Brittany and Brandon

Newport, Rhode Island

 

 

Photography | Ludwig Photography | @ludwigphotography

Venue | Belle Mer

Floral Designer | The Wild Dahlia | @wilddahlia_

Gown Designer | Martina Liana @martinalianabridal

Bridesmaids Dresses | Hayley Paige Occasions @hayleypaigeoccasions

Hair and Makeup | The Parlr | @theparlr

Jewelry | Tiffany & Co | @tiffanyandco

Caterer | Longwood Events @longwoodvenues

Invitation Designer | William Arthur

Band | Eye to Eye

Throughout the planning process I tried to stay true to myself by keeping everything light and romantic. I drew a lot from the venues bright open space and ocean front views at Belle Mer. Flowers have always held a special place in my heart so I knew I wanted them to make a big impact! When thinking color palette I focused on the florals with greenery, whites, pops of blush and silver to keep it elegant and let them be my inspiration for everything else.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

Throughout the planning process I tried to stay true to myself by keeping everything light and romantic. I drew a lot from the venues bright open space and ocean front views at Belle Mer. Flowers have always held a special place in my heart so I knew I wanted them to make a big impact! When thinking color palette I focused on the florals with greenery, whites, pops of blush and silver to keep it elegant and let them be my inspiration for everything else.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

For our ceremony we wanted to draw on the stunning views by using the Newport Bridge as our ceremony background. I did not have a wedding planner so we had a lot of DIY. Thankfully we only had 10 months to plan which meant I needed to keep my expectations someone realistic… otherwise I really could have gone overboard! I created a flower wall with faux boxwood from Amazon. I then ordered keys (which doubled as bottle openers) and attached a small note that read ‘thank you for being a key part of our past, present and future’ on the back we had our calligrapher write the guests name and table number which we tied to our boxwood wall decorated with roses. I also added lots of seating to make everyone comfortable- outside we added Adirondack chairs and inside a seating area with couches a coffee table and carpet to make it feel cozy.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements  like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Florals can really transform a space! I was set on having a wild look with a polished feel that my florist, Wild Dahlia, perfectly created. I knew florals were most important to me and wanted to have touches everywhere you looked- including spray roses on every place setting and an incredibly decorated staircase we were first introduced as husband and wife from. I always envisioned having my mom and mother-in-law carry small boutiques and Shawna created stunning mini bouquets. The flowers in my mother, sister and my boutique were the only ones with gardenia’s as a special touch to keep us together since my mom had carried them in her bouquet.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

It was important to both Brandon and I to make it feel like ‘our wedding’ instead of a space that we got married in- which lead us to adding personal touches everywhere you looked. We love Cisco Brewery in Nantucket and love their oyster & shrimp boat so we made sure to recreate that feel with Island Creek Oysters boat and shuckers for fresh oysters and shrimp to order. We also had a Ben & Jerrys cart for late night ice cream! Our favorite ice cream is phish food so we made sure to have that as our signature treat! We also created our signature cocktails after the lighthouse we got engaged at- Brant Point Lighthouse and the Cowdog Cocktail after our dog Calli that looks like a little cow with her spots! The wedding band was another favorite moment in our night. They were able to bring everyone together and dancing all night long. I still get compliments on their behalf months later that it was better than any concert! They are really something special and made everyone enjoy the night including my 94 year old great aunt who couldn’t stop dancing!

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I could talk fashion for hours- myself and my mom own a small women’s boutique, Elizabeth Lee Boutique in Wayland, MA so fashion has always been a huge part of my life. This was a new experience for me though and I was sure to keep in mind what Brandon envision me on this day. I tried on lots of different bodies and ended up actually getting two dressing to get both of the feels I wanted. I picked a very classic lace strapless dress with a beautiful long train as my dress for our ceremony, first dance and dinner. Once the night started I changed into hi-low beaded dress to have some fun! My jewelry was all passed down which brought even more meaning to my day. My earrings were Tiffany earrings that my mom passed down to me as a wedding present (weirdly enough I actually also wore them on mine and Brandon’s first date) I wore my mom’s sapphire ring as my something blue that my dad purchased for her on their trip to Thailand. I also pinned a pearl and diamond broach that my aunt had been saving from my grandmother to gift me on my wedding day.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We both attended Merrimack College but our paths never crossed until a few years after graduating at a mutual friends birthday party on December 2nd. Three years later to the date we were attending our annual trip with my family to Christmas Stroll on Nantucket. We took a walk to Brant Point Lighthouse when Brandon got down on one knee to the tune of “will you marry me?” He opened the ring box and to my surprise my mom had gifted her mothers diamond which he built the most beautiful ring from.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

A special moment that both of us agreed was a highlight was the moment after our ceremony in the bridal suite. Our bridal party, parents, photographer, videographer were downstairs to be introduced and it allowed us to have that minute to take it all in and celebrate with just each other. The entire day was really a dream and more than I could imagine!

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Breathe and take moments for the two of you. We decided to plan a first look so that we were able to take pictures and enjoy our cocktail party with our family and guests and very glad we did. The day goes by so incredibly fast. I was glad we could stretch it out just a bit more with each other! I also tried to not put too much pressure on getting ‘wedding ready’ because I knew if I stressed to look a certain way than I wouldn’t enjoy the months leading up to the wedding!