Stephanie and Mark were my first wedding of October and they kicked off a fabulous day and month! My day started at Stephanie’s family’s home where she and the girls were getting ready (and her pup Barney was being cared for happily by her dad – so happily, I thought it was his pup at first:)!
In LOVE with Steph’s robe too!
Once Steph was ready, she read her card from Mark – she teared up but kept it together enough to not smudge her makeup!
After a little toast, the girls and Steph got ready.
Steph and her sister Diana are super close and absolutely adorable together!
When we got outside for a few photos before leaving, Steph’s dad wanted his own selfie – adorable!!
I am loving all of the special Dad socks this year!
Over at the church, Sharon met the guys just before the ceremony…
Love these moments as Mark watched Stephanie coming up the isle.
Stephanie had one of the most emotional trips up the isle that I have ever experienced and I love that both her mother and father walked her down on her day!
This is Stephanie’s mother’s identical twin sister doing a reading.
Their first kiss took place in a surprising spot and moment – Just after they lit their unity candle…
After the ceremony we scooted across to the lawn to get all of our family formals done before we headed off in the trolley…
When we first arrived at Roger William’s Park, we started with a few pictures with their Barney! A friend had brought him over so that they could include him in their day. He is honestly the best pup – so well behaved as a puppy!!
These two are just GORGEOUS people inside and out!
Unfortunately the Temple to Music at Roger Williams, had to be put under construction, right before their wedding so we weren’t able to use the exact spot that we had hoped for but we were able to get a few photos with it in the background and even hide all of the scaffolding:) I love these photos and have never used this angle:)
The footbridge at Roger Williams Park is always gorgeous but especially in fall!
We hopped out with just us (and Diana too:) for just a few photos in a different spot and it was totally worth it:)
The sun even peeked out just as we were headed back to the trolley!
At this moment, when Mark’s cousin started singing out the window, I should have known he would be a guy that never left the dance floor – so fun:)
When we arrived at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the room was aglow and ready for the fabulous party ahead!
The reception kicked off with a bang (and a room FULL of fabulous guests)!
They went straight into a Lebanese traditional first dance – I was in LOVE!!
When the 15 minute Lebanese first dance was over, they started to do a traditional first dance alone, but it quickly incorporated what I believe is an Italian tradition of wrapping the couple in ribbon. This was the first time I had see or heard of this (and I am Italian too – LOL)!
Stephanie’s father even included their pup Barney in his speech WITH a cut out head of him! It is truly his first grandchild!
During the evening, there was even a Donut bar and Espresso Dave for the guests to enjoy:)!
Before the final song of the evening, there was a girls and guys battle to Meatloaf:)
If you aren’t able to tell, their final song was Don’t Stop Believing by Journey…I can just HEAR the song as I look at these photos!
Stephanie and Mark – CONGRATULATIONS to you both and to your fabulous families!! I truly LOVED being a part of your day and hope that I get to see everyone again in the future:)!! You are all fabulous – and Barney too:)!
bride’s dress | Madison James from Alexandra’s Boutique
bridesmaid’s dresses | Jenny Yoo from Brideside
hair | Bianca Nastari Hair & Makeup Designs
make-up | Bianca Nastari Hair & Makeup Designs
florist | Golden Gate Studios
ceremony | Our Lady of Fatima Church
reception venue | Crowne Plaza Hotel
videographer | Mike Picard Motion Pictures
band | Freestyle (Wilson Stevens Productions)
introductions | Lebanese Dance
first dance | Brett Young- In Case You Didn’t Know
father/daughter | Céline Dion- Because You Loved Me
mother/son | Stevie Wonder- You Are The Sunshine of My Life
cake cutting | Four Tops- I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
last dance | Journey- Don’t Stop Believin’
What was the most memorable moment of your day? Seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle.
What was your favorite detail? Mark | custom cake topper of us & our dog, Barney
Stephanie | my bouquet! It was amazing
Any advice for future brides/grooms? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Everything will be perfect 🙂 Also, we asked our venue to see the reception space while our guests were at cocktail hour. If you have the opportunity to do this, we would highly recommend it. It was amazing to see everything come together and appreciate all the details we had worked so hard to plan.
Funniest memory from your wedding day? George, the giraffe! Also my dad’s speech where he brought out the face cut-out of our dog & told us we may not be getting him back after our honeymoon.
If you could do it all over, would you change anything? Not a thing!
Where did you go on your honeymoon? French Polynesia— Moorea & Bora Bora