A Romantic, Nautical Spring Wedding at Portsmouth Harbor Events in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Inspired by an old Hebrew verse that reads, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul,” Gina Menario (26 and a digital project manager) and Steven

Inspired by an old Hebrew verse that reads, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul,” Gina Menario (26 and a digital project manager) and Steven Shuleski (27 and a teacher) infused their wedding day in the historic city of Portsmouth, NH with playful nautical touches. Having grown up in Portsmouth, Gina loved the city’s rich history and convivial spirit and knew it would be the perfect spot to gather together their families and friends. “We love the nautical, historic environment of Portsmouth that is mixed with a modern and hip atmosphere,” says Gina. “We also loved the fact that everything was close together — the ceremony and reception venues, hotels and bars.” The day started with a traditional ceremony at South Church, an 1824 architectural gem, with high ceilings, ornate columns and a beautiful granite facade. The couple exchanged vows and took communion, then whisked guests off through the city’s cobblestone streets to Portsmouth Harbor Events for the reception. Romantic arrangements of soft blush blooms designed by F As in Flowers dotted the tables with dozens of candles filling the room with warm, ambient light. Gina and Steven chose a sea glass-inspired color palette of mint green, pale blue, blush and ivory to decorate the space and sent guests home with jars of homemade sea glass candy, both nods to the seaside locale.

Modern Diamond and Brushed White Gold Rings
Simple Pink Dahlia Cocktail Hour Centerpieces
No detail was overlooked when it came to the reception decor, with Gina and Steven incorporating their nautical theme into everything from the color palette to the favors and signs. To set their seats apart from the rest, the couple placed hand-painted signs on the backs of their chairs with playful sayings like “He’s my anchor,” and “She’s the wind in my sails.”
As a thank you to their friends and families for being present to celebrate their marriage, Gina and Steven sent guests home with jars filled with locally made sweets. The pint-sized vessels boasted colorful homemade sea glass candy and were decorated with personalized mint labels and dainty pastel bows.
The day started with a traditional ceremony at South Church in Portsmouth, NH, a early 19th century architectural gem made entirely from granite stone, a first in northern New England. Gina and Steven opted to incorporate a full mass into their ceremony, to highlight the importance of God in their marriage.
Portsmouth Harbor Events First Dance
Inspired by a verse from Hebrew that reads “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul,” Gina and Steven wove a nautical theme and “love anchors the soul” motif throughout the day. The wedding invitations introduced guests to the theme, a tabbed booklet design with a playful anchor logo and map backdrop.
After a dinner of cranberry chicken, grilled Atlantic salmon and seared pork chops, Gina and Steven treated guests to a slice of wedding cake. The four-tiered confection was decorated with fresh pink peonies and fondant draping and boasted espresso-flavored cake with chocolate buttercream.
Instead of a classic guest book, Gina and Steven decided to make their table numbers do double duty, writing each on a handcrafted, mint-colored book. Guests were able to write their well wishes and advice for the newlyweds inside the booklets, which the couple would later read on their corresponding anniversary.
To create a sense of cohesiveness from the ceremony to the reception, Gina and Steven dressed their wedding party in soft shades of mint and gray. The girls donned strapless lace dresses from David’s bridal and white heeled sandals, while the guys stepped out in classic gray suits with bright mint-colored ties.
F As in Flowers took care of all of the couple’s botanical needs, creating full, romantic arrangements of pale pastel blooms for each of the tables. Peonies, one of Gina’s favorite flowers, featured prominently in the centerpieces, bring a cheerful spring-inspired quality to the chic modern space.
Following the ceremony, guests headed to Portsmouth Harbor Events for a night of dinner and dancing. Cocktail hour kicked off the evening’s festivities with guests sipping on signature cocktails like margaritas and gin basils and indulging in a spread of bacon-wrapped scallops and lobster cucumber cups.
South Church Wedding Ceremony Processional
Silk Flower Aisle Arrangements
Textured Pink and White Spring Bridal Bouquet