A Nautical Wedding at the Oceancliff Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island

Katie Pence (26 and an IT project manager) and Alan Zacarias (27 and a software engineer) planned an intimate affair with a classic, nautical aestheti

Katie Pence (26 and an IT project manager) and Alan Zacarias (27 and a software engineer) planned an intimate affair with a classic, nautical aesthetic and an ivory, blush navy and sage color palette for their late October wedding. “Alan and I wanted our wedding to be an extension of our home; warm and inviting,” says Katie. “We paid special attention to detail by making the invitations and favors ourselves and incorporating any other personal touches we could think of.”

To maximize their time with family and friends, hosted the celebration at the Oceancliff, which allowed them to have the ceremony and reception at the same location. Newport itself was a significant choice for the pair, who shared their first vacation together in the seaside town. “We fell in love with its historical charm and it became our go-to weekend vacation destination,” says Katie. “Once we were engaged, we couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else because of all the special memories we made on our trips there.”

The day started with a ceremony on the seaside lawn, with Katie and Alan exchanging vows as the sunset over the sparkling expanse of dark blue water. They incorporated a wine ceremony into the proceedings, for which they wrote love letters and sealed in a customized wooden box with a bottle of wine to be opened on their five-year anniversary.

The newlyweds and their guests headed indoors for the reception, where they danced to the sounds of pop, Latin and classic tunes. Katie and Alan gave a special speech to their parents and even dedicated a dance to them with their wedding song.

A tip for the taking from Katie and Alan: “Enjoy every moment planning the wedding and especially the wedding day itself. It will be over in the blink of an eye, so soak it all up as much as possible.”

Elegant Custom-Designed Invitations with Nautical Flair
Oceancliff Seaside Lawn Ceremony
Romantic Ivory and Blush Rose Bouquet With Succuelents
White Dahlia and Astilbe Milk Glass Centerpieces
Wine Unity Ceremony
Oceancliff Ballroom Reception
Two-Tier Wedding Cake With Dahlias and Anemones
Oceancliff Ballroom First Dance
Navy A-Line Jim Hjelm Bridesmaid Gowns