Danielle Niederbuhl & Mauricio Pontes May 22, 2016

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

The Details
Danielle: 30, from Saranac Lake, NY 
Mauricio: 35, from Brasilia, Brazil
Now Reside in: Hamden, CT
Ceremony, Reception & Catering: The 1661 Inn 
Rehearsal dinner: The National Hotel 
Flowers: Danielle’s sister Renée
Cake: Danielle made the cupcakes, her dad frosted and her friend Julia made the top cake.
Photographer: Michael Benson Photography 


Before the Ring and Proposal
Danielle was working at a local climbing gym when the two met, and showed Mauricio some knot tying tricks. The conversation came easily, the attraction was mutual, and they started dating. Mauricio was planning a Saturday morning proposal that included making Danielle breakfast in bed, but he got nervous that she was on to something and proposed on a Friday night instead. He purchased two similar looking rings, one cubic zirconia and the other a diamond and proposed with the fake ring. Once she had said yes, he asked if she wanted the ring he had proposed with or a different one, which he then pulled out from behind his back. Danielle was no fool — seeing the two rings next to each other, she chose the more sparkly one!
Block Island Because……
About half of the wedding guests would be travelling from Brazil to come to the wedding, so the couple wanted to go somewhere a little more exciting — the whole island is very picturesque and is different from anything you could find in Brazil. Every summer when Danielle was little, she and her family would look across the ocean and say that they should go to Block Island. The first time she ever made it was to the Block Island Bridal Show in 2015. 

The Day and Design
It had been cold and rainy the day before, but Danielle was determined to have an outdoor ceremony,  and she did when the sun came out and the day turned out to be beautiful. The ceremony was held on a Sunday on the back lawn of  The 1661 Inn. Danielle’s sister did the flowers—combining fresh roses with hydrangeas and went way above what the couple had hoped for. The nieces and nephews were involved — the four little girls (aged 3, 4, 5 and 7) were flower girls. The older boys (both 5) were “Wedding Watchers.” Danielle’s dad made most of the desserts and Danielle made the cupcakes with fondant hydrangeas on top. Rather than doing a normal guest book, the couple created a scrap book — with laid out pages, stickers, markers, glue sticks, and a Polaroid camera.  Everyone was encouraged to take pictures and decorate pages for the couple. With a Spotify DJ and a song list the couple made, everyone was out on the dance floor having a good time.
The Wedding Weekend
Because Mauricio’s family lives in Brazil, the two families were meeting for the first time. The guests stayed at hotels nearby and most of the immediate families stayed together. A low-key rehearsal dinner was hosted at the National Hotel the night before the wedding, and a departure brunch gathering was held at The 1661 Inn before the weekend ended.


Top 3 pieces of advice:

1.     I was worried the DIY would be impossible, but it really wasn’t bad.
2.     Bring a car over to the island filled with what you need, and it all works out.
3.     Have your wedding on a Sunday. Prices go down and the three night minimum that a lot of places have goes away.