Timing is everything for Anne Sullivan of Nashua, New Hampshire and Jacob Datz of Brimfield, Mass. After exactly five years and seven months of romantic trips, including spending summers seaside in Newport and hitting the slopes in Vermont for the winter, Jacob decided their annual vacation to Killington on March 11, 2016 would hold a special surprise. On a snowy night, surrounded by 24 of their closest friends, Jacob began a toast that ended with a tear-inducing proposal. Exactly one year later, the wedding of their dreams took place in Newport. The coincidence that these meaningful dates fell on the 11th day of the month was one of many signs this marriage was meant to be.
Once the bride decided on the theme, she and her mother got to work crafting and assembling everything they could, including the gold manzanita tree centerpieces with hanging crystals. “90 percent of our decorations were DIY,” Anne explains.
Almost Too Pretty To Eat
The amazing confetti cake was filled with chocolate mousse, but the real wow-factor was its design. The top layer was adorned with the beautiful Newport Bridge, the middle layer was a representation of the majestic Killington mountain-scape, and finally the base was decorated with the Boston sky line.
Anne was in love at first sight – with her dress! It was the first one she found at a trunk show, a Maggie Sottero with an A line, Swarovski crystals, and an illusion back. But one dress just wouldn’t do for such an occasion. Anne rented a second reception dress, a strapless, gold lace piece that was far easier for dancing and moving around all evening.
Where Are They Now?
After a three day mini-moon filled with skiing and nostalgia in Killington, VT, followed by a tropical getaway to St Maarten, the couple is now continuing their journey in South Boston where Anne works as the senior import and export advisor at Raytheon and Jacob is the senior manager of operations at athenahealth.
Bridal Gown: Marry and Tux Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxedos/Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Made With Love
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Rehearsal Dinner: 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille
First Look: Ochre Court
Ceremony, Reception, Caterer: The Atlantic Resort
Hair: Sapphire Salon
Makeup: Bella Beauty Bridal
Flowers: Creative Ambiance Events
Cake: Party Favors
Transportation: Ocean State Transit
Cocktail hour entertainment: Jeremy Green
Reception Entertainment: Justin O’Halloran, B.A.S.S. DJ Entertainment
Photographer: Brian Hepburn
Videographer: Lollie Videography
Source: Originally published in the 2018 issue of Newport Wedding Magazine.
Once upon a time there used to be a “wedding season” such as the freshness of the June Bride or the vibrancy of the autumn leaves. I’m finding now there is no real wedding season now. Weddings are 12 months a year. Which is certainly good for the wedding professionals for sure!
Lately there have been a barrage of winter weddings, photo’s done wearing a faux fur shawl or shrug outside with the winter snow falling on you or indoors next to a roaring fireplace.
A small group of New England wedding professionals got together to do a mini style shoot showing how you can bring a pop of vibrant color into a wedding while the temperature outside is bitter cold. But the day we planned to shoot, the temperature outside without the wind chill was 6 degrees, the florals wouldn’t have survived so wedding photographer Allison Sica of Kiss the Bride Photography called upon her friends at the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem New Hampshire. “Tuscan Kitchen is a photographer’s dream. Edwin Santana who is the private dining and catering manager at Tuscan Kitchen is one of my past clients and they graciously opened their doors for us. The setting has a classic elegance to it. With its frosted glass windows, the upstairs event room was a perfect backdrop. The sheer pink curtains and window brought in a natural, romantic light. Tuscan Kitchen is an intimate venue that photographs very well.”
Marry & Tux Bridal provided the fantastical gown that an up and coming model, Amber Markland, showcased and we were all blown away by its beauty. The florals were from Harrington Flowers, Brad Harrington describes this shoot as “A GORGEOUS dress, a beautiful model from Honolulu, some pineapple protea and a whole bunch of talented wedding vendors!” The florals were stunning and professional makeup artist Nancy Gorman of Makeup by Nancy provided Amber with a beautiful berry lip color to match the coloring of her bouquet.
No one said you can’t make a winter wedding fun and vibrant. These professionals can make it happen!
Photographer – Kiss the Bride Photography
Wedding Planner – Fetching Events
Gown – Marry & Tux
Venue – Tuscan Kitchen Salem NH
Florals – Harrington Flowers
Makeup Artist – Makeup by Nancy
Hair Stylist – Jenna Osberg HMUA
Model – Amber Markland
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