Rainy Rhode Island Wedding: Katherine & Craig {Sarah Rhoads Photography}

Side note - our For Japan With Love fundraiser was last night. I am still smiling and my cheeks hurt. That’s how awesome it was. I got the biggest hug from my lovely friends of Utterly Engaged. Like, the biggest hug ever. So happy inside and can’t wait to share more. Until then…

Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain ~Author Unknown

Is that not the best quote ever? I pretty much love it {totally crediting the amazing photographer, Sarah Rhoads, on finding it} and it perfectly describes today’s rainy Rhode Island wedding. I think most brides will agree that they have a tiny fear in the back of their mind that it might rain on their wedding day… but Katherine and Craig completely embraced the rain, and what better excuse to rock a gorgeous pair of turquoise Hunter wellies?

From Katherine, the bride: Our wedding took place at Castle Hill Inn in Newport, RI. We picked Newport because we had some of our first dates there. I went to school in Bristol, RI and Craig was living in NH. Our first date included driving around the Newport mansions and site seeing.

Craig and I are both designers and photographers so we wanted to create lots of details that reflected who we are. Craig designed the invitation suite and our friend letter pressed them for us.

When it came to centerpieces we wanted to do something besides flowers. My mom and I spent about a year going to antiques stores searching for candelabras.  Each table had a different piece with votive candles on them.  We found out 2 days before the wedding we weren’t going to be able to use the tall tapper candles we had planned on. (due to the fire code) Our florist came to the rescue with low votives! We also had bright pink votives with flower petals on the table too.

I wanted to jazz up the tables a little more than just the linens the venue provided. I found burlap to make runners with. This was a great solution because burlap is not expensive. I stenciled and painted a ring a hearts in the center, which matched the hearts on the initiations.  We had my dad create table numbers out of wood and then we painted them. I loved how the tables looked! My mom also made us Mr and Mrs signs from burlap for our chairs.

For the place cards we bought some cute paper off Etsy and hand wrote the names. We glued a cute button to each card. We found a great sandwich board at Homegoods a week or so before the weddings and decided to clip the papers on it. Another paper product we made was drink stirrers. We used photos from our engagement session and attached them to wooden stirrers.

Our bridal parties lived all over the country. We wanted getting dresses and suits to be easy for everyone. My girls and I did lots of emailing and found great dresses online, which everyone was able to order. They all bought their size so no alterations needed! The guys went to Men’s Warehouse since they have locations everywhere. As we were planning the wedding we kept laughing because so many items were purchases online and at discount websites. It took a little more searching than just going to one bridal shop, but it was so worth it!

When we woke up on the wedding day the sun was shinning and it was perfect weather. As the day went on the clouds and rain came in. We didn’t let it bother us or stop us from going outside and taking photos! I put on my Hunters and we went for it! I’m so glad we did, I love our photos even more with the rain. Sarah + Chris (Photographers) and Drew + Ben (Videographers) were so amazing and trekked out in the rain with us.  I would tell Brides to not worry about the weather, just embrace it! You are able to celebrate and have an amazing day no matter what’s going on outside so there is no need to worry. During our ceremony there were really loud fog horns going off. It felt so Newport and added so much charm.

Our final detail that was actually the first thing we had planned was the favors. Our last name is Henry so we gave each guest an Oh Henry bar on his or her plate. The candy was what inspired the yellow and brown color theme. They were a hit!

Aren’t these two just the cutest? I think the rain was in their favor on this one!

You can also see their wedding teaser video here.

Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Short Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller (purchased on Rue La La.com)
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Veil:  Bride made it!
Bridal bracelet (worn at reception): Haute Bride Design
Bridesmaid Dresses: Kay Unger (purchased online at smartbargains.com)
Grooms Suit: John Varvatos (purchased from Gilt.com)
Groom’s men Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Cake Topper: Cotton Bird Design
Flowers: Country Cottage
Bridal/Bridesmaid Makeup: Jessica Taylor
Videographers: Cana Video Production
Photographers: Sarah Rhoads Photographers
Boots: Hunter (purchased from Bloomingdales)

  • Steph {bubblerock} says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    I love this wedding. And most specifically because I love Katherine’s photography. It was great to feature their work on my blog recently. It’s nice to see them in front of the lens… Beautiful wedding. The rain gives it that much more emotion and character!

  • Jenna says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful! I love the rain! i am someone who would rather a rainy day over a sunny one. This would be my dream wedding! And the rain boots are AWESOME! The color is perfect and really makes these photos work!


  • Diana says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    So romantic and sweet! My new favorite commerical is the one for the car company with the song about “I Love the Rain” and they run to the car! She is just so adorable in those blue rainboots and her bouquet is just so beautiful, love the soft colors.

  • Kristin @ Bona Fide Bride says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    This wedding is fabulous! Aside from my completely unreasonable Hunter addiction, I have to say that the ‘Mrs.’ chair steals my heart. And anyone from New Hampshire {groom} is automatically awesome.

  • Kate/MagnoliaRouge says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Their invite is delightful!!! And yeh I’m all over the rainy day images right now. Love Sarah & Chris’s work!!

  • Shannon says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    oh my. rain never looked more romantic.

  • Kristina @ K5 Becomes a Bride says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    love love love.

  • Sharrone Calafiore says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Love this so much! Now everyone is going to pray for rain on their wedding day! LOL!

  • lucinda says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Love Love the Burlap on the chairs!!!!!

  • Katherine Henry says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing out wedding! It was such a perfect day and I love reliving it through our photography and wedding film! :)

  • HiLLjO says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Oh the buttons!!! I LOVE buttons!

  • Jessica says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Those boots are fabulous! I think the rain made for some gorgeous photos, what an adorable couple. :)

  • Koru Kate says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Rain can be so dreamy & romantic, as these fabulous photos clearly show! Such beauty.

  • Spun Sugar Suite says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    The buttons on the place cards are adorable, as is the couple! That aqua pop of color is terrific. I love how it show up in so many elements throughout the shoot!

  • Shawna Gohel says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Love those boots. AH-dorable!

  • Jill@TeenageBride says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    I love the soft colors of her bouquet, I think the rain made for a gorgeous natural backdrop!!

  • bijouxbride says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Beautiful wedding, the rain makes it so atmospheric! The invite with the twine knot is just perfect - it reminds me of my mother-in-law saying ‘a wet knot never slips’

  • Claire says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    I need those turquoise wellies, and I need them now :)

  • Laura *You Stir Me* says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    awww, i love the little blue sailboat at the bottom of their invite! Adorable. Obviously the turquoise rain boots have my heart and my groom almost wore the same tie her hubby did - it looks good on him! I love a couple who can embrace whatever the day brings - the lighthouse shots are beautiful!!!

  • postcards and pretties says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    what a lovely wedding…her wellies are awesome!! Can’t wait to hear more about For Japan with Love

  • Nicole says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    I’ve heard it’s good luck if it rains on your wedding day…

  • Lena says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    I’m swooning over all this loveliness! Those flowers-how gorgeous!

  • Melina says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    How lovely! Rain can be a good thing on a wedding I suppose when you see these photos!

  • Alicia @CharityWedding says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    That bouquet is beautiful and of course the boots are fabulous! But obviously my favorite are the burlap chair sashes!

  • Nikki {Perptually Engaged} says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    I LOVE her Hunters! I haven’t seen them in that color. What a beautiful wedding. I need to remember that quote and perhaps dance in the rain a little more often? I certainly do my fair share of walking the dogs in it ;)

  • Chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    Love those wellies! Congrats on the success on the fundraiser! Wish I could have been there.

  • paloma says on April 27, 2011 Reply

    now this is how you work a plan b! such a happy, smiling couple :)

  • RIWeddingGuide.com says on April 28, 2011 Reply

    Love the rain boots - they bring a splash of color to the bride’s attire! Very creative with the floral place cards and green with the chair sashes. Beautiful wedding!

  • Aleah + Nick Valley says on April 28, 2011 Reply

    Anything Sarah and Chris touch is just pure magic. They captured a rainy day and made it so magical. We can’t wait for two upcoming summer weddings we have with them!

  • Kristi says on April 28, 2011 Reply

    Oh this is just darling! Love her bright hunters! The rain does make it magical…it wraps them up in their own little world ~ and yay for them for embracing it and smiling!!!


  • Steph says on April 28, 2011 Reply

    These pictures actually make me feel a bit better about the possibility of rain on our wedding day ;) I want those boots in the exact color!

  • Liesl says on April 28, 2011 Reply

    Loving the rain boots and they work just perfectly with the weather…plus, they say rain is good luck!

    Liesl :)

  • erin * sparkle & hay says on April 28, 2011 Reply

    they are so sweet & adorable!!!!! & i LOVE all of those great burlap details!!!

  • Chris says on April 29, 2011 Reply

    Gorgeous wedding. The boots are really cute.

  • Kelly says on May 1, 2011 Reply

    I would 100% wear rain boots at my wedding - this is beautiful!

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