Kelly Egler and Tommy Fallon’s wedding was designed to excite in a breezy, effortless sort of way. With croquet on the lawn, hand-rolled cigars by Boston Cigar Factory, and even Del’s frozen lemonade, their guests were treated to a very luxurious day at the beach.
The lucky couple met at Colgate University, and when friendship blossomed into love, they knew that it was for life. Now residing in London, England, Kelly and Tommy chose Rhode Island for their wedding because of Kelly’s lifelong family ties to the area. And after seeing it through her eyes, it quickly became a “home” for Tommy as well. The Ocean House’s vintage feel played into the couple’s beachy theme for the affair, so the choice was easy. “The backdrop was perfect, and the couple was perfect for it,” says their photographer, Miles Witt Boyer. “What really makes this place unique is how manicured and elegant it is. The building itself is spectacular from every angle, and the boardwalk to the beach gave some great backdrops shooting both directions. Even the back steps and lattice walls across the terrace made for beautiful backdrops.”
Planning from afar, Kelly chose wedding planner Sara True, of True Event, to help get all of the details exactly right. From a seashell theme running from the invitations to the cocktail napkins, through the color-coordinated shawls available for the women to protect against the evening ocean breeze, to using oars instead of a guestbook, the wedding kept guests entertained with whimsical surprises around every corner. The Ocean House also catered the wedding with thought-out Rhode Island favorites like Rhode Island Paella, New England Clam Chowder, a fully stocked raw bar, sliders and mini gelato cones for dessert.
Kelly says that it was important to the newly-named Fallon’s for the wedding to feel very “them,” which she describes as relaxed. In translation, that meant replacing the idea of a traditional reception dinner with food stations and tables both inside and out on the veranda so the guests could choose what, when and with whom they ate. Keeping the event carefree also meant including live musicby Joey Leone’s Chop Shop, a festive rock ‘n’ roll band based in Vermont. “He kept the dance floor full all night,” says Kelly. “There is something about live music that just gets people up and going.”
After nine months of planning, the coastal-vintage wedding came together perfectly. Kelly and Tommy’s romance became tangible, as the setting and details of the day reflected their love not only for each other, but also for their friends and family.
PHOTOGRAPHY:Miles Witt Boyer
WEDDING PLANNER:Sarah True of True Event
CEREMONY LOCATION: Watchill Chapel
RECEPTION VENUE, CATERING, CAKE/DESSERT & REHEARSAL DINNER: The Ocean House
LINEN RENTAL: Party Rental Ltd.
BRIDAL GOWN: Rivini through Kleinfeld
GROOM/ GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: J.Crew
INVITATIONS & PAPER PRODUCTS: East 6 & Paper Moss
**This real wedding was seen in the 2011-2012 Southern New England Weddings Destination edition.