Becca & Jesse’s Cozy and Fancy Mid-Century Dinner Party Wedding


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A warm, fancy, and a little quirky early 20th Century dinner — “like a party in your rich, crazy old aunt’s house” — was the mood and feel of Becca and Jesse’s intimate and gorgeous wedding at the historical Governor Henry Lippitt House in Rhode Island. Definitely not cookie-cutter and especially inspirational for those of you who just want a simple and cozy celebration filled with personal touches, excellent company and of course delicious food!

We have Yaritza Colon Photography to thank for the beautiful submission and here she is with a backgrounder on the event:

Becca and Jesse are the type of couple who love to entertain their friends and family with cocktails and different hor’duerves and their wedding largely reflected that in its ‘mid-century dinner party’ style. The wedding was held at a historical home in Providence, RI which had its own great charm within each of the rooms, and Becca spent months collecting old books and antiques to decorate each of the tables with. They did have a ‘first dance’ later in the night – but the dancing was not a focal point. Instead, they had a relaxed, multi course, 2 hour dinner and lots of mingling. Very laid back, but wonderful!

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Loving the elegant yet laid-back vibe of this wedding yet? Before I share the rest of the pics, I would like to introduce you to the lovely bride who’s here to tell you all about how she and Jesse got together:

I am a neuroscience professor and researcher, and Jesse is an attorney. We met in New York six years ago, and for our second date I convinced Jesse to call in sick so we could go to a daytime baseball game. Well, nothing creates a bond between two people like getting matching ridiculous sunburns, and so our fate was pretty much sealed that day.
For the past few years, Jesse and I have driven out to the lighthouse in Montauk, NY, on Christmas Day with a few of our closest friends and family. It’s always super cold and windy, but there’s something that’s just so magical about being on the beach when it’s all gray and wintery. In 2011, it was even more magical, because Jesse proposed! We then somehow didn’t mind the cold so much, as we ran around the beach telling everyone we’d just gotten engaged. We’ve recently relocated from New York to Boston, but I have a feeling the Montauk tradition will continue on.

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From this point on, Becca will describe the elements that made their wedding uniquely their own:

For the ceremony, much of the credit goes to our celebrant, Stacy Hill, who is Secular Humanist. Secular Humanism seemed like a good neutral middle ground for Jesse and I, who were raised Catholic and Jewish, respectively, but who don’t currently observe much beyond the major holidays. Stacy met with us several times, and over the course of the meetings helped us create a ceremony and set of vows that completely captured who we are and what our marriage meant to us. We also stole a few lines from Robb Stark’s wedding in Game of Thrones (apologies to George RR Martin), and took a few of our favorite traditions from Jewish weddings – the chuppah, the breaking of the glass, and the ketubah.

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Jesse and I love throwing dinner parties for our friends–decadent, multi-course affairs that last for hours. It was a no-brainer, then, that we wanted our wedding to have the feel of one of our intimate fetes, kicked up a notch or five. The moment we first stepped into the Governor Henry Lippitt House, our jaws just dropped, and we knew this was the place. Built in 1865, the mansion is simply exquisite, with so many stunning details that we hardly had to do any decorating at all. It has an ambience much like the “Clue” mansion, with rooms like the Drawing Room, Billiards Room, Library, and Dining Room. And though we weren’t anticipating any murders that evening, it fit our vision for a 1930s feel perfectly.

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For decorations, we had a few DIY details–I wanted each table to be unique and eclectic, and set out to make centerpieces by buying antique silver lots and old books on eBay. My mom made the terrariums with succulents she brought back on the plane from Austin, TX after a visit with my sister and my brand new nephew.  Before Miles was born (back in the days when she had a little free time), my sister made our gorgeous chuppah using lace from my grandmother’s wedding dress–last worn in 1942!

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There are SO MANY aspects to a wedding, and what matters most will be different for each couple. For some it’s the music, for others it’s the food, the ceremony, the flowers. Figure out what that is for you, and everything else will fall in place around it.  What we wanted most was to bring the people we love to this amazing house, and for everyone to eat and drink and get to know each other (since it was such a small group, most had never met!). We spent a lot of time putting together the perfect seating charts, and we knew we’d done it right when people kept thanking us at the end of the night for putting them at the “best” table.

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Parting words and some more advice from the newlyweds:

Weddings can get very expensive very fast, so again, figure out what you absolutely won’t sacrifice on, and then find ways to save on the other things. For us, the food was the centerpiece of the wedding, and we went all out with the menu and cocktail selection. But we cut costs by having the wedding on a Sunday evening instead of Saturday, which also meant we were able to book all the vendors we wanted on what was otherwise a very busy weekend (peak foliage season in New England). We also saved by not having a DJ or a band – we hired a string duet just for the ceremony, and then played a Spotify playlist of 1930s music for the rest of the evening, which was just perfect. And my dress, which I absolutely love, I found for literally 90% off the normal price at an off-the-rack store that sells sample gowns used in runway shows.

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Huge thanks to Yaritza for sending this lovely celebration my way, and congratulations to Becca and Jesse! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂

Photographer: Yaritza Colon Photography
Venue: Governor Henry Lippitt House, Providence RI
Hair & Makeup: Touch Salon
Cakes & Dessert: Fatulli’s
Caterer: Blackstone Catering
Florist: Blooming Blossoms
Officiant: Stacy Hill
Ceremony Musicians: Driftwood
Bride’s dress: Austin Scarlett for Kenneth Pool (bought off the rack at Vows in Watertown MA)
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Alfred Angelo and independent designer
Bride’s jewelry: vintage
Shoes: Arturo Chiang
Groom’s tux: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen’s tuxes: Kenneth Cole
Stationery: Invited Design on Etsy
Ketubah: Urban Collective on Etsy

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