Krista and Daniel Peralta hit the jackpot: after a chance meeting in a parking lot on their way to interview for the same job, they both were hired and they fell in love. But their lucky streak isn’t the only reason their seaside Newport wedding featured a touch of Vegas flair.
The Rhode Island couple had only just gotten engaged when Krista transferred to Maryland for work. Months later, their long-distance romance took a cross-country turn when Dan relocated to Las Vegas for his own job. Still, the couple’s hearts were set on being in Rhode Island for their wedding day. “We wanted to take it back to where it all started,” says Krista. “And Newport was the perfect spot for out-of-town guests to have a fun getaway.”
With its spectacular views, the Hyatt Regency Newport was the ultimate setting for the weekend celebration, which included a welcome reception on the hotel’s Windward Deck and Sunday brunch in the outdoor Pavilion. The ceremony was held at nearby St. Anthony’s Church, where a traveling carnival across the street provided an unexpected photo-op for the wedding party, who posed by the rides and games as photographer Sara Zarrella captured the moment.
For the reception, Vegas touches kept up the fun: card boxes designed to look like dice and decks of “Lucky in Love” playing cards at tables named for Vegas hotels. Taking cues from the glitzy “Strip” itself, Jay and Melissa Lane of Golden Gate Studios created dramatic pink-lit floral centerpieces. “We used vibrant, explosive colors to look almost like neon signs,” says Jay. Kicking up the ‘wow’ factor, each table featured a different arrangement.
One of the day’s sweetest moments was a surprise performance by the bride’s grandfather, who serenaded the couple with “Danny Boy,” a tribute to the couple’s Irish heritage. “It brought us all to tears,” says Krista.
With three long-distance moves—Krista eventually packed up and moved to Las Vegas as well—it wasn’t easy to plan an out-of-state wedding. But if their festive celebration is any indication, you can bet this couple is game for whatever comes their way.
RECEPTION & CATERING: Hyatt Regency Newport
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sara Zarrella Photography, LLC
FLOWERS: Golden Gate Studios
HAIR & MAKEUP: Stillwater Spa @ the Hyatt Regency Newport
CEREMONY MUSIC: Music Perfomance Service
RECEPTION MUSIC: Victor Events
REHEARSAL DINNER: The Windward Restaurant @ the Hyatt Regency Newport
LINEN RENTALS: Rentals Unlimited
TRANSPORTATION: Viking Tours of Wedding Trolley