Kathryn Van Veen’s fiancé, Matthew Reilley, went to great heights to propose to her. The pair has known each other since their first week at Washington and Lee University and became close friends as neuroscience majors, but didn’t go on their first date until junior year. “Matt proposed in New Hampshire,” says Kathryn. “He sent me on a little scavenger hunt, with each clue representing a different stage of our relationship. The last clue led me to the base of a small mountain, where he met me with an envelope filled with hand-written notes of the qualities he loved about me. We hiked together to the top of the mountain, and he proposed there.”
From the start, Kathryn knew she wanted a great photographer, local vendors and food that guests, just 65 of them, would really enjoy. “We chose the Waterman Grille because we liked the intimate atmosphere, the waterfront view, and the delicious food,” says Kathryn. “They were very easy to work with and had a really flexible, interesting event menu.”
The couple took advantage of the grille’s enviable location in Providence. “They liked being outdoors on the water for the cocktail hour and having a beautiful view while inside in the Riverview room,” says Kim Crawley, sales manager for the restaurant. “Their DJ provided beautiful lighting and guests had an enjoyable time.”
The couple also brought in a candy bar, which was a big hit with their friends and family. The neutral color scheme for the spring wedding evolved from Kathryn’s conversations with their florist, who proposed the idea of small potted rosemary plants as favors holding guests’ nameplates. It seemed like the most fitting way to send their loved ones off as Matthew and Kathryn started a new life together.
Photography by Rebecca Arthurs
**This article was featured in Southern New England Wedding magazine’s 2013 annual issue.
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