Denise Sanseverino & Sean Donachy August 23, 2016

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 10:45am

Denise: 28, from Howell, NJ

Sean: 30, from Toms River, NJ

Now Reside in: Manchester, NJ


The Details
Ceremony: The beach 
Officiant: Richard Kyte 
Flowers: Flowers arranged in New Jersey, wrapped up in cardboard and cellophane and carried on the ferry.
Photographer: Rose Schaller Photo 
Hair & Makeup: Denise did her own



Before the Ring and Proposal
Denise and Sean have known each other for nine years. Although they met many years ago, they have stayed friendly through Facebook. The two ran into each other and right away knew “this was it.”  Seven months later, they got engaged on Easter. Easter is Denise’s favorite holiday, so Sean made it extra special. Denise sure was surprised when she opened the little crystal egg that held a beautiful engagement ring. 

Block Island Because……
Denise and Sean wanted to go somewhere that was close, but different. While searching for possibilities, the pair came across Block Island, did some research, and discovered it would only be a few hours away. Deciding that Block Island was the place, they called a few inns and hotels and finally booked a room at the Hotel Manisses.
The Day and Design
This small wedding for two took place on the beach just south of Ballard’s. With only the officiant and the groom waiting on the beach, Denise made her way down to them. They read their own vows to each other and then sealed the deal with a kiss. The Hotel Manisses surprised the newlyweds with a wedding cake when they returned to the hotel. Sean and Denise are still talking about the entire four- day trip to Block Island and are so happy that they did things just the way they wanted to. Once back home in New Jersey, a family brunch was held with about 75 of their closest friends and family, along with Denise’s children. “It was beautiful” says Denise, “Sean is my best friend, I love him more than anything. I’m looking forward to forever with him. He’s a great step-father to my boys, we are very lucky to have him.” 

The Wedding Weekend
Sean is in the Army — he was away at training until 36 hours before this couple planned to leave to drive up to Rhode Island. Denise was getting nervous when his flight was canceled, but as fate would have it, Sean finally got on a flight after switching airports. Sean and Denise eloped to Block Island. August 23 is a special day for this couple —  it marked their one year anniversary of dating. Denise had been married once before and has two children from that marriage. “Sean is a private guy and really didn’t want a big wedding,” explained Denise “We know it wasn’t the ideal situation, however it was just what we wanted — we wanted that date and we wanted just us.” While making the arrangements, Denise came across photographer Rose Schaller. “She was truly amazing,” Denise said “She pieced everything else together for us.” Rose even drove the couple around the island to several iconic spots for photographs.  Prior to getting married, Sean and Denise walked the island and enjoyed just spending the day with each other— stress free.


Top 3 pieces of advice:
1.     Enjoy the island
2.     Take the time to go to all the lovely shops
3.     Relax!