Rachael & Addison

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Rachael Mary Hurd & Addison Merrell Caproni on October 9, 2017

“We both love and grew up by the coast and wanted to have our reception by the water. There is no better place to get married and call home than Newport!”

Originally published in the May/June issue of Newport Life Magazine.

The days leading up to your wedding can be so tumultuous it can feel like a hurricane. For two Aquidneck Island natives, it was more like four hurricanes. Rachael Hurd and Addison Caproni, current residents of St. Thomas, were unfortunately caught in the middle of several major storms as their wedding day approached. Storms Irma and Maria struck just before their travel arrangements, but luckily Rachael caught the last flight out of Puerto Rico. She arrived in Newport when Hurricane Jose was in town and Addison almost missed the wedding entirely due to the devastation in St. Thomas. The actual day of the wedding coincided with the tail end of tropical storm, Phillipe. And yet, despite it all they were able to celebrate their evening complete with a dance in the rain at the end of the night.

Beginning on Bellevue

By chance, or thanks to a similar taste in bars, Rachael and Addison met for the first time at Griswold’s just like Rachael’s parents, Lisa and Buck. To continue the family connection, Addison proposed at the Bellevue restaurant with Rachael’s family and friends holding up signs that read, “Will you marry me?”

Shots, Shots, Shots

This couple knows how to party, and they made sure their big day reflected that. Guests were greeted with a sign that said, “Take a shot, and your seat!” and were welcomed with a shot of Fireball whiskey.

Let them eat cake

Guests enjoyed a two-tier vanilla cake with strawberry filling, made more significant with its topper belonging to the bride’s grandparents who were married 69 years prior on the same date.

Where Are They Now

Rachael and Addison settled into married life back in St. Thomas where Addison is the VP of YES Waste Management and Rachael works in management at Charter Caribe. They plan to enjoy an Italian honeymoon in October.

Featured Vendors

Bridal Gown: Bridal Garden

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Stalise

Suits: Michael Hayes

Invitations: Minuteman Press

Rehearsal Dinner: Gooseberry Beach, catered by Scratch

Ceremony Venue: St. Augustin Church

Reception Venue: Regatta Place

Hair & Makeup: WaveLengths Salon & Spa

Nails: Star Nails & Spa

Cake: French Confection

Officiant: Fr Kris VonMaluski

Transportation: Newport Travel

Ceremony Music: Matt Gnolfo, organist

Reception entertainment: The Ravers

Photographer: Vanessa Walsh

Wedding Night Stay: Cliffside Inn

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