Emily + Clem

We eschewed a wedding cake for mango pies baked by a friend.

Clem and I met in college and dated for a decade until he proposed with his great-grandmother's sapphire ring while we were vacationing in France. We were married at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel in Newport. My uncle played Peter, Paul & Mary's The Wedding Song (There is Love), which he had played at my parent's wedding 35 years earlier. Both of our wedding parties were a mix of family members and great friends from our respective walks of life.

We had our reception at Bull Point in Jamestown. For our first dance, my brother played a version of Jackson Browne's: My Stunning Mystery Companion.

In keeping with our New England connections and roots, our dinner was a traditional clambake served family style. We eschewed a wedding cake for mango pies baked by a friend, with ingredients directly from a tree in our family's backyard in Florida.

One of the best moments was the parade of several family cars (80s wood-paneled wagons never looked so cool) from the church in Newport across the Pell Bridge to Bull Point.


Our band was a college favorite from our time spent at Davis Square in Boston. My family has a theme song the band learned, by Robert Earl Keen– The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends — which probably tells you all you need to know about how late the evening went.


Reception Venue: Dragonline Studios

Flowers: Anchor & Grace

Ceremony Music: Matthew Kelly, Anne Marie Cleary, and John Currie

Reception Band/Music: The Johnson Brothers and John Wesley Reed (John Reid)

Wedding Planner: Couture Parties

Photographer: Sasha Israel

Wedding Dress: Romantique by Claire Pettibone, via Everthine Bridal

Bride's Accessories: Hairpiece by Mignonne Handmade, Veil by Andria Bird Bridal

Wedding Shoes: BHLDN

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Hair and Makeup: Bella Beauty Bridal

Engagement Ring: Family Heirloom

Pies: Miss Marsha's FL/Sailor Dak

Rentals: Sperry Tents & Ryan Designs

Catering: McGrath's Clambakes