Marissa & Kyle: November Diary Entry

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Follow the adventures of our Diary of a Newport Wedding, featuring an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into all of the coordination, planning, and excitement leading up to Marissa Giammarco and Kyle Sawaia’s big day!

November 2017

Choosing our venue

From the moment I stepped foot in Belle Mer I knew it was where I was meant to get married. A venue by the ocean is so serene and comforting and Bell Mer’s clean look is the perfect blank slate for our personal touches. As for the date, we agreed upon May 12, 2018. May in Newport is ideal because it’s not too hot, not too cold, the flowers are starting to bloom and spirits are starting to lift after the long winter months.



Picking our theme

The theme of our wedding is ethereal beauty. I want to capture and enhance the essence of Belle Mer’s clean, white venue by adding soft splashes of color. Our main goal is to keep it both modern and classy.

Bridal Party

Kyle and I thought long and hard about our wedding party. Ultimately, we decided to ask the two most important people in our lives to be the maid of honor and best man, my sister, Gabriella and his brother, Garrett. The “proposal” was simple, small and meaningful; no big frills or presentations! Our daughter, Chloe, will of course be our flower girl. I’ve always dreamed of the day we could wear matching dresses! Gabriella and Garrett are actually Chloe’s godparents, so the party really couldn’t fit together more perfectly.

Picking a photographer

For us, picking a photographer was a simple task. We knew right off the bat Mel Colvin was the way to go considering she shot many of our friends weddings and we have always been impressed by her beautiful work. She did a stunning job with our engagement photos and I’m looking forward to meeting with her to come up with ideas for our big day!

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Mel Colvin Photography

What’s next?

Dress shopping! I am obsessed with the designer, Hayley Paige. I follow her on every social media site known to man. Her styles are both unique and modern. I don’t consider myself to be super traditional, so I feel like one of her dresses are meant for me. I can’t wait to find it!



Stay tuned each month for Marissa & Kyle’s adventures in wedding planning!

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