Newport Nuptials: It’s All in the Details

We had a vision of our wedding right from the start. We wanted a laid-back atmosphere that invited our guests to have fun, but we also didn’t want to lose sight of the meaning of the day.

We included many personal touches to share our story. I started the DIY projects to save money, but these little projects ended up shaping the entire feel of our wedding day; from the very first DIY, our save the dates, all the way to the thank you notes we sent weeks after the wedding was over.


personal photos

The Starfish motif was on almost everything. It kind of came about by accident. When I was designing our wedding website, I liked the option with a starfish design best, then I just kind of continued to use it on everything else. I like that we had one element that tied everything together.

The starfish motif was included on all of our paper products including save the dates, invitations, thank yous, escort cards, cocktail napkins and out of town bags. I chose to DIY almost all of the paper products of our wedding. I’ve always been into crafts and the wedding was a fun way to show this side to our guests. I had fun coming up with cohesive elements, but adding a different twist to each one.


Top 4 photos, personal photos

We tried to include our love for our alma mater (the place we met) in details throughout the day. We took photos on campus, Mr. Starfish wore a tie with the school’s insignia, the processional at the ceremony was to “Salve Regina,” we included a sign that says “There’s no place like Salve,” and we held our reception at the ABC, which overlooks the Salve campus.


Along with the “There’s no place like Salve” sign, we also purchased a “Just Married in Newport” sign, and we displayed another sign Mr. S had purchased for me as a birthday present a year back stating, “The rest of your life begins today.”

Instead of having a traditional guestbook, we made postcards. Some included engagement photos from our photographer, David Bibeault.

We had different layouts on the back, some asked for advice, others asked specific questions, and some left room for general well wishes.

My mother has been mailing the postcards to us sporadically and will continue to do so throughout our first year of marriage.

It’s so fun to receive these and relive our wedding long after it is over.

We left a postcard at each guest’s place setting with a note on the back of the table number asking them to “drop us a line,” with the image of an anchor on a string. Mr. Starfish loves fishing and boating, so it was a fun way to include his hobby.

We continued with the nautical feel in the favors by purchasing “Shuckies” (a N.E. produced shell shaped fortune cookie) and personalized them with a thank you to our guests on one side and on the back we wrote “Your lucky numbers: 10.2.10,” which was our wedding date.

When it came to flowers, I wanted to go classic.

We went with all white flowers. I just love the way the white popped against the navy!

Little Starfish got a mini version of my bouquet.

Flowers by Broadway Florists

We had similar thoughts with the cake; we wanted simple and classic.

cake by Konditor Meister

It was fun finding little ways to represent ourselves and our relationship throughout the day. I loved that part of the planning process. It sometimes stressed me out during planning, but I do miss the many creative opportunities a wedding brings.

What’s the vibe of your wedding? Do you have one element tying everything together?

*Unless notes, all photos by David Bibeault


Mrs. Starfish

Wedding Date:
October 2010
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  1. Member
    Melini 1078 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:49 pm

    Gorgeous! You really nailed what I was trying for…so many thoughtful details that wouldn’t go unnoticed, but that wouldn’t be busy or overdone either.

    (We’re a James and Melissa couple too.)

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:11 pm

    Loved your nautical touches as well as the classic cake!

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    Zinzerena 4207 posts, Honey bee @ 2:11 pm

    So beautiful! Everything goes together perfectly! And LOVE the starfish and anchors!!!!

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    crystalirene 364 posts, Helper bee @ 2:14 pm

    Your details are so simple yet classic. I loved it! It all came together very nicely.

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    pookiepie 317 posts, Helper bee @ 2:33 pm

    you incorporate all your details perfectly on your wedding day! I loved it all how it came together! you did a great job!

  6. cardigan Member
    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 2:33 pm

    I love all of your details – they came together beautifully!

  7. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:54 pm

    I absolutely love how your details look together! You did an amazing job incorporating them into your wedding! And, how did I miss those pretty oval labels on your save the dates? They’re perfect!

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 3:00 pm

    Did you have the sauce on the side?

  9. cola Member
    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:28 pm

    Sigh! So many gorgeous details!

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    alvina 807 posts, Busy bee @ 6:52 pm

    Love your details!! :]

  11. macarons Member
    macarons 241 posts, Helper bee @ 9:03 pm

    Everything is so cohesive and lovely! Little Starfish is adorable, did you have the dress custom made?

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    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:30 pm

    @Miss Macarons: No, I randomly found it on an online stationery website and fell in love with it. They did give options for monogram fonts, but it was a steal for a flower girl dress.

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:07 pm

    I love how all your details came together: nautical perfection!

  14. ostrich Member
    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:18 am

    SWOON. the nautical wedding gods would be proud – your wedding details are STELLAR. you never cease to amaze me, S. :)

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:13 pm

    You had so many lovely details–the line and anchor embellishment is phenomenal!

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    weddingstars2012 479 posts, Helper bee @ 9:05 am


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    seasidesmitten 26 posts, Newbee @ 4:52 pm

    I love all the details! You did such a great job with all of your DIYs! Love everything :) So happy for you!

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 12:17 pm

    I looooove your details :)

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