Hot Pink and Navy Pop at Seaside Newport Wedding

Julie & Shane

July 3, 2016 • Bristol, Rhode Island

By Juliet Pennington | Wedding photography by Kristopher Ventresco ~ Starlight Photography

Brockton natives Julie Hancock and Shane Stande met when she was 14 and he was 15. Friends in high school, it wasn’t until the summer before their senior year of college that the pair began dating. “I found out he had a crush on me in high school, but I had no idea back then,” Julie says. “We were just friends.”

The couple’s summer romance blossomed and, despite the distance, they remained together—with Julie at UConn and Shane at Westfield State. In April 2014, the couple got engaged along the waterfront in Boston’s North End in the same place the pair had their first dance in high school. “We had been at a friend’s sweet 16 birthday party on a ship that was [docked] there, so he wanted to propose at the same place.”

Within a month of getting engaged, the couple started looking at venues and planning for their July 2016 wedding. “I love Newport. I knew I wanted to get married on the water, so when we saw Blithewold we knew we had found the perfect place,” Julie says.

The couple planned a nautical-themed wedding, complete with place cards tied to wooden anchors for their 200-plus guests. They didn’t use a wedding planner because, Julie says, she loves planning parties. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted a long engagement,” she says. “I wanted to have plenty of time.”

While their big day was filled with highlights, the most meaningful for the bride included the father-daughter dance, which included a medley of contemporary music as well as oldies, her first dance with her new husband to Ed Sheeran’s song, “Thinking Out Loud,” and a moment a couple of hours into the reception: “There were fireworks going off, and I walked outside to see them. I looked back at the tent full of my favorite people and it made me so happy,” she says. “It was very special.”

Featured Vendors:

RECEPTION VENUE Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum
CATERING & CAKE Pranzi Catering & Events
DÉCOR RENTALS Pranzi Catering & Events
FLORIST Pranzi Catering & Events
TRANSPORTATION Viking Tours of Newport

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