Editor’s Note: Re-sharing this wedding from the 2018 archives.
Sarah and Brian decided to wed in the Weekapaug area of Rhode Island because it held so much meaning for the bride. Sarah’s great-great grandparents built the Weekapaug Inn and her family ran the hotel for more than a century. The couple wed in the Weekapaug Chapel (where Sarah’s parents also tied the knot!) followed by a classically coastal reception at the Weekapaug Inn. / Images by Lisa Frechette Photography.
Says Sarah, “My great-great grandparents built the Weekapaug Inn in 1899 and my family ran the hotel for over 100 years. Both sides of my family have come to the Weekapaug area in the summer for generations. My parents actually met at the Inn when they were both working there for their summer jobs during college. My parents were married at the Weekapaug Chapel 39 years before Brian and I were! Although I am not the type of girl who had dreamed of her wedding as a kid, I did always know that I wanted to get married in Weekapaug.
Favorite memory? Our ceremony was very important to us. The chapel itself has a lot of family history but we wanted to ensure that the ceremony felt very specific to our relationship. We chose to write our own vows and that will always be one of the best parts of the weekend for the both of us! I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place! Favorite special touches? We served lobster tail and filet – I think some of our Southern guests had never had lobster like that before! Twice during speeches from our maid of honor, best man and my father, the skies opened up for a quick, loud rain shower, making the whole night feel even more romantic (and lucky!). Our florals were by an amazing local florist called Rosanna’s Flowers in Westerly, RI. She made incredibly unique bouquets for the girls, table arrangements with hand-made mussel shell vases, and a beautiful long garland for our 36-person head table! Our band, Sultans of Swing, out of Boston, could not have been more fun! Our guests of all ages were on the dance floor the entire night! To incorporate Brian’s southern heritage (he grew up in Atlanta, Ga.), we offered a late night make-your-own chicken biscuit bar which was a hit! We closed out the weekend with a brunch for all of our guests at my parents house.
Sarah and Brian’s Love Story | Brian and I met sophomore year of college when we were assigned neighboring dorm rooms at Boston College. My roommates and I discovered that tennis players lived on our floor, so we hand wrote — what we thought was — a witty invite and slipped it under their door. As they say, the rest is history. Brian and I were together for 9 years before we got married. Our friends and family have been our biggest champions over the years and we cannot thank them enough for all of their support and love.
The couple honeymooned in South Africa.
Credits: Photography: Lisa Frechette Photography | Ceremony venue: Weekapaug Chapel | Reception venue: Weekapaug Inn | Florals: Rosanna’s Flowers | Wedding gown: Alexandra Grecco | Groom’s attire: J. Crew | Hair & make-up: Lynda Williams Beauty