NICOLE SHEUSI TO MICHAEL CHURCH | 9.4.15By Juliet Pennington
She said she liked his motorcycle. He said he liked her. So began a romance that, after two-and-a-half years, found Nicole Sheusi and Michael Church tying the knot before more than 100 family members and friends in the gardens at Linden Place, a storied and historic estate in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Michael says he had to ask his future bride out a few times before she accepted his offer, but once she did, it was a match made in heaven. “She is so easy to get along with,” he says. “She’s also beautiful and funny and smart.” For her part, Nicole calls her new husband “tall and handsome, and very kind and grateful…He’s really like a breath of fresh air.”
After dating for a little over a year, Michael suggested that he and Nicole go for a walk to Slater Park, near their Pawtucket home. “It was December and all of the trees around the walkways and the pond were decorated,” says Nicole. “We walked to a gazebo by the pond and that’s where he got down on one knee.”
The next nine months were a flurry of activity for Bristol native Nicole, an ad director for Chicago-based N2 Publications, and Michael, from Pawtucket and a cook there at Maria’s Breakfast & Lunch.
The newlyweds credit Nicole’s mom, Helena (who is called “the boss” by her daughter and son-in-law, and “the queen” by her husband), for helping to ensure that their wedding was a success.
The couple says they wanted their special day to be low-key, casual and fun. “We had a photo booth, corn hole, kids were there…It was a Friday night and we wanted to kick off the [Labor Day] holiday weekend,” says Nicole. “We had a big sparkler sendoff that lasted several minutes.”
Some of the more special moments included their first dance, to Bob Marley’s “High Tide or Low Tide,” and the bride carrying a picture of her maternal grandmother, with whom she was very close and who died the previous year, attached to the bridal bouquet.
Their wedding invitations featured a lighthouse and a greyhound, nods to the coastal wedding theme they were going for and to their beloved 10-year-old rescue greyhound, Dasher, who wore a bowtie to match the groomsmen. “Everything was wonderful,” says Nicole. “If we could do it all over again, we would.”
Featured Vendors: Photography: M. Studios // Ceremony Location + Reception Venue: Linden Place // Catering: Blackstone Caterers // Bridal Gown + Hair Piece: Alexandra’s Bridal // Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Anthony’s House of Formals