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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), Block Island Magazine (annual), and House and Garden (two issues per year). Celebrating 46 years.

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Phoebe Randal & Shaun Donnelly 6-13-15 Allison Herzog & Frank Fusco 7-18-15 Bridgette Closter & Evan Enarson 9-19-15 Caitlin Fallon & Brandon Chicoine 8-15-15 Kate Sprague & Marco Campanale IV 10-17-15 Christina Jacovides & Rebecca Anastos-Wallen 6-27-15 Lauren Manchester & Brian Bettenhausen 8-22-15 Kathryn Thomas & Michael Flanagan 10-3-15 Lauren Greco & Daniel Capizzuto 6-29-15 Jeanette Branca & Jeff Sidelinger 9-12-15 Katie Ann Burns & Michael Spinello 10-14-15 Christina Nicoletti & Peter Broomfield 10-10-15 Kelli Viera & Derek Hulitzky 7-18-15

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Phoebe Randal & Shaun Donnelly 6-13-15 Phoebe: 29, from Connecticut. Shaun: 30, from New Jersey and Massachusetts. Now reside in: Somerville, MA

Photos by Kate McElwee Photography

The Details.... Ceremony & Reception: Rose Farm Inn Caterer: Catering by Kimberly Rehearsal Dinner: The Beachead Wedding Planner: Eventfully Planned Ceremony Music: Boston Strings Quartet Reception Band: First Class Band Photographer: Kate McElwee Photography Florist: La Bella Rose Cake: Block Island Cakes Tent Rental: Block Island Party Rentals Tent Decor: Exquisite Events Invitations/Save the Dates: Champagne and Ink

Before the Ring & Proposal While both working as paralegals at a law firm in NYC, Phoebe and Shaun became friends before starting to develope romantic feelings for each other. Shaun worked up the courage to kiss Phoebe at a New Year’s Eve party — and the rest was set into motion. Phoebe was coming back from a friend’s bachelorette party in the Hamptons and Shaun suggested he would meet her at Grand Central Station upon her return. When Phoebe got to Grand Central Shaun told her to meet him at the clock tower and he was standing there with a big grin and holding the ring box.

there was no receiving line and they saw each other before the ceremony. The couple agrees that the Rose Farm Inn property was a beautiful spot and it was amazing to have so much land to themselves. They picked vendors based on who they liked and who understood them the best. The couple spent a lot of time researching the band and thinking about music — which always makes a huge difference. Phoebe was nervous to walk down the aisle, but when she did and heard the quartet playing her favorite song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and with her parents at her side she could not have pictured anything more perfect. 

Block Island because..... “There is something magical and indescribable about Block Island. We visited for Shaun’s birthday a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with the place. It reflects our love of seafood, the ocean, and a relaxed lifestyle. We thought it would be the ideal place to have a low-key and warm celebration.”

The Wedding Weekend Phoebe and Shaun did not want their friends and family to spend only one night together, but wanted to bring everyone together for a weekend of fun. As the majority of guests were coming from the New York and Boston areas, Block Island presented a nice “in between” location for everyone to meet. Their guests enjoyed the casual, laid back vibe; the feeling that they were on an island vacation with plenty of activities such as riding bikes and mopeds. Instead of “favors” the couple had welcome bags waiting for the guests in their rooms with Block Island fudge, Block Island soap, and their favorite candy.

The Day & Design Phoebe and Shaun wanted to stay true to their desire to have a relaxed event — reflecting who they are. Phoebe did not want to wear a veil, she did not throw the bouquet,


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Top 3 Pieces of advice: 1. Understand that on Block Island, things might happen last minute or in a more casual manner than in other locations. 2. Hire vendors you trust and who you feel have your best interest at heart. 3. Embrace the island spirit.Try not to do anything too fancy or formal.


Island Engagement Block Island is not only a popular wedding destination — it is also a fun place to "pop the question" to your sweetie. Popular proposal spots include the bluffs or any of the beautiful beaches, the Greenway trails or either of the two lighthouses— or anywhere in between! Just this past December, Brian and Kristen came to the island for the weekend — Brian was planning to ask Kristen to marry him. He spent days lining things up, and after a friend suggested it, decided to pop the question with a glass float. ‘The Glass Float Project’ is an interactive public art installation on Block Island — where visitors to the island are encouraged to participate in a hunt for glass floats hidden along the island’s Greenway trails and beaches. Eben Horton, of the Glass Station in Wakefield, R.I. created a special float inscribed with "Will You Marry Me" on it — for Brian' proposal. Brian had a friend hide the glass float at the Southeast Lighthouse, where, after reaching the top of the light, Kristen found the glass float and Brian gave her the ring. She said "Yes."

Brian and Kristen just moments after becoming engaged on Block Island. Photo by K. Curtis

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A Glass Globe from Eben Horton. Photo courtesy of Glass Works.


Allison Herzog & Frank Fusco


Allie: 34, from Long Island, NY Frank: 35, from Buffalo, NY Now reside in: Newport, RI

Photos by Hillary B. Photography

The Details..... Ceremony & Reception: The Atlantic Inn Rehearsal Dinner: Ballard’s Inn Photographer: Hillary B. Photography Flowers: La Bella Rose Cake: The Atlantic Inn Music: On Island Entertainment Hair & Makeup: Clayhead Salon & Spa


Before the Ring & Proposal Without even knowing that they lived just a few doors apart, Allie and Frank first met at Penn Station in NYC while both commuting from Long Beach, NY. Frank recognized Allie from the neighborhood and after riding the train home together that day, they exchanged business cards. Emails turned into text messaging, which eventually led to their first date. After a long-distance relationship of almost 2 years, Frank proposed by hiding playing cards around his house with letters on them — spelling out the phrase “will you marry me?” He left  note cards for Allie with clues leading to each card except the last letter — which he had with him at work that day. When he returned home he gave Allie the last letter, flowers and the ring.   Block Island because..... "We both agreed that Block Island was a great place and loved the feeling of stepping off the ferry and feeling relaxed and happy. When we got engaged and visited the island — stepping off that ferry yet again, we just knew."   The Day & Design Allie and Frank were married on The Atlantic Inn lawn under an arbor made of birch, adorned with delicate tulle and drapped with beautiful flowers. As 100 guests looked

on, the couple exchanged vows and locked their "love letter box" — a wooden engraved box with two glasses and a bottle of their favorite wine, along with sealed love letters to each other. On their five year anniversary they will open the box read the letters, drink the wine together and write new letters — and repeat every five years. The color scheme of ocean blues and navy and white ribbon on the bouquets added to the nautical feel of the island— along with the raw bar at the reception. Favors were coozies that said “Two Less Fish in the Sea” with Allie and Frank's initials. The starfish place card holders for seating were propped up in a tray of sand gathered from Mansion Beach. Frank's favorite memory was their first dance and Allie loved greeting the guests for the first time at the cocktail hour — hand in hand with her new husband.    The Wedding Weekend With a Friday night rehearsal dinner and welcome party (with beach bonfire) at Ballard’s Inn and a Sunday farewell brunch at The Atlantic Inn, the weekend was filled with everything Block Island has to offer, making it a fun get-away for family and guests.

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Top 3 pieces of advice:  1. If you plan on bringing a car on the ferry – book it the first day they go on sale in January. 2. Use local vendors when you can, and don’t freak out if it takes them a little longer to get back to you. 3. If possible, try to make a week or at least long weekend out of it.


Iconic Island Back-drops There are so many great spots on Block Island to have a photograph taken — especially wedding photos! If you havn’t already — check out these scenic vistas and add it to your list of spots not to miss with your photographer.

Mohegan Bluffs Over-look. Photo by Brittany Adams Photography.

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Bridgette Closter & Evan Enarson 9-19-15 Bridgette: 30, from Block Island Evan: 34, from Colorado Now reside in: Lafayette, CO  

Photos by Katie Slater Photography

The Details..... Ceremony: Smilin’ Through Reception: Family home Catering: Poor People’s Pub Photographer: Katie Slater Photography Tent, Lighting: Block Island Party Rentals Linens, China, Glasswear: Rentals Unlimited Flowers: Blazing Star Farm Music: Island Wedding Entertainment Hair: Kinga Kaminska Make-up: Andrea Whitten Rehearsal Dinner: Upstairs at Payne’s Dock, catered by Rebecca’s Seafood. Transportation: Tip Top Taxi

Before the Ring & Proposal While working at the same firm in Boston, Bridgette and Evan started out with small conversation around the coffee carafes and it took off from there. After a couple of years of dating, Evan transferred to Denver while Bridgette was finishing prerequisites for nursing school - resulting in a long distance relationship for about a year-and-a-half before before Bridgette moved to Denver for nursing school. In the summer of 2014, the pair drove 30 hours straight from Colorado to BIock Island. Their first bit of exercise after arriving was walking Clayhead, the first Greenway trail Bridgette took Evan on during his first trip to the island. Evan kept trying to persuade Bridgette to take a trail to the beach, which she was greatly resisting. Finally, he sent their dog bounding down the trail, and she had no choice but to follow. Down on the rocks, with the bluffs in the background and water in front of them, Evan pulled the ring out of his pocket and proposed. Block Island because..... “Most of my family and friends live on Block Island or close by. We immediately knew that we wanted the wedding on-island because we wanted to incorporate its beauty into our day.” The Day & Design The wedding ceremony was held at Smilin’ Through, a favorite island spot of Bridgette’s, under an arbor of wood that was hand-made by Bridgette’s father. All of the details were very personal, including the reading of a poem by Bridgette’s brother that their grandmother wrote in the 1940’s called “Life” which celebrates the great gifts that


love and friendship bring to life. The officiant that married them is a life-long friend of the family. The reception was held just down the road under a tent in the yard at the Closter home. The centerpieces and candle holders on the tables were handmade from recycled Colorado cedar and pine and most of the bottles that held the flowers were old apothecary bottles or antiques found in local shops and online. The card box was an old, wooden Narragansett Lager box the couple bought on eBay and they hoisted the mast on Bridgette’s grandparent’s old dory and used the boat as a gift drop. At cocktail hour, the DJ played bluegrass music rather than traditional cocktail hour music, and there were plenty of lawn games and a photo guestbook for which guests could take an instant photo, paste it in the book and sign their well wishes. It wouldn’t be a Block Island wedding without an oar, hand-painted by a family friend to resemble their invitations, for everyone to sign. And, instead of having cake or cupcakes, Bridgette and Evan had a cookie bar for dessert, with milk. The Wedding Weekend  Thursday night, a bonfire was held for family and the wedding party. The groomsmen chartered a fishing trip the next day with Chris Willi of Block Island Fishworks. This was a great morning activity and the pre-wedding lunch was fresh fish tacos from their haul. The rehearsal dinner was at the Upstairs Room at Payne’s Dock— perfect for thirty people. They even made clam chowder shooters and tiny stuffies— giving out-of-town guests a real taste of Block Island. There was live music downstairs at Mahogany Shoals, so family and friends were invited to meet there after the rehearsal dinner. Block Island Weddings

Top 3 Pieces of Advice: 1. In the days leading up to the wedding, make sure you give yourself as much play time as work time. You are getting married in a beautiful place, so take advantage of it. 2. Stay local and plan early. We tried to choose most of our vendors from Block Island. 3. If you can’t keep it local and have to use an offisland vendor, try to utilize one that is familiar with Block Island weddings.


Fabulous Flowers From a casual wedding on the beach to an elegant affair at a Victorian hotel, flowers add beauty to your big day. Whether your tastes are free spirited and simple— similar to Block Island — or glamourous and over-the-top, flowers are a beautiful way to express your personality. Two island-based floral designers — Painted Rock Designs and La Bella Rose — provide services for not only weddings, but also for engagement parties, batchelorette gatherings, bridal and baby showers or any other celebration.

Bouquet by La Bella Rose. Photo by Hillary B. Photography

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Bouquet by Painted Rock Designs. Photo by Brittany Adams Photography.


Caitlin Fallon & Brandon Chicoine 8-15-15 Caitlin: 33, from Warwick, RI Brandon: 32, from Glenwood Springs, CO Now reside in: Naples, FL

Photos by Rose Schaller

The Details..... Ceremony: St. Andrew Catholic Church Ceremony Music: Meghan Hennessey and Cameron Greenlee Reception: Mitchell Farm Catering: Catering by Kimberly Photographer: Rose Schaller Tent Décor: Ryan Designs Flowers: La Bella Rose Cake: Linda Keating Hair & Makeup: Liz Tucker, Courtney Brennan & Andrea Whitten Rehearsal Dinner: The Narragansett Inn Transportation: Rice’s Tours

Before the Ring & Proposal Caitlin and Brandon met while each seperately visiting family in the Naples, Florida area. Fast forward a few years to the day Brandon proposed. He tricked Caitlin into thinking they were meeting his clients at a restaurant in town. Brandon had a private room that was filled with rose petals and candles, a big screen projector where he displayed a slideshow of pictures of the couple together throughout the years, accompanied by their favorite songs. In the middle of the slideshow was a recorded conversation he had with Caitlin’s father asking for her hand in marriage. He then asked Caitlin to become his wife. Block Island because..... “My family lives there and Block Island is considered home to me. The island has always been such a special place to me but since the first time Brandon had visited he fell in love with it as well! It’s just absolutely beautiful!”  The Day & Design Following tradition, Caitlin and Brandon did not see each other on the wedding day until the ceremony. Seeing Brandon when the doors opened to St. Andrew Church was a favorite moment for Caitlin. Being married by the Reverand that baptised Caitlin and a Papal Blessing from


the Pope (through Brandon’s cousin who studies at the Vatican) were higlights for the couple. The reception was at Mitchell Farm, a private venue protected by The Nature Conservancy, with breathtaking scenery. Caitlin’s mother made the beautiful wreaths that hung on the church doors and also the wreath that was hung on the barn at Mitchell Farm, personalized with Brandon and Caitlin’s initials. Lanterns filled with sand and seashells surrounded the tent, small tables made of wooden pallets provided seatiing outside, all the arrangements on the cocktail tables and in the watering cans surrounding the property were made by Caitlin and her mother. The guests raved about everything from the delicious swordfish and tenderloin to the individually wrapped Del’s Lemonade packets that they got to take home. They danced the night away to the live band Soul Estate that Caitlin says “hands down made the night! They were a blast!” The Wedding Weekend Guests traveled to Block Island from all over the country — many of them came days in advance. Everyone who was in town early in the week met at Fred Benson Town Beach for “Blues on the Beach.” The rehearsal dinner was at the The Narragansett Inn, followed by a meet-and-greet at the National Hotel.

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Top 3 Pieces of Advice: 1. Reserve car reservations for ferry long in advance. 2. Reserve room blocks. The island is busy in the summer, hotels fill up quickly. 3. Weather, don’t obsess over it.

INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS Sweet Treats Dessert is the perfect way to compliment your island occasion. A few local favorites for wedding cakes and sweets are Sugar Rush, Aldo’s Bakery and Block Island Cakes — all Block Island based companies with endless options and rave reviews. Baked goods are also a delicious and decadent addition to any favor table or welcome bag.

Wedding cake by Block Island Cakes. Photo by Kate McElwee Photography. Block Island Weddings

Wedding cake from Aldo's Bakery. Photo by Brittany Adams Photography.

Cake Pops from Sugar Rush are perfect for a rehearsal dinner. Photo by Sugar Rush.




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Kate Sprague & Marco Campanale IV 10-17-15 Kate: 33, from Block Island. Marco: 41, from Narragansett, RI Now reside in: Block Island

Photos by Vaux Finnimore Photography

The Details..... Rehearsal dinner: Taco bar at Calavera’s Ceremony: Sprague Farm Reception: Yellow Kittens Flowers: La Bella Rose DJ: Island Wedding Entertainment Cake: Sugar Rush Hair & Makeup: Koru Eco Spa and Nicole Morin Wedding Planner: Above & Beyond Events Transportation: McAloon’s Cab

Before the Ring & Proposal Kate was living in northern Vermont when Marco started working for her father on Block Island. A family event five years ago brought her home for a weekend and that is when Kate and Marco first met. They started spending time together a few years later when Kate moved home. In the months that followed, Kate and Marco began to realize their love for each other was growing as fast as their friendship and on a sunny day in March of 2015 the couple went for a walk on the beach with Kate's dogs. There in the sand, Marco turned to Kate and dropped to a knee and asked her to be his wife. Kate's answer was, of course, "Yes!" Block Island because..... "It is where we live and work — it is our home." The Day & Design With so much of their relationship revolving around the farm that Kate grew up on, Kate and Marco wanted the ceremony to take place in the hay field next to the house


where they live. It was a chilly day with a bright blue sky filled with puffy white clouds. After the heartfelt ceremony, Kate and Marco invited their 220 guests to warm up inside the rustic wedding wonderland at Yellow Kittens, a favorite local hang-out. To help keep costs down, Kate and friends hand-made decorations and decorated themselves —  using colorful paper poms that hung from the ceiling and burlap runners that lined the white tablecloths. Stalks of island reeds were attached to the pillars with burlap and bows and pots of chrysanthemums were on each table — Kate really wanted a rustic and laid back style. Appetizers and dinner were prepared by Winfields, Club Soda and Kate's mother. Lobster was brought over by Marco's family (who have a fleet of fishing boats in Point Judith) and was included in the delicious spread of beloved comfort foods including pulled pork, potato salad, and homemade apple crisp.

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Top 3 Pieces of Advice: 1. You cannot control the weather. 2. Have a “plan B.” 3. Do not stress out about anything, it will be great no matter what.

INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS Paper & Panache Planning a wedding on Block Island means that you must prepare your guests for all the island has to offer — with as much information as possible. Save-the-Dates and invitations are just the tip of the iceburg! Many brides include detailed inserts for guests — accomodations, transportation (ferry and flight schedules) fun things to do and featured weekend events — so each guest can plan accordingly. Many couples suggest launching a "wedding website" — an easy reference for friends and family — and can be updated easily to inform guests of events or changes.

Photo by Hillary B. Photography

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A printed menu adds a delicate personal touch. Photo by Mikhail Glabets 19

Christina Jacovides & Rebecca Anastos-Wallen 6-27-15 Rebecca:(on right) 28, from Yonkers, NY Christina: 28, from Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan Now reside in: Philadelphia, PA

Photos by Ralph Gabriner

The Details..... Ceremony & Reception: Family home Caterer: Poor People’s Pub Tent & Equipment: Block Island Party Rentals Photographer: Ralph Gabriner Cupcakes: Sugar Rush Flowers: Blooms by the Box.com Music: Karin Ward (DJ from NYC) Manicures: Clayhead Salon & Spa Post-Wedding Brunch: Old Post Office Bagel Shop Transportation: Mig’s Rig

Before the Ring & Proposal Although they were one year apart, and not good friends, Rebecca and Christina met while playing rugby at Yale University. A few years after graduating, a rugby team reunion brought them back together and they ended up planning a long road trip with a mutual friend through the Smokey Mountains, and started dating soon after. Christina asked Rebecca’s parents for permission to marry their daughter. It was a fairly quiet proposal – Christina asked at home, on the couch, after Rebecca got back from a business trip. Christina almost forgot that she had a ring hidden in the cushions of the couch.   Block Island because..... Rebecca’s family has been coming to Block Island for years and the couple wanted to share the beauty of the island with friends and family. Rebecca and Christina were able to have both of their families together at the AnastosWallen house for the entire week prior, setting up, relaxing (a bit) and spending time together. The Day & Design Rebecca and Christina’s family and friends played a big role in their ceremony. A former roommate officiated, Rebecca’s mother and Christina’s father performed part of the Greek marriage ceremony, Rebecca’s father and the couple’s sisters and friends performed part of the Jewish mar-


riage ceremony, Rebecca’s mother and Christina’s mother each gave readings, and a good friend played music. Rebecca built the arch they were married under out of driftwood from the beaches on Block Island. Christina crafted both of their dresses by hand. The ceremony included their own adaptations of traditional ceremonies—but included friends and family, making it feel wholly their own. The reception was under a tent in the same field as the ceremony and included a hand-made beer bar with two beers on tap, table numbers made from old cedar shingles, and a swing that was hand decorated and hung in the field. They even dusted off the Anastos-Wallen childhood lemonade stand (Ms. Lemonade) and had friends hand out drinks from it to guests as they arrived. Mason jar glasses were labled with table numbers for guest seating and they also provided guests with sunscreen and bugspray, as well as “dancing shoes” (flip flops). The couple put a lot of effort into little DIY touches, making the day exactly as they wanted it. Just one day before the wedding, The Supreme Court decision on marriage equality happened — making the celebration even more special for Rebecca, Christina and their guests.   The Wedding Weekend  Multiple events — a pre-wedding barbecue and a post-wedding brunch were planned since family and wedding guests were on the island all weekend — giving Rebecca and Christina a chance to see and talk to everyone in a more casual setting.

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Top 3 pieces of advice:  1. Don’t worry about the weather – your day will be perfect no matter what happens. 2. Island pace can be slower than city pace so don’t stress out if things don’t move at warp speed. 3. Spread out several events over a few days – many of our guests came Friday and left Sunday.

INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS A Personal Touch Adding personal touches to your wedding day — from DIY projects to favors for your guests — not only looks great, but can be budget-friendly, as well.

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Lauren Manchester & Brian Bettenhausen


Lauren: 28, from Cranston, RI Brian: 28, from West Long Branch, NJ  Now reside in: Walpole, MA

Photos by Brittany Adams Photography

The Details..... Ceremony & Reception: The Sullivan House Catering: Block Island Gourmet Photographer: Brittany Adams Photography Rehearsal Dinner: The Cove Room at BI Maritime Institute, Catering by Kimberly Flowers: Painted Rock Designs Music: Hot Mess Cake & Ice Cream Sandwiches: Aldo’s Bakery Hair: Jennifer Gonzalez Make-up: Spectrum Make-up Artistry Wedding Planner: Summer Sisters Weddings & Events Transportation: Interstate Navigation Tour Bus

Before the Ring & Proposal  Lauren and Brian became best friends while attending the University of Delaware, and they started dating soon after graduation. While on an Alaskan cruise with another couple, they planned a helicopter tour to a glacier outside of Juneau. Brian got down on one knee while they were posing for photos on top of the glacier. Block Island because..... While growing up, Lauren and her family anchored their boat in front of the Sullivan House during the summer. Lauren knew that one day she would be married there. Knowing that Block Island is so relaxing and beautiful, the couple knew their guests would love spending the extra time at the beach, in town, or on the water. The Day & Design  After taking time before the ceremony to drive around the island for pictures, Lauren and Brian were married overlooking New Harbor on the lawn of The Sullivan House. Their officiant was a close family friend who personalized the ceremony amazingly — something their guests are still talking about. Wanting to thank all of their


guests for coming, Lauren and Brian had a receiving line right after the ceremony that led immediately into a cocktail hour. Seating cards were all tacked to a cork board that was a huge map of Block Island. As guests took their seating cards, the map was revealed — the perfect thing to have on display all night. With a customized menu, the food was delicious — the raw bar was very popular. And, instead of serving cake, the couple had Aldo’s Bakery make three varieties of ice cream sandwiches — a big hit with the guests! A spectacular sunset and a great band that kept everyone dancing were highlights of the day. The Wedding Weekend  The festivities kicked off with a pool party at a private home on the Wednesday before the wedding. The following day, the couple planned a cookout at the bridal house for guests who were on the island. The rehearsal dinner on Friday evening was a Lobster Bake at the Block Island Maritime Institute put on by Catering by Kimberly, followed by a welcome cocktail party at the National Hotel with all the wedding guests. Coffee and donuts (Payne’s Killer Donuts, of course) were served at a departure gathering at the bridal house.

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Top 3 Pieces of advice: 1. Use on-island vendors…they are used to working together, and know the island so well. 2. Plan events surrounding your wedding day, even if it is just telling everyone to get together at the same bar or spot on the beach. It allows you to spend extra time with your guests who have traveled so far to see you! 3. Encourage your guests to make a vacation out of the wedding, to enjoy the island for all that it offers. We included a list of recommendations in our welcome bags so that guests knew our favorite places to eat and different places to explore.

WEDDING CHECK LIST 10-12 MONTHS Be sure to visit Blockisland.com and click on ‘Getting Married?’ for wedding information and stories. 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 equals more $$$. Make an A list and a B list and be prepared to trim the guest list if budget requires. Discuss a Budget Decide on 3 different Preferred Dates for your wedding. List in order of preference. Remember that June and September is peak wedding season for Block Island - venues may have restrictions that don’t meet your guest count or budget. July and August weddings- most hotels will have a 3 night minimum. required of your guests. If you are on a tight budget, consider having your wedding on a day other than Saturday. Discuss what kind of wedding you envision Formal or casual, tented or indoor, buffet or plated Discuss what your priorities are Food? Good Music? Decor? Location? Book ceremony location and pay deposit Book reception location and pay deposit Reserve blocks of rooms for wedding guests Begin gathering ideas from bridal magazines and web-sites See what your tastes are regarding flowers, decor, cakes, dresses and invites. Gather pictures to show these vendors your vision. Select your bridal party Block Island Weddings

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Kathryn Thomas & Michael Flanagan


Katie: 31, from Medfield, MA Mike: 46, from Needham, MA Now reside in: Jamaica Plain , MA

Photos by Mikhail Glabets

The Details..... Rehearsal dinner: The Beachead Ceremony: The 1661 Inn Reception: The Yellow Kittens Catering: Ryan Kelly with Kat Cook of Farmer’s Market Kitchen, Waltham, MA Late Night Snacks: Pizza and garlic bites from Papa’s Pizzeria Ceremony Music: Cameron Greenlee Reception Music: DJ Dugan Hair: Koru Eco Spa Make-up: Bride’s sister Transportation – New England Airlines & Rice’s Tours Cake: Sin Bakery in Providence, RI Flowers: Caprice Cappucci Photographer: Mikhail Glabets, Boston, MA

Before the Ring & Proposal Katie and Mike met through a mutual friend. Katie lived in Mike’s building many years ago and they were friendly but not friends, and it wasn’t until after Katie moved out that they started spending time together. After a day of sailing on Boston Harbor, followed by dinner at the Top of the Hub, Mike proposed on a dock back down in the Harbor, by a bar named the Barking Crab, where the couple love to spend summer afternoons with friends. Friends were waiting at the bar to meet them after the proposal, and little did they know, the entire bar had been actually watching over the railing, waiting for the big “YES!” They got a loud cheer after Katie accepted. Block Island because..... Katie and Mike wanted to get out of the city and find somewhere a bit more personal for both. Mike’s sister and brother-in-law have a house on Block Island — the island was one of the first trips they took as a couple. When looking for a wedding venue, Katie wanted something rustic and farm-like and Mike wanted something by the water. It turns out that Block Island offers both — all in one place! The Day & Design Katie and Mike had 15 months to plan the perfect wedding. The designated date was Oct. 3, 2015 with an outside ceremony and reception under a tent at Rose Farm Inn. One hundred and five people were invited to attand. The Monday before the wedding, Katie and Mike were forced to accept the fact that the predicted weather would proba-


bly mean that they would have to move the ceremony into the tent. It was Wednesday morning when the call came that the pending storm would mean no tent. Katie and Mike faced the possibility that all their months of planning, all the expense and personal investment of preparing for the biggest day of their lives might be for naught. And then, the ferries were cancelled for the Friday before the wedding day. Frantic phone calls by the bride and her mother began and that is when they learned how the people of Block Island come together to help. Eighty guests showed up, along with the photographer, the food, the cake, and the flowers, all thanks to dozens of shuttles from Westerly by New England Airlines. With the altering of plans, the ceremony was held on the back porch at the 1661 Inn and the reception was held at The Yellow Kittens. Walking into the ceremony was the first time that Katie and Mike saw everyone who had made it to the island and it was incredibly overwhelming for the pair. At the Yellow Kittens, Katie could not believe how the bar was transformed. Katie and Mike crafted a driftwood arch built from island driftwood that they collected — it was meant to stand behind them during the ceremony — but they ended up putting the arch by the entrance to the Kittens to welcome guests. Katie decorated mason jars for guest to take home as well as trucker hats with fun wedding slogans on them — Katie believes a party is much more fun with a party hat! Katie said  “It all came together so beautifully, you never would have known it wasn’t the original plan. The entire wedding truly was a work of love and it made the day more special than we ever could have imagined! And it ended up being a pretty darn good party, too!”

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One piece of Advice: Have a back-up plan!


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 urge 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- Ferry, Flights and 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 Grooms Accommodations Book Vendor Accommodations Book Vendor 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 Shop for wedding bands and get ideas for engraving Begin researching Honeymoon spots

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Lauren Greco & Daniel Capizzuto


Lauren: 29, from Long Island, NY Dan: 30, from Bronx, NY Now reside in: Long Island, NY 

Photos by Sara Zarrella Photography

The Details.....  Ceremony & Reception: The Sullivan House Catering: Block Island Gourmet Rehearsal Dinner: The National Photographer: Sara Zarrella Photography Flowers: Painted Rock Designs Music: Island Wedding Entertainment Cake: Block Island Gourmet Hair: Clayhead Salon & Spa Makeup: Adriana Duque and Laura Greco Tent Decor: Ryan Designs Transportation: Rice’s Tours

Before the Ring & Proposal Lauren and Dan met in undergraduate school at Stony Brook University where Lauren was a cheerleader and Dan was a hockey player. Even though the school was large, their paths kept crossing. After spending an entire day relaxing while at Lauren’s brother’s house on Long Island, the couple walked down to the beach with some friends at the end of the day — Lauren’s absolute favorite time of day to be at the beach. As the sun was setting, Dan walked Lauren down by the ocean and asked her to marry him.   Block Island because..... “We especially love how Block Island is the type of place where, as soon as that ferry pulls in, you feel your troubles melt away. Even though it’s not that far from home, you feel like you are a million miles away! Logistically, a wedding on Block Island gave us the destination wedding we had always imagined — without asking our guests get on a plane. We really looked forward to sharing a place that became so special to us.”  The Day & Design Lauren and Dan decided to have their wedding day on a Monday — and why not? This idea only opens up even more possibilities — from venue and caterers to car reservations or accomodations! This couple’s wedding was held on the lawn of The Sullivan House over-looking New Harbor under a hand-made flower-covered arch that Lauren built with her brothers. Although the ceremony was traditional in structure, it was beautifully written and delivered


by one of their closest friends. A cocktail hour with a raw bar was a big hit with guests — and almost as popular was the ice cream bar for dessert. A menu with New England Clam Chowder shooters and lots of fresh fish captured a real coastal feel and Lauren and Brian’s signature cocktails of Sweet Tea Vodka and Lemonade and White Sangria kept the libations islandy. Lauren and her father surprised everyone at their father/daughter dance by cutting a traditional slow song into “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. Guests went crazy when they saw Lauren’s dad jumping around with his blue violin and the red cowgirl boots she was wearing under her gown. Not to be outdone, Dan and his mom secretly prepared a perfectly choreographed dance to a medley of musical hits — complete with a glow stick finale. The Wedding Weekend After a traditional rehearsal of the ceremony at the Sullivan House, Lauren and Dan planned a sit-down dinner with toasts and slide show at The National Hotel with their families and bridal party. The rest of the wedding guests joined them after dinner for a welcome reception with cocktails at the main bar. The couple planned a postwedding bon fire to continue the celebration down at the beach when the reception was over. Guests were told to bring a change of clothes to the Sullivan House so that when the reception ended, people could change into comfortable clothes and walk over to the beach. All guests were invited to attend a champagne breakfast at the 1661 the day after the wedding — a casual and fun way to spend a little extra time with everyone.  

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Top 3 Pieces of Advice:   1. Choose vendors who are familiar with Block Island, and let them help you! There are vendors who know the ins and outs of the island and its quirks. Ask them questions, listen to their advice and trust that if you do, things will run smoothly. 2. Make a very detailed wedding website and send the link with your Save the Date. Include as much information as you can, add more as it becomes available, and guests will be able to refer to it when they need to. 3. Make it more than just a one day affair. This will encourage your guests to stay a little longer and make it a mini vacation.



Book Bride and Groom Ferry Tickets

Mail invitations

Select and Order Invitations

Order linen rentals

Select and order tuxes and accessories

Meet with ceremony officiant and begin planning ceremony

Confirm that bridal attendants have purchased their attire and accessories

Give guest list to bridal shower hostess

Purchase gifts for bridal attendants and parents

Purchase wedding rings

Decide who will be reading and/or performing in wedding ceremony

Book Hair stylist and/or makeup artist

Mail rehearsal dinner invites

Order bridesmaid dresses and accessories

Order favors

Meet with caterer and begin finalizing menu details

Take rings for sizing and engraving

Make Honeymoon reservations

Don’t forget the person you will be marrying :)

Select style for escort cards, place cards, table numbers, menus and programs

Finalize reception menu

Order what can be ordered ahead of time Schedule Bridal Gown fittings

Write all payment and contract deadlines on calendar

Select ceremony music

Select reception music must play and do-not play lists and special dances and toasts

Balances due, final counts due, menu choices due, rental order due

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Jeanette Branca & Jeff Sidelinger


Jeanette: In her 50’s, from New York Jeff: In his 50’s from RI Now reside in: Narragansett, RI 

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The Details..... Ceremony & Reception: Ballard’s Inn Flowers: La Bella Rose Bouquet & Boutonnieres: Deborah Fortune Music: Lea Lemoine Hair: Clayhead Spa & Salon Wedding Planner: Abdul from Ballard’s 

Before the Ring & Proposal Jeanette and Jeff met through mutual co-workers on a dock during sunset, in Providence. Jeff proposed to Jeanette with a surprise Christmas gift of an engagement ring. Block Island because..... “We were looking for a beautiful beach on an island close-by and Block Island was our first get-away destination when we were dating.” The Day & Design Jeanette and Jeff ’s ceremony was on Ballard’s beach and the reception followed on the patio. The staff set up the beach beautifully —away from regular business — and the patio was sectioned off nicely with umbrellas and table seating. After the ceremony, the guests moved to the patio where everyone was able to order off the menu — a


creative idea for a smaller wedding! The couple thought the food was delicious, receiving many complements from their guests, as well. Jeanette’s daughter played the acoustic guitar throughout the cocktail hour and some of the reception, and the touching toasts were made by the best man — Jeff ’s father — and Jeanette’s son. The day was topped off with Lemoncello for tradition and chocolate pops shaped like lobsters for dessert — followed by a bon-fire with smores on Ballard’s beach that evening. The Wedding Weekend The day before the ceremony, the couple had a welcome event for family and friends at Poor People’s Pub, dining outside on the patio. The following morning after the wedding, a brunch at Harborside Inn was a nice farewell event before departing from the island.

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Top 3 Pieces of Advice: 1. If you plan to get married on the island, make sure you book your wedding well in advance so you can have the date you want. 2. September is a beautiful month for weddings, and the island isn’t as crowded. 3. Make sure you make early reservations for your salon, and that you follow up before your appointment for the wedding day.


Order wine, liquor and/or champagne, if necessary

Write thank-you notes as you receive shower and/or wedding gifts

Meet with officiant to finalize ceremony details

Get a pre-wedding haircut

Select readings for ceremony

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 Thurs 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...

Arrange for a babysitter if necessary Create a Rain Contingency Plan


Pick up wedding bands

Final bridal gown fitting

Complete event schedules

Finalize event tent and/or table layout Have wedding program printed

Have escort cards/chart, place cards, menus, ceremony program printed Wrap attendant gifts and attach a note of thanks Call guest 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

Purchase reception accessories

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Card box, toasting glasses, guest book, cake knife, garter, etc.

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Katie Ann Burns & Michael Spinello


Katie: 31, from Evansville, IN Michael: 39, from Lancaster, PA Now reside in: Washington, DC 

Photos by Wild Souls Studio

The Details.....  Ceremony: The North Light Reception venue: The Bistro at the Spring House  Flowers: “The Spring House flower beds – thank you for allowing me to pick a dozen daisies to decorate Katie’s bicycle!” says Michael.  Officiant: “Ken Lacoste was wonderful! He braved the wind and walk down the beach to get to the North Light and saved the ceremony by bringing the vows that the groom forgot!” says Katie.  Hair & Makeup: Bride  Transportation: Aldo’s Moped Rental. A huge thanks to Leo at Aldo’s.   Photographer: Christine and Van Kong at Wild Souls Studio

Before the Ring & Proposal Katie and Michael met on the dating website OkCupid.com. After a very practical discussion and decision to get married, Mike totally surprised Katie with a romantic proposal on Ponte Garibaldi during a trip to Rome. Pausing on the bridge to take in the views of Rome with the lights twinkling on the river, Mike began listing all of the lovely, romantic reasons why he wanted to marry Katie, before presenting her with the antique ring that they had picked out. Block Island because..... “Our lives up until the day we met were completely different, and Block Island is one of only a few things we had in common. Mike grew up going there and sailing around the area, and I had spent a week there one summer with my family. On one of our early dates, I wore my Block Island sweatshirt, and we learned that we shared that connection. When it came time to decide where we would get married, it only made sense to go to the place where we had a bit of shared history – Block Island.” The Day & Design  Katie and Michael toyed with the idea of just going to City Hall to elope — but then decided that even though it was just going to be just the two of them, they still wanted the wedding to be special, in a special place. Everyone the couple encountered helped make their wedding day spe-


cial—but the most memorable was going to the Mohegan Café for a drink en route to the wedding-site in the dunes at the North Light, where the owner had wrapped little champagne bottles in white paper and flowers and presented them to the couple for their wedding toast. It was a simple gesture that meant so much. Katie and Michael brought their bicycles to ride to the ceremony, adorned with wicker baskets to carry a bottle of champagne to have after they tied the knot — and while Katie was getting ready, Michael picked some daisies and decorated the wicker basket on Katie’s bicycle. The ceremony lasted less than 10 minutes. The only guests were the photographers and the wildlife that surrounded them. Katie and Michael recall it was profound to stand together amidst the dunes, feet from the vast ocean and to pledge to love each other. The couple had a dinner-for-two at the Bistro in the Spring House Hotel where the food, service and the ambiance were all terrific —  and to top it off, a group of local patrons toasted them as they walked in.  The Wedding Weekend  Katie and Michael kept the planned elopement secret for more than a year. The day after their wedding, they printed postcards announcing their elopement with a photo of the pair on their bicycles sporting a “Just Married” sign on the back of one. They mailed these from the New Shoreham post office that day and they arrived at family and friends just as they were returning from the trip.

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Top 3 Pieces of Advice:  1. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful wedding on Block Island. Be creative and let the beauty of the island and the kindness of the locals set the tone for the wedding.  2. It’s so easy to get swept up in wedding stress — but marriage is about your life together. Spend time enjoying Block Island together – go exploring, wander slowly through the shops, walk the beaches, talk to the locals and make memories. 3. Do it your way! Block Island is the perfect location because there are so many options – from an expensive wedding to a simple elopement. Figure out what means the most to you.


Prepare a must-have photo list for photographer and videographer Check weather forecast- rain plan? Call all vendors and confirm all details- via phone Complete escort cards and table numbers- or send to print 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 if necessary Designate people to be responsible for wedding day errands Finalize Wedding Day Timeline and distribute to vendors and wedding party


Pick-up Linens Decide if rain plan will need to be put in 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) Rehearsal- bring marriage license

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Christina Nicoletti & Peter Broomfield


Christina: 29, from Bronx, NY Pete: 31, from Riverside, RI Now reside in: Warwick, RI  

Photos by Michael Benson

The Details..... Ceremony & Reception: The Spring House Rehearsal Dinner: Texas BBQ at The Spring House Photographer: Michael Benson Photography   Music: Island Wedding Entertainment   Flowers: La Bella Rose Cake: Block Island Cakes Hair & Make up: Koru Eco Spa 


Before the Ring & Proposal Christina and Pete met in French class at the University of Rhode Island in 2005, and sat next to each other on the very first day, and every other day that followed. Finally, on the very last day of class, after final exams, Pete asked Christina if she wanted to hang out — and they have been hanging out together ever since. The proposal came on a crisp day in February when the couple was taking a beach walk with their dog, and unbeknownst to Christina, Pete had a plan that involved friends hiding in the wings to capture the moment he got down on one knee to propose — they even planned the night before to bring champagne and glasses. Block Island because..... “Hands down, it offered the most beautiful location for our wedding. All of the seasons on the island have so much beauty, so it’s always a great place to getaway to.” 

bolize the couple’s final pledge to blend their lives together — which fit the nautical setting so well. Right after the ceremony, the couple wanted some pictures taken on their favorite jetty —so Christina temporarily traded her wedding shoes for sneakers and together with their photographer, trekked down to the beach (see cover photo). Time alone together at one of their favorite spots after the ceremony was a highlight in their day. Peter hand-made the reception seating chart out of driftwood and the guestbook came from a fallen tree in their front yard— now used as a quaint table by a reading chair in their home. Noting that the DJ was incredible, the couple loved that every single person was dancing. A late night food platter come out about an hour before the end of the night — the perfect time to have a little snack. Christina and Peter agree that the single most successful thing they did was keeping it the way they had always dreamed of — making sure to keep each other’s wants and needs at the center of the big event.

The Day & Design Christina and Peter were married on a beautiful October day overlooking the ocean on the lawn of The Spring House with 130 guests in attendance. After taking the traditional route of not seeing each other before the ceremony, it was even more special finally seeing each other at the alter. Christina and Peter loved having a sailors knot tying ceremony — the marriage knot is secured to sym-

The Wedding Weekend Christina and Peter’s families rented guest homes on the Spring House property for the wedding weekend. It gave this destination wedding a very homey feel by having places people could relax, eat, drink and just enjoy each other’s company. The couple also noted how fun it was to see all of their different groups of guests intermingling both before, during, and after the wedding — all weekend long!

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Top 3 Pieces of advice: 1. Go local! 2. It’s always beautiful on Block Island— so don’t stress about the weather. 3. Take time with your soon-to-bespouse and enjoy the island together, even if it’s just for a short walk.

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 and drink water. Make sure to sign marriage license!


Gather ceremony and reception items Return linens and any other rentals Change bride’s name if applicable and notify important parties Mail wedding thank you notes within 3 months after wedding Review proofs and order photos/video and/or albums Settle financial matters

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Kelli Viera & Derek Hulitzky


Kelli: 44, from Attleboro, MA Derek: 54, from Milford, MA  Now reside in: Attleboro, MA 

Photos by Michael Benson Photography

The Details..... Ceremony & Reception: Stone Beach Caterer: Block Island Gourmet Rehearsal Dinner: Summer Hill Caterer: Catering by Kimberly Photographer: Michael Benson Photography Flowers: Sarah Daly Music: Moondance Productions Cake (Pie): Sin Bakery, Providence.  Wedding Planner: Sarah Daly Events

Before the Ring & Proposal Kelli and Derek met on the dating website, Match.com. While vacationing in New Hampshire and having lunch at one of their favorite places, Derek excused himself mid-way through lunch to get something from the car (Kelli later found out it was the ring). Following lunch, Kelli and Derek headed out for a walk and stopped under a beautiful tree — that’s when Derek quoted a movie he had seen and said to Kelli  “In life, you need to love to live, and you need to live to love.” Derek then presented Kelli with the ring saying “I want to love and live my life with you.” During the wedding week, Derek gave Kelli a card every day leading up to the wedding. In one of them, he placed leaves from the tree under which he proposed, as a memory of where their engagement journey began. Block Island because..... “Block Island felt right, and it felt like us. It was relaxed and low-key but with plenty to do.  We wanted to create special memories of the wedding for our children and family and decided we’d give them (and ourselves) a vacation leading up to the wedding day. Our children had never spent time on the island before, so the whole experience would be new for all of us as a family. Plus, it was easy to get to, while feeling far away.” The Day & Design Kelli and Derek’s ceremony was held at Stone Beach, a small and intimate venue overlooking the ocean on the


east side of the island. Derek’s long-time family friend and pastor was the officiant, creating a very special ceremony for the couple. The bridesmaids, Kelli and Derek’s daughters, picked out their own dresses, which weren’t bridesmaid dresses, but fit within the color scheme and are likely to be worn again. Both Kelli and Derek’s mothers each gave a reading during the ceremony — a special moment for the couple, and Derek’s daughter Claire played a song for the couple on her guitar at the reception. Block Island Gourmet created great appetizers and an outstanding meal — the filet mignon was the highlight. The couple chose to have wedding pie instead of cake, with wonderful individual fruit pies and key lime tarts. The guests were consistently on the dance floor and thoroughly enjoyed themselves all night long. The Wedding Weekend  Summer Hill was the perfect location for this family, giving their five children, friends, and family plenty of room to settle in for the week while providing a close location to town and the beaches. The highlight of the week was the oyster farm tour in New Harbor.  The welcome dinner doubled as a rehearsal dinner, which was also held at Summer Hill. Catering by Kimberly provided a delicious barbecue and Mike and Gail Dugan (Summer Hill’s owners) were terrific hosts ensuring that guests were well taken care of. 

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Top 3 Pieces of Advice: 1. Take plenty of time to plan. It’s all worthwhile, especially if you get critical elements booked early, like your venue and caterer.  We started this process 18 months in advance. 2. Use local vendors or those that work often on Block Island. 3. Give your guests at least six months of notice (and possibly eight) so they can plan their stay and block their calendars.

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PAGE ADVERTISER WEBSITE MAIN PHONE NUMBER(S) MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT 10 Block Island Bonfires www.blockislandbonfires.com 401-824-9045 34 Island Wedding Entertainment www.islandweddingdj.com 413-519-1897 34 Leone Fireworks 401-474-1137 34 Marc Philip www.seeyouatthegig.com 401-749-7445 16 The Island Musical Match www.blockislandmusicians.com 401-466-2397 RENTALS 4 Block Island Party Rentals www.blockislandpartyrentals.com 401-466-5672 RECREATION 34 Ruling Passion Sailing Charters www.rulingpassion.com 401-741-1926/401-741-1290 TRANSPORTATION 10 Block Island Bike & Car Rental 401-466-2297 45 Block Island Express www.goblockisland.com 860-444-4624 42 Interstate Navigation www.blockislandferry.com 401-783-4613/866-783-7996 17 Little Rest Livery, Inc. www.littlerestlimo.com 401-294-1414 34 Mig’s Rig www.migsrigtaxi.com 401-480-0493 11 The Moped Man 401-466-5444 17 New England Airlines www.block-island.com/nea/ 800-243-2460/401-596-2460/401-466-5881 WEDDING GIFTS / FAVORS / JEWELRY/ CAKES 34 Aldo’s Bakery www.aldosrestaurantblockisland.com 401-466-5871 22 Golddiggers www.blockislandgolddiggers.com 401-466-2611 45 Jennifer’s Jewelry www.jennifersjewelry.org 401-466-7944 11 Sugar Rush 401-741-0987 28 Sweenor’s Chocolates www.sweenorschocolates.com 401-783-4433 28 Jessie Edwards Studio www.jessieedwardsweddings.blogspot.com 401-466-5314 10 Block Island Trading Company www.blockislandtradingcompany.com 10 Ellie’s Bakery 401-228-8118 44 Block Island Cakes www.blockislandcakes.com 401-450-6653 29 The Glass Station www.theglasstationstudio.com 401-788-2500 WEDDING/EVENT PLANNERS/ DECOR 4 Above & Beyond aboveandbeyondblockisland@gmail.com 401-871-4445 42 Block Island Wedding Show www.blockislandweddingshow.com 401-466-2222 44 Ryan Designs www.ryan-designs.com 401-742-0464 11 Summer Sisters Wedding & Events summersistersweddings@gmail.com 44 Eventfully Planned www.eventfullyplanned.com 401-580-5845 16 Personal Touch Ceremonies & More www.RIofficiant.com 401-533-4010/401-533-049145 OFFICIANTS

Baptist: Harbor Baptist Church - Rev. Stephen Hollaway, 401-466-5940

Christian Non-Denominational: Barbara MacDougall, 401-466-2929; Johno Sisto, 401-466-8986; Jim Rondinone, 466-5550

Civil Ceremonies: First Warden Kenneth LaCoste, 401-466-2543; Second Warden, Norris Pike, 401-466-5996 Richard Kyte, 401-568-6875, rkyte1@cox.net (see ad page 30)

Episcopal: St. Ann’s-by-the-Sea - Rev. Eileen Lindeman, 401-466-2911

Jewish Congregation: Sons & Daughters of Ruth: Cantor Elliot Taubman, 401-466-2861

Roman Catholic: St. Andrew Church - Rev. Joseph Protano Jr., 401-466-5519 Block Island Chamber of Commerce www.blockislandchamber.com 800-383-2474/401-466-2982 Block Island Tourism Council www.blockislandinfo.com 401-466-5200

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Block Island Weddings 2016  

Plan your perfect Block Island wedding with the 2016 Block Island Wedding Guide.

Block Island Weddings 2016  

Plan your perfect Block Island wedding with the 2016 Block Island Wedding Guide.