Marissa and Kyle: January 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!

January 2018

The clock is really ticking now and we’re starting to feel it!



Joining Kyle and I for the tasting were my mom, Dianne, stepmother, Johanne and my dad, Frank. To begin, we sat at the table and went through the sequence of events with our Belle Mer planner, Ashly, before delving into the samples we picked out a few weeks prior.
As soon as they brought out the hors d’oeurves selection, we knew it was going to be good. Every single thing we chose to try was phenomenal. We went with crab crusted local cod and grilled filet mignon for the entree, and they did not disappoint! We tried four different cake flavors and ended up going with the “Lemon Love” cake. It’s light and fluffy, ideal after a decadent meal. We were stuffed to the brim by the end.
We recently met with  DJ Kenny Ferrara. Kenny owns Elite Entertainment, RI and is a favorite to many wedding couples both past and present. He’s providing us with beautiful up lighting that will add to Belle Mer’s beauty and elegance during the reception.
What I love about Kenny is he really gets my “vibe.” I want certain styles of music played for the ceremony and cocktail hour, as well as many surprises throughout the night. I know he’s on it!
Small Details
Etsy has been my best friend lately. Many of my ideas for favors and the guest book came from there and they also have every other small decoration you could think of; Mr. and Mrs. signs, labels, cake toppers, etc. It’s a great place to piece together the little details. 
A Reminder
After that ball dropped at midnight on New Years Eve, things definitely got real. I’m starting to feel the pressure knowing that our wedding is happening this year. Even though we booked our vendors and came up with most of our ideas early on, there’s so much more that needs to be done.
I’ll admit this month I definitely had my first few “Bridezilla” moments. But at the end of the day, that’s absolutely normal and it happens to everyone. The important thing to do is just breathe, and ask yourself, would you want to change anything? Most likely the answer will be no. You’re planning a wedding that entails everything you’ve ever dreamed of, it’s no wonder there are so many important details.
Over the winter break, I got to spend some quality time with my family. From going on dinner dates with my fiancé, to rollerskating and having mani/pedi days with my daughter, I realize those are the moments I cherish and the real meaning of why we’re getting married. Next time I have a “moment,” I’ll remember that. 

What’s next?

Wedding shower prep, my first dress fitting, jewelry shopping, hair trials and the flower girls dress.

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

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