Casey & Bryan
August 26, 2016 • Newport, Rhode IslandBy 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.”
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
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
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