Block Island Weddings 2018

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Block Island Weddings 2018 Publisher ..........................................................................................................................Michael E. Schroeder Editor......................................................................................................................................................... Kari Curtis Designer......................................................................................................................................Christopher Izzo Copy Edit............................................................................................................................................Renée Meyer Photographers..............................................Kiyah C Photography, Trevor Holden Photography, Michael Benson Photography, Mia Campopiano Photography, Rose Schaller Photo, Hilary B. Photography, Isa Images, Organic Moments Photography, Sara’s Photography, Thea Monje, Snap! Weddings, Robin Langsdorf Advertising.................................................................................................................................Shane Howrigan On the Cover......................................................................................................Andrea Marin & Greg Hall Photo by Kiyah C Photography Block Island Weddings is an annual publication of The Block Island Times, which was founded in 1970. The Publisher is CCC Media LLC and the publications include The Block Island Times (52 issues per year), The Block Island Summer Times (4 issues per year), Block Dining (annual), and House and Garden (two issues per year). Celebrating 48 years.

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Andrea Marin & Greg Hall 9-23-17 Halley Ceglia & Colin Terrell 7-1-17 Erin Dayton & Michael Bono 6-24-17 Katherine Orr & Christopher Bezamat 5-27-17 Lauren Petrik & Michael Torpe 9-24-17 Kelly Case & Scott Ferguson 9-16-17 Megan Suller & Michael Goodrich 7-15-17 Lindsey Derrick & Gregory Goodrich 6-10-17 Jessica Strocky & Justin Keough 9-16-17 Emily Cahill & Thomas Pelletier 8-5-17 Natalie Tarutis & Matthew Hambor 6-3-17 Samantha Caffery & Richard Garcia 8-19-17 Engaged: Aly Laux & Will Sandwick Engaged: Maria Fasano & Michael Esposito


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Michael Benson Photography Block Island is one of my favorite places. Photographing weddings is something I love doing, so when I get to photograph weddings on Block Island it’s a perfect combination. From the first time I visited Block Island I knew it was a special place, not only for it’s natural beauty but also for the feel of the island. Photography has always been a passion of mine. The thing I love about wedding photography is witnessing all the emotions of the day. I get to see the bride and groom share the excitement of this special day with the people they love the most in a place that has some special significance for them. It is always an honor when people hire us to capture their wedding day. Getting to do it on Block Island has the added benefits of so many great wedding venues to choose from and the fact that people attending the wedding will usually come for four or five days and by the time the wedding day arrives everyone is now on “island time” and just ready to have a great time. It makes for a real celebration. Block Island weddings are just different. I split my time in the summer between Block Island and Connecticut. My team and I do weddings all over New England and New York as well as destination weddings anywhere, but being on Block Island is very special. Michael Benson

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Andrea Marin & Greg Hall September 23, 2017 She: 27, from Rockaway, NJ He: 27, from Scituate, MA Now reside in: Atlanta, GA

Photos by Kiyah C Photography

The Details Ceremony: St. Andrew Church   Reception & Catering: Atlantic Inn   Rehearsal Dinner: The Surf Hotel   Photographer: Kiyah C Photography  Videographer: Bear’s Den Creative, Atlanta, GA  Music: Ceremony: Doug Trudeau and the Waltham High School string quartet. Cocktail hour: Marc Philip. Reception DJ: Frank Zapulla.   Flowers: Painted Rock Designs   Cake: Atlantic Inn   Favors: Blocks of Fudge   Transportation: McAloon’s Taxi and Block Island Taxi & Tours

Before the Ring and Proposal Andrea and Greg met when they started on the same day at a consulting firm in New York, and as fate would have it, they sat the pair right next to each other. The rest is history. On the day Greg proposed, he had come up with an elaborate story that included a picnic in the park to “re-celebrate” a friend’s wedding. They picked out a bottle of champagne to bring, put on some fun picnic party outfits, and made their way to a hill in Piedmont Park in Atlanta. When they got there and no one was around, Andrea just thought they were early. Turns out there was no picnic at all, and instead Greg got down on a knee and asked Andrea to marry him. Block Island Because......  Greg has been vacationing on the island every summer since he was three months old. His parents rented a house for years, until they bought a house on Southwest Point. When Greg proposed in the summer of 2016, they happened to be traveling to Block Island the next weekend, and the decision was easy. Block Island would be the place for their dream wedding. The Day and Design  The couple incorporated Filipino wedding traditions honoring Andrea’s family into the ceremony at St. Andrew Church, and a unity candle and candelabra was a special touch from Greg’s home church. Andrea and Greg provided a wedding bus from the Atlantic Inn to the church, flip flops for the ladies to dance in, babysitters and a “cool kids table” at the reception. There were plenty


of personal touches as well — from Andrea’s mom’s famous egg rolls during the cocktail hour, to the table assignments hand painted on rocks by Andrea’s cousin Hope, to the custom signs arranged by Greg’s parents. The Wedding Weekend  Hurricane José was supposed to clear out a week before the wedding, but decided to stick around for the whole week. Knowing the risks in planning a wedding on Block Island, the couple didn’t expect ferries to be cancelled for three out of four days before the wedding. Traveling guests got creative — coming to the island by plane, and even chartering a helicopter — to make it for the wedding weekend. Thursday evening dinner was hosted at the groom’s home, a welcome party and dinner was held on Friday at The Surf Hotel, the wedding was on Saturday at the Atlantic Inn with the reception under a tent on the lawn, and a Sunday farewell breakfast was held at the Atlantic Inn. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? “The fact that we had to go to plan B, C, D with the Hurricane canceling ferries and flights, and yet everyone — our vendors, our families and friends, the people of Block Island – were all on board to make that happen. It’s the “Block Island Factor” — both preparing for the unexpected but enjoying the magic of what happens next. In the end, it was all worth it. Our guests got to experience quintessential Block Island: sometimes hard to get to, but always harder to leave.”

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Highlight the natural beauty of Block Island 2. Bring some personal touches from off island to truly make it yours 3. Have a backup plan(s) for getting your guests to the island, and trust that the people of Block Island can make the impossible happen.

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Taking care of your guests is pretty common, after all, they did make the trip to the island for your wedding day! Although you do not need to go over the top, it's the little details that take your wedding up a notch: from a ho-hum gathering to a stylish celebration — and one they will remember! Send them home with a little remembrance of yourselves or the island. Welcome bags have become very popular and useful, especially for people who have never set foot on Block Island before. With maps, itineraries, snacks and sunscreen your guests will love that you thought of them ahead of time.

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Halley Ceglia & Colin Terrell July 1, 2017 She: 37, from Locust Valley, NY  He: 37, from Fairfield, CT  Now reside in: Fairfield, CT

Photos by Michael Benson Photography

The Details Ceremony: St. Andrew Church Reception: Rose Farm Inn Catering: Block Island Gourmet Rehearsal Dinner: Payne’s Dock & Mahogany Shoals Welcome event: The Oar Photographer: Michael Benson Photography Music: Cameron Greenlee and Megan Hennessy , Fake ID - live band from Conn. Flowers: Painted Rock Designs Cake: Sugar Rush Favors: Bracelets for Yellow Kittens admittance.

Before the Ring and Proposal Halley was teaching early morning yoga to teachers at the school where she works and one of the teachers asked if she wanted to meet a great guy. Halley agreed to a double dinner date. They hit it off and the rest is history. Colin proposed at Dories Cove on Block Island during the sunset on August 18, 2016 after spending a perfect sunny day at the beach (Mohegan Bluff) and having dinner at the Spring House. Block Island Because...... In 2014 Halley and Colin choose Block Island to be a vacation spot and fell in love with the natural beauty and relaxed vibe the island offers. In the summer of 2016, they became engaged on the island. The Day and Design Halley and her bridal party stayed at the 1661 Inn before the wedding. She said it was incredible to wake up to edible flowers, champagne outside on the porch and her most favorite brunch. The ceremony was held at St. Andrew Church, and included several readings, handpicked by Halley and Colin, and read by their family and friends. Cameron Greenlee and Megan Hennessy provided beautiful music, in addition to having a bagpiper. The reception was held at the Rose Farm Inn and was catered by Block Island Caterers. The décor throughout the tent was provided by Halley’s mom with many personal touches. The couple had a unique cake


from Kate at Sugar Rush — red,white, and blue for the 4th of July. Instead of favors, Halley and Colin sent out after party invites and bought bracelets for everyone for the Yellow Kittens, so that everyone would join them there after the reception was over. The Wedding Weekend The couple had created a wedding website through where they listed details about accommodations, travel and activities. They booked the Rose Farm Inn for their guests for the weekend, and reserved a block of rooms at The National Hotel. They contacted all guests bringing cars to alert them to call to reserve ferry reservations in January. The couple also added a weekend itinerary in the welcome bags and sent a rehearsal dinner invite ahead of time. The rehearsal dinner was held on Thursday evening at Payne’s Dock and catered by Rebecca’s Dockside; a welcome party for the guests was held on Friday at The Oar; and the day after the wedding, a departure breakfast was held at the Rose Farm Inn. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? “The oar that we purchased on the island that we used for people to sign and leave special notes on for us to have for years to come. Also, going to Yellow Kittens for the after party.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Have as many guests as possible stay at the same inn: we recommend the Rose Farm Inn. 2. Have your wedding events spread out over a few days to create more down-time together in between events. 3. Plan to arrive several days ahead to settle in and relax for your big day, and stay several days after if you can!

Escape to your own hideaway for your wedding. Overlook your venue and view the preparations from this perspective. This four bedroom home with commanding views is the perfect location for your vacation or wedding week. For rental information email: or call 281-736-8759

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Erin Dayton & Michael Bono June 24, 2017 She: 32, from Woodbury, CT  He: 30, from Waterford, CT  Now reside in: Waterford, CT

Photos by SNAP! Weddings

The Details...... Ceremony & Reception: Spring House Hotel Rehearsal Dinner: Spring House Hotel Welcome event: A barbecue at a private residence that was rented by Erin’s aunt. Photographer: SNAP! Weddings Music: Jon O’Neill, DJ Flowers: La Bella Rose Cake: Block Island Cakes Hair & Make-up: Koru Eco Spa Post Wedding event: Bonfire at Ballard’s Inn

Before the Ring and Proposal Erin and Mike were both teachers at Valley Regional High School in Deep River, CT, but their paths rarely crossed. But in September 2012, they discovered they were both taking graduate classes at Central Connecticut State University and Mike asked if she’d like to carpool — she said yes. Fast-forward to 2015 — on a lazy Saturday morning, Mike decided to tie the ring to their dog’s Block Island collar with white ribbon and send the dog in to wake Erin up. When she walked out of the bedroom, Mike proposed in the kitchen and they shared a mimosa toast. Block Island Because....... “I have been spending summer vacations on Block Island with my family for almost thirty years. My parents have a boat so we luckily get to make a few trips a summer to Payne’s. My dad also grew up coming to the island on his parents’ boat—so it has been a family tradition for generations. I have only ever wanted to get married on the island.” The Day and Design As a result of the thunder and rain in the morning, the ceremony was held under a tent on the back patio of the Spring House. It had stopped raining by the time the ceremony started, so up went the sides of the tent —the sun came out just as Erin and Mike were saying their vows. Everyone loved the fact that they had a variety of options for enjoying the wedding: people could dance


in the parlor, relax on the lawn, or sit in the shade on the porch. The Matron of Honor and Best Man speeches were a perfect combination of humor and emotion and Erin and Mike noted that the father-daughter and mother-son dances were very special to them — as both are close with their parents. The Wedding Weekend With the rehearsal dinner at the Spring House, Erin and Mike loved having a relaxed Italian buffet before the formal big day, and met guests who did not attend the dinner for drinks in Victoria’s Parlor afterwards. On the morning of the wedding, Mike, the groomsmen, and the couple’s fathers had breakfast at The National Hotel, while the ladies started very early with hair and makeup at Koru Eco Spa. Erin said she would have extended the hours of the reception if it were possible, but they chose a day wedding so guests could come for the day if needed — which worked out perfectly. The couple hosted a bonfire at Ballard’s Inn later in the evening after the wedding, so guests were able to rest (or bar hop) in between the events. Ballard’s provided a fun beach fire and casual bar food, served buffet style. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? “The weather! It thundered, lightninged, and rained all morning but cleared up as the ceremony started — we could hardly believe it was the same day.”

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Give guests a list of recommended restaurants, fun things to do, and must-sees. 2. Don’t obsess over the weather. It could change in a minute and even if it does rain the day will still be beautiful. 3. Take a moment for just the two of you to pause and appreciate the day.

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Katherine Orr & Christopher Bezamat May 27, 2017 She: 32, from Darien, CT He: 41, from Greenwich, CT Now reside in: Oakland, CA

Photos by Trevor Holden Photography

The Details...... Ceremony: St. Andrew Church Reception: At a private home, under a tent on Southwest Point. Catering: Catering by Kimberly, Block Island Oyster Company Tent: Block Island Party Rentals Welcome event: A Lobster dinner at a rental house overlooking Fresh Pond. Rehearsal Dinner: Spring House Hotel Departure Event: A game of keg wiffle ball at Kaki’s aunt and uncle’s house. Photographer: Trevor Holden Photography Music: DJ Flowers: Karen Hughan, Good Gardens LLC Cake: Cupcakes by Catering by Kimberly Hair & Makeup: Clayhead Salon & Spa


Before the Ring and Proposal  Katherine (Kaki) was a server at Chris’s favorite restaurant in Jackson Hole, WY. While out to dinner with a couple friends who knew Kaki from playing for the local co-ed hockey teams, Chris knew right away that he had to meet her, and he did! Kaki walked in the front door from the pouring rain after work. In the living room Chris had set the table with Christmas lights, candles and roses. She had barely taken her raincoat off before Chris dropped to his knee and told her how much he loved her that that he wanted to marry her. He was holding a box that was a family heirloom and before she even saw the ring, she was hugging him and telling him yes. Block Island Because...... Kaki’s uncle and aunt have had a house on the island and their family has been coming here for many years. The Day and Design Kaki and Chris had decided that they wanted to see each other before the wedding ceremony. They met at the Spring House where Chris was getting dressed and met on the porch of the hotel. Instead of a ride to the church, they walked together with their dog, Stash, to the ceremony — a favorite time together on their wedding day. The couple wrote their own vows — unique to them and how they share their life — and they thought it was beautiful to share their

intimate ceremony surrounded by everyone they love. The reception was held under a tent in the yard of Kaki’s aunt and uncle’s house, where Kaki’s mom, grandmothers and aunts decorated and created the wedding of Kaki’s dreams. The oyster bar was a huge hit; guests were served delicious swordfish and filet. Everyone took to the town after the reception and danced the night away at Yellow Kittens. The Wedding Weekend There was a classic May moodiness to the weather leading up to the wedding, which is exactly what the couple hoped for — Memorial Day on Block Island is quiet and beautiful and it holds expectations for the coming summer that you can feel in the air. Wanting to keep the wedding small with a large family, the guest count was at 40 — small and intimate for everyone to come and enjoy Block Island together as a family. A lobster dinner was held Thursday night at a house on Fresh Pond; the rehearsal dinner was at the Spring House on Friday; and on Sunday before everyone left, they used the leftover kegs and played wiffle ball with all of Kaki’s childhood friends from Block Island until it got dark. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? “Going to Yellow Kittens after the reception.”

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Simplify directions on how to get to the island and set them up for success once they get there. You don’t want to be answering your phone with people asking you logistics questions. 2. Don’t check the weather. 3. Spend a couple days on the island after your wedding and enjoy!

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I am Kate Musso, owner of Sugar Rush, and creator of delicious cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and cake pops. I came to Block Island in the early ‘90’s to work for a summer to save money for school. I loved how close everyone was on the island and how they all supported and cared for one another, so I kept coming back. Every winter when I left, I couldn’t wait for the summer so I could return — so I decided to move to this beautiful island. I have worked as a housekeeper, a front desk manager, a server and a bartender, but I have always baked for myself and my friends. Six years ago one of my friends was getting married, and she asked me to make cupcakes for her wedding. I loved it — how the flavors, colors and decorations all came together to make such a pretty display. Since then, I have been enjoying baking for rehearsal dinners, showers, and weddings all over the island — creating perfect memories, one sweet bite at a time. Kate Musso

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Lauren Petrik & Michael Torpe September 24, 2017 She: 27, from Baldwinsville, NY He: 29, from Manhasset, NY  Now reside in: Manhattan, NY in the Gramercy Park neighborhood.

Photos by Michael Benson Photography

The Details Ceremony & Reception: Spring House Hotel Welcome event: Hotel Manisses Rehearsal Dinner: Hotel Manisses Photographer: Michael Benson Photography Music: DJ Jon O’Neil Flowers: La Bella Rose Cake: Block Island Cakes Lighting Decor: Ryan Designs

Before the Ring and Proposal Lauren and Mike were co-workers at the Discovery Channel in NYC when they first met. While visiting Lauren’s parents on Block Island in the spring, Lauren’s dad suggested taking a hike to search for the Block Island glass floats that are hidden on the island every year. After hiking all over Rodman’s Hollow with no luck, they decided to give the Second Bluffs trail a look. When they reached the overlook at the bluffs, Mike got down on one knee and proposed. Block Island Because...... Lauren’s grandmother has had a house on Block Island for over 50 years. Lauren has been vacationing to Block Island every summer of her life and spent two summers waitressing at the Harbor Grill and living with her grandmother. Her parents bought their own home on Block Island seven years ago and have since moved here full time. The Day and Design Lauren and her nine bridesmaids, four flower girls, her mother, and the hair and makeup crew got ready at Payne’s Harbor View Inn, so the accommodations and space were perfect for such a large crew. The


ceremony was held on the lawn of the Spring House, and a close friend of the couple officiated, making it very meaningful. The couple’s two nephews and four nieces walked down the aisle as ring bearers and flower girls.   The Wedding Weekend Lauren and Mike planned their wedding in four months, and didn’t stress over the little details. The couple created a website on that had information on transportation and lodging for their guests. They also created welcome bags for when their guests got to Block Island, with ideas of things to do around the island, and their favorite restaurants. Leading up to the wedding, Hurricane José was lingering, so Lauren and Mike were thankful when they woke up and saw that the weather cleared and it was a beautiful fall day. The rehearsal dinner was held in the big, bright room at the Hotel Manisses. After the rehearsal, Lauren and Mike invited the rest of the wedding guests to join them for welcome drinks — the space worked out perfectly. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? The table names at the reception were named for different places from all around the island.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Use local vendors and vendors who are familiar with Block Island. 2. Try not to stress about the weather. 3. Having the ceremony and reception at the same place was convenient for guests.

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Kelly Case & Scott Ferguson September 16, 2017 She: 34, from South Salem, NY  He: 46, from Vicksburg, MS  Now reside in: Block Island, RI

Photos by Thea Monje

The Details Ceremony: At Kelly’s family home on Coast Guard Road Reception: Mahogany Shoals at Payne’s Dock  Catering: Rebeccas Dockside  Rehearsal Catering: Poor People’s Pub Photographer: Thea Monje  Music: DJ Libre (Danielle Duffy) Flowers: Magda Bennett, Norwalk, CT Cake: Block Island Cakes  Wedding Planner, day of: Above & Beyond Event Planning Hair & Makeup: Clayhead Salon & Spa

Before the Ring and Proposal  Kelly and Scott met while working on Block Island in 2007, Scott’s first summer on the island. Kelly and Scott had known each other through friends all summer, but started dating after chatting at Captain Nick’s one night at the very end of the summer. They went to Sedona, Arizona for a few days as a “baby-moon” after discovering they were expecting, and on a hike at Red Rock State Park they reached the top of one of the hills to take in the scenery, and Scott got down on one knee and proposed. Kelly never would’ve guessed he had snuck a ring out of the hotel room in his pocket all day — she was really surprised!  Block Island Because...... “Block Island is our home.” The Day and Design The wedding ceremony took place on the dock at the Case home on Cormorant Cove, where friends and family gathered on the beach to watch. Kelly’s brother Charlie was the officiant and Kelly and Scott’s daughter Tallulah was the flower girl, along with family friend PJ, as the ring bearer. After a canon send off, Kelly and Scott, along with their bridal party and parents, cruised off to their reception at Payne’s Dock atop the tuna tower of Kelly’s father’s boat. As they made


their grand entrance, they were welcomed by all of the boaters on the docks as they arrived as husband and wife. The reception included passed appetizers instead of a sit down dinner so that there was more time to mingle and dance — Kelly loved how casual the evening was. The table runners were made by Scott’s mother, similar to a style Kelly liked on Etsy — burlap with navy and white stripes. Dances with Kelly’s father, Scott’s mother and the couple’s two-year-old daughter were highlights of the night.   The Wedding Weekend As the festivities kicked off, a cocktail get together was held at Dead Eye Dick’s. The following day, the rehearsal dinner was held at Kelly’s family home, which was catered by Poor People’s Pub. Welcome bags for the guests were handed out at the rehearsal dinner as well. The day after the wedding, friends and family gathered at the Case house for Bloody Marys. Some guests had to leave early due to a storm that was forecast to hit the island, canceling the ferries. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? “Traveling to the reception by boat, driven by my father.”

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Be prepared for anything! We were lucky a storm hit the week after the wedding. 2. There are so many great vendors available on island, you don’t really need to hire people from off island. 3. It’s Block Island — keep it casual, things tend to happen on island time, just go with the flow.

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My name is Jamie Marie Rose. I was born and raised on Block Island where my family line dates back to 1661. I have intimate knowledge of the island and have established relationships with its wedding venues, providing flowers for hundreds of satisfied brides and grooms. With certificates in wedding floral design from the Canadian Institute for Floral Design and the Floral Design Institute in Portland, Oregon, I founded La Bella Rose in 2006 to serve brides and grooms on Block Island. I am also a visual artist and bring a strong degree of intuition and artistry to my designs. I work closely with each bride to understand her personal taste and vision for her wedding flowers. My training and experience enables me to create exquisite professional designs that bring her vision to life. Flowers reflect your style, last forever in your photos and create unforgettable memories of one of the most special days in your life. Block Island is a Photo by Robin Langsdorf very special place for a wedding.

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Summer Sisters Weddings & Events has been operating on-island since 2014 as a wedding and event coordination company. The business was founded on a love for all-things Block Island, and to help couples plan their dream wedding in the months (or years!) leading up to their big day. The success of their business starts with a decades-old friendship that began on the beaches of Block Island while growing up. Their friendship evolved into a partnership that was built on the desire to connect with couples and truly understand their wedding vision. Lauren and Katie are both Block Island brides — Katie was married on Mansion beach in 2013, and in 2015, Lauren had her reception and ceremony overlooking New Harbor at The Sullivan House. Their ability to understand the planning process, both personally and professionally, allows them to guide couples, while also foreseeing the challenges they might encounter. Katie and Lauren look forward to working with many more Block Island couples in the coming years with their variety of customizable services.

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Megan Suller & Michael Goodrich July 15, 2017 She: 29, from Shelton, CT  He: 32, from Southington, CT  Now reside in: Berlin, CT

Photos by Sara’s Photography

The Details Ceremony & Reception: The Sullivan House  Rehearsal Dinner: Hotel Manisses Welcome event: Ballard’s Inn  Photographer: Sara’s Photography  Music: DJ Jon O’Neil  Flowers: La Bella Rose  Cake: Sugar Rush  Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Bar Wedding Planner: Summer Sisters   Transportation: Rice Bus Charters

Before the Ring and Proposal When Megan moved back to Connecticut from Hawaii in 2010, her best friend Jill introduced her to Mike, who Megan thought was cute. Mike asked her out and they began dating. Mike proposed to Megan on December 30, 2015 while on vacation in Hawaii after Megan graduated from nursing school. A couple days into the trip, the couple took a hike up to Diamond Head, and when they reached the top, they asked a random tourist to take their photo. As Megan was smiling for the photo, Mike dropped to one knee and proposed. Block Island Because…… Megan and Mike chose Block Island because over the years it has become their favorite summer getaway destination, visiting frequently every summer. Mike has been visiting the island with his family and cousins since he was a little kid. The pair wanted an unforgettable wedding that would create a whole weekend experience for their guests in a place that they feel has its own unique charm that makes you feel like you are worlds away from home. The Day and Design Megan started the day getting ready with her bridesmaids and mom before heading to the first look with


Mike at the Southeast Lighthouse. The ceremony at The Sullivan House was overlooking the Great Salt Pond, and Megan’s brother was the officiant, which made it even more special for the couple. When the ceremony was over and they had their first kiss as Mr. & Mrs., the boaters in the Great Salt Pond sounded their airhorns. The reception under the tent provided great food, fun music, and a spectacular sunset to be remembered by everyone. The wedding definitely had everyone feeling the island vibes, and was really special for Megan and Mike — being on the island surrounded by their family and friends. The Wedding Weekend Megan and Mike made a wedding website that had all of the weekend information, including transportation and accommodations. They also reserved blocks of rooms for guests at The National Hotel and the Haborside Inn. To kick off the weekend, Megan and Mike hosted a beach bonfire at Ballard’s — drinks and s’mores made for a fun start to the wedding weekend. The rehearsal dinner was held at the Hotel Manisses on Friday evening before the big day. After the wedding reception, the couple had a post wedding party at Captain Nick’s, renting the top floor and had pizza delivered by Poor Peoples Pub.

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WEDDING CHECK LIST 10 TO 12 MONTHS OUT Pick a Date and discuss a budget Decide on three different preferred dates for your wedding and list in order of preference. Remember that June and September are peak wedding months on Block Island — venues may have restrictions that don’t meet your guest count or budget. Most hotels will have a three-night minimum required of your guests in July and August. If you are on a tight budget, consider having your wedding on a day other than Saturday. Come up with an estimated guest count Make a list of all the people you would like to see at the wedding. Keep in mind: more guests equal more money. Make an A list and a B list and be prepared to trim the guest list if budget requires.

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Send out a save-the-date Create a save-the-date insert or e-mail. Your guests will require more information due to the special circumstances regarding a Block Island Wedding. An informational insert or e-mail along with the save-the-date will encourage them to make their travel arrangements early. Things to include: • Any other events outside of the wedding day that you would like to invite them to such as a rehearsal dinner or Sunday brunch. • Transportation info: ferries, plane, taxi’s. • Room blocks or recommended accommodations. Book caterer and pay deposit Book DJ or band and pay deposit Book ceremony music and pay deposit Book photographer and pay deposit Book videographer and pay deposit Book officiant and pay deposit Book cake designer and pay deposit Book a florist and pay deposit Book bride and groom’s accommodations Book vendor accommodations and ferry tickets (if applicable) Order bridal gown and accessories Book rehearsal dinner location Begin researching invitations and wording If you are inviting all of your guests to the rehearsal dinner, consider integrating this into your invite and RSVP. Pocket fold invitations are very useful for presenting info about multiple events as well as gathering RSVP’s.

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Lindsey Derrick & Gregory Goodrich June 10, 2017 She: 31, from Oakham, MA  He: 40, from Rochester, NH  Now reside in: Manchester, NH

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The Details Ceremony: Charleston Beach Reception: Avonlea Catering: Catering by Kimberly  Photographer: Organic Moments Photography  Music: Rob Ranney, acoustic music Flowers: Cake: Block Island Cakes Transportation: McAloon’s Taxi


Before the Ring and Proposal Lindsey and Greg met through the online dating site E- Harmony. The couple started taking trips to Block Island in 2015 and fell in love with it. Greg has his private pilot license, and proposed to Lindsey 8,000 feet above her hometown of Oakham, MA on a flight to Block Island over Labor Day weekend in 2016. Block Island Because…… Lindsey and Greg wanted to have a wedding that was more than just a few hours of time together. Block Island provided the perfect venue to have their family spend the weekend together. The couple thought that because Block Island is so naturally beautiful, and the people are so welcoming, that the feel of the island would allow everyone to be very comfortable. The Day and Design Three hours before the wedding, Lindsey’s father and Greg went to the beach, gathered up driftwood, and built an arch completely from scratch for the ceremony at Charleston Beach. In between the ceremony and reception, the couple headed to Vaill Beach for photos that Lindsey recalls as being magical. The reception was at Avonlea overlooking the beach where everyone enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while mingling, and then steak and lobster on the porch while enjoying the acoustic

music. Despite the fact that Lindsey ordered flowers to be delivered to the island and only half of them showed up, the flowers that did arrive were perfect, and it ended up being enough. Luckily, she had brought her flower bouquets to the island with her. The Wedding Weekend Lindsey and Greg booked the Avonlea for the entire weekend, and most of the family stayed there for both Friday and Saturday nights. Having such a location — within walking distance to town and to the ferry — made it possible for guests to arrive and stay, mingle, and explore, or just stay at the house and enjoy the beach. Weekend festivities included dinner at The Surf Hotel, followed by a fire on the beach and roasting s’mores, breakfast at Avonlea on both Saturday and Sunday, and an organized bus tour of the island for those who were interested. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? “We kept the dress code very casual for the entire weekend. Greg didn’t even wear a tie! It was a great feel for everyone. Guests wore light and lively dresses and shirts. We wanted everyone to feel relaxed, which they did. No tuxedos, no gowns, just fun. It was perfect!”

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Jessica Strocky & Justin Keough September 16, 2017 She: 29, from Blackstone, MA He: 29, from Cranston, RI Now reside in: Cranston, RI

Photos by Mia Campopiano Photography

The Details Ceremony & Reception: Atlantic Inn Rehearsal Dinner: Atlantic Inn Photographer: Mia Campopiano Photography Music: Be Entertained DJ’s and More Flowers: La Bella Rose Cake: Atlantic Inn Make-up: Jenna Irving Hair: Dylan Elizabeth Beauty

Before the Ring and Proposal Jessica and Justin met at The Cheesecake Factory in Providence where the pair were working together, but in different departments. They didn’t officially start hanging out until each joined the co-ed cheesecake softball team, and then dated for over eight years! After a job relocation and move to Wisconsin, the pair returned home to R.I. on Father’s Day for a small family get together at Justin’s aunt and uncle’s. While surrounded by family, Justin dropped to one knee and proposed to Jessica. Block Island Because…… Brad and Anne Marthens, the owners of the Atlantic Inn, are Justin’s aunt and uncle. It was a place the couple always wanted to have their wedding at. This made it very special for them and their family members. The Day and Design The ceremony and reception were held on the lawn at the Atlantic Inn. Jessica incorporated many DIY touches such as painted, and decorated, recycled wine bottles and mason jars, and table numbers made out of recycled wine corks. Jessica’s dad made two sets of corn hole, while she painted them and friends helped sew the bean bags. Jessica painted quotes onto pieces of wood


for her bridesmaids along with a meaningful picture and seashells glued on for a beachy touch. When a beautiful mist fell over the island, their photographer pulled Jessica and Justin aside to take, what turned out to be, the most magical, gorgeous pictures they had ever seen. With a raw bar that was a favorite of many, everyone raved about the food and the Funfetti wedding cake. Jessica and Justin recall that everything that happened that night was something to remember — line dancing, laughing, crying, hugging and kissing — they grew even closer as a couple and as a family. The Wedding Weekend Jessica and Justin set up a wedding website with room suggestions for friends and family and blocked rooms for guests. They set up ferry schedules so the guests could plan accordingly, as well as the alternative plan — just in case of any weather issues. Weekend events were held at one location so nobody had to leave or drive anywhere. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? “Going off alone to take pictures on the beach.”

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Emily Cahill & Thomas Pelletier August 5, 2017 She: 27, from East Lyme, CT  He: 29, from East Hartford, CT  Now reside in: East Lyme, CT

Photos by Rose Schaller Photo

The Details Ceremony: St. Andrew Church  Reception: In the yard of Emily’s parents’ home.  Catering: Cindy Filacchione, Chester, CT  Photographer: Rose Schaller Photo  Music: Jayme Hennessy Flowers: Succotash Farm Cake: Made by Emily’s mother, and Tom’s aunt  Hair: Mark’s Beachcomber, Koru Eco Spa

Before the Ring and Proposal Emily and Tom met at Trinity College where Tom was the mentor for Emily’s incoming class. After the last day of the fall semester, Tom had Emily pack a bag, bring her passport, and get in the car. Seven or so hours later they arrived on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Tom popped the question almost immediately after they arrived. Block Island Because…… Emily has spent almost every summer on the island and her parents live here full time now. After they started dating, Tom visited the island with Emily and knew how special it was to her family. The Day and Design With only family and close friends, Emily and Tom were married at St. Andrew Church. Emily’s dad borrowed Mark Emmanuel’s Jetstar for a surprise father and daughter ride to the church. Emily’s aunt and grandmother gave the readings and Jayme Hennessy arranged some special music including a “mash-up” of “Ode to Joy” and “Come to Me” by the Goo Goo Dolls for the recessional. The wedding bands were made out of oak in the bentwood style, hand-made by Emily and Tom. The reception was in Emily’s parents’ front


yard near Rodman’s Hollow and the couple was able to spend time with all of the guests because they kept it small—18 people. A big highlight was getting “flocked” by pink flamingos in wedding outfits that Emily’s grandmother hand-sewed. The Wedding Weekend Emily’s parents live on Block Island and the pair decided to hijack an already planned family vacation for their wedding date. With a variety of dietary restrictions throughout the guestlist: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and a dairy allergy, the caterer managed to put together a menu so everyone got to have a delicious meal, no matter what their restrictions were. Emily’s mom and Tom’s aunt both made cakes so that everyone could have a piece of at least one of them. Emily and Tom’s favorite wedding photos were the candid shots — on the picnic table with their dog Shepherd at the reception, and a spontaneous kiss the photographer caught when they walked out of the church. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? “The Jessica W. losing an engine when we had Tom’s family coming in on both of her morning runs…”

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Do as much as you can yourself. 2. Find the place to take your pictures yourself, because the island has so many options. 3. The weather is not your friend — have contingencies!

WEDDING CHECK LIST 4 TO 6 MONTHS OUT Book hair stylist and/or makeup artist Select and order invitations Order bridesmaid dresses and accessories Select and order tuxes and accessories Meet with ceremony officiant and begin planning ceremony Meet with caterer and begin finalizing menu details Give guest list to bridal shower hostess Make honeymoon reservations Purchase wedding rings Select style for escort cards, place cards, table numbers, menus and programs Order what can be ordered ahead of time Schedule bridal gown fittings Write all payment and contract deadlines on calendar Balances due, final counts due, menu choices due, rental order due

2 TO 3 MONTHS OUT Mail invitations Mail rehearsal dinner invites Order linen rentals Order or start making favors Confirm that bridal attendants have purchased their attire and accessories Take rings for sizing and engraving Purchase gifts for bridal attendants and parents Don’t forget a gift for the person you will be marrying Decide who will be reading and/or performing in wedding ceremony Finalize reception menu Select ceremony music Select reception music, must play and do-not play lists and special dances and toasts

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Natalie Tarutis & Matthew Hambor June 3, 2017 She: 29, from Guilford, CT  He: 29, from Madison, CT  Now reside in: Weymouth, MA

Photos by Isa Images

The Details Ceremony: St. Andrew Church Rehearsal Dinner & Reception: The Cushman House at Mansion Beach  Reception Catering: Block Island Gourmet Rehearsal Catering: Catering by Kimberly  Welcome event: The Surf Hotel Photographer: Isa Images  Tent: Block Island Party Rentals Music: Rizzo’s Dilemma, originally from Guilford, CT Flowers: Simply Rooted Designs Cake: Food Glorious Food, Pittsburgh PA Transportation: Block Island Taxi & Tours, The Oyster Truck

Before the Ring and Proposal Natalie and Matt met during their college summers working at a restaurant in Connecticut. They were just friends for the first years, not thinking until their senior year, in 2010, that things might work. Matt moved to Costa Rica and Natalie took off for South Africa — only to come back together the following summer and move out to Block Island to work. One fall afternoon, at the boat launch in Madison, CT where the couple had spent many late nights during their younger years, Matt proposed to Natalie. Block Island because…… Both Natalie and Matt had separately spent their summers vacationing on Block Island and it held a special place in both their hearts. The Day and Design With the ceremony at St. Andrew Church, many of the guests commented on how high energy and fun the ceremony was, which Natalie and Matt feel symbolizes their life and relationships. It meant a lot to the couple to be able to recite their own vows to each other. Natalie and Matt knew they wanted the reception to be somewhere that wasn’t typical or traditional for Block Island weddings — The Cushman house was just that and more. The location provided the laid-back feel they had envisioned. The food, served family style, of braised


short rib or cod with beet truffle chips from Block Island Gourmet was delicious, and the band played for a solid six hours, keeping everyone dancing. The late night bonfire on Mansion Beach allowed for the party to continue with acoustic music played and sung by family and friends. The Wedding Weekend Aside from renting The Cushman House, Natalie and Matt rented several houses close by for the bridal party, and then some a little farther away for family — one being the Hygeia House — which guests said was a fabulous experience. A rehearsal dinner was held on Thursday evening on the porch of The Cushman House, with dinner provided by Catering by Kimberly. A welcome event was held on Friday evening at The Surf Hotel on the patio and porch overlooking the beach and harbor. After the wedding reception, they had a late night bonfire on Mansion Beach, courtesy of Block Island Bonfires. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? “We had oars as our guestbook, however, they were custom painted by Matt’s father. One was of the Spring House Hotel, the other The Cushman House. They were titled “The Hamb-OARs”.”

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Make sure you either get a planner or a day-of person. As much as you think you can handle it all yourself, you can’t and you deserve to feel at ease on your big day. 2. Plan early and shop local. We are strong believers and supporters of using as many resources on island as you possibly can, Support B.I. 3. For any weddings, be sure to create a detailed list of all the photos you want captured. You won’t regret it.

WEDDING CHECK LIST 1 MONTH OUT Order wine, liquor and/or champagne, if necessary Select readings for ceremony Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony details Do trial runs for hairstyles and makeup Schedule pedicure and manicure for day before the wedding Schedule ceremony rehearsal time Decide when and where you will get your marriage license If both the bride and groom are legal residents of Rhode Island, you must obtain the marriage license from your local town clerk. If out of state, you must obtain your license on Block Island (can be done as late as the Thursday before your wedding). Be fitted for bridal gown Select or write vows Begin drawing up an itinerary of wedding day details Think about when you would like the following events to take place: bride and grooms first dance, parent dances, best man’s toast, maid of honor toast, will you have a bouquet and garter toss? Are there special announcements or other special toasts that you would like to include in the reception events? Begin writing ceremony program Purchase ceremony accessories Unity candle, ring pillow, etc... Purchase reception accessories Card box, toasting glasses, guest book, cake knife, garter, etc. Begin receiving RSVP’s in mail Track meal choices and accommodations Write thank you notes as you receive shower and/or wedding gifts Arrange for a babysitter if necessary Get a pre-wedding haircut Create a rain contingency plan

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2 WEEKS OUT Pick up wedding bands Final bridal gown fitting Complete event schedules Finalize event tent and/or table layout Plan order of processional and recessional Have wedding program printed Print escort cards/chart, place cards, menus, ceremony program Wrap attendant gifts and attach a note of thanks Call guests who have not yet RSVP’d Confirm head count for vendors Confirm menu choices to vendors Obtain marriage license Purchase items for guest welcome bags Create a welcome letter with info for guest bags A welcome letter, schedule of events, transportation, what to do around Block Island, the couples favorite places, etc. Compile a list of where guests are staying This will make gift bag distribution much easier!


Samantha Caffery & Richard Garcia August 19, 2017 She: 27, from Clinton, CT  He: 33, from Corpus Christi, TX Now reside in: Austin, TX

Photos by Michael Benson Photography

The Details Ceremony & Reception: Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) Catering: Catering by Kimberly Photographer: Michael Benson Photography Music: Live music for cocktail hour Flowers: Painted Rock Designs Cake: Block Island Cakes Wedding Planner: Summer Sisters Weddings & Events


Before the Ring and Proposal Samantha and Richard met at work in 2015 while both were EMTs and they were partners on the ambulance. While on a trip to Connecticut visiting Samantha’s family, Richard proposed during a sunset walk in the marina that she grew up near. Block Island because…… Block Island held many special memories for Samantha of growing up. The island really symbolizes everything that she misses about home and wanted to be surrounded by everything that Richard fell in love with during his trips to the East Coast. A New England summer day, clam bakes, salt water and mudslides — it was the number one priority for them while they were planning. The Day and Design The ceremony and the reception were held in New Harbor at the Block Island Maritime Institute, overlooking the Great Salt Pond. Samantha’s aunt Elizabeth performed the ceremony which made it special for the couple. Samantha and Richard wanted to incorporate a New England-meets-Texas theme so they took the best of New England summer food and Texas barbecue to create a menu that everyone would enjoy. The the raw bar and seared tuna hor d’oeuvres were most popular, along with the clam bake bags, lobster tails, and lobster mac and cheese.

The Wedding Weekend Samantha and Richard set up a wedding website on that allowed guests to log on and see all of the wedding details — suggestions on how to get there, transportation options, accommodation choices, fun activities and anything else to make their planning process easier. The couple rented a house for the week leading up to the wedding that was big enough to sleep the whole family and allowed them to spend extra time together. Samantha and Richard had a backyard barbecue planned for the rehearsal dinner, but it poured the day before the wedding, so they headed down to The National Hotel for mudslides instead. BIMI was laid back and authentic — something that was very important to this couple — exactly the way they wanted it. What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding? “I think our choice of venue was the most true-toBlock-Island thing about our wedding. It was low key and relaxed.”

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Be an over-planner! Plan absolutely everything that you can ahead of time. The more details that are cemented before your trip will save you a lot of time and stress on the days leading up to your big day. 2. Get to know your vendors! Block Island is blessed to have several vendors who are truly amazing people who don’t just see dollar signs. Their main focus is in making your day exactly how you want it. 3. Enjoy a trip to the island prior to your trip. Block Island has so many hidden gems located off the beaten path. If you spend the time searching, you will find things to make your day unforgettable and unique.

WEDDING CHECK LIST 1 WEEK OUT Prepare a must-have photo list for photographer and videographer Check weather forecast — rain plan? Call all vendors and confirm all details Complete escort cards and table numbers Plan ceremony seating Groom haircut Make sure all grooms attendants try on tuxes and have obtained all accessories Obtain/print final checks for vendors Prepare tip envelopes for vendors Finalize seating chart for reception and rehearsal dinner Designate people for wedding day errands Finalize wedding day time-line and distribute to vendors and wedding party

1 DAY OUT Decide if a rain plan will need to be put into place Attend pedicure and manicure appointments Inform attendants of their duties Gather ceremony and reception items and give to your coordinator (or other designated helper) Obtain a beach fire permit from Police Station if having a bonfire. (Permit valid for 24 hours) Rehearsal — bring marriage license Rehearsal dinner

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Block Island Engagement: Will & Alyson

August 17, 2017

Will Sandwick and Aly Laux were engaged on August 17, 2017 at the North Light during a week long stay on the island with Will’s family. Will has visited Block Island for over 20 years and brought Aly for the first time in August 2016, when she immediately fell in love with the island. She had no idea what a special visit it would be this year and was surprised again after the engagement to find her parents had arrived from Maryland during her romantic walk with Will. The newly engaged couple spent the rest of the weekend celebrating with family and friends who had traveled to be a part of the engagement. The couple met while they were both living in New York City where they work in finance and advertising. They had instant chemistry on their first date and bonded over a mutual love of skiing, travel, and live music. They had been dating for nearly two years when Will popped the question. They plan to get married late summer 2018.

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WEDDING CHECK LIST DAY OF Attend hair and makeup appointments Attend photography portrait sessions before wedding, if applicable Provide snacks and drinks for attendants Bride and groom! Don’t forget to eat something, and drink water. Make sure to sign marriage license!

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Block Island Engagement: Mike & Maria

July 29, 2017

“On August 1, 2016, my fiancée Maria and I went to Block Island on a whim. We both took a Monday off and she asked me, “Do you want to go to the beach?” to which I responded, “Let’s go to Block Island!” That was our first official date as a couple. We sat on the beach at Ballard’s on a warm summer day, drinking banana mudslides. We felt like we were on a tropical vacation although we were only an hour away from home. After the holidays last December, I decided that I was going to propose to Maria. I knew that I was going to propose on Block Island because that was our special place and we had so much fun the previous year that we didn’t want to leave! I planned out the day six months in advance; booking a room at the Hotel Manisses, booking a great photographer and picking the perfect spot to pop the question. Of course, as Robert Burns said, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” And boy did they ever! As time approached the big day, the weather called for a stormy, rainy day with high winds. The original proposal spot, on the jetty just down the hill from the Spring House Hotel, was off the table. Instead, our photographer took us to Dingy Beach. I walked Maria down the short boardwalk and finally said, “I can’t imagine spending my life without you”. At least that’s what I had intended — as I said, “I can’t imagine spending my life with you” while dropping down on one knee. After I corrected myself, she said, “I don’t know what to say!” in absolute shock. I responded: “Say yes!” She did say yes and soon after the sun broke out and shined down on us.” Michael and Maria are to be wed on June 1, 2019 in Waterbury, CT.

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WEDDING/EVENT PLANNERS Above & Beyond 401-871-4445 Block Island Wedding Show


Rose Schaller Photo 401-824-9172

Block Island Cakes 401-450-6653

Seams Couture



FAVORS / CAKES Block Island Cookie Company 401-465-7939


New England Airlines 800-243-2460/401-596-2460/ 401-466-5881

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Summer Sisters Weddings & Events


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Scott Barrow 800-797-3397


Trevor Holden 401-290-7041


MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Arpeggio Wedding Entertainment


Be Entertained DJs and More 914-774-1271


Island Wedding Entertainment 413-519-1897


Leone Fireworks 401-474-1137


Marc Philip 401-749-7445


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An exceptional setting inspires exceptional memories

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