You would truly be hard pressed to find two more caring, loving, and kind people than Callie and Alexis, and their stunning wedding day at Glen Manor House in Portsmouth, Rhode Island was a perfect reflection of the love they share. Surrounded by their family and closest friends, these two shared vows during a touching intimate ceremony on the lawn outside the historic home, and followed it up with an impeccably-designed reception with dancing that lasted well into the night.
With both the bride and groom being passionate teachers of high school students, creative literary references were seamlessly woven throughout the design of their wedding day. This matched perfectly with the elegant and timeless beauty of the historic home in which they wed, a home that was carefully selected by Callie because it reminded her of her time in England. Keep scrolling to see more from this absolutely stunning day, and to read a little more about the wedding process from the gorgeous bride herself!
A little bit more, from the bride:
How did you two meet?
We are both teachers at a high school and our students actually set us up! We kept hearing about each other through the kids telling us what a cute couple we would make, and one day we finally officially met and joked about it in the teacher copy room. The feelings were instant.
What is your proposal story?
We were on a trip to New Hampshire with our closest couple friends. I had planned a hike, so I was so shocked when at the top of the mountain when I thought we were going to take a picture with the view, he got down on one knee instead!
Any special moments leading up to your wedding that stand out to you?
A moment that stands out to me was seeing what would be our wedding venue for the first time. It is out in the countryside of Rhode Island, and I remember so clearly the emotion of driving down the long driveway and coming into view of the house with its lovely garden and the backdrop of the water with the sailboats going by…it honestly took our breath away. I felt an overwhelming sense of peace as we walked around, and we both even got emotional because we could instantly picture the whole day. Booking Lindley as our photographer was another great moment, truly! We had searched high and low for a photographer who really had a classic fine art style, but who was also able to capture the emotion of the day! We were so, so fortunate to come across Lindley’s website and that she was willing to travel, plus she also had the best personality that I instantly clicked with from the first conversation! That was another big puzzle piece that clicked to make us feel secure in our day. I also really loved planning all the pre-wedding events. I love the Rhode Island area and it was so fun to share all our favorite places and things with our families and friends (and gave everyone so much fun bonding time together!) The whole wedding process ended up being so full of joy, with wonderful and kind vendors and so much support from our loved ones. It will always be a special and magical time in our lives!
If you could describe your wedding day in three words, what would they be?
Warm, magical, love-filled
Would you like to share anything about your wedding planning experience together? Is there any advice you’d love to give future couples about planning a wedding together?
As any couple planning a wedding right now knows, this wedding season was one of ups and downs because of the pandemic. We didn’t know what our wedding would look like— if it would be very intimate, whether we would be able to dance, whether our loved ones would be able to travel, whether we’d be able to have one at all! But I think that helped us never lose sight of the reason we were doing this in the first place— for us to start this new chapter together because we really love each other. I know that sounds cliche, but I think it could’ve been really easy for us to get caught up in pleasing everyone or worrying about money or obsessing over everything (which I still did a little!). But all the uncertainty, though definitely stressful, ended up making us so grateful and beyond blessed that we did end up getting to have our day, no matter what exactly that looked like. So I guess the advice would be that even though life never goes as you planned, you will still have a wonderful and beautiful day! Also, having a strong vision for your day— the aesthetic and the environment you want to create— really helps so that you don’t settle or let others dictate your decisions.
How and why did you choose your wedding venue?
We knew the atmosphere we wanted to create and I have always loved old homes. That helped us narrow down our search, and luckily, Rhode Island has some of the most gorgeous historic homes. Gardens have also been an important part of my life personally, so the dream venue would have some type of garden. Overall, it came down to how the venue made us feel. Glen Manor had the perfect mixture of peacefulness, whimsy, and romance. It looked and felt like something from a novel! We wanted a wedding full of warmth and joy and peace, and the venue immediately made us feel that.
“I can go on and on about how thrilled we were about booking Lindley as our wedding photographer. Lindley’s style and personality are both absolute perfection. Her pictures captured every single part of our day from start to finish– from the smallest details that we’d so carefully planned, to all the candid sweet moments, to the romantic shots we will hang in our home forever. Each picture has the most beautiful light and is an individual work of art; it was impossible to choose favorites. On top of that, she is the loveliest human. She helped our day go smoothly from start to finish, never seeming stressed and always being willing to adjust her timeline to accommodate a request or anything unexpected that came up. She encouraged us and made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera. She was so warm, so full of smiles, gave the best hug, was beyond generous, and just has a truly incredible talent that she is kind enough to share.” – Callie