After a year of a long-distance relationship with Meghann on the east coast and Shawn on the west coast, these sweethearts got engaged. Their Newport wedding at the modern Belle Mer was the perfect way for them to start their married life. Meghann share this about their relationship and wedding:
“Shawn and I got engaged in Napa Shawn had moved to San Francisco for a year for work and we did the whole long distance thing. Although it was hard for me when he moved it ended up turning into a really awesome experience for us. We made sure to see each other every month whether he was flying home or I was flying to the West Coast. Every time I went out there we planned a trip. We went to Napa SEVERAL times as it quickly became my favorite place to be. We also drove the coast down to Monterey, ski mobiled in Lake Tahoe, and took a tropical vacation in Hawaii. As Shawn promised he moved home after a year and we purchased a home together. Right before we moved into the house he told me he had a work trip in San Francisco and said I should fly out with him so we could go to Napa before his meetings. I jumped at the opportunity of course. He had convinced me that we were meeting up with his colleagues for a wine tasting outing and getting breakfast beforehand at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley. When we arrived they said our table was not ready and to wait on the deck… and then IT HAPPENED! I completely blacked out. Needless to say I said yes. Shawn had hired a photographer to catch the moment on camera and the picture of the proposal speaks for itself. Shawn continued to surprise me and we ended up spending the night at Auberge (which is one of the most gorgeous hotels I have ever stayed in.. and I have stayed in A LOT as I work for a hotel company) and renting out the SPA after hours just for him and I. It was the perfect proposal.
Shawn and I have always loved Newport and had done many weekend trips. We always knew we wanted to get married there as Shawn wanted a destination wedding but I didn’t want anything too far because I wanted to make sure all of our family and friends could attend. It was the perfect compromise. One of our weekend trips to Newport (before we got engaged) Shawn and I had stayed at the Hyatt and decided to take a walk down to Belle Mer and look around. The second I walked into Belle Mer I knew it was special. The simplicity and glamour were right up my alley as I knew I wanted a traditional wedding with a modern twist. Fast forward to our engagement day – after everything Shawn already had done he said he had ONE more surprise. He went on to tell me that he had already put a hold on Belle Mer for me. They had 2 dates left in October (we both wanted a Fall October wedding) … one of the dates being October 22, 2016… he knew it was FATE as this was going to be one year exactly from the day we got engaged (we got engaged on October 22, 2015- a Thursday). Because of the leap year it fell on a Saturday in 2016… all the stars aligned!
Our wedding day was cold, rainy and super windy as you can tell from some of the pictures, but we didn’t care… nothing could bring us down that day. It was truly the best day ever!”
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Photographer(s): Suzanna March Photography | Videographer(s): Artistic Wedding Films | Link to wedding video: | Invitation/Paper Goods: Paper Source – formal invitations and Minted.com – rehearsal dinner, farewell brunch, church programs, place cards | Bridal Gown: Carolina Herrera purchased from L’Elite Bridal in Boston | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridal Bag: Yves Saint Laurent | Ring box: The Mrs. Box | Bridal Veil and hairpiece: from L’Elite Bridal | Bride’s engagement ring and band from Lauren B Jewelry in NYC | Grooms wedding band: Long’s Jewelers | Hair: Styled by Hannah | Makeup: Kacie Corbelle | Grooms and Groomsmen Outfits: The Black Tux | Bridesmaids Dresses: White by Vera Wang | Flower girl outfit: David’s Bridal | Ring Bearer outfit: Men’s Warehouse | Florist: Stoneblossom | Totes: Wedding Chick’s | DJ/Band/Entertainment: Sky Music Entertainment | Ceremony Venue: Jesus Saviour Church | Reception Venue: Belle Mer, Water Salon | Event Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | Wedding Cake by Belle Mer, Water Salon florals by Stoneblossom | Brides wedding day gifts: Cartier | Grooms watch (wedding day gift): Breitling | Groomsmen watches: MVMT