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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Rhode Island Real Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Jacqui Cole Photography

In true rom-com fashion, Margot and Taylor fell in love while waiting for a train in New York City on New Year’s Eve. After getting engaged, there was only one spot in the world Margot could see herself getting married. “I had dreamt of getting married on Block Island since I was a little girl – it’s my happy place,” says the bride. “I introduced Taylor to the island the first summer we were dating and, luckily, he quickly fell in love as much as I did.”

The couple’s friends and family weren’t surprised by Margot and Taylor’s decision to host a destination wedding in Rhode Island, and the couple was joined by a whopping 225 guests. Interestingly, the couple’s wedding planner, Pure Luxe Bride, is based out of Charleston, South Carolina, but otherwise the couple hired all local vendors. “We took [our planners] out of their comfort zone to Block Island, where they found the most amazing New England vendors that transformed our wedding dreams into reality,” says Margot. “Working with such a talented team and local vendors made everyone involved in our wedding feel totally at ease throughout the entire weekend.”

The couple did an amazing job creating an event and atmosphere for their guests that brought their chosen destination to life. “We wanted the wedding to truly feel like Block Island – very summery, relaxed and unquestionably fun,” says the bride. “Every planning decision we made centered around making sure our guests got a real taste of Block Island and would have a great time while doing so!”

For the wedding ceremony, the couple kept things “short, sweet and simple,” and it took place on The Sullivan House’s lawn overlooking Great Salt Pond. What was the best part? “As soon as we were announced as ‘husband and wife,’ the boats in the marina erupted with horns! We were both beaming,” says Margot. The couple kept the lighthearted and fun atmosphere rolling throughout the night. “We left the wedding in the back of a vintage Land Rover…honking through town on the way to our after party,” recalls the bride. “We made sure the entire island knew we had just tied the knot!”

While the wedding had a fun and festive attitude from start-to-finish, the couple was sure to keep in mind the real reason for the weekend. “I suggested we write our own vows,” says Taylor. “I wanted our family and closest friends to understand why they were there in the first place – to witness the love we have for one another and the commitment we were promising each other.”

Vendors: Photographer: Jacqui Cole Photography; Wedding Planner: Pure Luxe Bride; Ceremony/Reception Site: The Sullivan House; Florist: The Local Bouquet; Stationery: Mulberry & Elm; Gown Designer: Alexandra Grecco; Groom’s Clothing Designer: Suitsupply; Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Lulus, BHLDN & Katie May; Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Mary MacGill Jewelry; Men’s Ties: Drake’s; Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: Suitsupply; Custom Linens: Courtland & Co.; Bride’s Veil Designer: Paloma Blanca; Veil Embroidery: Sicko Stitching; Bride’s Gown Topper: Jenny Yoo; Bride’s Shoes: Tabitha Simmons; Bride’s Earrings: Stephanie Gottlieb; Flower Girl Dress: Little Eglantine

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