Ayla and Brian’s Block Island Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

Photographer: Arielle Doneson
Venue: Private Home
Florals: Sayles Livingston Design
Featured On: Style Me Pretty
From The Bride… When we started talking about locations for our wedding, Brian and I were all over the map (literally!). We toyed with the idea of a destination wedding because our favorite weddings have been those where family and friends were together for a weekend exploring a new place, but we struggled with how much we wanted to ask of our guests. We did know that we wanted to combine Brian’s love of sailing and the ocean with my love of rustic farms and local food. Born and raised New Englanders, we started our search on the eastern coast and landed on Block Island, a small island off the coast of Rhode Island, a place where Brian had camped growing up but I had never been. The moment I stepped on the Island I was sold! It is quaint, charming and absolutely stunning with a beautiful coastline that has the quintessential New England rocky cliffs and bluffs but also has some of the top rated beaches in the world. Much of the island is devoted to farming and land conservation, while the rest is filled with rustic farm houses and Inn’s. We chose a beautiful private estate that had views of both the ocean and Great Salt Pond and a farmhouse on the property. The goal of the wedding was to be casual and relaxed yet elegant. I think we achieved that in the details. As guests arrived for the ceremony they were greeted with lavender lemonade or prosecco as they enjoyed the beautiful views and light sea breezes. During the cocktail hour, we had a local musician play acoustic music while guest enjoyed appetizers, a raw bar, and lawn games that Brian and I had made. Our reception was elegantly decorated with a light, romantic color scheme and lit by twinkle lights and candles. We made a DIY photo booth in one corner that was a huge hit all night. We loved that the cool ocean breezes flowed through the tent and guests enjoyed the whole property throughout the evening. The evening ended with a wind-down beach bonfire right across the street where we roasted smores and drank Brian’s homebrew beer under the stars.