Stephanie Lucca & Jim Cross

July 7th, 2012. When Jim and Stephanie’s lives intersected through a training seminar at work, their future plans became altered to include one another forever. It took six years and many long-distance visits for the busy, career-oriented couple to get to the chapel at Aldrich Mansion in Warwick, RI, and the day that was centered on all of their family and friends was worth all of it.

Looking back, Stephanie recalls the speeches, dancing and dessert/candy bar room as wonderful memories of the day, but one particular moment during photos on the back staircase was definitive in making her dream wedding come to life. Her husband, friends and family had painstakingly (without her knowledge) planned a flash mob with singing and dancing. “Everyone was in on it but me and I’m still shocked and speechless that anyone would spend time to plan something so grand for me on my wedding day. I am still so touched that they cared so much about us!” says Stephanie.

Choosing Aldrich Mansion for its historic and pictorial charm, Stephanie used the outdoor space as a jumping off point to choose the color purple as a theme that ran throughout the day. “Purple stood out to me because I thought it would look great as a contrast to the green grass and blue water backdrop of Aldrich,” she says.

Jay Lane of Golden Gate Studios was also taken with the green and purple contrast. Saying of the flowers: “It was elegant and lush. We used an abundance of seasonal flowers that helped us make larger arrangements. We accented the arrangements with exotic green zimbidium orchids that really stood out against all the purple.”

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Written by: Lauren LaBelle
Photography by: Michelle Carpenter and Manny Correia of Main Event Weddings
Photography, Photo Booth, Reception Entertainment/Lighting & Videography: Main Event Weddings
Ceremony, Reception, Catering & Cake/Dessert: Aldrich Mansion
Flowers & Cake Flowers: Golden Gate Studios

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

For more real weddings held in Rhode Island at a mansion, check out the post on Stacy Simon to Andrew Gilman’s wedding at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport.

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