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Block Island Weddings

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Photo by Trevor Holden Photography

Block Island Weddings 2020 Publisher ..........................................................................................................................Michael E. Schroeder Editor......................................................................................................................................................... Kari Curtis Designer......................................................................................................................................Christopher Izzo Copy Edit............................................................................................................................................Renée Meyer Photographers.......................... ..Michael Benson Photography, Trevor Holden Photography, Thea Monje, Boho Bliss Photos, Gabe Aceves , Jessica Haley Photography , Polar Square Photography, Brad Smith Photography, Allegra Anderson Photography, Chris Ashton Photography, Price Burr Photography Advertising..................................................................................................................... Kimberly Starr Dugan On the Cover............................................................................................... Felicia Strom & Steven Gerfin Photo by Brad Smith 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 50 years.

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Ariel Carlson & Brad Marthens 6-8-19 Christina Papa & Alberto Sanchez 9-29 -19 Amy Krasinski & Ryan Quinn 8-8-19 Anna Pearce & Parth Soneji 9-7-19 Amanda Roderick & Timothy Rolando 5-11-19 Megan Kieltyka & Charles Davis 7-20-19 Brooke Upson & William Greer IV 9-21-19 Felicia Strom & Steven Gerfin 9-1-19 Helen Taylor & Robert Harrison 6 -30-19 Lauren Hartnett & Kevin Bryant 8 -17-19 Kristine Henson & Chad Bargsten 9 -21-19 Natalie Matisis & Thomas Delmar 6-8-19 Engaged: Dea Baldwin & Joe LiPuma Engaged: Eva Girard & Joe Murray Engaged: Liz Cantone & Derek Howes Engaged: Mekenna Peter & Paul Cristafulli

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT 12 Spring House Hotel 13 The Sullivan House 18 Hotel Manisses 19 Stonebeach 20 Ballard’s

WEDDING CHECK LIST P.O. Box 278 One Ocean Avenue Block Island, Rhode Island 02807 www.blockislandtimes.com mail@blockislandtimes.com 401-466-2222 • 401-466-8804 fax This publication does not assume any responsibility for an error in an advertisement. We will correct any errors in reporting. Copyright 2020 by CCC Media LLC

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Ariel Carlson & Brad Marthens June 8, 2019 She: 28, from Cheshire, CT  He: 29, from Block Island  Now reside in: Block Island and Rumford, RI 

Photos by Trevor Holden Photography

The Details Ceremony: The Atlantic Inn   Reception & Catering: The Sullivan House, Block Island Gourmet  Rehearsal Dinner: The Atlantic Inn   Photographer: Trevor Holden Photography   Music: Island Wedding Entertainment  Flowers: La Bella Rose Hair & Makeup: MakeMeUpRI  Cake: B.I. Bakes Favors: Blocks of Fudge   Transportation: Various island taxis

Before the Ring, and Proposal Ariel and Brad met on Block Island in 2013. It was Ariel’s first summer working on the island, and one night out, her cousin Jake introduced her to his friend Brad. The rest was history. On their third year anniversary, Brad took Ariel to dinner at a very fancy restaurant in Providence. With a table by the fireplace, Brad and Ariel shared fabulous wine and conversation. After finishing dinner, Brad quietly grabbed a box out of his coat, held it up, and asked Ariel to marry him. Block Island Because......  Anyplace other than Block Island wouldn’t have made sense for Ariel and Brad — the island is Brad’s home, where the couple works, and where they met. Ariel and her family would visit the island on their boat each summer to see her uncle and cousins that live on the island. Wedding Day The wedding ceremony took place on The Atlantic Inn’s lawn, and Ariel’s cousin Jackie, officiated. The arch that the newlyweds were married under was made from Block Island drift wood, and the “guest book” was a nau-


tical map of the island that guests signed. The reception was held under the tent at The Sullivan House where guests enjoyed delicious food and a spectacular sunset. There was no seating chart and no sit down meal, letting guests flow through the reception and choose to sit where they wished. The DJ kept everyone dancing all night long. Wedding Weekend  Ariel and Brad had a barbecue and lobster bake at the rehearsal dinner, followed by a welcome party for all at The Atlantic Inn. Brad’s parent’s are the innkeepers of The Atlantic, and it’s also where the couple works. DIY creations included whiskey bottles with string lights, Mason jars filled with island sand and tea lights for the tables, and tiny glass jugs and jars that Brad’s mom filled with tiny flower arrangements with flowers from her own garden. A fun “rap style” farewell brunch was held for guests on Sunday morning, With perfect weather for each day, magical sunsets ended each day. The couple built a wedding website to help guests with boat schedules, plane rides, accommodations, and babysitting, as well as a list of the weekend activities.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Weather is always a factor, so plan accordingly. 2. Embrace all the beauty this island has to offer, and really take it in. 3. Trust in the vendors of the island, they are all so talented at what they do — its one big family out here and they’ll take care of you.

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Christina Papa & Alberto Sanchez September 29, 2019 She: 43, from Rhode Island  He: 37, from Puerto Rico  Now reside in: Block Island and Florida

Photos by Boho Bliss Photos

The Details Ceremony: The Sullivan House    Reception & Catering: The Sullivan House, Block Island Gourmet   Rehearsal Dinner: Aldo’s Restaurant    Photographer: Boho Bliss Photos   Music: DJ Libre    Flowers: Atwood Florist   Cake: Aldo’s Bakery 

Before the Ring, and Proposal After trying the online dating scene for awhile, Christina was completely done with it until a friend talked her into trying again, and that’s when Christina and Alberto started chatting. They made a plan to meet at a local restaurant, and they really hit it off. They met up again a few days later, and started to spend more time together. Because Christina and her family own Aldo’s Restaurant, she spends half of the year on Block Island, and eventually Alberto started to join her, and worked at The Spring House Hotel for three summers before joining the staff, and family, at Aldo’s. Christina became pregnant, and at eight months along Alberto surprised her with a maternity shoot. They went to all of their favorite scenic spots on the island, and the last spot was Black Rock. Alberto had Christina walk up a very small cliff to get to this amazing bluff that makes you feel like you’re on top of the ocean. Alberto had the photographer distract Christina for a moment, and when she turned back around, he was on one knee with a ring, and at the bottom of the cliff was Christina’s whole family.

Wedding Day Christina and her bridesmaids had their makeup and hair done at a close friend’s house where several of her out of town guests stayed for the weekend. The bride then got dressed at The Sullivan House in the suite that she and Alberto would stay in for the night. Alberto and the groomsmen got ready at The Bellevue House. The ceremony and the reception took place at The Sullivan House where the couple’s family and friends gathered for a relaxing and fun day after a busy summer of working on the island. Christina’s favorite moments from the ceremony included walking down the aisle with her dad, having a best friend as their officiant, getting mooned by some boaters in the pond, and becoming husband and wife. Guests raved about the food — the braised short rib was a favorite. Favors were homemade lemoncello made at Aldo’s. With great speeches given by the maid of honor and best man, spectacular views and sunset, a photo booth for priceless and fun pictures, the day was exactly what the couple had hoped and dreamed for. The couple and their guests headed to Yellow Kittens after the reception for more dancing and celebration.

Block Island Because...... Block Island is Christina’s home.


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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Try not to stress 2. If anyone asks you if you need help, take it — you need it more than you know. 3. Soak it all in — this is a day that is completely about you! Have a great DJ and just dance!



Ballard Hall


Make your Block Island wedding be the beginning of a family tradition. Return every year to a romantic cottage or invite the whole family to enjoy all the comforts of home. We can help with wedding week rentals, summer vacation rentals and offer professional advice on property investment. Call us or visit on the web.

Gail P. Ballard Hall, Principal Broker 401-466-8883 www.blockislandproperty.com info@blockislandproperty.com Block Island Weddings


Amy Krasinski & Ryan Quinn August 8, 2019 She: 29, from Phoenix, Arizona  He: 44, from Hudson Valley, N.Y.  Now reside in: Beacon, N.Y.

Photos by Michael Benson Photography

The Details...... Ceremony & Reception: Spring House Hotel   Rehearsal Dinner: Private residence   Photographer: Michael Benson Photography   Videographer: Glenn McCabe  Hair & makeup: MakeMeUpRI  Music: DJ Glenn Rhodes  Flowers: La Bella Rose  Cake: Aldo’s Bakery     

Before the Ring, and Proposal Amy and Ryan frequented the same coffee shop every morning in 2012. They got to know each other by waiting in line due to very slow service, and one morning, Ryan asked Amy to go out for breakfast with him. She declined, but told him she would have a cup of coffee with him the following week. When he asked her out for breakfast again the next week, she accepted. In the summer of 2018, Ryan and Amy had dinner plans at The Atlantic Inn. Ryan insisted that they visit the Southeast Lighthouse before dinner because they had a little extra time before their reservation and their kids were already with the babysitter. When they got to the Southeast Lighthouse, they walked to the edge of the lawn and Ryan proposed. Amy was surprised and ecstatic. There was one other person enjoying the scenery — he didn’t speak any English, but they convinced him to take their picture.  Block Island Because....... Ryan has been visiting Block Island with his family for over 35 years. When the pair first started dating, Ryan brought Amy to visit for a couple of nights and she fell in love with both Ryan, and the island. Wedding Day The ceremony took place on the back lawn at the Spring House. Amy and Ryan agree that best part of the ceremony was by far the vows. The couple chose to read


and write their vows together — an extremely realistic take on the actuality of what marriage is — and alternated reading their vows together. The reception was on the back patio of the Spring House. Highlights included the couple’s first dance, to the Carpenter’s “Close to You”, guest’s impromptu speeches, and Ryan’s dad’s killer dance moves. The raw bar served during cocktail hour was raved about by all, as were the scallops and the steak at dinner. Wedding Weekend Guests traveled from all four corners of the country, flying into Providence and making the trek to the island. The second they all stepped foot on the island, they understood that their journey was worth the trip. Block Island provided the perfect atmosphere for the important people in Ryan and Amy’s lives to merge together as one family. Their group bonded while meeting on ferry rides while overlooking the perfect blue sea; at dinners at The National; group trips to paint the rock; on trips to the beach with magnificent waves, and at the rehearsal dinner lobster bake at a private residence, where the couple gave tours of the island. Welcome bags were handed out in custom beach bags that included embroidered beach towels, chapstick, travel tins with “A & R” m&m’s, and “Q” sunglasses. The morning after the wedding, Amy and Ryan had their guests meet for breakfast at Ernie’s in Old Harbor.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Delegate a welcome committee to get everybody from the ferry to their rooms.  2. Rent a house on the island so that you can have a headquarters to organize people and things.  3. Have fun. Don’t forget that you love your partner.

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Vendor Spotlight Spring House Hotel

A wedding on Block Island is an unforgettable experience. The Spring House Hotel provides the most picturesque backdrop for your special day. Green grass, a shining white building, and a deep blue ocean will be seen in your photographs for years to come. Charming indoor and outdoor venues are offered to capture your vision. Imagine exchanging vows on the lawn, spending your cocktail hour on the wraparound Seaside Veranda, enjoying a formal meal in the Dining Room or a barbecue on the back patio, and dancing the night away in Victoria’s Parlor. The Spring House Hotel is located just a short walk uphill from Old Harbor, making it easy to get to and from the ferry and shops.

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Vendor Spotlight The Sullivan House

Planning a wedding - especially a destination wedding on a small island - can be a challenge. But when it comes to Block Island, it’s so worth it. The Sullivan House team makes event planning easy by providing one-stop shopping, which includes five-star catering, tent and equipment rentals, lighting, décor and decades of professional experience. The Sullivan House is a stunning location. With its elegant white tent, surrounded by green fields and rolling seas, this venue combines natural beauty and historic charm. As a family business, The Sullivan House takes pride in hospitality. Getting married at one of the island’s other fantastic locations? The Sullivan House sister companies, Block Island Gourmet and Block Island Party Rentals offer full-service catering, tent and equipment rentals with lighting, and décor packages. Everything you need is right on the island. So you can relax and enjoy your day knowing that you have a team with on-island expertise and support.

Rehearsal dinners, parties, brunches, receptions and room blocks for guests. www.blockislandhotels.com 401-466-2901

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The Island’s Oldest Oceanfront Hotel and Resort

Experience Amazing Panoramic ocean views • Farm to table cuisine • Indoor and outdoor facilities Complimentary in-house wedding coordinator

Information and Reservations 401-466-5844 • springhousehotel.com

Weddings • Rehearsal Dinners • Private Events Photo Credits: Erin McGinn and the Spring House

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Anna Pearce & Parth Soneji September 7, 2019 She: 33, from Block Island, RI  He: 33, from London, UK  Now reside in: London, UK

Photos by Gabe Aceves

The Details...... Ceremony & Reception: Stonebeach   Catering: Catering by Kimberly’s   Rehearsal Dinner: Tiger Fish    Photographer: Gabe Aceves   Videographer: Jake Douglas   Music: DJ Libre, Jazz trio: Cameron Greenlee, Bill Sellar, Ben Jencks   Flowers: Mary E. Anderson  Cake: Sugar Rush   Wedding coordinator: Summer Sisters   Tent & rentals: Block Island Party Rentals  Henna Artist: Manisha Trivedi


Before the Ring, and Proposal  Anna and Parth met on a dating site and had their first date at a pub in Notting Hill. They bonded over their love of languages and long walks in nature. Parth proposed in the summer of 2018 while  vacationing on the island. They both woke up early, and Anna suggested a walk on the beach to see the sunrise. Before she knew it Parth was pulling on a t-shirt that had a picture of them on it and said: Anna Pearce, will you marry me? Block Island Because...... Anna and Parth pretty much always knew they would get married on Block Island, since it is Anna’s favorite place in the world, and quickly becoming one of Parth’s, too.   Wedding Day Anna and Parth did a first look at the beach path north of state beach, where Anna has been going to the beach since she was little. Anna recalls how special it was going up that path she’d walked a thousand times, to meet her future husband. After a storm on Friday, the Saturday

of the wedding was an absolutely beautiful day — the views from Stonebeach were gorgeous and everyone was treated to a perfect September afternoon. The ceremony was especially personal with vows written by Anna and Parth, officiated by a family friend, and held under an arbor handmade by the bride’s brother. The American guests didn’t know they were in for such a treat with the raucous British speeches! The evening ended with a spectacular dance party. Wedding Weekend Block Island pulled out all its charms, but the added excitement of Hurricane Dorian threatening the arrival of about a third of the wedding guests on the Friday before the wedding. The couple started getting in touch with everyone on Wednesday to warn them, and people ended up coming early, as New England Airlines flew plane after plane of people over from Westerly. Almost everyone made it – Parth even thanked the airlines in his speech at the wedding – and it was such an adventure that it became part of the lore of the weekend.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Hire local vendors! They are all on top of the weather situation and had Plan B and Plan C and Plan D all ready to go if it needed to happen.   2. Try to get to the island at least a few days (or even a week) before the wedding.   3. Pick people you trust and delegate! Then, stop worrying.



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Amanda Roderick & Timothy Rolando May 11, 2019 She: 30, from Newport, RI  He: 41, from Newport, RI  Now reside in: Newport, RI

Photos by Michael Benson Photography

The Details Ceremony: Spring House Hotel   Reception & Catering: Spring House Hotel  Rehearsal Dinner: Winfield’s   Photographer: Michael Benson Photography   Music: DJ Nook    Flowers: Arranged by family   Hair & makeup: Jaclynn Kate Hair and Makeup Artistry   Transportation: Various island taxis  Farewell brunch: Ballard’s 

Before the Ring and Proposal Amanda and Tim met eight years ago at a bar in Newport called Billy Goode’s. There was a band that night so the bar was crowded, but within minutes upon Tim’s arrival, their eyes locked. Amanda made her way over to Tim to talk, and the rest is history. The day Tim and Amanda became engaged, they spent the afternoon sightseeing along the southern California coast, ending at Pacific Beach in San Diego where they had lunch and walked the boardwalk. Just before sunset, they found a spot to sit on the beach, and Tim actually went swimming in the freezing water just minutes before he proposed. Amanda was really surprised — she wasn’t expecting it at all. Block Island Because...... Block Island has always been a special place for Amanda and Tim. For this couple, the island is a wonderful place to escape the daily grind and experience absolute serenity, and they wanted to share this same feeling with friends and family. Wedding Day Beautiful weather made for a picture perfect wedding day. The couple’s first look was a special moment, and Amanda also did a first look with her dad and two broth-


ers. Taking photos with the bridal party was a fun part of the afternoon. Tim arrived at the ceremony in a Block Island Fire Department engine, as he is a fireman at the Newport Fire Department. The outdoor ceremony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean was officiated by the couple’s friend, and Tim’s fire Captain. Amanda and Tim wrote their own wedding vows to each other creating an intimate touch to the day. The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour on the porch and a delicious dinner in the historic Spring House Hotel, with dancing in Victoria’s Parlor to a customized playlist created by the newlyweds.   Wedding Weekend Guests were treated to welcome bags upon check in with personalized koozies, and a detailed itinerary for the weekend.  Most guests stayed for two nights to get the most out of what Block Island has to offer. The rehearsal dinner was held at Winfield’s and afterwards, the wedding party walked next door to Yellow Kittens for a welcome reception where they met the rest of the guests. On Saturday morning Amanda and Tim hosted their own polar plunge at Surf beach. After the evening reception, everyone headed to Yellow Kittens to keep the party going. A Sunday brunch was held at Ballard’s — a nice send off for guests.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Block Island is very seasonal, try to do most of your planning in the spring before they get too busy and in the fall before they close. 2. Have a detailed wedding website for your guests to reference. 3. Your wedding day will fly by. Stay the weekend or longer — it will allow you more time to spend with your guests.

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Vendor Spotlight Hotel Manisses Formerly Jennifer’s Jewelry

The Hotel Manisses is a Victorian landmark on Block Island, hosting fresh seasonal cuisine, contemporary craft cocktails, and unparalleled dining and events with an unforgettable hospitality experience during your destination celebration weekend. The Manisses will enhance your reception to create a unique atmosphere reflective of your personal style. Specialty linen, china, and other rentals are wonderful additions and make for lasting impressions. 

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen gifts, Custom bridal jewelr y 41 Water W St, Under the Harborside side (401)466-7944 royaljewelersbi.com

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Vendor Spotlight Stonebeach Stonebeach is an outdoor wedding and special event site at a private residence located on the east side of the island. Stonebeach is a late 1800’s farmhouse overlooking the sea with spacious lawns and spectacular views for your wedding or special event, that can host parties of up to 200 guests.


Creating perfect memories, one sweet bite at a time.

Sugar Rush

Cupcakes • Cake Pops • Sugar Cookies Photo by Gabe Aceves

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Vendor Spotlight Ballard’s


a unique site for your wedding destinaton

Enjoy every moment before, during and after your ceremony. Ballard’s oceanfront resort is the perfect backdrop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for a rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception, a wedding shower, and all the other festivities while hosting a destination wedding.  Experience captivating food and exceptional service. At night let your party continue with a beachfront bonfire.  Ballard’s will make every moment special and memorable.

PO Box 292, Block Island, RI 02807 • 401.862.0366 • stonebeachbiri.com

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Wedding parties of two or more people Quality Mopeds & Bikes Courteous Service • Reasonable Prices • Across From the Ferry

Photo by Polar Square Photography


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A Holiday Home for the Whole Family Just a short walk from both harbours and Block Islands’ best beaches, this lovingly restored Victorian gem offers a perfect mix of comfortable and elegant accommodations for large groups. With 12 bedrooms, 2 living rooms and sleeping 30, the largest rental house on Block Island is the perfect accommodation for you and your entire wedding party. • Staffed daily for cleaning & support • 2 living rooms • Bikes, SUP, and beach gear • Indoor and outdoor dining to seat all guests • Brand new kitchen • All new soft furnishings

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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. Discuss what kind of wedding and reception you envision Formal or casual, tented or indoor, buffet, plated, or passed hors d’oeuvres.

Payne’s Dock & Mahogany Shoals

Rehearsal dinners • Meet and greet parties • Wedding receptions • Wedding brunches Upstairs bar and dining room. Perfect for private parties, dinners and any special occasions. Best view and best sunset in New Harbor. Flexible catering options - Casual to formal Private indoor and outdoor areas with harbor / sunset views

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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 Book ferry reservations for vehicles Begin gathering ideas from bridal magazines and websites See what your tastes are regarding flowers, décor, cakes, dresses, invites. Gather pictures to show these vendors your vision. Select your bridal party

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The Ultimate Block Island Beach Wedding

Seconds from the Ferry • Steps to the Beach Panoramic Ocean Views • Newly Renovated

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Megan Kieltyka & Charles Davis July 20, 2019 She: 28, from Westchester, NY  He: 33, from Westchester, NY  Now reside in: Manhattan (East Village)

Photos by Jessica Haley Photography

The Details Ceremony: The Sullivan House  Reception & Catering: The Sullivan House,  Block Island Gourmet  Rehearsal Dinner: Spring House Hotel    Photographer: Jessica Haley Photography    Hair & makeup: Clay Head Salon & Spa  Music: One Love Music   Flowers: Painted Rock Designs  Cake: Cake Placid    Favors: Honey from Littlefield Bee Farm  Transportation: Interstate Navigation Bus 

Before the Ring, and Proposal  Megan and Charlie’s story started about 20 years ago, on the night of the first of many annual Kieltyka-Davis family summer dinners. Fast forward several years to a montage of summer dinners, days at the beach, boogie boarding, Frisbee, and tans. Charlie and Megan were there for all of it, and for many years remained friendly family acquaintances. The stars began to align in the summer of 2015. While Megan and Charlie had thought they were being subtle, they had been a bit more obvious than either had intended. It had become clear to everyone else that Charlie and Megan liked each other. Charlie proposed to Megan the night of their annual Christmas party. Megan was just about finished getting ready, when Charlie snuck out the ring, and a bottle of champagne. When Megan came out, she took one look at the ring and froze. Charlie got down on his knee and asked her if she would marry him. Block Island Because...... The island is incredibly special to Megan and Charlie, their families, and their relationship. There really was no other place! Wedding Day On the lawn overlooking the Great Salt Pond, the ceremony was officiated by Charlie’s uncle, who played


an indirect, but very large role in Megan and Charlie’s relationship — he introduced the two families. The arbor the couple was married under was built by Megan’s parents, made from driftwood they had collected from around the island. Highlights included delicious food — the braised short rib was a favorite, the flowers and décor transformed the tent and the band kept everyone dancing right until the end of the evening. When the reception ended, the wedding party, families, and the majority of the guests went to the Kieltyka house for the after party and more food, drinks, and dancing. Wedding Weekend Megan and Charlie created a brochure for guests, complete with map highlighting their favorite spots around the island. The couple sent out holiday cards in December reminding everyone to book their ferries and hotels or houses, and their wedding website had very detailed instructions on all of the different ways to get to the island. Both families hosted guests who had arrived on Thursday evening for dinner and drinks. On Friday, a small rehearsal dinner was held on the back patio of the Spring House, and after dinner everyone headed down to where it all began (Captain Nick’s) and met up with friends for wedding-eve drink. The Davis’ hosted brunch at their home on Sunday morning before guests started to leave.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Be patient. Block Island tends to run a little differently, so just know that the vendors know what needs to be done to make a wedding perfect. 2. Tell guests early. Especially in the summer, ferries fill up and hotels get booked. 3. Take a moment to appreciate the day! Take a step back and appreciate that everyone you know and love came to celebrate with you.

Painted Rock Designs, Llc. All aspects of floral design (Studio Located at My Oyster)

For the perfect island wedding‌ Event Rentals

Farm Tables & Chairs Whiskey Barrels Corn Hole Game Pedestals, Arches Wedding Gifts Custom Signs Awarded Hall of Fame by the Knot

Melissa Sitbon Philip, Owner & Designer

(401) 466-2076 (In Season) cell (631) 704-3221 106 Corn Neck Road (across from Crescent Beach)


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Houses of Worship BAPTIST Harbor Church, Water Street Rev. Peter Preiser, (401) 466-5940 ROMAN CATHOLIC St. Andrew Church, Chapel Street Rev. Joseph Protano, Jr., (401) 466-5519 saintandrewblockisland.com EPISCOPAL St. Ann’s-by-the-Sea, Spring Street (401) 466-2911 JEWISH Congregation Sons & Daughters of Ruth (401) 466-2793

WEDDING CHECK LIST 7 TO 9 MONTHS OUT Finalize guest list

Send out a save-the-date 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. Shop for wedding bands and get ideas for engraving Begin researching honeymoon spots

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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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Brooke Upson & William Greer IV September 21, 2019 She: 33, from Barrington, RI  He: 36, from Rehoboth, MA  Now reside in: Rehoboth, MA

Photos by Polar Square Photography

The Details Ceremony: Ballard’s beach  Reception & Catering: Ballard’s  Rehearsal Dinner: Club Soda   Photographer: Polar Square Photography   Music: DJ Kevy Kev from Boston   Flowers: La Bella Rose   Cake: Distinctive Desserts by Jo   Favors: Custom Ink sunglasses   Transportation: Various island taxis 

Before the Ring, and Proposal Bill and Brooke met on the 10th annual “Crawl around the Block.” Amongst the sea of 200 people in matching shirts, Brooke and Bill managed to lock eyes and the rest was history. They spent the day enjoying the sights and each other on the island. After dancing at Ballard’s they made plans to see each other again, and haven’t been apart since. Bill proposed to Brooke on a sunset cruise in Key West. Brooke said yes and they danced to “Just the two of Us” played by a local band over the water. It was romantic and unexpected, just as Bill had hoped for. Block Island Because…… Brooke had always dreamed of getting married on a beach, and this couple couldn’t imagine having their wedding anywhere else. Block Island is where they met! Wedding Day On the morning of the wedding, the groom went swim-


ming with his groomsmen to start the day off. The weather was perfect for the official last day of summer, and Brooke spent the entire day barefoot — including walking down the sandy aisle. Highlights included having the ocean as a backdrop for the ceremony, the jumbo shrimp at the cocktail hour, a delicious steak and lobster dinner, and dancing at Ballard’s. On each table were ‘message in a bottle’ centerpieces made by Brooke, a memorial to the bride’s parents. Wedding Weekend Brooke and Bill created a website for guests with links to many different hotels and rentals throughout the island, as well as ferry and flight schedules. Their guests enjoyed a weekend on the island and were able to explore the island on their own time. The couple hosted a welcome party and barbecue dinner at Club Soda on the Friday night, and refer to this venue as “a hidden gem” with delicious food and friendly staff.  

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Top 3 Pieces of advice: 1. Book early.  2. Keep it simple.  3. Enjoy the beauty of the island.

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Felicia Strom & Steven Gerfin September 1, 2019 She: 29, from South Kingstown, RI  He: 36, from Buffalo, NY  Now reside in: Buffalo, NY  

Photos by Brad Smith Photography

The Details Ceremony & Reception: The Sullivan House   Catering: Block Island Gourmet   Rehearsal Dinner: The Sullivan House/ Block Island Gourmet   Photographer: Brad Smith Photography  Music: Island Wedding Entertainment  Flowers: Weedweavers Cake: Muscoreil’s in NY   Favors: S’mores packages and personalized koozies  Transportation: Various island taxis  Bonfire: Block Island Bonfires 

Before the Ring, and Proposal Felicia and Steve both worked together in 2014, but worked different shifts with just an hour of overlap. Felicia was working late one day, and Steve sent her a message over an interoffice messenger system asking for a favor. He later shared that it was just an excuse to get the conversation started. In return for her unneeded assistance, he offered to buy Felicia a drink. She said yes, but declined dinner. Steve lived a short block from where Felicia lived at the time, so she offered to help him out with the renovation of his new home instead. She learned later that Steve told his parents the night after their first date that he had found the woman he was going to marry. Steve proposed to Felicia on her 28th birthday, almost 2 years after their first date, while on a trip to Hawaii after Christmas. Block Island Because…… While growing up, Felicia would sail to Block Island with her grandparents every summer. They had a mooring in New Harbor and spent as much of the summer on the island as possible. After they got engaged Steve simply stated “I just assumed we’d get married on Block Island!”, and suddenly, nowhere else made sense. It had to be Block Island.  


Wedding Day Felicia and Steve had a very specific vision for their wedding — they wanted it to be relaxed and Rhode Islandthemed. They suggested casual dress for guests, had lawn games to enjoy pre-and-post-ceremony, served Del’s lemonade as guests arrived, and used an oar for a guest book. A New England themed dinner menu was served with clam cakes, New England clam chowder, and lobster rolls, and they had a beach bonfire for an after party. The hope was to give all of the out-of-town guests a great first “Rhode Island” experience. People on boats in the Great Salt Pond and at The Oar sang “Sweet Caroline” while the couple exchanged vows, and all the boats honked their horns when Felicia and Steve sealed their vows with a kiss. Wedding Weekend Felicia and Steve had a wedding website including information on ferry schedules, the link to the Block Island Chamber of Commerce for a complete list of accommodations, and a reminder to book early. A welcome event for family and guests was held on Friday evening at Ballard’s, and on Saturday evening a southern style barbecue rehearsal dinner was held on the porch of The Sullivan House. The wedding after-party was a beach bonfire with s’mores and pizza from the Block Island Pizza Pie Company. On the day after the wedding, the couple gathered with remaining family and guests at Ballard’s for drinks.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Be sure to give your out of town guests as much information as possible about what to expect regarding transportation and accommodations. 2. Delegate tasks and ship items when planning from afar. We had a ton of décor shipped to family members that lived in R.I. and were taking a vehicle to the island, to avoid having to fit everything ourselves. 3. Have fun! Once you step off the ferry onto the island, remember what you’re there for – to marry the love of your life on one of the most beautiful places there is.

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!


Helen Taylor & Robert Harrison June 30, 2019 She: 50, from Glastonbury, CT  He: 45, from Glastonbury, CT  Now reside in: Glastonbury, CT

Photos by Price Burr Photography

The Details Ceremony: Spring House Hotel   Reception & Catering: Spring House Hotel  Rehearsal Dinner: Private residence with Club Soda pizza  Photographer: Price Burr Photography   Music: Island Wedding Entertainment   Flowers: La Bella Rose  Cake: Aldo’s Bakery  

Before the Ring, and Proposal Helen and Rob had known each other for years through mutual acquaintances. Both having been in long term relationships, they were just happy to have found each other — they have been together more than eight years at this point. After asking Helen’s older kids for their blessings, Rob proposed at their home on Christmas morning, 2017 in front of their 5 children and both of their mothers. Block Island Because…… Rob and Helen both have been visiting Block Island for almost 20 years, but together, with their children for the past eight years. They love the fact that all of their kids have experienced the island every summer for virtually their entire lives — from babies in a tent on Crescent Beach, to being old enough to ride bikes all over the island, and now some old enough to drive. The entire family can’t imagine a summer without visiting the island for a week in the summer. Wedding Day Helen and Rob wrote their own vows for each other that they didn’t hear until the ceremony. The couple also


asked their officiant to incorporate their five children into the ceremony, for this was not only joining the pair in marriage, but blending their families together. The reception included hors d’ouvres and drinks on the patio, dinner inside in the dining room, and dessert and dancing outside on the patio. With so many young kids in attendance, they had a long kids-only table – the kids loved it, as did the parents. Guests raved about the food, with swordfish and steak being a favorite. As the reception wrapped up, the skies opened up with rain, and the entire group danced in the rain on the lawn of the Spring House. Wedding Weekend Being second marriages for the both Helen and Rob, the intention was to keep the weekend low key. The couple hosted an informal rehearsal dinner and welcome party at the home they had rented for the week, with pizza, wings and salad ordered from Club Soda. The wedding ceremony was held the next day, on a Sunday, with sunny skies. The party continued on until they left the following weekend. “Magical” was the adjective most used to describe the entire week.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Let your wedding planner help! The wedding planner at the Spring House Hotel was an invaluable resource. 2. Enjoy the day! It will fly by…so take notice of the little things throughout the day. 3. Don’t stress. Some things are out of your hands – so what?

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

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!

AFTER 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 three months after wedding Review proofs and order photos/video and/or albums Settle financial matters

Photo by Brad Smith Photography

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Lauren Hartnett & Kevin Bryant August 17, 2019 She: 31, from Middlebury, CT  He: 30, from Clinton Corners, NY  Now reside in: Easton, CT

Photos by Allegra Anderson Photography

The Details Ceremony: St. Andrew Church   Reception & Catering: The Sullivan House, Block Island Gourmet Rehearsal Dinner: The National Hotel  Photographer: Allegra Anderson Photography  Music: Hot Mess (live band)  Décor: Ryan Designs  Flowers: Painted Rock Designs  Hair: Salt Hair Shop   Wedding coordinator: Summer Sisters

Before the Ring, and Proposal Lauren and Kevin worked for the same company for almost a year before one fateful happy hour brought them together. On the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend in 2013, their co-workers decided to kick off the long weekend with a happy hour at a favorite spot. The pair got to talking, and when everyone started to go home they just weren’t ready to end the night. Kevin proposed at Black Rock Harbor four years after becoming a couple on September 1, 2017. Block Island because…… Lauren grew up vacationing on Block Island with her parents, and they wanted their wedding to be a weekend long event for all of their guests. Wedding Day The ceremony took place at St. Andrew Church in town and included five young ring bearers, all nephews of the couple. Guests thought it was the nicest mass they had ever attended. After the ceremony Lauren and Kevin enjoyed stepping away for a little bit to take portraits at various locations around the island. The reception, with a formal sit


down dinner, was held under the tent at The Sullivan House. Highlights included the speeches given by Lauren’s father, the maid of honor, the best man, and a blessing presented by Lauren’s brother. Guests had fun with the photo booth and the band had everyone up and dancing right up to the last song of the evening. Wedding Weekend This couple created their own magazine for their weekend that included recommendations on things to do, what to eat, where to go, favorite stores, and details on the wedding party. Many of the events were located in town, allowing guests to walk from one event to the other. The weekend kicked off on Thursday with a barbecue at Lauren’s family house. A welcome bonfire was held at Ballard’s after the rehearsal dinner at the National Hotel. After the wedding was over, the couple invited everyone to Captain Nick’s for an after party that included latenight food from Poor People’s Pub. A catered brunch was held at Lauren’s family home the morning after the wedding.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Get to the island early and stay late. Make it a priority to relax together both before and after your wedding. 2. Attend the B.I. Wedding Show – even if you’re a month out and think you have all of your vendors. 3. Stay organized – there’s a lot of moving parts (and people) in a destination wedding. You can never be too prepared.

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Block Island Engagement: Dea Baldwin & Joe LiPuma “Life is good. Actually, life is really, really good. It’s even better when shared with the person you love and who just happens to be your best friend. Joe and I are those things to each other. Joe has spent time on Block Island for over 40 years. He knows every path, every nook, every niche. He choose sunset at Gracie’s Cove to propose on October 13, 2019. The sea was calm, the air was chilly and the sky was a perfect pink. The setting was just right. Just as time and circumstance were necessary to cultivate every breathtaking beach, bluff, and pasture that is Block Island, it was also time and circumstance, patience and hope, that assured that my and Joe’s paths would cross. We’d venture out to Gracie’s Cove one beautiful evening in October, he’d ask, and I would inevitably say “yes!” - Dea

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Block Island Engagement: Eva Girard & Joe Murray

Eva Girard and Joseph Murray were engaged September 5, 2019 at long time friend Lorraine Cyr’s home. Eva has been vacationing on Block Island for more than 35 years, most of which was at the Surf Hotel. Joe has been joining Eva the last nine years and is in love with everything Block Island, as well. The Girard annual vacations in August became a reunion of former clients of the Surf Hotel. After the big proposal, the couple shared in a toast with family and friends. Father Joe of St. Andrew Church blessed the ring. Block Island is definitely a possibility for Eva and Joe’s wedding.

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“The tradition started almost 30 years ago for me. Though I’ve gotten older, the island has always remained the same, a rush of serenity starting with the ferry ride over. We went for two weeks in September and my plan was to propose right at the tail end of it on Friday the 13th. (She loves scary movies). How I did it? Took her to our favorite sunset spot, Charleston Beach, in the morning (we had never gone there in the morning), set up the tripod on a time-lapse mode, and dropped on the knee! We take pictures around the island every year so she had no idea. That day we also found a glass orb at Mansion Beach after never having found one. After almost 30 years, I can say without question, that day was the most beautiful one thus far!” - Derek

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Block Island Engagement: Mekenna Peter & Paul Crisafulli “Block Island holds a special place in my heart. I have been going there since I was three months old to visit my grandparents’ house on West Side Road. I always gushed about the island to my boyfriend of six years and how I hoped to share this incredible place with him. Paul remembered all of my fond memories and crafted the perfect engagement. I was whisked away on a surprise trip that started in New York City where we saw Wicked on Broadway, the show we had seen on our first date. As if that wasn’t enough, Paul booked us a private plane that flew us all the way to Block Island. We took a cab to the North Lighthouse right as the sun was setting and he proposed on the beach. We celebrated our engagement with dinner at the Spring House followed by a cozy overnight at the Rose Farm Inn. I couldn’t have asked for a more thoughtful engagement, or future husband. We are looking forward to getting married and can’t wait to come back to the island to make even more memories.” - Mekenna

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Kristine Henson & Chad Bargsten September 21, 2019 She: 38, from North Haven, CT He: 43, from Lake City, Minnesota & Seattle, WA    Now reside in: North Haven, CT

Photos by Thea Monje

The Details Ceremony: Surf Beach  Reception & Catering: Block Island Beach House  Rehearsal Dinner: Private residence   Photographer: Thea Monje   Music: Cameron Greenlee, Taylor McGloin, Greyson Ebneter   Flowers: Devine Orchids in Hamden, CT  Cake: Aldo’s Bakery  

Before the Ring, and Proposal On a trip to visit her sister in Georgia, Krissy was introduced to Chad at a resort on St. Simons Island. Krissy and Chad talked all day and night. A hurricane blew in and postponed Krissy’s trip home, and it wasn’t long after that Chad took several trips to spend as much time as he could with Krissy, in a variety of places including Block Island. The couple knew it was time to move forward with their love for each other.  In the summer of 2016, they booked a room in Providence for the Water Fire event, and Chad proposed that night, alongside the waterway. Block Island Because…… Krissy spent family vacations as a child visiting Block Island, and her family would stay at The Narragansett Inn. It had always been Krissy’s dream to have a wedding at the Surf Hotel, now the new Block Island Beach House. Wedding Day Everyone was in awe over the views and location at The Block Island Beach House, and were blown away by the food. Guests enjoyed lobster sliders, beef brisket,


lobster mac ‘n cheese, fried green beans, burger sliders, and shrimp cocktail. The ceremony took place on the beach just below the hotel, where waves were crashing and guests dressed in shades of blue to make the photos unique. Wedding Weekend A welcome party was held at Summer Hill, a rented home for the weekend. Krissy made welcome bags for her guests that included water, snacks, chocolate, a weekend itinerary, and a map of Block Island. When guests arrived, there were name tags on their doors, and wine and cheese. The rehearsal dinner was on the lawn of Summer Hill where a fabulous dinner was prepared. Macaroni salad and potato salad was brought in from Aldo’s restaurant. Krissy and her mom stocked the house with hot dogs, burgers, snacks, water, wine, beer, and all kinds of other foods for the weekend. Chad’s dad and wife prepared a farewell breakfast, which included home-made corned beef hash.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. Rent a huge house for family to stay at, everyone can chip in. 2. Keep it simple. Less moving parts mean less can go wrong. 3. You don’t need to spend a fortune to have the time of your life. Hire locals, relax, and enjoy every single moment!

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Natalie Matisis & Thomas Delmar June 8, 2019 She: 30, from Hingham, MA   He: 31, from Mansfield, MA  Now reside in: Mansfield, MA

Photos by Chris Ashton Photography 

The Details Ceremony: Spring House Hotel   Reception & Catering: Spring House Hotel    Welcome bonfire: Ballard’s   Photographer:  Chris Ashton Photography  Music: Dan Campbell,  Meritage Entertainment   Flowers: Michelle Jeanne Floral  Hair & makeup: Gloss Beauty and Bridal   Donuts: PVDonuts   Transportation: Block Island Taxi and Tours  

Before the Ring, and Proposal Natalie and Tom met through mutual friends at the first annual St. Patty’s Day Bar Crawl that happens in Boston each year. Natalie caught Tom’s eye with her crazy dance moves, and the rest is history. On a trip to Israel to see Natalie’s family, the pair went on their annual bike ride along the beaches of Tel Aviv to Old Jaffa. Tom popped the question along the way, and the couple flew back home engaged. Block Island Because......  Natalie and Tom visited Block Island on their third anniversary of dating and fell in love with it. When the couple returned to look at wedding venues, they knew it was the perfect place to get married and have a wedding weekend that would bring their closest friends and family together. Wedding Day  Natalie’s family is from Israel, so there was the seven blessings read in Hebrew by Natalie’s dad, and seven important people in our lives read it in English. The Spring House Hotel hosted the cocktail hour and reception on the back terrace under a tent with a raw bar that was


filled with shrimp cocktail and oysters — the perfect compliment to a classic New England wedding. Highlights included two amazing speeches made by Natalie’s maid of honor, and Tom’s best man. Following tradition, the couple broke the glass at the end, which was a perfect transition into a fun night ahead. The second everyone moved to the lounge, the dance floor was packed with people dancing to tunes from the DJ. In Jewish tradition, the bride and groom were lifted on chairs while everyone cheered! The Wedding Weekend  Natalie and Tom had a very detailed wedding website and included extra information about visiting Block Island on their invitation. They also sent a save-the-date for guests to make plans well ahead of time. A welcome bonfire was held at Ballard’s on Friday night, with the most amazing weather and sunset. Guests loved the relaxed environment, sipping cocktails on the beach, and exploring an island they had never been to. Natalie and Tom’s wedding also served as a family reunion for both families. Each family rented a large house for the weekend, and are already asking if everyone can all go back for their five-year anniversary.

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Top 3 pieces of advice: 1. When you get to the island forget about all the stress of planning a wedding. †2. Enjoy all the people who are traveling so far to spend this time with you. 3. Take a step back during the day to take a mental snapshot of how you feel surrounded by all the people that made you who you are.

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Block Island Weddings 2020  

Plan your perfect Block Island wedding with the 2020 Block Island Wedding Guide.

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