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Hadley and Jon’s wedding at Mount Hope Farm Cove Cabin in Bristol, Rhode Island, was designed to be a perfect blend of the couple’s different backgrounds. Together with Glass Event Planning and Flowers By Semia, the couple seamlessly blended Hadley’s cool California roots with Jon’s New England upbringing by creating a preppy and polished-meets-earthy hippy aesthetic – the results were pure magic! / Images by Sarah Jayne Photography.
Says Hadley, “Our wedding was all about bringing the best of our lives together. We envisioned a perfect mix of the Southern California town I grew up in and the quintessential New England vibe of Bristol, Rhode Island, where my husband is from and where we live today. Soft neutral tones, rustic textures, and crisp whites which fit perfectly with our venue, Mount Hope Farm Cove Cabin.
We chose our venue for many reasons – it overlooks the bay and sailing center where we met, the Mount Hope Bridge was the perfect backdrop to tie Bristol in, and we could continue to enjoy the property for years to come by going to the farmers markets or walking our dog on the trails. Simple! The day that we went to view the property, a horrible thunderstorm was rolling through. We almost had to cancel the viewing but the clouds parted as soon as we got down to the cabin. Of course, our wedding day was no different! Pouring rain all day until the ceremony but it turned into a beautiful night!
The day itself was so sentimental. I woke up early to walk the Mount Hope Farm trails with my dad. It was nice to have the special father daughter time before the festivities began. Then I got to enjoy the morning, in our own home, getting ready with my best friends. My parents stopped by to bring a gift from Jon which was a total surprise. He had my grandmother’s engagement diamond, along with two of my moms sapphires made into a ring. My parents also included the letters that had been written when the diamond was passed down generations!
The groomsmen wore navy suits from Bonobos and sourced local vendors like Trumbull Rhodes and Jay Butler for the bowties, belts and shoes.
Going along with the ‘golden rule’ of making it easy, I allowed my bridesmaids to pick their own dresses. My only rule was that they were from BHLDN (where I also got my dress) and in the champagne to rose quartz tone. It paid off! The dresses played off perfectly together and the textures complemented the rest of the decor!Jon & Hadley’s Love Story | Jon and I met in college on the Roger Williams University Sailing Team. What started out as chatting on instant messenger when we were supposed to be studying, letting me borrow his car (I was a freshman), and a few sleep overs, turned into a best friendship. His family, who lived across town, was immediately welcoming. Jon would also come visit me at home in California every winter break and fully embraced my beach hometown. After years of dating, graduating, jobs for me, dental school for him, and a few cities; we finally moved back to Bristol, RI where we originally met. Our engagement was perfectly low-key in our new home but a complete surprise for me!I started planning with a simple rule – if a decision was difficult or fussy, it wasn’t the right one and we moved on. Luckily, I found the perfect wedding planner with the same mind! Elizabeth, from Glass Event Planning, knew exactly how to mirror our vibe. Everything turned out beyond my imagination. When I stepped into the tent for the first time, I started crying. It perfectly reflected our vision, felt so comfortable, and like ‘us.’ There were bits of a traditional New England wedding like the big white sail cloth tent and crisp white napkins, but the little touches here and there made all the difference.
Texture was really important to me. We mixed square wood tables with cotton linen rounds, velvet napkin ties, wood chairs, and the flowers … Flowers By Semia stole the show. When I told Semia that I wanted a Southern California hippy mixed with a New England prep she knew exactly what I was talking about. Semia mixed traditional California greens like succulents and eucalyptus with beautiful garden roses, hydrangea, and peonies. Everything was earthy and flowing and magical. I was actually a little distracted during our ceremony at how beautiful the flowers were!
And last but not least … Sarah, our photographer! Sarah was so incredible through the process. We had a super fun engagement session to get Jon comfortable in front of the camera! She made us laugh and captured our personalities perfectly. She also picked up on the energy of the night through her photos and paid attention to those details that really pulled it all together!
It was truly a joint effort to make our special day so memorable. Our vendors’ easy style allowed us to relax the whole night and soak it all in. The months are flying by. Jon and I could not be more thrilled that we got to throw the best party for our friends and show them what our love is all about.
Credits: Photography: Sarah Jayne Photography | Event Planning: Glass Event Planning | Flowers: Flowers By Semia | Groom’s Attire: Jay Butler | Bowties: Trumbull Rhodes | Groom and Groomsmen: Bonobos | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bhldn | Bride’s Dress: Bhldn | Dessert: Tricycle Ice Cream | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Makeup: Studio B Salon | Hair: Ananda Hair Lounge | Officiant: Deborah Faith | Transportation: MDT Coach Bus | Band: Encore | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Ken Freeman | Tent Design: Ryan Designs, LLC | Printing: Albertine Press | Paper: Kearsley Lloyd Designs | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Tent: Newport Tent Company