Ok, so we have established that the theme or general feeling of our wedding is New England Coastal. So now I am really going to throw a wrench in the mix.
Our wedding is being held at Fort Adams State Park, a Civil War era fort on a peninsula just off of Newport with gorgeous views of the Narragansett Bay. As you may recall, I was able to get the date I wanted, and a discount on the rental, because it was the same weekend as the Civil War reenactment weekend.
The reenactment takes place all weekend long – the fort is open to visitors until 5:00pm on Saturday, but after that the reenactors stay in the fort overnight and then the fort re-opens in the morning. Our wedding ceremony starts at 5:00pm on the North Lawn which is outside the fort and on the complete opposite side of the fort from the entrance gates. I am not too worried about noise from the reenactors, because, well, they won’t have much to make noise with if they are truly reenacting, which I believe they are based on what my site contact tells me and based on photos from prior years.
So…what is my actual point you ask? Well, on top of the New England Clambake concept, Mr. Corn and I have decided to have some of the reenactors participate in the wedding. Specifically, since my father is handicapped and the walk for me from the fort to the wedding ceremony area is about 50 yards, we have decided to have some of the reenactors escort me from the fort to the top of the aisle where my dad will meet me. We are also going to have them act as ushers since Mr. Corn only has his BM and 1 groomsman (his brother and father). Lastly, we have decided that at the moment we are announced as husband and wife, we are going to have the reenactors light a cannon.
A cannon. Oh…and to really make the whole thing as circus-esque as possible, we are using Revolutionary war reenactors…you know…because their uniforms are prettier. Here are some pics from a wedding last year at the fort where the bride and groom did the same thing. They actually walked over to the cannon and lit it, but Mr. Corn and I are just going to stay where we are and let the professionals deal with the firearms!
**Pictures by Ron Heroux