Kathryn & Frank

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Kathryn Whaley and Frank Gaspar on June 25, 2017

Originally published in the 2019 edition of Newport Wedding Magazine

“We chose Newport and Salve because that was what brought us together. Newport will always have a special place in our hearts.”

Connecticut native Kathryn Whaley and New Jersey native Frank Gaspar got more than a class schedule when they met during college orientation at Salve Regina in September 2008. The two grew close over walks along the beach and the Cliff Walk, where Frank first asked Kathryn to be his girlfriend. Seven years later, on a cruise to Bermuda, he proposed to her atop a cliff overlooking Horseshoe Beach. “It was such a surreal moment,” Kathryn says. – BP

Back to the Beginning
Kathryn worked and Frank DJed at Ochre Court during college, so they held their rehearsal dinner there. The bridesmaids wore navy blue to match Salve’s colors as the couple tied the knot on campus. Hotel Viking continued the color palette with nautical and Gilded Age touches as the children colored Newport-themed pages, and the blue-and-white cake included roped tiering.

A Hoppy Day
The couple loves craft beer, so during the trolley ride to the Viking Frank surprised their wedding party with a custom brewed and labeled New England IPA titled Eternal. The beer went perfectly with nautical-detailed “Hoppily Ever After” beer koozies to take home.

Far-Flung Family
After walking down the aisle with her father and seeing Frank for the first time, one of Kathryn’s favorite memories was arriving at their cocktail hour. Family members came from Texas, California, Utah, Hungary and China to celebrate. Kathryn says she felt both humbled and lucky as their closest friends and family cheered when they entered the courtyard. The guests were invited to write advice and place it in a bottle for the newlyweds to read on their first anniversary.

Where are they now?
After enjoying their honeymoon in Grenada, the couple returned to their home in Warwick, where Kathryn teaches English at the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College and Frank is a graphic designer for CVS.

Bridal Gown & Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alexandra’s Bridal Boutique
Tuxedos/Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: M.R.T. Jewelers
Invitations: Minted
Rehearsal Dinner: Ochre Court
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Salve Regina University
Reception Venue & Accommodations: Hotel Viking
Hair & Makeup: Salon KG
Nails: Village Nails & Spa
Flowers: In Bloom at Quality Fruitland
Cake: Konditor Meister
Transportation: Viking Tours of Newport
Guest Transportation: Newport Limousine
Ceremony Music: Matthew Kelly, Salve Regina University
Reception Entertainment: Signature Sounds DJ & Uplighting
Photographer: Move Mountains Co.
Guest Accommodations: Residence Inn By Marriott

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