Mary & Eric:

An Escape from Everyday Life

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:00pm

“When we first visited Block Island, it just felt like home,” says Mary Elizabeth Gange, 28 of Long Island of the trip she took with fiancé Eric Rizzo, 33, of Buffalo, New York. Then, “when we went to the wedding show at The Sullivan House and saw the tent all dressed up, we were certain that this was where we wanted to begin our new life together.”

The two, who met while working at the New York State Summer School of the Arts in Fredonia, New York, say they wanted not just a wedding but a wedding weekend. “We wanted to spend quality time with everyone and not feel rushed.  We wanted an escape from everyday life.”


Their advice for others planning a wedding on Block Island:

1. A Block Island wedding is a little more effort for the bride and groom and guests alike. However, when you invite someone to a Block Island wedding, you are inviting them to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Just do it.  You won’t be sorry!  

2. We provided our guests with an itinerary and island map at each of their hotels.  

3. I didn’t realize I needed help on the beach with my dress for photos.  At the last second, my little cousin jumped in our van on our way to the beach and, if she hadn’t come along, most of our beach pictures wouldn’t have been possible.  She held my dress up in between photos and while changing locations. I had no idea how much work it was to walk on the sand in a huge wedding gown! 


Everybody is still talking about…

… the bagpipes that played  at the conclusion of our mass and also at sunset at our reception.