Malissa White & Maarten Nagtegaal

August 18th, 2012. “It took us over three months and 10,000 mobile-to-mobile minutes before we realized that we weren’t friends; we were completely in love,” says Malissa of her cross-country relationship to Maarten. After relocating from sunny LA to Providence to be with her future husband, the pair became inseparable and soon found themselves planning for the next big moment of their lives: their wedding.

Forgoing a set “theme” in favor of one reflective of the couple themselves, Malissa and Maarten focused on their backgrounds, families and interests, complemented by a wedding palette of yellow, orange and silver, to set the stage for an intimate at-home event. Maarten’s family hosted the wedding in nearby Barrington, RI; a tented reception with gorgeous views of Upper Narragansett Bay.

“Keeping the theme of ‘us,’ we picked table themes based on our passions: reading, writing, films, and music,” says Malissa. “We didn’t assign seating. Instead, we designed table designations with our favorite quotes and picked up vintage pieces for decor. We used actual typewriters used in typing classes from the ‘50s with some of my original stories rolled in, records from our favorite musicians, retro cookbooks and hardcovers from our favorite authors, and vintage film cameras and projectors.”

The wedding menu also celebrated the pair’s heritage — the bride is Southern African American and the groom, Dutch. “The menu was comfort Southern cuisine with fried chicken, shrimp and grits, jambalaya, short ribs, black bean salad, tomato, avocado and red onion salad, homemade cornbread and biscuits, mac n’ cheese spoons, mini pulled pork sliders and more!” says Janet Devine of Simply Devine Catering.

“Janet did an amazing job with our wedding menu,” says Malissa, “…Everything, from her attentive staff to the mouth-watering food was perfect. I want the recipe for those braised short ribs!”

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Written by: Danielle Raciti
Photography by: Eloquent Images by Curtiss
Catering: Simply Devine Catering
Tent & Linen Rentals: Chase Canopy

*This real wedding was featured in Southern New England Wedding magazine’s 2013 issue.

Want more to see more wedding with a vintage vibe, check out Christine Moore & Jay Berube’s wedding at Whispering Pines in Rhode Island.

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