Liza & Brian
June 3, 2017 • Menemsha, MassachusettsBy Juliet Pennington | Wedding photography by Channing Johnson Photography
In a period of less than six months, Liza Wetzel and Brian Ruggiero managed to plan their dream wedding on Martha’s Vineyard. “I think for us, having a short engagement alleviated some of the stress, since we knew we couldn’t be perfectionists,” Liza says. “We knew it would all work out.”
The couple met and began dating during their freshman year at Tufts University. They stayed together through graduation, after which Brian attended dental school and Liza continued her education in grad school. Then, on Christmas morning of 2016, the pair went for a hike with their yellow lab, Charlie, and Brian popped the question. The following summer, they said “I do.”
“Brian was graduating from dental school in May, and we knew we’d be moving somewhere for him to do his residency—we just didn’t know where,” Liza says. “So we wanted to get married before we moved.” (Brian ended up going to the University of Michigan, where he is training to be an oral surgeon.)
The couple stumbled upon The Beach Plum Inn when doing online research for wedding venues. They liked that the Menemsha Inn was on the property, so guests could stay together in the inn’s cottages.
“Not just the wedding, but the whole weekend was perfect,” Liza says of her destination nuptials. Brian agrees: “Seeing my wife-to-be walk down the aisle–she was so beautiful–and being outside, having all of our family and friends together was amazing.”