Kirsten & Brad

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Kirsten Gallagher & Brad Medeiros on September 30, 2017

“We are both from Newport County; there wasn’t a question of leaving the area for our wedding! Supporting local is important to us, so it’s great to have such good local resources here.”

Originally published in the July issue of Newport Life Magazine.

2012 was a very good year, especially for native-Newporter Kirsten Gallagher and Brad Medeiros, who grew up in Little Compton. The couple met on July 4th weekend through a mutual friend. “Sparks were flying when I laid eyes on the stranger who had found his way to a beer in my kitchen,” says the bride. By the end of the evening, they were well on their way to finding true love. Fast forward to June 2016, after dinner, drinks and a nightcap, Brad knelt down, held out Kirsten’s favorite pig measuring cup and asked, “Babe, will you marry me?” “I was convinced it was a joke,” laughs the bride, who has a strong affinity for pigs. “Then I realized there was a sparkle inside the pig, and I said, ‘Yes!’”

Rustic Chic

Sweet Berry Farm was the perfect venue for the couple’s rustic chic wedding theme. Bird feeder lanterns covered in cream and white flowers adorned the tables, which were swathed in cream cloths and ivory lace overlays. The bridal party bouquets followed suit with cream and white seasonal flowers mixed with soft greens, including dahlias and succulents. The theme continued with a 20-foot farm table runner fashioned out of the mother of the bride’s collection of doilies.

Shades of Gray

To complement the bride’s Maggie Sottero “Sybil” antique ivory gown, an a-line silhouette with lace, tulle and an ivory satin sash, her maids wore pewter-colored dresses while the groom and his party donned three-piece suits in French blue. “The groomsmen wore pewter color ties with a detailed polka dot pattern featuring different shades of blue and gray. Brad stuck with a classic heathered gray tie.”

Party Perks

The couple threw out convention when planning the details of their reception. For the food, they chose their favorite BBQ dishes, including smoked chicken, brisket, pulled pork, baked beans and cornbread. The cake, which was a combination of chocolate with Oreo buttercream and vanilla with fresh strawberries, was topped with the Kirsten’s favorite vintage bride and groom pigs. And their first dance song, Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours,” set the tone for the all-night dance party.

Where are they now?

After spending some quality downtime in North Conway, New Hampshire after the wedding, the couple returned to their North Kingstown home, where Kirsten works as a nursing assistant at South County Hospital and Brad is vice president at PSE Agency. The couple is planning a summer 2018 “official honeymoon” trip to Ireland.

Featured Vendors

Rings: Gold and Carat Exchange, Muse American Handcrafted

Rehearsal Dinner: 15 Point Rd Restaurant

Ceremony Venue: St. Catherine of Siena Church

Reception Venue: Sweet Berry Farm

Hair: Curl Up and Dye

Makeup: The Apothecary Newport

Nails: Charming Nail & Spa

Flowers: Weatherlow Florals

Caterer: Binge BBQ

Cake: Fatulli’s Downtown Cafe

Transportation: Fisher Bus Inc.

Reception entertainment: Main Event Weddings

Photographer: Jessica Gabeler

Planner: Hidden Host Events

Accommodations: Quality Inn & Suites

Rentals: PEAK Event Services, Quality Rental, Newport Tent Company, Exquisite Events

Brunch Caterer & Location: Kitchen Companion at Hibernian Hall

Written by Tracie Seed

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