Kristin & Joel

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Kristin May & Joel Senger by James Jones, Photography RI

“We loved the rustic qualities, thought it would be an amazing backdrop for pictures and would give our guests a wedding they have never seen before.”

Kristin May & Joel Senger on September 28, 2013

Published in Newport Wedding Magazine 2015

Like mother like daughter — at least that was the case for Kristin and Joel meeting the same way their parents did more than 30 years ago. On a night out with friends, Kristin spotted Joel at a Newport bar before he left. “I just remember being bummed and thinking, ‘I wish we knew where they were going,’” Kristin says. As fate would have it, she saw him again later that night and the rest is history. They shared their first date with friends too, and spent hours talking and laughing. On her 30th birthday, Kristin ended her 20’s looking at Joel on one knee as he asked the big question. “Of course I said ‘yes’ in between the tears of joy and happiness,” she says.

Given the couple’s love of history and the city, Fort Adams’s breathtaking views of the Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay and historic brick casemates, where they shared their “I do’s,” have no comparison. “We loved the rustic qualities, thought it would be an amazing backdrop for pictures and would give our guests a wedding they have never seen before,” she says.

Friends played essential roles throughout their big day. Kristin’s best friend Bailey officiated with meaningful and personal words of emotion. When it came time for the couple’s first dance, an unexplainable mix up on the song track enabled Kristin to hear the voice of her dear friend Glenna, who passed away a few years ago. The words “Hi Tuni” reverberated throughout the venue before “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison filled the room. “This moment stopped me right in my tracks,” says Kristin. “I know she wanted us to know she was there with us.”

Countless personalized touches also made it special for the newlyweds. The parade ground hosted an incredible spread of clams, lobsters and corn on the cob. The wedding cake was made by the groom’s mother, who had taken classes to create a one-of-a-kind three-tier vanilla and chocolate cake with fresh fruit, along with intricate flowers that cascaded down the front. Kristin’s grandparents’ cake topper of a bride and groom graced the custom creation.

An aerial photographer swept down and captured the day from above. “The results were amazing,” Kristin says. Beaming with joy, the new husband and wife left the reception through a candle lit path and headed for their honeymoon in Martha’s Vineyard. They are building their lives in Newport.

Bridal Gown: Madeline’s Daughter

Suits: Brooks Brothers, J Crew

Rings: The Platinum House

Rehearsal Dinner: Perro Salado

Reception Venue: Fort Adams

Hair: Spalon

Makeup: Kerin Benson

Nails: Star Nails & Spa

Flowers: Lisa May

Caterer: McGrath’s Clambakes of Newport

Transportation: Newport Limo, First Student Charter RI

Entertainment: Chicken Slacks

Photographer: James Jones, Photography RI

Aerial Photography: Michael Egan

Wedding Planner: Kerry Sullivan

Post-Wedding Brunch: The Fifth Element

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