Newport Marriott

Jana Donlin & Derrick Levasseur
Newport Marriott
April 30, 2011

Published in Newport Wedding Magazine 2012

From class rings to engagement rings, Mitchell College in New London, Conn. was where Jana Donlin and Derrick Levasseur’s love blossomed. The criminal justice majors who shared classes would share a life together following his proposal at their alma mater, and wedding bells in Newport. “We always loved the feeling you get when you drive over the bridge; your whole state of mind changes. Newport is the heart of Rhode Island with the best of everything in one place,” Jana says. With a ceremony held in the salon rooms, cocktail hour complete with a piano player in the lobby and reception under the glow of the blue-lit ballroom of the Newport Marriott, the venue provided the luxury, convenience and “wedding weekend feel” they desired. “We felt like the entire hotel belonged to us and our guests and loved every minute of it!”

To sweeten the occasion, 200 guests indulged in chocolate cake with raspberry chambord filling, red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, and a Milky Way-filled groom’s cake in the shape of Derrick’s Central Falls police badge. “I know how much pride he takes in his job. He was thrilled!” Jana says. In a patriotic twist of fate, the Middlesex County, New Jersey Pipes and Drums Band was in town for a police parade and heard the groom was an officer. They offered to play at the reception to honor the newlyweds, and Derrick says, “Every one of our guests was in such awe and couldn’t stop talking about how incredible the performance was.” The happy couple flew off to Aruba before returning home to Central Falls.

Rehearsal Dinner: Atlantic Beach Club, Middletown
Tuxedos: Carl Anthony Tuxedo, Cranston
Hair: The Spa at Newport Marriott
Caterer: Newport Marriott
Cake: Confectionary Designs, Newport
Transportation: L&L Limousine, Attleboro, MA
Ceremony Music & Reception Entertainment: Luke’s DJ, Newport
Cocktail Music: Lois Vaughan Jazz, Newport
Photographer: Muggle Photography, Slatersville
Accommodations: Newport Marriott, Courtyard Marriott, Middletown