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The Wedding of Christina and Ian took place at  Providence Biltmore Wedding, The Dorrance Wedding, Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Wedding.  The following is in their own words.

Our Wedding Ceremony was at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, a Gothic Revival Cathedral built before the turn of the last century and on the National Register of Historic Places.

We took our wedding pictures in the Cathedral, as well as the Rhode Island State House, which is a beautiful turn-of-the-century neoclassical building on the National Register of Historic Places, featuring the 4th largest self-supported marble dome in the world.

The Wedding Reception was at the Dorrance, a restaurant and event space housed in what used to be the Union Trust Company Building, an opulent turn-of-the-century federal reserve bank, which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

FAVORITE IMAGE AND WHY: Our favorite image would have to be the black and white infrared image of us kissing on the steps of the Statehouse. Those who we’ve shown this picture to are in awe of it and have remarked how they think it is one of the best wedding pictures they have ever seen and we completely agree.  We just love it!  We think the black and white makes it formal, classic and timeless (exactly what we were going for with our wedding look overall) and the infrared imaging just makes it that much more dramatic and visually stunning.

GROOM’S TUXEDOIan wore his own slim-fit wool shawl collar tuxedo. His patent leather tuxedo shoes were Gucci and a gift from his best man, Raj.

GROOMSMEN: Ian had two best men: his brother Brendan, and his friend since childhood, Raj, who is like a brother, and delivered quite an impressive, memorable and humorous toast/presentation during the reception. Ian’s other 6 groomsmen were some of his best friends from home and college: Zachary, Bill, Mike, Alec, Peer, and Chris. The groomsmen wore their own tuxes and Ian gave them silk pocket squares and purple and black argyle dress socks to go with our color scheme and unify their looks.

FLOWERS: Golden Gate Studios did our flowers and Jay Lane and his staff were amazing! I had a gorgeous, big, round bouquet of white Cymbidium Orchids with purple throats, purple and white Picasso Calla Lilies, white Hydrangeas, white Stock, purple Lisianthus, edged underneath with green Hypericom.  The Bridesmaids carried round clutches of Picasso Calla Lilies, white Tibet Roses, lavender Lisianthus, edged with green Hypericom. For the ceremony and reception we had Gold Candelabras with white and lavender Roses, white Hydrangea, purple and burgundy Stock, lavender Wax flower, Picasso Calla Lilies and green ivy cascading down. We also had low gold urns filled with matching floral accented with ivy.

GOWN: I really wanted a dress that channeled timeless, iconic style, and probably tried on over a hundred dresses in Rhode Island, Boston, London and New York before finding “the one.” I chose the Catherine gown from Alyne by Rivini: a semi-cathedral length Corded Chantilly Lace gown, lined with Tulle. It featured a deep sweetheart v-neckline, a low scooping back lined with Corded Chantilly lace buttons, scalloped lace edging, and a modified trumpet flare drop waist.

THEME: Our color scheme for the Wedding was predominantly shades of aubergine / eggplant, ivory, gold, and splashes of burgundy.  We did not have an overall theme, per se, but wanted our Wedding to reflect a sense of timeless, classic, elegance and formality.  As such, the festivities for our wedding weekend took place in local landmark buildings with a nod to the area’s illustrious past, particularly during the Gilded Age/Pre-Great Depression Era. We had our Rehearsal Dinner at Local 121, the site of a former speakeasy in what was then the old Dreyfus Hotel. Our guests stayed at the Biltmore Hotel, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and designed by the same architects as the famous Grand Central Station in New York City.  Our Wedding Ceremony was at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, a Gothic Revival Cathedral built before the turn of the last century and on the National Register of Historic Places.  We took our wedding pictures in the Cathedral, as well as the Rhode Island State House, which is a beautiful turn-of-the-century neoclassical building on the National Register of Historic Places, featuring the 4th largest self-supported marble dome in the world.  And, of course, the Wedding Reception was at the Dorrance, a restaurant and event space housed in what used to be the Union Trust Company Building, an opulent turn-of-the-century federal reserve bank, which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

BRIDESMAIDSMy Bridesmaids wore plum tea-length strapless sweetheart lace dresses with black satin shoes. I gave them hand-made gold and amethyst earrings I found on Etsy.  My Maid of Honor was my sister, Jacqueline, along with my oldest friend from home, Tiffany. My other 6 bridesmaids were my friends from college, Christine, Katie, Erin and Sheila, my friend and roommate from law school, Christina, and my friend from home, Lyla. My bridesmaids were great, from helping me get ready, reapplying my lipstick periodically, bustling my dress, and even giving me a foot massage at the end of the night!

CAKE: Our cake came from Sin Bakery in Providence. We had a simple three-tier cake with elegant scroll-work and fresh flower accents. For flavors, we chose carrot cake with cream cheese (our favorite), Guinness chocolate with Guinness buttercream and vanilla with vanilla buttercream. There were cupcakes available for our guests with dietary restrictions as well, including gluten-free hazelnut with vanilla buttercream, gluten-free chocolate spice with vanilla buttercream and gluten-free/dairy-free vegan pink champagne with champagne “buttercream.”

MEMORABLE MOMENT: One of the most memorable moments of the wedding, at least for me, was the time we spent in the old bank vault as soon as we arrived at the reception.  The whole day really goes by so fast and is such a blur, but this was a nice moment to catch our breath, reflect, have a glass of champagne and some appetizers, and let it really sink in that we just got married!  When I used to work at this venue in college, I had so often wondered what it was like for the brides and grooms in those moments when they came in to the vault before joining their guests at the reception.  And now that was us!  Looking back to the memories I had of that very spot, long before I was a bride myself, the many months of planning that went into our own wedding, in conjunction with the realization that we had just gotten married and still had the whole reception to look forward to, just made me feel very present in that moment and aware that this was something I would never forget.

FOOD: The Dorrance is a globally inspired farm-to-table restaurant and we were spoiled for choice and quality when selecting our menu. Chef Massimiliano Mariotta was great to work with and executed everything to perfection. We chose hors d’oeuvres based on some of our favorite food items that reflected our respective backgrounds (me growing up in Rhode Island and Ian growing up in India and Southeast Asia). We served lobster rolls on a brioche bun, clam cakes and clam chowder “shooters,” arancini topped with marinara, Asian pork ribs with toasted sesame and cilantro, and chicken tikka masala satay.  We also had a Harvest Table with an assortment of cheeses, fresh fruit, cracker & crostini accompaniments and an antipasti station with a selection of Italian meats, assorted grilled vegetables, marinated mushrooms, artichoke hearts, olives, pepperoncinis and stuffed cherry peppers.

For dinner, we served a fresh meadow green salad with shaved vegetables from the Chef’s own farm and a choice of risotto with fresh vegetables, a potato encrusted halibut with cognac cream sauce or a filet mignon with classic béarnaise sauce, which were served with a bundle of petite vegetables and whipped purple potatoes.

 

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