The Meet Cute
Anthony grew up in North Attleboro Massachusetts and I grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts. We met at Bridgewater State University. Anthony had class with two of my friends Luke and Dave and they introduced Anthony and I one night while we were out at a local bar called Bogarts. Anthony won me over with his dance moves and the rest was history!
We were together for 4 years before we were engaged. He surprised me at my family’s Christmas Eve party and popped the question.
Our theme and aesthetic developed overtime. I think it was the combination of finding my dress and the venue where it all came together and I wanted to go with a timeless and elegant theme/vibe!
We loved that we could bring in all of our own vendors [at the Providence G]! A lot of the other venues we toured required you to use all of their vendors. Being able to bring in our own vendors gave us the freedom to do what we wanted and stay within our budget!
Anthony’s best friend, who was a groomsman, went to college with [Shelby’s] husband. She did a photoshoot for them and we loved everything about her photography. We asked to be put in contact with her and we were so happy when she said she was available for our wedding!
Anthony: As Ariel was walking down the aisle I thought to myself I get to marry my best friend and the love of my life.
Ariel: I was so emotional I couldn’t believe the day was finally here. It was all so surreal to have everyone there to share in our love and join us on our special day.
We wrote our own vows – we each took time separately to write them without the other around. We would highly recommend writing your own vows. It is very emotional but we both agree that it was a special moment and the best part of our day. One piece of advice we have is to practice saying them outloud and possibly make a few drafts.
The Cultural Elements
I wanted to add a cultural aspect to my wedding since I am part Chinese. The significance of a lion dance at a wedding is to bless the couple in order for them to have a long and happy marriage. The dress was my aunt’s who wore the same exact one at her wedding! The red dress symbolizes good luck, happiness, and prosperity.
On the day of our wedding we realized that I forgot to get flower petals for the flower girls to throw while they walked down the aisle. The coordinators at Ballroom at the Providence G were so accommodating! They searched high and low for something that they could use and ended up finding petals and saved the day! I can’t thank them enough!
Our favorite moment was having all of our closest friends and family under one roof being able to celebrate our love together and dancing the night away.
Plan early! If you are thinking of booking something but are unsure, do it! We are so thankful we got the big things booked right away and didn’t have to stress about it down the road. That way you can focus on the smaller things as it gets closer.
Photographer: Simone Plus Photography | Ceremony & Reception: Ballroom at the Providence G | Officiant: Jennifer Rego (Bespoke Ceremonies) | Hair: Kelly Saverse of Salon Capri | Makeup: Samantha Matos | Bride’s Dress: Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Suit & Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Carl Anthony Tuxedo | Catering: Emery’s Catering | Cake: Made by the groom’s uncle | Donuts: Allie’s Donuts | Flowers: Donna Hurst | Reception Music: DJ Valentina | Stationery: Minted | Signage: Made by the bride | Rings: Long’s Jewelers | Drapery Rentals: Drape Art Designs | Videography: HarborView Video