Kathryn Biszko & Thomas Whitley July 30, 2016

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

Katie: 29, from Tiverton, RI
Tom: 30, from Alpharetta, GA
Now Reside in: Atlanta, GA



The Details
Ceremony: St. Andrew Catholic Church 
Reception & Catering: Sullivan House, Block Island Gourmet 
Rehearsal/Welcome Event: Dinner and bonfire at Ballard’s  
Flowers: La Bella Rose 
Cake: Block Island Cakes 
Photographer: Tiffany Medrano Photography
Music:  Megan Hennessy and Cameron Greenlee, at church. DJ Jon O’Neill, reception. 

Before the Ring and Proposal

 Katie and Tom met in their third year of law school at the University of Georgia. Neither of them were looking for a serious relationship but they became friends. By graduation, both knew that this was more than a casual friendship. For two years following graduation they maintained a long distance relationship. When it became apparent that they were serious about a future together, Katie relocated to Atlanta. A year later, Tom proposed — the proposal was simple and perfect, just the two of them on a porch decorated with flowers. Tom had also arranged for Katie’s sister and college friend to fly into town, and hosted a huge surprise celebration dinner with all of their Atlanta friends the night he proposed.

Block Island Because……
 Every summer Katie and her brother and sisters looked forward to the family vacation on Block Island. Tom had visited Block Island and he too fell in love with the idea of a wedding on the island. Both agreed that since friends would be traveling from all over the country, a week long celebration would offer a perfect combination — a naturally beautiful island with so much to see and do.  

The Day and Design
The wedding ceremony took place at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Katie and Tom say highlights included readings done by family and close friends, and saying their vows to each other. The couple loved riding through town in a family friend’s vintage convertible after the ceremony – everyone was waving and cheering. Formal photographs with their wedding party were taken on the beach by the North Light before Katie and Tom sent the wedding party on to The Sullivan House and enjoyed a few moments alone as newlyweds. Guests enjoyed the cocktail hour on the lawn overlooking New Harbor. The evening included the first dance, a delicious dinner, heartfelt speeches from Katie’s parents, sisters, and the best man, and cutting the cake. The last dance of the night was very special for this couple — surrounded by friends and family on the dance floor. After the reception, guests changed into casual attire and were greeted by the bride and groom at the Yellow Kittens where the celebration continued.
The Wedding Weekend
 Guests traveled to Block Island from all over the country, so many came days in advance. Welcome bags included scheduled events, activities, and tours that could be enjoyed. Both families hosted dinners for guests. The rehearsal dinner was at Ballard‘s,and guests were invited to the bonfire afterwards. Katie and Tom are still talking about the amount of fun their guests had — everyone was celebrating from the moment they stepped onto Block Island until the moment they left.



Top 3 pieces of advice:

1.    Embrace Block Island and make it part of your wedding experience – encourage guests to stay and explore the island too.
2.    Use local vendors and trust their judgment and advice. When planning from a distance, it’s impossible to micromanage every detail, and that’s a good thing!
3.    Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. Plan a getaway on Block Island that you will enjoy and your guests will too.