Hollie & Sean

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Molly Lo Photography

Hollie Kalinski & Sean Kelley

November 2, 2019 at Castle Hill Inn

Mary Ann’s in Brighton, Massachusetts, was a windowless dive bar best known for its sticky floors and cheap mugs of Pabst Blue Ribbon. The setting may not have been romantic, but that didn’t matter to Boston College students Hollie Kalinski and Sean Kelley, who were introduced there in 2013 and soon became inseparable. Four years later, the pair headed off to Florida, where both had family and Sean had a year of job training to complete. One day, while the couple walked to Sean’s grandparents’ house, he suddenly dropped to one knee and proposed. In the distance, Hollie could hear cheering – the sound of their mutual families preparing to welcome the newly affianced couple. — Fred Albert, Newport Life magazine, July 2021

It’s a Date!

“Getting married in Newport was the best decision we made — besides deciding to marry each other,” says Hollie. With most of their guests coming from Boston, Connecticut and New York, it was a convenient meeting place and boasted the Castle Hill Inn, which charmed the pair so much on an earlier visit they called on a lark to see if any fall dates were available. To their surprise, there were two slots open. A few days later there was only one, so they snatched it up without even taking the tour.

Off the Cuff

The pair tied the knot at St. Joseph’s Church, with Hollie wearing a long-sleeved lace dress (“Super-easy to dance in!”) and Sean sporting a navy and black tux. The cufflinks he wore were a gift from Hollie and bore a mysterious inscription — the GPS coordinates for Mary Ann’s, the bar where they met.

It’s All About Dancing

After the ceremony, everyone retreated to the Castle Hill Inn, where they were welcomed by a pair of tents dressed in blue, gray and white and illuminated by string lights. The bar was consigned to one tent, where chairs were festooned with cushions sporting the couple’s wedding crest. That left the other tent more open for the couple’s primary focus: dancing.

Where Are They Now?

After honeymooning in Anguilla, the couple returned to Neptune Beach, Florida, where Hollie is a reinsurance broker and Sean is a mortgage banker.

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Photographer: Molly Lo Photography
Ceremony Venue: St. Joseph’s Church
Reception Venue, Caterer: Castle Hill Inn
Event Planner: Leila Ryan Events
Bridal Gown: Pronovias
Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey
Tuxedo: The Black Tux
Hair: Teryn Brewer (@iamterynhair) at Salon Capri
Makeup: Aline Sarkis Beauty
Flowers: Conway Florals
Cake: Fatulli’s

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