Surprise Dance, Fireworks Add Special Meaning to Newport Wedding

Casey & Bryan

August 26, 2016 • Newport, Rhode Island

By Jessica Bowne | Wedding photography by Joe Mikos Photographers

Casey Griffin found out firsthand that life’s biggest leaps may yield its sweetest rewards. She went to Dartmouth College with her now-husband Bryan Giudicelli, but his soccer and her lacrosse schedules kept them from crossing paths until he asked her out to a formal. Casey initially declined, but Bryan was so sweetly persistent that she finally agreed.

“The formal was one of the best nights of my life,” recalls Casey, “and from that day on we’ve never left each other’s side. He still manages to make me laugh every single day.” The couple was engaged during a vacation in Naples, Florida; Bryan piloted a boat with Casey in the passenger seat and with a photographer hiding on shore he asked her to marry him.

The couple was married at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode island, with a reception under a tent at a friend’s home on Ocean Drive. Dancing was very important to the couple so Bryan and Casey made sure that the reception schedule allowed plenty of time on the dance floor with their “absolutely amazing” band, Soul System Orchestra. “We wanted our guests to experience a comfortable and chill vibe by playing with the relaxed feel from the ocean,” says Casey.

To this end, the couple hosted a group to a sailboat ride before the rehearsal dinner and held a barbecue with a live band on a pier at the Newport Shipyard the day after the wedding. Casey’s mom surprised the bride and groom with a fully choreographed dance from the entire bridal party after the couple’s first dance, and her dad orchestrated a secret fireworks show during which the band played Katy Perry’s song, “Firework.”

“The entire day was a complete fairy tale,” says Casey. “Both Bryan and I have never been so happy in our lives.”

Featured Vendors

CAKE Montilio’s Baking Company

BRIDAL GOWN Firas Yousif Originals / SHOES Jimmy Choo

TRANSPORTATION Rockstar Limo, Viking Tours of Newport

VALET Valet Connection

WEDDING PLANNER KMC Productions

CEREMONY LOCATION St. Mary’s Church, Newport, RI

CATERER MAX Ultimate Food

TENT RENTALS J.G Willis, Inc.

LINEN RENTALS Table Toppers of Newton

LIGHTING Suzanne B. Lowell Lighting Design

PLACE SETTING, TABLES + CHAIR RENTALS: Peterson Party Center Inc.

BARS + LOUNGE FURNITURE: RESERVE Modern Event Rental

FLORIST: Lotus Floral Events

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Bella Bridesmaids / Amsale

GROOM ATTIRE: Sordillos Custom Tailor

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Indochino

HAIR STYLIST: Kristen Moshiek

MAKEUP STYLIST: Jessica D’Amore

INVITATIONS The Inviting Company

RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT Soulsystem Orchestra

VIDEOGRAPHER Brighter Lights Media

FIREWORKS Ocean State Pyrotechnics via Exquisite Events

See resource guide for additional vendor information.


 

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