Maria, a sailing instructor at the Great Harbor Yacht Club, and Andrew, the captain of Spartan a Herreshoff NY50, were enjoying a beautiful summer in Nantucket when they first caught a glimpse of each other. One sunny day Maria asked her boss at the Great Harbor Yacht Club in Nantucket who the cute guy was who was always walking around the docks and lawn of the club. Her boss dramatically replied, “Ohh, Andrew?! He has a huge crush on you!!” Thanks to the helpful interference of friends and co-workers, Andrew got Maria’s number and called her A.S.A.P. to ask for a date a few nights later. On July 21, 2011 at Slip 14, Maria and Andrew had their first date. <3
In 2013 Andrew started making plans to propose. A fan of non-Hallmark holidays, he planned a ski trip to New Hampshire for Groundhog’s Day weekend. Somehow Maria found out and the plan had to be scratched. A quick thinker, Andrew switched plans and started working on a New Years Eve proposal. Andrew had so many ideas and even asked Maria for help choosing the perfect plan from a portfolio titled “how I will propose”. Maria was upset, she didn’t want to know how he was going to ask! She started to get mad but as soon as he pulled out the ring and asked her to marry him, she just had to say yes. That night with friends and family they celebrated the new year and their coming marriage.
Maria and Andrew both love New England and wanted a “destination wedding” of sorts. Seeing as their sea faring careers brought them to the island and to each other a nautical wedding seemed like the perfect choice. Andrew has called Newport home for 10 years so choosing a Newport venue just made sense. They chose Rose Island Lighthouse because it fit their idea of a classic, nautical wedding. The unique and secluded spot was perfect for this laid back sea-loving couple. Plus, how cool is it to arrive by boat to your wedding?? After the ceremony guests were ferried across the harbor to Andrew’s sister & brother-in-law’s house in Newport for a clam bake reception.As an extra bonus, they got some adorable lobster pictures! The house has a stunning yard and was the ideal setting for an intimate sea-side affair. From arriving to the ceremony by boat to the sparkler send-off, Maria and Andrew’s big day was the perfect summer party for this ocean loving couple.
Congrats to the happy couple!
Bridal Gown: Flair Bridesmaid Boutique | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Tuxedos/Suits: Jcrew | Engagement ring is family heirloom | Wedding Bands from Hegeman & Co | Invitations: Reaves Engraving | Ceremony Venue: Rose Island Lighthouse | Reception Venue: Private Home | Hair: RaNew Salon | Make-up: RaNew Salon | Nails: Star Nails | Flowers: Sarah Rodgers Florals | Caterer: McGrath’s Clambakes | Cake: Newport Sweet Shoppe | Officiant: Reverend Carter Ellis and Kenneth Freeman (family friend) | Bride & Groom Transportation: 1973 Scout International (Groom’s car) and Corsair (Herreshoff 35’ launch) | Transportation: Fisher Bus and Jamestown Ferry | Ceremony Music: Guitarist, Scott Daggett | Reception entertainment: Soul Sensations | Photographer: Maaike Bernstrom Photography | Wedding Night Stay: Admiral Fitzroy Inn | Guest Accommodations: Jailhouse Inn | Tent Rental: McGraths Tent