Gerald’s Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Professional photographer Sara Zarrella is in her element when it comes to weddings. Never more so, however, than when she and husband Steve Sheally exchanged their own vows. This time she wasn’t behind the camera lens, but Sara did tend to all other wedding details, from a welcome barbeque to post-wedding brunch.

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

Gerald's Farm Wedding in East Greenwich, RI, Blends Creative DIY Touches with Earthy, Elegant Décor | Southern New England Weddings | Jerry Ghionis Photography

“I’m very detail-oriented,” says Sara. “We hired vendors to help but I made or arranged everything.”

The bride’s “detail-oriented” quality translated into creative touches, including white chairs individually decorated with throw pillows, feathers and beads; family trees—actual trees adorned with photos of both families; and bottles of olive oil infused with homegrown herbs for each guest.

Sara always knew she wanted to get married at Gerald’s Farm, her parents’ property in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, which is open to the public for weddings and other events. She also knew she wanted a Mediterranean theme in homage to her Italian heritage.

“We had market lights, table wine and Mediterranean food,” says Sara. “I wore a blusher veil that my father lifted in the Italian tradition.”

Sara and Steve met while at a wedding in Florida, where Steve lived at the time. This paralleled Sara’s parents’ history; they also met in Florida where her mother, Debbi, lived and her father, Gerald, visited from Rhode Island. Since many of the guests were from Florida, it was important to the couple to have a full weekend to share with them.

“We really wanted to be able to entertain and spend time with everyone,” says Sara. “We had an authentic clambake for the rehearsal dinner so they could experience some New England flavor.”

While the entire weekend was memorable, the bride and groom shared a special moment during a sudden downpour at the reception.

“Steve and I went out and danced in the rain,” says Sara. “It was magical to be alone with him for a moment, to look back at the tent, all lit up, and think, Wow, all these people are here for us! Your wedding really is 24 hours of the most magical time of your life.”

Story by Lenore Cullen Barnes

Photography by Jerry Ghionis Photography

Featured Vendors: Cake/Dessert: Something Different Cake Couture // Invitations/Paper Products, Favors + Photo Booth: Sara Zarrella Photography // Ceremony Music + Reception Entertainment: Victor Events // Videography: Mike Picard Motion Pictures  View Video Here

Additional Vendors: Venue: Gerald’s Farm // Day-of Coordinator: PDR Events // Catering: Russell Morin Catering & Events // Tent Rental: Newport Tent Company // Tent Decor: Exquisite Events // Florist: Flowers by Semia // Linens + Chairs: Felicia’s Perfect Setting // Cigar Bar: Block Island Cigar // Bride + Bridesmaid Hair: Jennifer Crozier // Makeup: Darcie Palazzo // Band: Ripcord

As a native of South Coast Mass., Jen knows southern New England well but is never surprised when she discovers a new favorite destination. An English major who has worked in publishing as an editor and freelance writer for over 15 years, she enjoys interviewing, writing and especially blogging for Southern New England Weddings (because weddings are endlessly pretty and inspiring!). She lives in Rochester, Mass., with her husband and two young daughters.

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