Stephanie and Tim chose to get married in Newport, RI, because of the way the town lends itself to a classically preppy East Coast style. Their ceremony took place in Dunlap-Wheeler Park and their cocktail hour and reception was held at the nearby Atlantic Beach Club which overlooks the ocean. The couple chose an elegant preppy style for their wedding including crisp striped ribbons and navy bridesmaids dresses but they let their personalities sparkle through with a rainbow sprinkled wedding cake (with ribbons!) by Awsome Sweets! / Images by M. Studios.
Says Stephanie, “I wore my mom’s earrings that she wore when my parents got married, which was a very special touch for me since my parents’ marriage has always been such a testament of true love and partnership. Another favorite touch of mine were my shoes, which were my ‘something blue.’ I chose to wear flats, but they were powder blue Chanel cap-toe flats – I’m still obsessed with them!
We chose Newport because of its classic, preppy, East Coast style and the combination of our New Jersey/New York and Boston roots – the fact that our idols JFK & Jackie were married there didn’t hurt, either. We started with our first look and bridal party photos at the Elms mansion on Newport’s historic Bellevue Avenue, to really capture the old world charm of the town. Then, we had our ceremony at Dunlap-Wheeler Park, right next to the Atlantic Beach Club overlooking the ocean, and our cocktail hour and reception at the Beach Club. Our entire wedding day was romantic, laid back, loud, energetic, and fun – the perfect combination for us! Tim and I decided to give each other somewhat non-traditional wedding gifts. We exchanged gifts the morning of the wedding before we parted ways for the day and we both succeeded in completely surprising the other. I got him cuff links – one had a map with a diamond chip where we met, and the other had a map with a diamond chip where we were getting married, and he got me a portrait of Audrey Hepburn that she had actually signed – I sobbed! Tim and I also agree that our rainbow sprinkle-covered cake was a favorite! Tim and I were only engaged for 6 months so I was really nervous I wasn’t going to be able to find a dress in time. My mom and aunt came up from New Jersey a few weeks after we got engaged to find the dress and, after five stores in two days, I was exhausted. I was just about to give up when my aunt said ‘what about the one on the mannequin in the window?’ I wasn’t sure I liked it, but I thought ‘what’s one more?’ The second I put it on, I knew it was perfect. It fit like a glove, it was comfortable, and it was the only dress that really made me feel like a bride. Plus it was backless, which was important to me since it’s kind of an ode to mine and Tim’s joke about the way we met. The store I ordered it from was so open to the few modifications I wanted to make to the dress in order to make it really feel like mine, too. I loved it so much that I stayed in the store just so I could keep it on for about a half hour after the order was placed!
Stephanie & Tim’s Love Story | Tim and I met during my senior year of college, the year after he had gotten home from his time in the Marine Corps. I was out with my girlfriends celebrating one of their returns home from a semester abroad, and Tim was out with the guys for his birthday. He saw me standing at the bar with my friends (wearing a backless shirt) and asked me to have a drink with him for his birthday. I made him show me his license as proof that it was actually his birthday, and agreed. I then proceeded to sing along to the entire song ‘Shoop’ by Salt n Pepa, which made Tim ask me for my number. After that night, we chatted by text during the month I was home in New Jersey for winter break, and went on our first date the day I got back to Boston. We’ve been inseparable since that night of our first date, and fell in love in the best kind of way – quickly, comfortably, and unquestioningly. We moved in together as soon as I graduated college, and got engaged 2 and a half years later. Favorite memories? Our first look at the Elms mansion was such a special moment between just Tim and I (and the photographers and videographers). It was such a perfect way to take a minute to soak in everything that was about to happen. Dancing with my dad was really emotional for me and one of the moments I was looking forward to most. I also loved watching Tim dance with his Grandma. We had a lot of really great moments with all of the kids in our wedding party, too – four flower girls and one ring bearer, all between two and six years old!Advice to future brides? Enjoy every minute of it! They’re not kidding when people tell you the day flies by. And hold onto your husband’s hand during the entire night – people will be wanting to talk to both of you and you’ll keep getting pulled away from each other.
Credits: Photography: M. Studios | Ceremony Venue: Dunlap-Wheeler Park | Reception Venue: Atlantic Beach Club | Florist: Toni Chandler | Wedding gown: Simone Carvalli from Tulle Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Gray Vera Wang tux with black bow tie from Men’s Wearhouse | Bride’s shoes: Chanel | Bridesmaids’ Attire: J. Crew Clara dress in Dark Cove | Cake: Awsome Sweets – a nut-free bakery | Hairstylist: Ali Lomazzo Beauty | Videographer: Frame & Anchor