Dana Wiedenmayer & Charles Naddaff II September 10, 2016

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

Dana: 30, from Washington, DC

Chip: 28, from Chadds Ford, PA

Now Reside in: Morristown, NJ



The Details
Ceremony: Family friend’s home
Reception: Bride’s parents yard 
Catering: Catering by Kimberly 
Rehearsal Dinner: Hotel Manisses
Officiant: Personal Touch Ceremonies 
Flowers: Coordinated by bride’s mother, arraigned by mother,aunts, sisters and friends.
Cake: Sugar Rush 
Photographer: Trevor Holden Photography 
Music: Lewis Copeland Band - Nashville, TN
Transportation: Rice Bus Charters and Rondo’s taxi
Hair: Kinga Kaminska
Planners: Above and Beyond Event Planning


Before the Ring and Proposal
Dana and Chip met each other via today’s digital dating age. A week after they started dating, Chip got a black lab puppy. One-and-a-half years later, after eating dinner at a favorite sushi restaurant, the couple went for a walk around the town square with the dog to see the Christmas lights. Chip had snuck an engraved tag on Dale’s collar that said “Will You Marry Me, Dana?”
Block Island Because……
It was a setting unlike any other that most of the guests had ever been to. Dana has spent summers on the island since she was one year old and Dana’s parents are now full time residents.
The Day and Design
The wedding ceremony was held at the property of family friends on the island. With rolling fields and sweeping vistas, the backdrop for the ceremony was breathtaking. Both  Dana and Chip wrote their own vows. “Terrifying” says Dana, “but one of my favorite memories of the entire day.” Chip’s favorite memory of the day was seeing the bride walk across the lawn at the ceremony.
The couple had a few major hiccups right before the wedding — like not knowing they needed an event permit for a backyard wedding and having to plead their case before the Town Council, leaving all the name place cards out in the rain the night before the wedding; finding out the band missed the ferry the night before — as well as the first ferry the morning of the wedding, but made it in time to play at the reception. Many DIY touches decorated the reception, held at the Bride’s family home, including hanging floral branch wreaths hand made by Dana’s aunt and uncle, runners and napkins hand-dyed by Dana and her aunts, stone place-settings collected by family, and all signage made by Dana. The bride’s father (a documentary film editor) made a video of the bride and groom and used a projector to play it on the angled tent ceiling.

The Wedding Weekend

Weekend events included a Naddaff vs. Wiedenmayer family basketball game, a cocktail party at a family friend’s home, a rehearsal dinner at the Hotel Manisses and a welcome party at Ballard’s — complete with a bonfire with s’mores and appetizers, and a Tiki bar on the beach.  A farewell brunch was held at the bride’s home with a Bloody Mary & mimosa bar. Both the bride and groom went for sunrise ocean swims with their bridal parties the morning of the wedding - bride on the east side, groom on the south side.



Top 3 pieces of advice:

1.    Impress upon guests really early to book accommodations and ferry reservations.
2.    If you have a backyard wedding, have a plan B location for weather - even if only for peace of mind.
3.    Delegate any decision making that needed to happen on the “day of” to someone else. At that point you don’t even care, you just want to enjoy your family and friends and each other.