Claudia Henning & Adam Cumby September 10, 2016

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:30am

Claudia: 27, from Columbus, OH
Adam: 28, from Swarthmore, PA

Now Reside in: Swarthmore, PA



The Details
Ceremony & Reception: Rose Farm Inn
Catering: Block Island Gourmet
Rehearsal Dinner & Catering: At groom’s family house with a Lobster Bake by Block Island Gourmet
Décor & Lighting: Ryan Designs 
Wedding Planner: Summer Sisters
Flowers: La Bella Rose
Cake: Block Island Cakes 
Photographer: Snap! Photography
Music:  Personal Touch Ceremonies
Favors: Blocks of Fudge and Pop on the Block



Before the Ring and Proposal
Claudia and Adam met during college at Ohio Wesleyan University. After dating for almost 3 years, the couple graduated and did one year of a long-distance relationship before Adam moved back to Columbus, Ohio and into their first apartment together. On a trip to the island to celebrate 4th of July with Adam’s whole family , Adam proposed to Claudia at the Painted Rock. As soon as they approached the rock, Claudia knew what was happening and started crying. Adam got down on one knee and proposed.  

Block Island Because......
“We chose Block Island not only for its uniqueness and scenic beauty but especially for how meaningful it is to us personally. Adam’s brother was married at The Sullivan House and his sister, at the Cushman House. He and his family have been going to the island for 25 years. When I was first introduced to Block Island, I knew right away that not only did I want to share in his family tradition, but it is such a special place that I wanted to share it with my family and all of our friends as well.”

The Day and Design
With a slight twist in tradition, Adam and Claudia both walked down the aisle with both of their parents. The intimacy of the ceremony made it special for the couple.  The reception was held under a large tent at Rose Farm Inn. Highlights included the first dance to Elton John’s “Your Song”, the toasts given by Father of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, Best Man and Maid of Honor. Dancing was definitely the highlight during the reception — the dance floor was packed and everyone was dancing. Favors were beautiful glass ornaments from Blocks of Fudge that were filled with sand, shells, and had “Block Island” printed on them — plus the ornaments could be put to use just in time for the holidays. The couple created a popcorn and fudge table, set up around the Rose Farm fire pit with lanterns, and pashminas for post-reception festivities.
The Wedding Weekend
With a tropical storm that had cancelled the boats for three days the weekend before, the weather could not have been better to kick off Claudia and Adam’s wedding events at a casual cocktail party held at one of the rental houses. A welcome dinner for all of the guests was held the night before the wedding at the Cumby’s home. With a tent in the yard, everyone gathered for a lobster bake. A brunch was held on Sunday in the reception tent at the Rose Farm Inn — a nice place to gather together before the weekend came to a close. The omelet station was big hit! Adam and Claudia agree that the most unique thing about their wedding was the location. The majority of their family and friends had never been to Block Island before — so that made everything very unique and special.


Top 3 pieces of advice:

1.    Start early – book vendors as soon as you can.
2.    Hire a day-of or weekend-of coordinator.
3.    If you can, a welcome bag is a great way to get information to your guests once they arrive!