Molly & Tim
Saint Romuald Chapel (Ceremony) & Farmhouse-By-The-Sea (Reception) in Matunuck, Rhode Island
June 10th, 2017
I'm a big believer that the place you choose to have your wedding should hold some sort of special significance to either you or your spouse.
Maybe it's a church you attend on a regular basis or a location in the city where you met. Perhaps it's even something as simple as a rustic barn that you feel symbolizes your folk some charm. Regardless, I truly believe that no matter WHERE you choose where you get married, there should be a WHY you chose to get married there.
And, in that way, Molly and Tim may have most other couples beat as their wedding ceremony at Saint Ramuald Chapel and reception at the beautiful Farmhouse-by-the-Sea in Matunuck, Rhode Island was as personal as it gets.
Growing up with her parents owning a home a block away from both locations– not to mention one of her first jobs being at Theater-By-the-Sea, Matunuck has always felt like home for Molly and it's hard to imagine a venue more suited to deliver on that comfort level for her wedding day than Farmhouse-by-the-Sea.
But, more importantly, Molly and Tim's choice of location helped shape the feel of their wedding day as the relaxed beach environment made for one of the most chill and casual weddings I've ever seen. Whether it was formal photos on South Kingstown Town Beach or a super smooth first dance inside a giant tent at the Farmhouse, this was a day where fun reigned supreme and there was no room for wedding stress.
It was exactly what this bride and groom always envisioned and everything they hoped for. In other words ... it was perfect.
I knew fairly early on what kind of day I was in for when I walked into bridal prep at the bed-and-breakfast for Farmhouse-by-the-Sea and saw two bridesmaids in bikinis and Molly writing her vows.
If there were any pre-wedding jitters, you'd never know it as the girls spent most of the hours leading into the ceremony relaxing in the sun and listening to music like you might do at any summer beach house.
It wasn't until Molly put her dress on that the day even remotely resembled a wedding day and that was by design. Molly was a low-stress kind of bride and her mood rubbed off on all of her girls to create a laid back vibe perfect for the normally stress-induced time before a wedding.
Molly's calm and cool demeanor was just a small taste of what was to come as her and Tim planned out a very relaxed summer-like wedding ceremony at a tiny chapel in remote Matunuck.
Matunuck is a tiny beach community in South Kingstown that is almost exclusively locals-only and, on this day, the bride and groom felt like the center of the town as their large crowd gathered at Saint Romuald for a traditional religious ceremony full of little personal touches for both Tim and Molly.
While I loved Tim and Molly's wedding ceremony, it's what followed next that had me laughing all the way to formal photos as the bride and groom exited the chapel in one of the most unique ways I've ever seen: By riding bicycles out of the large crowd that gathered to wish them well and heading off to our next stop all by themselves. Talk about a grand exit.
Tim and Molly's formal photo session was, without a doubt, one of the most unique I've ever seen. Because it took place in Matunuck, where everything is essentially a stone's throw away from everything else, we were able to hit three separate locations in a span of one hour.
After starting at Molly's parent's home in the area, we visited South Kingstown Town Beach and finished up at a random home (literally random) that we saw while driving and scoping out the area two days earlier.
It was a rapid-fire kind of formal session but the perfect one for this bride and groom, who wanted to get to their party more than they wanted to sit in front of the camera.
I love the results regardless as the change in scenery really made for great results.
I can't really blame Tim and Molly for wanting to get to their reception so badly ... I know I'd feel the same way if I was planning to steal the show with the kind of amazing first dance these two pulled off.
Set to "You & Me" by Dave Matthews Band, Tim and Molly kicked their reception off in the perfect way with an incredibly well done first dance that had them utilizing the entire dance floor and moving like they've been doing this for years.
This dance was so good that I could have sworn they practiced it for weeks ... only for Molly to tell me later that it was completely improvised and that they dance around their kitchen spontaneously all the time.
It really was an incredible moment that both I, and their guests, loved every second of.
After their big first dance, the night was just getting started for Tim and Molly.
Not only would the groom serenade his bride for all to see but the two would have a pair of touching parent dances, hit the dance floor by themselves again and go outside for one last bit of formal photos (see the cover photo of this blog) before really cutting loose for all to see with a wild reception that had everyone crowding the dance floor from the first to last song of the night.
Young or old, it didn't matter at TIm and Molly's reception as the live band had EVERYONE moving in the giant tent.
It was a sight to see, especially once the groom really let loose and rocked out.
All in all, I'm not quite sure if Tim and Molly's wedding could have gone much better. I know it certainly was perfect for the bride and groom and, at that end of the day, that's really all that matters.
By the time the final song played and the crowd began to disperse, I could tell everyone lucky enough to attend this early summer bash had left all their energy on the dance floor.
Tim and Molly planned a perfect event that fully took advantage of the absolute gorgeous beach community around them and, perhaps more so than any couple I've ever worked with before, really dove head-first into the idea of making their wedding day all about them.
There was no stress on this day, no crazy nerves. Instead, it was a party to celebrate a love story that was starting its next chapter and if that doesn't inspire the romantic in you, I simply don't know what would.
Tim and Molly's wedding was one to remember. I'm just glad I was there with camera in hand to document it.
So congrats Tim and Molly. If your marriage is half as exciting as your wedding day was, you're in for quite a ride!
Tags: Saint Romuald Chapel, Farmhouse-by-the-Sea, Rhode Island Weddings, Outdoor Weddings, Tent Weddings, Paul J. Spetrini Photography
The Vendor List
Photographer: Paul J. Spetrini (Paul J. Spetrini Photography); Hair & Make-up: Flawless Beauty Bar; Molly's Dress: Theia, Neiman Marcus; Molly's Veil: JJ's House; Molly's Shoes: Guess, Macy's; Molly's Earrings: Loren Hope, Nordstrom; Tim's Suit: Ralph Lauren, K&G Fashion Superstore; Tim's Tie: Custom Kennebunk Map, Bowtie.com; Ceremony Location: Saint Romuald Chapel in Matunuck, Rhode Island; Reception Venue: Farmhouse-by-the-Sea in Matunuck, Rhode Island; Tent Rental: Newport Tent Company; Tent Lighting & Decoration: Exquisite Events; Florist: Sayles Livingston Design; Live Music: Silver Arrow Band; Catering: Tom's Market; Rhode Island Hot Weiner Cart: Lil' Rhody; Photo Cutout: Amelia Wilson; Portable Restroom: C & S Portable Restrooms; Rehearsal Dinner Food Truck: Z Food Truck; Rehearsal Dinner Beer: Grapes & Gourmet
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