"I love you to the moon and back"
Taken from the words of her favorite childhood book, Kristel and Austin felt that this phrase was the best theme for their wedding as a way to express to all of their friends and family the depths of their love. The night of the rehearsal dinner, as their guests gathered on the edge of the ocean where Castle Hill Inn sits nestled on the hills, they watched the sunset, cheered on the traditional clambake reveal, and listened to the story of Austin and Kristel.
Sometimes, the story of how a couple meets is just an introduction to the story of how they learned to love one another. These love birds have been pursuing one another's hearts for the past 6 years, and their wedding weekend was truly a celebration of their joy. Every detail was a reflection of their love: home-made banners featuring hand-drawn cards from Kristel's students to signature Newport-themed cocktails (the "dark and stormy"). Even Kristel's toenail polish was "clambake red!" :)
Enjoy this introduction to their full film, which is in the works as we speak:
[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/101669150[/vimeo] musical soundtrack by: Monako Davis and licensed through The Music Bed
Rather than have the wedding in one of their hometowns, Kristel and Austin decided to plane their event in a location where the guests' sole focus for could be spending time together to celebrate. The city of Newport, Rhode Island is a coastal town with plenty to keep one entertained. There's a bustling downtown area with some of Kristel & Austin's favorite coffee shops and seafood spots. One could also explore Bellevue Avenue and tour any of the mansions seen there.
Both the rehearsal dinner and reception were held at Castle Hill Inn, which faces the sunset. At the rehearsal dinner, Michelle Rago's powerhouse team (affectionately called #teamrago) had set up the lawn with stunning buffets of treats, adirondack chairs, outdoor lounges, and a s'mores station for later in the night. A wandering minstrel from Vali Entertainment softly crooned as the families dug into a delicious lobster dinner under the twinkling strands of lights strung from the large oak trees.
Kristel and Austin, congratulations on this next step in your journey through life together. You are truly beautiful people with an inspiring story, and we can't wait to see more of the wonderful things you bring to the world with the light of your love.
Planning & Design: Michelle Rago Destinations Confections & Cake: Marie Soliday Decor: Stone Kelly Events Music & Entertainers: Vali Entertainment Venue: Castle Hill Inn Wedding Photographer: Brian Dorsey Studios Transportation: Rockstar Limo Wedding Videographer: Mason Jar Films Hotel: Hotel Viking