Offbeat partner: Jess, Project Manager
Offbeat partner: Jay, Custom Furniture Maker
Date and location of wedding: The ceremony took place outside in front of the abandoned, graffitied, WWII forts at Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, RI — October 31, 2016
Our offbeat wedding at a glance:
We made almost everything (my necklace, bat pins, handkerchiefs, pocket squares, glasses, itineraries with maps, invitations) which kept the stress and costs low, created more memories in the making, added our style, and allowed everyone to take home a piece of us and the day we celebrated together.
We made our wedding invitations by combining both of our skill sets into pieces of art.
I loved getting ready at home surrounded by all our memories and collections of unique treasures we've collected through our lives growing up and together.
We love to spend time taking adventures outside, finding abandoned places to explore, trails to walk, all while looking for treasure to add to our collection of weird and unique pieces of history. Each place we traveled to on our wedding day took part in our adventures leading up to us saying "I do." Visiting these places on our wedding day added more memories to each of those already awesome adventures.
Tell us about the ceremony:
Had the ceremony in front of old, abandoned, graffitied WWII forts where we normally would explore the vast, underground tunnels with our headlamps. The Forts are now a state park where a lot of people visit. We took shovels, brooms, and garbage bags with us the week before and cleaned the area where we were having our ceremony.
My boss/mom away from home was my matron of honor while her husband was our officiant. After the 20 minute ceremony, there were lots of hugging, laughs, stories and happiness. It was a small, simple set up with six chairs and a card table that we made into a bar for champagne after the ceremony. We made everyone a champagne glass and handkerchief to toast with us and take home after.
Tell us about your reception:
Dinner took place in an old 18-century colonial house turned restaurant. Had an intimate dinner with everyone (all 10 of us) at a restaurant that fit our style, and just so happens to have delicious food, where we could all talk, give speeches, and enjoy a happy and quiet evening. The lighting was very low and provided a spooky feeling, which was awesome and perfect for Halloween night.
Toast and speeches were giving all night by everyone with great reflections, advice, and stories.
What was your most important lesson learned?
Have everyone involved know where and when to be. Exchange contacts with everyone.
Don't spare any expense on comfortable shoes.
- Dress: Honeypie Boutique
- Shoes: Aris Allen
- Hair & Makeup: Jen Cardullo Burns
- Flowers: Davis at The Secret Garden
- Ceremony Location: Fort Wetherill State Park
- Reception Dinner: Clarke Cooke House
- Cake: Jennifer at Scrumptions
- Photographer: Sara Smile
- Invites & Favors: the couple, Jess & Jay Curci