Tented Outdoor Wedding on Block Island Is Nautical, Preppy and Navy and White Perfection


By Ann Luongo

Rebecca and Andrew met in college, when they were introduced through mutual friends while living in Dewey Beach, Delaware, one summer. Andrew was a Rehoboth Beach lifeguard and Rebecca, a waitress. The couple began dating in 2005 and got engaged in 2014. “Andrew and I had been dating for eight years when he proposed,” says Rebecca, “so he knew he would have to be creative in order to surprise me.”

One April morning, Andrew went off to his job in New York City. “About 45 minutes later, my alarm went off and I was just getting up when in walks Andrew. He told me that he had missed his train and that his boss had told him to take the day and work from home.”

Andrew told Rebecca he had stopped and gotten her a coffee. “I was so excited by this surprise that I didn’t really pay much attention when he said he had gotten me something else as well, expecting maybe a croissant or pastry. I was completely shocked when he pulled out a little black ring box. He proposed right by our bedside at 6:15 in the morning, with me still in my pajamas.”

The couple married on June 20, 2015, on Block Island. A favorite spot with familial ties—Rebecca’s family has been going to the island for 19 years and Rebecca and Andrew have been visiting together for 10—it was the perfect place for them to tie the knot.

“My parents purchased a property on Dorry’s Cove two years ago and completely renovated it,” says Rebecca. “Once Andrew and I saw the home’s location, on a cliff overlooking the ocean, we knew we would get married there.”

On their wedding day, the couple wanted to offer their guests some unique hors d’oeuvres, including mini portions of fish and chips in newspaper cones, a nod to Rebecca’s British heritage. For a late-night snack, and in honor of Andrew’s family’s home base in the Delaware Valley, guests were offered a choice of mini Philly cheese steaks with waffle fries or sausage and peppers. The couple’s “welcome bags” each included a bag of Utz crab chips, another Delaware/Maryland favorite, and fudge from Blocks of Fudge on Block Island.

With a navy and white color palette and nautical touches, the wedding décor embraced classic preppiness. “My favorite flower is the hydrangea,” says Rebecca, “so our outdoor ceremony took place underneath an arch made of white hydrangeas, and buckets of white hydrangeas lined the aisle.”

The couple looks forward to honeymooning in Italy this year.

Watch their short wedding film by Artistic Wedding Films below:

Featured Vendors: Photography: Corinna Raznikov Photography // // Catering: Russell Morin Catering + Events // Tent, Flooring + Stage Rental: Newport Tent // Videography: Artistic Wedding Films

Additional Vendors: Event Coordinator: Exquisite Events // Florist: Stoneblossom // Cake: Confectionary Designs // Officiant: Sandra Medeiros // Reception Music: Sound House // Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier // Bridesmaid Gowns: Amsale // Hair Stylist: Kristen Moshiek // Makeup Artist: Robin McAloon

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