Lindsey Derrick & Gregory Goodrich June 10, 2017
31, from Oakham, MA
He: 40, from Rochester, NH
Now reside in: Manchester, NH
Ceremony: Charleston Beach
Catering by Kimberly
Organic Moments Photography
Rob Ranney, Providence, RI
Cake: Block Island Cakes
Transportation: McAloon’s Taxi
Before the Ring and Proposal
Lindsey and Greg met through the online dating site E- Harmony. The couple started taking trips to Block Island in 2015 and fell in love with it. Greg has his private pilot license, and proposed to Lindsey 8,000 feet above her hometown of Oakham, MA on a flight to Block Island over Labor Day weekend in 2016.
Block Island Because……
Lindsey and Greg wanted to have a wedding that was more than just a few hours of time together. Block Island provided the perfect venue to have their family spend the weekend together. The couple thought that because Block Island is so naturally beautiful, and the people are so welcoming, that the feel of the island would allow everyone to be very comfortable.
The Day and Design
Three hours before the wedding, Lindsey’s father and Greg went to the beach, gathered up driftwood, and built an arch completely from scratch for the ceremony at Charleston Beach. In between the ceremony and reception, the couple headed to Vaill Beach for photos that Lindsey recalls as being magical. The reception was at Avonlea overlooking the beach where everyone enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while mingling, and then steak and lobster on the porch while enjoying the acoustic music. Despite the fact that Lindsey ordered flowers to be delivered to the island and only half of them showed up, the flowers that did arrive were perfect, and it ended up being enough. Luckily, she had brought her flower bouquets to the island with her.
The Wedding Weekend
Lindsey and Greg booked the Avonlea for the entire weekend, and most of the family stayed there for both Friday and Saturday nights. Having such a location — within walking distance to town and to the ferry — made it possible for guests to arrive and stay, mingle, and explore, or just stay at the house and enjoy the beach. Weekend festivities included dinner at The Surf Hotel, followed by a fire on the beach and roasting s’mores, breakfast at Avonlea on both Saturday and Sunday, and an organized bus tour of the island for those who were interested.
What was the most Block Islandy thing about your wedding?
“We kept the dress code very casual for the entire weekend. Greg didn’t even wear a tie! It was a great feel for everyone. Guests wore light and lively dresses and shirts. We wanted everyone to feel relaxed, which they did. No tuxedos, no gowns, just fun. It was perfect!”
Top 3 pieces of advice:
1. Consider the ferry schedule as it relates to the timing of the various events for both guests and vendors.
2. If having the ceremony outside, particularly on a beach, know that it can, and likely will be windy! This will have an effect on your hair, and can also make it more difficult to hear over the wind and waves.
3. Trust your island vendors! They may seem a little relaxed, but that’s for a good reason, because they are!