Says Kaitlin, “I was fortunate enough to have my mom and four bridesmaids come in to Washington D.C. to [shop for my dress with me]. When we got to the store, I had a vision of a more fitted, lace dress, but promised my mom I would try on a more full gown. It was the second dress I tried on, and there was a moment of happy silence among the group, and all of a sudden looking in the mirror I started to cry and knew it was my dress. Something just clicked.
The day before the wedding, my bridesmaid and mom got together and created all of their bouquets and my mother-in-laws. My friend’s stepfather has a farm where he grows amazing flowers and they provided them to us at no cost and each girl was able to create their own.
Favorite Moments? Our wedding was kind of a three-day party to which I would relive over and over again, but I can narrow it to two moments, the first was at the church when Michael and I exchanged our vows and officially became husband and wife. The second would be spending time with our bridal party on the party bus ride from the church to the reception where our entire wedding party just danced, laughed, sang and partied. It really set the tone for a fun reception! Kaitlin & Michael’s Love Story | Michael and I met in law school, we were in the same section meaning we had every class together. He caught my attention as an interesting person, I could not quite figure him out. I was friends with some of his friends, and our relationship started off by me making fun of him. Over the next two months, we began hanging out more and more, until he finally asked me out on a first date. From then on we have been attached at the hip.
We combined the gifts and escort cards. We ordered succulents from California and we, along with family members, individually re-potted over 80 succulents for each escort card.
The ring toss was important to me because it gave an extra dimension for people to hang out and play games, that was completely DIY and made by my bridesmaids. We invited guests to write marriage advice for us and place it in one of the year markers inside vintage milk bottles. We will soon be opening the one year marker, I’m excited to see what people wrote!
For our guest book, I worked with a woman on Etsy to create wood carve out of the Map of the U.S. with a little heart over Rhode Island. Guests signed the wood with special pens and we display it our house as art.
We worked with a designer to create a decal for our menu board to display for guests convenience and my dad built a stand for it so it would stand on its own.”
Kaitlin’s Advice: I have two pieces of advice that I really believe helped me have a successful and stress-free wedding weekend. The first is I created a delegated bridal party task spreadsheet and sent it to the entire wedding party. The tasks ranged from, reserving our nail appointment to planning the groomsman breakfast. Not only did this make everyone feel included, but it took a lot of small items off our plate. Secondly, once your wedding arrives, just let go. Trust in your planning, organization and family and bridal party. At this point, even if something goes wrong, it’s time to have fun and celebrate you and your husband or wife. Because in the end, it’s really about the bond you two have.
Kaitlin and Michael will be honeymooning in spring 2017 and are planning an ‘around the world’ trip where a travel organization will help them plan a multi-county trip across the continents of their choice. They will start in Asia and work their way back to the East Coast over two weeks.
Credits: Ceremony: St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Narragansett, RI | Venue: Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farms in Narragansett, RI | Photography: Aubrey Greene Photography | Wedding Planner, Caterer, Floral & Cake: Pranzi Catering | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Officiant: Fr. Joe Breen and Fr. Iri | Decor: DIY & Pranzi Catering | Bride’s Dress: Designer: Enzoani, purchased at Elegance by Roya in Alexandria, Va. | Bride’s Hair: Split Ends Salon | Bride’s Makeup: Keri Sweet from Pro Radiance Artistry | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Designer: Amsayle Nouvelle, purchased at Hitched Maids in Georgetown, DC | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Save The Date Videography: Frame + Anchor: Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/119069083