Matt Silva & Stephen McBride September 29, 2018
Matt: 27,from Bristol, RI
Stephen: 28, from Hermitage, PA
Now reside in: Boston, MA
Ceremony: The Atlantic Inn
Reception & Catering: The Atlantic Inn
Rehearsal Dinner: The Atlantic Inn
Photographer: Angelina Rose Photography
Music: Joel Buff , DJ
Flowers: Painted Rock Designs
Favors: Homemade fudge and toffee
Cake & Sweets: The Atlantic Inn, Sugar Rush
Transportation: Rice Bus Tours
Before the Ring, and Proposal
Matt and Stephen met while attending Northeastern University in Boston, but only just before Matt transferred to Roger Williams. They stayed in touch via Twitter for four years, until they finally exchanged phone numbers, and turned a weekend night out with friends into a weekday date alone, and the rest was history. Stephen proposed to Matt on a trip with friends to St. Maartin.
Block Island Because......
Matt and Stephen visited Block Island a few times over the past few years and fell in love with it. With the laid back atmosphere and the scenic views, they knew it was where they wanted to tie the knot.
The couple had a family member officiate the ceremony on the lawn at The Atlantic Inn, overlooking the ocean and town. Photos at the Southeast Lighthouse and a scenic tour with the wedding party was a highlight. Following the ceremony, the afternoon kicked off with cocktails, appetizers, a Del’s Lemonade cart, and a raw bar, followed by the reception inside the tent. Matt and Stephen bought the wedding party light-up shoes for the reception, so after the wedding, everyone changed into their shoes and literally lit up the dance floor.
A wedding website provided guests with travel and destination information, with separate pages dedicated to lodging , getting to/from the island from New York, Connecticut, or Rhode Island, and activities to do throughout the weekend. Matt and Stephen hosted a welcome party at a private residence — a great way for everyone to get together and start the weekend festivities. On Sunday, a farewell hip-hop-themed brunch for guests was held at The Atlantic Inn, to say thanks and to fill their stomachs before the ferry ride back.
Top 3 pieces of advice for having an island wedding:
1. We had a few days on the island before the wedding - it helped us nail down all the details and not have to stress too much on the actual day.
2. Although you don’t normally need a car to get around the island, having one to run any errands or visit your vendors was definitely helpful.
3. Many of your guests may have never been to Block Island, be sure to provide all the details on how to get to and from the island, along with a list of things to do.