Rhode Island Cabin Wedding: Karen and Meghan
Aug. 8, 2015
Karen and Meghan met six years ago while in grad school in New York City at Columbia University School of Social Work. They took one class together during the last semester of school, Interpersonal Psychotherapy. Karen was late to class everyday and Meghan noticed. However, it took a mutual friend’s help for them to meet.
Meghan proposed the day before Karen’s 30th birthday. She ordered pasta (Karen’s favorite food) that had “will you marry me?” printed on it. Meghan put the pasta and the engagement ring on a covered tray and served it to Karen in the same place where they first said, “I love you.”
The brides chose their cabin venue specifically because it gave them a blend of both rustic and nautical. Karen loves the beach and Meghan grew up in Rhode Island, right across the river from the farm.
Karen and Meghan knew that they needed to enlist help planning for a few reasons. They were coordinating their details from a long distance and whenever they looked at other people’s wedding photos they became overwhelmed by the details. They worked with amazing vendors, including their planner. She provided great advice, coordinated their vendors and worked with her team to make sure each detail was in place on the day of their wedding.
Their DIY projects included their wedding signage, the wood “table runners” and their escort cards which were actually small jars filled with either gummy bears (Meghan’s favorite) or chocolate (Karen’s favorite).
Karen and Meghan were sad that they could not have their three-year-old dog, Bear, with them on their wedding day. However, to ensure she was represented they included German Shepherd table numbers and homemade cake toppers—bear and wolf figurines that they painted gold.
The couple’s favorite memory of the day was when the DJs played Beyonce’s “XO” at the end of the night. As they were dancing, all of a sudden they were surrounded by all of their friends and family in what one of their friends later described as a “circle of love.”
The advice that Karen and Meghan would give to other same-sex engaged couples would be to “try to choose vendors who you know you’ll be comfortable working with for both the planning process and the wedding day.” They chose their officiant and planner in part because their websites had representation of same-sex couples. They added to their advice that, “working with affirming vendors is very important, as the planning process can be stressful and you want to be surrounded by supportive people.”
Finally, they recommend “taking a moment during the night to take in the love and people who are surrounding you. It is the fastest night of your life and can be a blur if you don’t have this moment.”
Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors
Photography: Ali Rosa Photography // Planner & Designer: Erica Trombetti, Infinite Events // Venue: Cove Cabin at Mount Hope Farm // Caterer: Morin’s Catering // Hair & Makeup: Salon KG // DJs: Amir Brann and Jimmy Higa // Florist: Sayles Livingston // Tent Company: Newport Tent // Rentals: Rentals Unlimited // Other: Exquisite Events