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Nautical Ocean House Wedding

Admittedly, I get a wee bit excited (OK, maybe a lot) when I see a wedding come through the door featuring a handful of our Little Black Book members. Case in point? This sweetly nautical-detailed wedding from Carla Ten Eyck and Buzz Media Company. Drenched in navy and blush and sitting pretty at the Ocean House, it’s everything a seaside soiree should be. Head to the gallery for even more!

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From Josh ChalmersYou couldn’t ask for a sweeter and more gracious couple than Cecile and Travis…or for a more beautiful day of sunshine and first-weekend-of-Autumn breezes to accompany the Ocean House setting.

After some magical First Look moments and wedding party photography from the gardens to the beach, we began with a moving ceremony, in both English and French (in honor of the Mother of the Bride’s family), accompanied by The Woodvale String Quartet, at the Watch Hill Chapel. Guests paraded across the street to The Ocean House to enjoy a festive cocktail hour on the Terrace.

The NYC-based band Live Wire welcomed guests into the Seaside Ballroom for dinner, toasts and dancing, until a collection of school buses whisked them to an after-party in nearby Westerly.

Photography: Carla Ten Eyck | Videography: Buzz Media Company- Wedding Films | Event Coordinator: Josh Chalmers | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Something Different Cake Couture | Stationery: Two Ems | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Hair: Posh Salon | Calligraphy: Ellen Sayers | DJ: Live Wire | Grooms Attire: Macy's | Officiant: Reverend Nancy Leckerling | Transportation: Durham School Services | Card Box: Heartifacts Gallery | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: The Woodvale String Quartet | Chair Signs: Romantic Planet | Food & Beverage: Ocean House | Ocean House: Ocean House | Paper: Two Ems | Programs: Marrygrams | Reception Music: Live Wire | Save The Dates: Smitten Boutique | Totes: The Sunny Sides Up

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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 | Makeup: Joya Beauty | Hair: Jenn Conway | DJ: Beat Train Productions | Venue: Ocean House | Bridal Gown: Justin Alexander

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.

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

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Classic Watch Hill, Rhode Island Wedding

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?

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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Rhode Island Wedding from Liz Banfield

It’s impossible not to fall in love with this pretty, preppy beach fete. From the adorable monogrammed burlap welcome bags to the gorgeous all white reception, this beach beauty has our detail loving heads-a-spinning. Oh, and it just so happens that these were all created by the bride. Talk about talent! It’s New England beach perfection and Liz Banfield captured it all to perfection. See even more right here!

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From … Sarah-Allen and Marc met on a chilly winter night, while on dates with different people. While chatting they discovered had much in common. They had attended the same prep school in Kansas City (albeit seven years apart), he was a practicing attorney like the bride’s father, and Marc attended the same college where Sarah-Allen’s brother was currently enrolled. A week later, they shared their first kiss over wine in Styrofoam cups at the Sarah-Allen’s design studio to the background song of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Lyrics from that song would later be engraved on their wedding bands. The song also played as the newly married couple walked down the aisle together. Sarah-Allen, who owns Preston Paper and Sarah-Allen Preston Designs, put her design skills to work on the assignment of a lifetime. She developed a monogram of interlocking letters and established a color palette of hydrangea, periwinkle and soft greens to tie the look of all the materials together. The monogram became the motif for the wedding design, from the printed materials to the matches provided to the guests at the reception.

An interfaith ceremony combining Christian and Jewish traditions was held at the historic Watch Hill Chapel, an iconic Watch Hill 19th century structure with views of the ocean. Following the ceremony, cocktail hour was held on the Misquamicut Club golf course with its dramatic ocean views. The waiters passed signature “his and hers” cocktails of Dark & Stormies and Southsides. Lush wreaths decorated the doors to the clubhouse, and a beautiful variety of floral arrangements graced every table. An abundance of grosgrain ribbon was tied to the couple’s chairs, along with the bride and groom’s oversize initials in button mums. The same chairs were later used in the traditional Hora dance. In lieu of a traditional guest book, family and friends were invited to leave the couple a “message in a bottle.” Monogrammed paper was provided for them to write the message and drop into the customized wine bottles designed for the occasion. After dinner, the couple toasted with a vintage bottle of Dom Perignon the groom’s father had been saving for 20 years. The wedding cake was trimmed in green grosgrain ribbon and topped with a hydrangea. Marc’s groom’s cake was a “bottle” of Scotch. As a treat for the men, the reception included a scotch and cigar bar for the men, with a variety of rare scotches, and special Opus magnum cigars that the groom’s family had been collecting for years. As a parting gift, the guests enjoyed Connie’s Cookies that were transported by car all the way from the couple’s hometown of Kansas City. The cookies were iced in the wedding colors, and topped with white “R”s for the couple’s new last name. A brunch the next day on the deck of the Ocean House allowed everyone to enjoy the last morning of this spectacular destination wedding together before heading home.

From the Bride… While I was totally in control of the aesthetics, I couldn’t have accomplished the logistics without my wedding planner, Jennifer Brinton, and Misquamicut club manager Philip Koretski. The flowers were just magnificent, thanks to our florist, Flowers by Semia. And the entire weekend was photographed beautifully by Liz Banfield, who was able to capture the happiness and the spirit of our event. The band, the cake — I dreamed it and designed it, but all of my vendors DID it. It was perfect.

Wedding Photography: Liz Banfield / Ceremony: Watch Hill Chapel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island / Reception: The Misquamicut Club in Westerly, Rhode Island / Event Design: Sarah-Allen Preston Designs / Wedding Planning: Jennifer Brinton of Grace Wedding Planning / On-Site Coordination: Phil Koretski of The Misquamicut Club / Floral Design: Flowers by Semia / Wedding Cake: Maureen of Something Different Cake Couture / Paper Design + Gift Bags: Sarah-Allen Preston Designs / Wedding Invitations: Crane & Co. / Calligraphy: Michael Sull / Music: Urban Renewal / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Removable Skirt: Reem Acra / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz / Bridesmaids’ Pashminas: Tory Burch / Groom’s Ties: Peter-Blair / Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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Watch Hill, Rhode Island Wedding from Maggie Conley Photography

It’s no secret that here in New England, we love our beach weddings. Some may think it’s because there are only a few precious months of great weather to be had, but I say it’s so much more than that. There’s something so super romatic about hearing the waves crash and letting the wind whip through your hair as you take your very first stroll as husband and wife. Need more proof? Just check out these pretty images from Maggie Conley Photography and click here for even more.

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From the Bride… There was no question in our minds when it came down to choosing the location for our wedding; Watch Hill, Rhode Island had to be it. After spending many summers at my family’s summer home, we could not wait to host all of our favorite family and friends there. Crisp, summer colors were the obvious choice for us, so our palette was made up of cobalt blue, lime and bright white. These were carried throughout with bright lime bouquets, blue bow ties and white dinner jackets for the groomsmen, as well as a bright blue hydrangea bouquet for me. The ceremony was held in the quaint Watch Hill Chapel, whose wooden detail and interior feel like a boat. After the ceremony, guests descended down the hill for the reception held at the Beach Club. Towering flowers in deep blues, purples and lime dressed long narrow tables, ideal for great conversation! Fluttering white banners and a sail cloth tent for the band set the scene for a great night of dancing. Ultimately, it was our perfect seaside soiree.

Wedding Photography: Maggie Conley Photography / Ceremony: Watch Hill Chapel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island / Reception: Watch Hill Beach Club in Watch Hill, Rhode Island / Floral Design: Rebecca Silva of Celebrations Flower Shoppe / Wedding Cake: Vesta Bakery in Westerly (401-348-7055) / Band: Soul of Boston / Rentals: Rhode Island Rentals / Bride’s + Bridesmaids’ Hair: Bella Vita Salon / Bride’s Makeup: Sara Faella / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung / Groom’s White Dinner Jacket: Custom by Alexander Nash New York / Groom’s Bow Tie: Hermes

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Watch Hill Wedding at Ocean House by Laura Ivanova Photography

Happy Wedding Wednesday, SMPers!  How does a day full of gorgeous inspiration, pretty, pretty details and bundles of heartwarming moments sound to you?  Yep, we agree… totally amazing.  So, clear your calendars for SEVEN fabulous fêtes and hours upon hours of sweet gallery gazing time and let’s get this party started, shall we?

A fabulous wedding weekend set against a breathtaking Atlantic Ocean backdrop, a welcome bonfire on the beach and a recessional that includes “All You Need is Love.”  Now this is a couple after my own heart.  Not to mention that their gorgeous Ocean House affair also includes a plethora of pretty pink hues and downright brilliant images captured by Laura Ivanova Photography.  It’s preppy meets classic perfection and it’s the perfect start to our Wedding Wednesday.  See it all here.

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From the Bride & Groom… For us, our wedding day started the minute that our loved ones began arriving from all over the country (and beyond!). One by one, as our friends and family joined us at the beautiful Ocean House resort in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, the wedding day transitioned from planning spreadsheets and “dreams” and became a reality. Our venue truly set the stage for the type of event that we wanted to host. Alaina had grown up in Rhode Island and visited Watch Hill as a child. The newly reconstructed Ocean House possessed timeless elegance, but brought with it a fresh perspective. When we stepped foot on the property for the first time, we knew it was special — and wanted to provide every opportunity for our guests to enjoy it as well. With that in mind, we hosted a welcome bonfire the night before our wedding — complete with s’mores and cozy blankets!

When thinking about the day itself, we both have different moments that stick out in our minds. The afternoon ceremony revealed clear blue skies that amplified the iconic yellow paint of the Ocean House. Our florist, Sayles Livingston, had enhanced the crisp natural beauty of the location with bright pink flowers and the combination was classic New England! We kicked off our celebration by walking back down the aisle to “All You Need is Love,” and it set the mood for a lighthearted and festive evening. During the planning, Alaina had focused on the small personal touches that she hoped her guests would appreciate. From welcome baskets with Del’s lemonade to the cake topper of a bride and groom high-fiving, she wanted the event to showcase the couple’s sense of humor and appreciation for those traveling to be with them on the special day.

For Alaina, the moment she remembers most clearly is the walk down the (staircase, along the lawn, and up the) aisle with her father. After a tearful joining at the top of the steps, her veil caught in a rosebush! According to tradition, unintentional tearing of the veil on your wedding day is good luck — since her cathedral-length veil was torn to shreds, it must mean amazing luck for their marriage! Nonetheless, it caused both Alaina and her father to laugh as he ripped it out of the bush and (unceremoniously) plunked it back on her head. For Mike, one of his favorite moments was watching Alaina walk down the aisle, but also breaking the glass at the end of the ceremony and hearing the crowd yell “Mazel Tov!” Our officiant joked that not only did the move have symbolic ties to the Jewish faith — but for Italians, it also signified the last time the groom got to put his foot down! Alaina and Mike both fondly remember their last song — “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. The band, Blockhead, gathered the entire wedding reception to salute the couple while they air guitared their way through the song. A perfect end to a perfect evening!

Wedding Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography / Wedding Venue: Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island / Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Flowers / Wedding Stationery: Smock via Judy Paulen Designs / Ceremony Music: La Bella Musica / Band: Blockhead / Dessert Table Banner: 5280 Bliss / Wedding Dress: Kenneth Pool via Kleinfeld / Bride’s Shoes: Butter / Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Bow Tie + Pocket Square: Kleinfeld / Lobster Cufflinks: Ravi Ratan

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Rhode Island Wedding by Lauren + Abby Photography

I’ve tried to come up with the perfect way to describe this breathtaking wedding by Lauren + Abby Photography at the oh so gorgeous Ocean House, and I can honestly say words just don’t do it justice. It’s one of those weddings were you can literally get lost in the full gallery of images, and still be speechless from all the prettiness at the end of the day. So get ready to be stunned, because this soiree is as seaside chic as they come.

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From the bride… Our wedding was my dream combination of my past, present and future. My husband and I met in ski academy high school in Vermont but fell out of touch for over 10 years before we literally ran into each other on the streets of Manhattan, where we were both living. We fell in love with each other as friends and then he became the love of my life. Our photographers were also friends of ours from high school. My bridesmaids are the family I found when I moved to the big city from Vermont. The wedding was in Watch Hill, the town where I want my grandchildren to play on the beach in, as my cousins and I did as children.  The gorgeous church across from the Ocean House holds memories of my grandparents and now my wedding. I was left my grandmother’s engagement ring after she passed away, and my husband also was given his grandmother’s ring when she passed away.  I wore them both along with a cross given to me by my parents on a chain my husband gave me before the wedding.  It was a way to have our loved ones that could not be there close to our hearts. I feel so blessed to have this wonderful town in my life and it was the perfect place to get married.  

The theme was inspired by the colors of sea glass.  The focus was on having a wonderful weekend.  Incredible food, bright and sunny drinks and amazing company made it the best weekend of my life.  

Special thanks to Carla from Elements Flowers who was not only an amazing help with the flowers but everything else we did, and to Geoff who made sure our photo booth was a huge success! We custom-ordered our frames from Etsy after trying for a month to find cute photo booth frames and I was thrilled with the result.  The bridesmaids’ dresses were custom-made by the extremely talented and sweet Katie Ermilio. Our parents were the most amazing support team during the entire wedding process. It was amazing to have our wonderful parents, incredible friends and beautiful memories made during our sunny wedding weekend in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Wedding Photography: Lauren + Abby Photography / Flowers: Carla of Elements Flowers / Wedding Planning: The Bride’s Family / Ceremony: Watch Hill Chapel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island / Reception: Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island / Photobooth: Photobooth Planet (401-316-1423) / Wedding Invitations: Mr. Boddington / Save-the-Dates: Julie Holcomb / Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta via Bergdorf Goodman / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Earrings: A Gift from the Maid of Honor / Bracelet: Borrowed from the Groom’s Mother / Bridemaids’ Dresses: Custom by Katie Ermilio / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Halston Heritage / Flower Girl Dress: Ralph Lauren via Saks Fifth Avenue / Photobooth Frames: Custom by 2DogsWoodWorking

Preppy October Wedding From Hanna Floral Design

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are feeling all warm and fuzzy this weekend! Just in case you haven’t had enough of our beautiful autumn weddings on SMP, we have another for you today! From Yumiko at Hana Floral Design and Trish at Snap! Photography ~ we know this positively glorious New England wedding will put a huge smile on your face and give you a new twist on preppy fall wedding colors!

Katie & Pete ~ October 16th, 2010

Pete and I met in San Francisco – he had moved there in 2005, and I in 2006. Although we met at a friend’s party soon after I moved there, we didn’t start dating until 2007 … and became inseparable after our first date in March 2007. We had SO much in common!

Pete and I flew to Boston for my friend Carrie’s wedding on July 4th, 2009, and I caught the bouquet! The next day, after walking around Boston with my parents, he proposed.

I had grown up going to the beach in Watch Hill every summer with my family. My little brother and I used to ride on the Watch Hill carousel for what seemed like hours at a time. My parents often went to the Ocean House for cocktails on it’s deck.  A month after we were engaged, my Mom said she remembered reading that the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI was getting renovated so she called and asked if we could swing by for a tour.

We toured the Ocean House in hard hats and reflective vests and had to use our imagination for what it would look like finished; the exterior walls were up but that was about it. We booked it on the spot that day in August for October 16th wedding, the following year. I had always known I would get married by the water, and the Ocean House was the perfect place!

Floral Designer: Yumiko Flecther, Hana Floral Design in Mystic CT / Photography: Snap! Photography / Wedding Gown Designer: Liancarlo – purchased at L’Elite Bridal Boutique in Boston / Bride’s Accessories: Custom hand-made necklace made by Devon Baer Designs, from Etsy / Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Linda Marzilli, Ocean House OH! Spa / Groom’s Attire: Joseph Abboud blazer and Joseph A. Banks pants and tie / Rings: Bouvier Jewelers in Boston / Bridesmaids Attire: J.Crew dresses / Gifts: Custom hand-made pearl necklaces by JoJoLovesYou / Officiant: Deacon Stephen Cote from Westerly, RI / Venue: The Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI / Invitations/ Programs: William Arthur brand from Paper Source / Videographer: Matthew Williamson, friend /Entertainment: The Tristan Paxton Jazz Trio for cocktail hour & dinner and Devin Yazmer was our DJ. The bride’s brother, Mike Connon, played his saxophone for a few songs, including the Bride’s 1st dance with her father / Transportation: MJ Bus Incorporated / Lighting and Event Design: Devin Yazmer Productions