Phoebe Randel & Shaun Donnelly

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:00am


Phoebe: 29, from Connecticut.
30, from New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Now reside in: Somerville, MA

Before the Ring & Proposal
While both working as paralegals at a law firm in NYC, Phoebe and Shaun became friends before starting to develope romantic feelings for each other. Shaun worked up the courage to kiss Phoebe at a New Year’s Eve party — and the rest was set into motion. Phoebe was coming back from a friend’s bachelorette party in the Hamptons and Shaun suggested he would meet her at Grand Central Station upon her return. When Phoebe got to Grand Central Shaun told her to meet him at the clock tower and he was standing there with a big grin and holding the ring box.

Block Island because..... “There is something magical and indescribable about Block Island. We visited for Shaun’s birthday a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with the place. It reflects our love of seafood, the ocean, and a relaxed lifestyle. We thought it would be the ideal place to have a low-key and warm celebration.”

The Day & Design
Phoebe and Shaun wanted to stay true to their desire to have a relaxed event — reflecting who they are. Phoebe did not want to wear a veil, she did not throw the bouquet, there was no receiving line and they saw each other before the ceremony. The couple agrees that the Rose Farm Inn property was a beautiful spot and it was amazing to have so much land to themselves. They picked vendors based on who they liked and who understood them the best. The couple spent a lot of time researching the band and thinking about music — which always makes a huge difference.  Phoebe was nervous to walk down the aisle, but when she did and heard the quartet playing her favorite song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and with her parents at her side she could not have pictured anything more perfect.

The Wedding Weekend
Phoebe and Shaun did not want their friends and family to spend only one night together, but wanted to bring everyone together for a weekend of fun. As the majority of guests were coming from the New York and Boston areas, Block Island presented a nice “in between” location for everyone to meet. Their guests enjoyed the casual, laid back vibe; the feeling that they were on an island vacation with plenty of activities such as riding bikes and mopeds. Instead of “favors” the couple had welcome bags waiting for the guests in their rooms with Block Island fudge, Block Island soap, and their favorite candy.

The Details....

Ceremony & Reception: Rose Farm Inn

Caterer: Catering by Kimberly

Rehearsal Dinner: The Beachead

Wedding Planner: Eventfully Planned

Ceremony Music: Boston Strings Quartet

Reception Band: First Class Band

Photographer: Kate McElwee Photography

Florist: La Bella Rose

Cake: Block Island Cakes

Tent Rental: Block Island Rentals

Tent Decor: Exquisite Events

Invitations/Save the Dates: Champagne and Ink


Top 3 Pieces of advice:
1.  Understand that people are on “Block Island time” so things might happen last minute or in a more casual manner than in other locations.
2.  Hire vendors you trust and who you feel have your best interest at heart.
3.  Embrace the island spirit.Try not to do anything too fancy or formal.