An Elegant, Spring Wedding at the Old Stone Bank in Providence, Rhode Island

When you have a place like Providence, Rhode Island’s iconic Old Stone Bank to call home, an at-home wedding is a no-brainer. Alma Guerrero (28 and a

When you have a place like Providence, Rhode Island’s iconic Old Stone Bank to call home, an at-home wedding is a no-brainer. Alma Guerrero (28 and a physician) and Barrett Bready (38 and a biotech entrepreneur) knew from the get-go that there was no better place than their future home to celebrate with their families and friends and with the help of Couture Parties they managed to pull off an elegant spring event with undeniable flair, their rare architectural gem providing as a striking backdrop for the day. Playing up their unique venue was a must and the couple started by hiring artist Tom Gastel to create a custom invitation suite with a hand-drawn illustration of the Providence landmark to set the tone for the day. New England Invitations then carried the motif throughout the rest of the stationery to create a cohesive feel. Strategic uplighting highlighted the building’s impressive dome, while lush bunches of peach, coral and white blooms arranged by Flowers by Semia brought a fresh, garden-inspired feel to the stately space. While the day had an overall classic and sophisticated feel, Alma and Barrett made sure to incorporate plenty of elements that spoke to their personalities. The couple’s favorite dishes — Barrett’s mother’s chicken noodle soup and Alma’s favorite dessert, Snowballs in Hell from The Clarke Cooke House — added an unexpected dimension to the dinner menu, while a live mariachi band and a DJ pumping out endless dance hits kicked the festivities into high gear. The pair even incorporated a confetti cannon into the ceremony, showering guests with celebratory rose petals when their officiant and close friend announced them man and wife. A tip for the taking from Alma: “It’s easy to get caught in the details. Remember to step back and remember the wedding is about your commitment to each other. Everything else is extra.”

Flowers by Semia infused each reception table with an air of energy and life with vibrant arrangements of garden roses, anemones, ranunculuses, dahlias, sweet pea, hydrangeas and peonies in shades of peach, coral and white. The low-lying style allowed guests to converse with ease and allowed them to fully appreciate the venue’s intricate architecture.
With the help of Couture Parties, Alma and Barrett transformed their future home into the ultimate backdrop for their elegant celebrating. Wanting to highlight the building’s impressive period architecture, most notably its iconic domed ceiling, strategic, dramatic uplighting was key, as well as a palette of moss green, gold, peach and coral hues drawn from the building’s own color scheme.
Wanting unique stationery that would truly set the tone for the unforgettable event to come, Alma and Barrett looked to Tom Gastel to create a totally customized invitation suite with personal and local flair. “After looking online for ideas, we looked up at a drawing we have of the Old Stone Bank, our venue and home,” says Alma. “We decided to contact the artist and asked him to make our invitations with a little drawing of us. The RSVP cards had a drawing of the clock inside the building displaying the time of our wedding.”
The highlight of the evening was when the couple surprised guests, especially Alma’s family members who joined them from Mexico, with a live mariachi band right before dessert. “What began as a performance by the mariachis quickly evolved into a dance party,” says Alma.
It didn’t take long for Alma to find the perfect gown; in fact, it was the very first one she tried on. The Naeem Khan design was ideal for Alma’s petite frame and intricate, head-to-toe embroidery gave the dress a one-of-a-kind edge. “I am five feet tall and knew that a large dress wouldn’t not look good on my small frame,” says Alma, “so I ultimately decided on an A-line gown.” She paired the look with a custom veil made with the leftover fabric from her dress, classic pearl earrings and a diamond art deco bracelet, which complemented her vintage engagement ring.
For their ceremony, Alma and Barrett wanted to ensure that all of their guests felt included, so they asked their close friend and officiant Ruthie Rosenberg to deliver the entire ceremony in both English and Spanish. A harpist played softly during the processional, adding a whimsical touch to the proceedings, and after the couple was pronounced man and wife, confetti cannons showered the newlyweds and their guests in celebratory rose petals.
While the couple decided to allow the Old Stone Bank’s exquisite architecture speak for itself, they added a few extra touches to take the ceremony decor to the next level. The couple purchased an antique, wrought iron arch, which they planned to repurpose in their backyard, to serve as a focal point for the ceremony and had Flowers by Semia adorn it with an awe-inspiring arrangement of ivy, garden roses, orchids, ranunculuses and peonies.
While artist Tom Gastel took the reigns on the couple’s invitation suite, New England Invitations created the rest of the couple’s stationery, using the profile of the Old Stone Bank and a playful shade of mint green to give the decor a sense of cohesion.
Alma and Barrett took every opportunity to customize even the smallest of details for their wedding and the menu was no exception. Following a cocktail hour across the street at Hemenway’s Seafood Restaurant, where guests indulged in chilled champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and a raw bar with fresh, local seafood, dinner was served back at the Old Stone Bank. “We started with chicken soup made using Barrett’s mother’s recipe and ended with my favorite dessert, Snowballs in Hell, from The Clarke Cooke House in Newport, Rhode Island,” says Alma. And to accompany the meal, the pair served Spanish wine from Olite, Spain, where Barrett popped the question.
The wedding cake was a gilded four-tier confection with gold leaf detailing and ivory sugar flowers on each layer. Beneath the ivory buttercream frosting were three distinct flavors including vanilla sponge cake with heath bar filling, chocolate pound cake with butterscotch filling and chocolate sponge cake with pecan cookie dough.
Alma and Barrett went for a timeless, elegant aesthetic when it came to their tablescapes, dressing in tables in a palette of white, mint and peachy pink hues. Centerpieces were lush, though low, allowing conversation to flow with ease and a brightly lit tea lights infused each table with warmth and ambiance.
Never one to disappoint, Flowers by Semia designed a stunning arrangement of bright, romantic blooms for Alma to carry down the aisle. The beautiful bouquet featured classic flowers like garden roses, peonies and ranunculuses in shades of white, peach and coral pink, with a few clusters of sweet pea thrown into the mix for a light, floral fragrance.