Stephanie & Mark

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Stephanie Hynson & Mark DeMaio

On September 6, 2019 at Glen Manor House

Some may call the way that Stephanie Hynson and Mark DeMaio met fate. Others may just call it perfect timing. In 2013, Mark was working at a gym and a friend of Stephanie’s, who was a member, had a feeling that the two were meant to be. So she arranged a meeting between them and, as cliche as it sounds, the rest is history. The pair dated for four years before Mark proposed at a Christmas party he had staged for just this purpose. Mark called for a toast, then surprised Stephanie when he asked for her hand in front of everyone. The rest of the evening was spent celebrating their engagement surrounded by friends and family. — By Sophia McCluskey, Newport Life, May 2020

“Newport is our favorite place and our forever home. It only made sense to have our wedding right here, practically in our backyard.”

Finding the Perfect Fit

Stephanie and Mark had their ceremony and reception at the Glen Manor House in Portsmouth. The venue checked all the boxes: rustic and traditional for Mark, and elegant and beachy for Stephanie. “It was like owning a mansion for a day,” she says. “It was perfect.”

Two Ceremonies are Better Than One

The wedding coincided with Hurricane Dorian, but that didn’t stop Stephanie and Mark from holding their ceremony outside, overlooking the Sakonnet River. As Mark finished his vows, the wind and rain picked up and the bridal party and guests darted for cover. Luckily, the couple had prepared for rain and there was only a brief intermission before Mark and Stephanie were able to complete their vows inside the beautiful manor.

Clearly better

After the ceremony, the rain made for more fun and unique photos. Stephanie and her bridesmaids posed with clear umbrellas that tied into the acrylic details throughout the rest of the reception. The couple used clear table signs and glass candleholders for their centerpieces, and indulged guests with donuts piled atop acrylic stands. Everywhere you looked there was eucalyptus. “We requested TONS of eucalyptus,” Stephanie says. “It’s a calming scent and a beautiful accent to the floral decor.”

Where are they now?

After honeymooning in Nantucket, Stephanie and Mark returned to their home in Portsmouth. Stephanie works as a store manager for Lululemon and Mark works as a firefighter in Providence.

Featured Vendors

Photographer: Jennifer Manville
Ceremony & Reception: Glen Manor House
Caterer & Decor: Blackstone Caterers
Makeup and Hair: Jennie Kay Beauty
Flowers: Weatherlow Florals
Cake: The Cake Gallery
Bridal Party Transportation: Leisure Limosine
Ceremony Music: Allegro Chamber Players & Luke Renchan
Reception entertainment: Luke Renchan Entertainment
Videographer: Rich Ferri – Rangely Films 
Rehearsal Dinner: Boat House
Wedding Gown: Blush by Hayley Paige
Bridesmaids Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s Suit: Joseph Abboud Custom
Groomsmen Suits: Calvin Klein

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