Date of Wedding: July 14, 2012

Faith-Dugan-RI-PhotographerBrian and Kate share a classic ‘friendly turns romantic’ love story, as they both grew up in Rhode Island and spent years getting to know each other. The couple met in 2001, when they were juniors in high school on a community service trip to the Dominican Republic. The two were friends first for many years before they started dating, and despite having to endure a long distance relationship through college and graduate school, their relationship remained strong.

The couple had dated for about nine long years before their engagement in November 2010, and they were finally married July 2012. Currently, Brian and Kate are both physician assistants in Boston—Kate works for Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Brian works in the Emergency Room at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Faith-Dugan-Photographer-weddingWhen the time came for choosing a wedding venue, the beautiful harbor side Regatta Place was the only option that made perfect sense, being that both Brian and Kate had grown up spending a lot of time on the water. Since Brian is an avid fisherman, Kate’s florist Semia, suggested that she assemble a floral arrangement inside a vintage fisherman’s tackle box. Using the perfect antique tackle box found on Etsy, Semia created a beautiful arrangement that was displayed on the couple’s guestbook table. The guestbook, a framed custom wedding map that Brian and Kate also used for their “save-the-dates”, was another unique personalized touch that was signed by guests and is now hanging in their apartment. Seeking to include the full spirit of their families, the couple also displayed pictures of their parents, grandparents, and some great-grandparents on the front table—a special memorial honoring loved ones that could not be present at the wedding.

Faith-Dugan-PhotographerAs Kate reflects on a few of her favorite details of the wedding day, the unique  mode of guest transportation—the Newport Harbor Launch—comes to mind, as friends and family enjoyed cocktails while travelling across the harbor to Regatta Place. “I think it started off the night with a bang!” she recalls. “I loved seeing pictures of our friends having a ‘dark and stormy’ waiting for the night to begin!” While both Brian and Kate wanted to have a celebration that was special and romantic, they mostly wanted to have a relaxing and fun night with family and friends. True to their plans, the entire wedding experience was the perfect blend of formal and casual, starting with the informal family cookout the night before. And as the couple’s wedding night began to wind down, Brian and Kate along with close friends, changed into sweats and ordered a few pizzas to chat and continue the night. They had planned for an experience full of great company, food, and music, and after sorting through pictures of relatives age 6-92 with big smiles and loosened ties on the dance floor, they definitely accomplished their goal.



All Photos courtesy of Faith Dugan Photography

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Reception Location: Regatta Place
Caterer: Regatta Place
Linen Rental: Rentals Unlimited
Other Rentals: Jack Falvey Associates (uplighting in tent, couches/coffee tables/lanterns out on patio)
Florist: Flowers by Semia
Cake/Dessert: Scrumptions
Bridal Gown(s): Madeline’s Daughter – Jenny Yoo
Bridal Accessories : hair flower Etsy, sash Madeline’s daughter, necklace Kate Spade, shoes LuLu Townsend
Bridesmaids (retail store): various
Men’s Attire (retail store): The Tux Shoppe, ties/socks J.McLaughlin
Hair Stylist: Serai Beauty       Makeup: Serai Beauty
Wedding Bands/Engagement Ring: Bride’s – Single Stone , Groom’s – Place Jewellers
Invitations and Paper Products: invites: Bella Figura, programs: home made, save the date/guest book: Natty Michelle (etsy)
Favors: Dana Farber Cancer Institute Donations
Ceremony Music: Brick Park       Reception Music: Brick Park
Officiants: Danna Spencer
Transportation: Newport Trolley
Rehearsal Dinner Location/Caterer: The Mooring