Julie & Kyle
September 10, 2016 • Exeter, Rhode IslandBy Lenore Cullen Barnes | Wedding photography by Sara Zarrella Photography
Stopping by a car dealership to meet a friend for lunch jumpstarted the romance between Julie Charren and Kyle Smith. The pair had been introduced a few months prior by a mutual friend, but when Julie visited the dealership where her friend worked, she re-encountered Kyle who also happened to work there. After becoming a couple, Kyle and Julie decided to arrange dinner for their families to meet in November 2014.
“I had excused myself for a moment and when I came back to our table, there were a dozen red roses and a card,” remembers Julie. “As I read the card, Kyle got up, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so surprised and happy. It was perfect.”
Choosing the wedding venue proved easy. “We were looking for a place that was unique and that captured our personalities,” Julie says. “As we walked around Gerald’s Farm, a sense of peacefulness and excitement came over us and we knew that this was the place. I wanted the tone of the wedding to feel whimsical and romantic, like an enchanted forest from a fairy tale.”
Teal and gold were chosen as the color palette, with jewel tones and mixed metals picked as accents. The bride chose deep pinks, reds and corals for the flowers, with succulents providing earthy pops of green and teal.
As a breast cancer survivor, Julie chose to make a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in lieu of party favors. “It’s a cause near and dear to our hearts,” she says.
A favorite moment came during the couple’s first dance. “We took dance lessons all summer to learn some footwork and put together a little routine,” Julie notes. “Everything you learn at dance lessons goes out the window when you’re wearing a wedding gown. My dress was a bit too long and was getting stepped on as we danced. I lost track of my steps and was laughing too hard to think about where to start again. We just laughed ourselves around the dance floor until our song was over. It just felt good to let go and relax!”
WEDDING PLANNER Pranzi Catering & Events
CATERING Pranzi Catering & Events
TENT + DÉCOR RENTALS Pranzi Catering & Events
BRIDAL GOWN + VEIL Alexandra’s Boutique
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES Macy’s
HAIR + MAKEUP STYLIST Salon KG
GROOM + GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse
WEDDING RINGS Baxter’s Fine Jewelry
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE Gerald’s Farm, Exeter, Rhode Island
AERIAL DECOR Exquisite Events
FLORIST Flowers by Semia
CAKE + DESSERT Confectionery Designs
INVITATIONS Crosstown Press
CEREMONY MUSIC Newport Harp by Hyunjung Choi
VIDEOGRAPHER Mike Picard Motion Pictures
TRANSPORTATION Rockstar Limo
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