Erin and Ari tied the knot at the Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Charlestown, Rhode Island. The couple chose a classic color palette of golds, whites and natural greens to accent the private club’s gorgeous estate. And because the groom is an artist, they decided to include several pieces of his artwork throughout the wedding – as table numbers, escort cards and a creative guestbook – to create truly meaningful decor. / Images by Joshua Behan.
Says Erin, “The location was classically beautiful. My brother is a member of the private golf club which is why we were able to get married there. My family and I frequent the club for dinners and social events throughout the summers and with the help of our families, we knew almost immediately that it would be the perfect place. The classic elegance of the wrap-around porch combined with breathtaking panoramic views and perfect sunsets are unmatched by any wedding venue we’ve seen. Rhode Island is our summer home and we were thrilled to share the beauty of Shelter Harbor with all our friends and family.
Spending the entire day with all my bridesmaids, flower girls (and mom) in the beautiful cottage on site at the venue … Just listening to music, getting hair and makeup done and being with all my favorite ladies made the entire day stress-free and fun.
Our style was rustic chic (golds, whites, natural greens and woods) and I wanted it to feel comfortable within the formal venue. The decor was simple yet elegant and allowed for the natural beauty of the venue and surroundings to shine.
Favorite moment? Walking down the aisle. Walking arm and arm with my father with the sun shining, seeing the beautiful view and walking up to my husband to be was perhaps the happiest moment of my life.
We used gold coins that are a family heirloom as part of the ceremony. The coins (made into a gold bracelet) are a Spanish tradition on the bride’s side of the family that have been passed down through many generations which symbolize the commitment of marriage and exchange of all things both emotionally, spiritually and physically.
Erin & Ari’s Love Story | We met in Boston at a favorite bar at the time. We were both there with individual groups of friends and despite a crazy night, we met and soon became inseparable. We became best friends and despite a 6 year age gap we were perfect for each other. We dated for almost 8 years and lived together for 4 until marrying when the time was perfect.
The groom is also an artist and we included many personal and special touches throughout the wedding. He runs a gallery in Boston called the Boston Button Factory and makes large scale decorative buttons that hang on the wall. He painted our names and our wedding date on two white buttons as we used those as our guest book and had our guests sign them with gold paint markers. We now have those buttons hanging on our wall in our apartment. We also used pieces of Ari’s artwork as our table ‘numbers’ and escort cards. So each table had a print of one of Ari’s works of art and therefore each escort card had a small print according to which table they were seated at. A lucky guest at each table could take home the framed print from the table.
The flower vessels/centerpieces on the tables were made from antique cheese boxes. My amazing florist (Kim from Greenlion Weddings) suggested them once she got a sense for my vision and the feel I was going for. They were exactly the look we were going for and worked perfectly with the farm tables, burlap runners. and gold vases.
‘My dress’ was the second dress I tried on at the first bridal shop. This was not a traditional bridal shop, this was a private showing at a designer’s studio in Tribeca, NYC. I was with the most important women in my life (my mother, my maid of honor, my sister-in-law and my niece). I fell in love with the simply beautiful silhouette immediately. What really sealed the deal was when the designer explained that she would actually custom make the actual dress for my body.
Last song on the dance floor? Our band absolutely killed it! They rocked it out with ‘Rolling In the Deep’ by Adele and the entire place was on the floor; it was the perfect wild ending to the best night of our lives.
Erin & Ari honeymooned in the wine country of Italy and the Greek Islands.
Credits: Photographer: Joshua Behan / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Shelter Harbor Golf Club / Florist: Greenlion Weddings / Wedding gown and veil: Selia Yang / Groom’s Attire: Custom (Tom James) / Bride’s Jewelry: BHLDN / Invitations: Minted / Cake: Vesta Bakery / Caterer: Shelter Harbor Golf Club / Hairstylist: Salon Karma