Ocean Inspires Navy-and-White Theme of Rhode Island Wedding


May 29, 2016    Warwick, Rhode Island

By Stacey Marcus

The road to a happy ending does not always begin with a fairy-tale beginning. Kelly Rose and Brandon Smith’s story illuminates how a dose of destiny and eager determination can create the sweetest love story.

Both Kelly and Brandon attended Bentley University, living in the same apartment building their final year. Their paths had never crossed until they met at a bar one month before graduation. Although Brandon was smitten with Kelly, she wasn’t interested in dating. After several attempts to woo Kelly, Brandon was given his chance to take her out on a date. Little did Kelly know that the college boy would become the man of her dreams.

Flash forward to several years later when Brandon proposed to Kelly at L’Andana in Burlington, Massachusetts. “I had no idea,” says Kelly. “It was the busiest time of the year at work; I was wearing an ugly sweater and my nails were awful.”

The couple chose to host their nuptials at Harbor Lights in Warwick, Rhode Island. “We wanted to get married on the water,” says Kelly. Brandon was most excited that he and his 10 groomsmen could hit the links during the cocktail hour. Their wedding had a classic New England vibe and featured a nautical motif that was accented by navy blue décor like striped table cards and linens, knotted ropes along the ceremony chairs, an anchor with the couple’s initials and colorful hydrangeas.

“It all went by so quickly,” remembers Kelly. “It was short and personal,” She notes of the ceremony, which was officiated by her uncle and godfather. Three readers recited modern verses including a poem by Bob Marley, and Kelly’s dad read his reception speech wearing a New England Patriots jersey.

While the entire day was special and memorable, Kelly fondly remembers the mother and son dance. Brandon’s mother was missing due to a last-minute make-up touch-up, so Kelly’s father stepped in and danced with Brandon until his mother arrived. “We had such a good time!” Kelly says.

Photography by Nicole Gesmondi Photographer, LLC

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