Backyard Rhode Island Wedding
This wedding has everything that makes our hearts skip a beat: one couple clearly in love, arrangements filled with wildflowers, and the most adorable little flower girls you’ll ever see, all masterfully captured by AGA iMAGES. We just can’t help but stare at Kateri’s gorgeous gown. Can we unanimously agree that it’s gorg?
From the bride, Kateri: The ceremony took place in one of the pastures, and was originally supposed to be open air. After checking the forecast several days before the wedding, we made the decision to rent a small tent for the area. It rained on our day, so that was one of the best last-minute decisions we made. We had tons of ivory candles in mason jars along the aisle and throughout and it felt really cozy and sweet under the tent surrounded by the people we love. We borrowed an antique carriage, that was basically falling apart, from an adorable old farmer and used it as a backdrop. Our friend played acoustic guitar. We had an amazing woman as our officiant who included our family and friends in the service. It all felt so personal and so warm.
I knew that I didn’t want the typical wedding fare, so my mom and I planned the menu based on the food that Dan and I love. We went with comfort foods, mostly all recipes from Ina Garten. It’s not the easiest thing to find a caterer that will make specific recipes from a customized menu! My mom made the decision to make all the food herself (she’s crazy! and an amazing cook!) and to hire my aunt who is a catering manager to handle all the details. My dad is a baker, and he made the delicious filled cupcakes, along with chocolate pudding, apple crisp, and chocolate chip cookies! Our friends own a bar, the Malted Barley, and they provided the alcohol and beer.
We went for a rustic farm theme, with antique lace accents and lots of natural wood and burlap. We mixed in some of our own antique furniture and linens, which made it feel very intimate… like an extension of our living room. We rented long, wooden farm tables and adorned them with a handmade, natural linen runner with crochet lace trim. The napkins are actually dishcloths from Ikea. The wooden centerpiece boxes were designed by me, and made by a dear family friend, who also happens to be a master carpenter. He also made the huge wooden frames for the chalkboard seating chart and menu. He sawed and hammered, and I painted and stained.
I wanted the flowers at our wedding to look like things that were picked from the property, unfussy and natural. A lot of my requests were actually for weeds, like Queen Anne’s Lace, tansy, and goldenrod. Our florist worked with my milk glass collection, and made beautiful arrangements for the bar and food tables. My sister in law, Julia, is an amazing artist and craftswoman. She used a wood burner to burn all the signage for our day onto old barn wood that was lying around our property.
Our band was awesome! They were so happy to be playing and singing their hearts out for a very wild crowd! We loved seeing all of our family and friends together in the same place, celebrating life and love. We also needed to have our handsome bulldog Reggie right there with us the entire time! The day left us feeling very blessed to have so many helpful and talented people surrounding us, making it all possible… and so much fun! And the best part is, it all happened at HOME!
Wedding vendors (Rhode Island):
Venue: Bride and groom’s home / Wedding photographer: agaimages / Wedding flowers: Weed Weavers / Band: Equinox / Wedding gown: Claire Pettibone / Wedding catering: West’s Bakery / Bride’s earrings: Anthropologie / Groom’s shirt and tie: J. Crew / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Urban Outfitters / Flower Girl Dresses: dressbabybeautiful / Ring Bearer’s shirts: Land’s End / Wedding invitations: Lucky Luxe