towers | Jewelry: Greenwich Jewelers | Caterer: Blackstone Catering | Lighting: Ryan Designs | DJ: Luke Renchan Entertainment | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Make Up: Spa Mosaic | Paper & Calligraphy: Scribe | Photo Booth: Candid Photo & Video Booth | Planning And Design: Details with Love | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Video: Stop Go Love

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Charming Rhode Island Outdoor Wedding from Lisa Frechette Photography

Lisa Frechette is filling our screens with serious pretty this morning by way of this adorable Rhode Island fête, and I just can’t thank her enough for it. It’s overflowing with all of my favorite things (bowties, coastal towns, pretty blooms) – it’s almost as though this Bride crafted this wedding just to make me smile. And although I know that is not the case, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m smiling from ear to ear over here. See why here.

From LisaThis quaint and pictorial New England wedding features lovely outdoor elements, such as a cozy and picturesque courtyard ceremony and cocktail hour, complete with a tree swing! The reception decor was sprinkled with charming details highlighted by unique assemblings of mason jars and delicate vases brimming with a blend of soft yet sohisticated blossoms as floral centerpieces. Lovely bridesmaids with stylish accessories and polished, sleek groomsmen complimented a beautiful, graceful bride and her adorable, dashing groom. But not to be outdone by blooming bouquets and enticing hors d’oeuvres, the family and friends’ devotion and joy for the bride and the groom was the major player at this lively, fun and classy ocean state wedding.

From the Bride… I grew up spending endless days enjoying the beauty of southern Rhode Island, so I always knew that I wanted the setting of my wedding day to be in one of my favorite seaside towns, Narragansett, RI. Narragansett is a quaint coastal town that not only features beautiful homes and ocean views, but it also features one of the most beautiful working farms in all of Rhode Island. The Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm is a historic building dating back to 1899, and is unique and gorgeous in its own way. Highlighted by sweeping wrap around windows, beautiful dark wood and a staircase leading to the most beautiful reception location, I needed no further convincing that this was the perfect venue for my wedding. In addition to the distinctive look and beautyof the historic building, I fell in love with the charming tree swing situated out on the front lawn, the yellow orange sunsets that would cast down upon us during cocktail hour, and the rows of blooming blue and purple hydrangea bushes everywhere.

Once I found my Augusta Jones wedding dress, the vision for our wedding became crystal clear. Our preppy, shabby chic day was accentuated with shades of pinks, creams, ivories and pearl galore! I instantly knew the direction in which my wedding theme would go. Having created and designed my wedding sash with my florist (and good friend), I knew everything would fall together perfectly. The bridesmaid dresses and jewelry from J. Crew added the perfect touch of style showcased by my beautiful bridesmaids, my three younger sisters and my best friend. Homemade flower girl dresses from Ashley at Framboozle in Rhode Island added a bit of fashion whimsy to the elegant and fashionable bridal party attire. The men looked classy and sophisticated in their Joseph A. Bank navy blue suits, accompanied by their Tommy Hilfiger pink and ivory striped ties. Finally, the ring bearers were adorable and preppy in their Vineyard Vines apparel. I must say I had the most beautiful wedding party there is!

I envisioned my wedding day to be beautiful, leisurely and fun…and it was simply just that! Aside from the threat of strong thunderstorms (which incidentally never happened!) our day was absolutely perfect! Following our brief ceremony on the farm’s lawn, the outdoor cocktail hour was enjoyed with flowing food and drinks, while the indoor dinner buffet was quick and delicious….just what we wanted!

The dance floor was filled instantly following dinner, and was full for hours on end. Each and every guest danced and enjoyed themselves on our wedding day, which made us the happiest bride and groom then….and today! We imagined our wedding to be filled with love, friendship and laughter, and it really was. As the sun went down, the Kinney Bungalow became illuminated by soft lighting, and we danced the night away! I can honestly say it was the best night of our lives!!! (I wish we could do it all over again!)

Photography: Lisa Frechette Photography | Florist: Laurie Marshall Flowers | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Cake: Scrumptions | Reception Venue: Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm | Jewelry: Kate Spade | Rings: Baxters Jewelry | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Caterer: Tom's Market | Makeup: Spectrum Makeup Artistry by Jennifer Hodge | Tuxedos: Jos. A. Bank | Music: Anthony Crocenzi | Rentals: Liberty Rentals

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Narragansett, Rhode Island Wedding from Leila Brewster

Margaret Elizabeth brings a killer sense of style to anything she does. Whether it’s designing for her jewelry line or styling up her city pad, there’s no question that this girl is one to watch. Latest on her list of accomplishments? Tying the knot with her handsome beau on the shores of Rhode Island. It’s everything you’d expect from such a crazy talented designer, and Leila Brewster didn’t miss a beat. Have a look in the full gallery of goodies (including pink peonies a’plenty from Sayles Livingston Flowers!), and don’t miss the wedding day film by 3 Belles Productions.

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From the Bride (Designer and owner of Margaret Elizabeth)… I always envisioned getting married at the Dunes Club surrounded by an abundance of family and friends. The place was really important to us, as we both love the water and wanted to be married by the sea. The Dunes Club is a particularly special place to me because of all the time I spent there with my large extended family. My grandmother was an amazingly talented wedding planner and we spent countless hours sitting on that very beach dreaming of this day. Since she is no longer with us, I wanted to be sure that I incorporated as many elements as possible from those beach side conversations.

Our table linens were one of those things. We worked with La Tavola linens to come up with a coral, cream, and gold flecked color scheme and Sayles Livingston for all of the flowers. Sayles’ team created the branch structures that hung above the tables. I loved these because they created a feeling reminiscent of Sonoma, California- one of our favorite west coast towns and the site of our engagement. While the decor and of our wedding was so much fun to design, the greatest part of our weekend was spending time with all of our friends and family who traveled to Rhode Island to celebrate with us.

My favorite moment of the wedding was right after the ceremony- Lane and I had just finished walking down the aisle and we had this quick moment where it was just us standing on the grass, looking out to the ocean. It was a peaceful and beautiful moment that I will always treasure.

Photography: leila brewster | Cinematography: 3 Belles Productions | Event Design: The Bride | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Stationery: Smock | Shoes: Valentino | Jewelry: Margaret Elizabeth | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ivy And Aster | Hair + Makeup: LaLaLuxe Salon | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: The Dunes Club | Catering, Cake + Desserts: The Dunes Club | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Veil + Hair Accessories: Made by Bride | Wine: Bluebird Wines

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South County Museum Wedding from Mandy Mayberry Photography

SMPers, I am going to ask you all to sit down for a moment. Put that to-do list aside. Cozy up real close to your computer screen. Because this beauty from the beyond talented Mandy Mayberry is a game changer. Each image of this Rhode Island beauty brings pretty to an entirely new level, and its a level I would happily spend the rest of my days. It’s prettiness defined, and you can see it’s all waiting for you right here.

From Mandy Mayberry… Stephanie and Jay are from the Washington DC area and held a destination wedding in Narragansett, Rhode Island, in the area that Stephanie grew up. Combining beautiful pinks and greens, they captured a light, airy, and vintagy feel to their relaxed wedding day. The mother of the bride owns a bakery and made all of the desserts seen at the reception. [dotted]

Wedding Photography: Mandy Mayberry Photography | Ceremony Venue: South County Museum | Officiant: Ceci Cannon | Reception Venue: The Towers of Narragansett, Rhode Island | Floral Design: Laurie Marshall Flowers | Caterering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Band: Brandy | Makeup: Sara Faella’s Glam Squad