Wedding By the Bay Achieves Rustic Elegance with Soft Pink, Purple and White Hues


By Lenore Cullen Barnes

Before they became a couple, John Pagnozzi and Kasey Carberry had known each other for years; both are from Smithfield, Rhode Island, and shared many mutual friends.  Acquaintanceship grew into friendship, and in 2007 they began dating. On Christmas Eve in 2013, John surprised Kasey with the engagement ring of her dreams, tucked inside her childhood Christmas stocking.

“I’m very particular about my Christmas tree and I walked in and saw this stocking hanging on it,” says Kasey. “I asked John why it was there and he told me to come look. Inside was a little red box and John was down on one knee.” Though the actual engagement was a surprise, John and Kasey had been saving up for their wedding for a long time. “I always wanted this big crazy wedding,” says Kasey.

Her vision included a venue by the water with a country ambience. “Harbor Lights Marina & Country Club was the first and only place we looked at,” says Kasey. “We wanted something classy and elegant, romantic and rustic. It had it all.”

On June 12, 2015, Kasey’s grandfather, Donald Carberry, walked her down the aisle to both tears and applause. The mothers of both the bride and groom released white balloons in memory of loved ones. Centerpieces carried out the rustic, romantic look with wood boxes holding flowers draped with pearls, set atop antique doilies. In lieu of a guestbook, friends and family members signed a wooden pallet Kasey found on Etsy. Her mother, Karen, cleverly used a set of antique windowpanes to display the seating chart.

One of the most memorable moments for Kasey was seeing John’s face as she came down the aisle. “I didn’t want to do a first look,” says Kasey. “I wanted to do it the old-fashioned way.” Later, during the reception, she sang “At Last” to her new husband.

Departing guests were treated to a sparkler send-off and favors that summed up this friendship-turned-love story: “Sparks Fly – Kasey and John.”

Featured Vendors: Photography: Conte Sound Productions // Wedding Planning, Catering, Linen Rental + Cake/Dessert: Pranzi Catering + Events // Ceremony Location + Reception Venue: Harbor Lights Marina + Country Club // Engagement Ring/Wedding Bands: Baxter’s Fine Jewelry

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