This Rhode Island Wedding at Fort Adams State Park is Pure Vintage Romance

August 19, 2017 | Junebug Weddings

Nancy and Sander’s romantic vintage wedding at Fort Adams State Park took on a magical twist when rain moved the ceremony indoors. Instead of worrying about the change of scene, the party embraced the intimate and dreamy vibes inside the fort; the location of a music festival the couple attends every summer. An ornate rug dressed the alter, which the couple hoped would becoming a family heirloom one day, while floral designer Greenlion continued the romantic theme with dusty roses, faded corals and rustic greenery. Frame and Anchor captured the music-loving couple through photo and video to tell their beautiful story.

The Couple:

Nancy and Sander

The Wedding:

Fort Adams State Park, Rhode Island

We really wanted to find ways to express our individual styles throughout the ceremony and reception. We had fun making decisions together and discussing what would make us both happy. It sounds cliche but doing everything as a team is a reflection of how we hope to continue to support each other throughout our marriage.

Sander: The moment I saw Nancy during our first look photos, obviously. I will never forget it. Musical highlights were The Grift crushing Loving Cup, Thriller, & Shakedown Street.

Although our original plan was to get married outside, we made a last minute decision to move the ceremony inside the casemates of Fort Adams due to weather. This ended up being magical. The casemates created an intimate and romantic vibe.

When looking for venues, we focused on finding a location that was meaningful to both of us. Fort Adams is the location of the Newport Folk Festival, which we have been attending every summer together for about 8 years. This is one of our longest traditions as a couple.

It was very important to us that our ceremony reflected both of our personalities. Some of the things that we did included writing our own ceremony and pulled readings from some of our favorite authors,  finding an ornate rug to stand on at the alter (We are hoping this rug becomes a family heirloom of sorts) and Nancy‘s Uncle driving her wedding party to the ceremony in his VW bus.

We really wanted a photo booth but didn’t want to pay the hefty price tag associated. Instead, we made our own digital photo booth by attaching two tablets to a tripod and using the Simple Booth app. This allowed guests to take a series of photos, which they can then email to themselves individually or as an animated GIF. This was a big hit and we have since re-used it at parties and family gatherings!

Processional – Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights (Instrumental)
Recessional – Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel (Bluegrass)
First Dance – The Darkness – I Believe in a Thing Called Love (Jazz > Rock)

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Frame and Anchor
Event Planning – Erica K. Phillips
Venue – Fort Adams State Park
Floral Design – Greenlion
Catering – Russell Morin Catering
Live Music – The Grift
Videography – Frame and Anchor
Makeup Artist – Jessica D’Amore
Rentals – Newport Tent


Thanks to Nancy and Sander for sharing their story, and to Frame and Anchor for capturing it so beautifully. For a look at more vintage wedding inspiration, check out this moody vintage Malibu wedding at Calamitous Ranch.

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One Comment

  1. What a gorgeous wedding! May I ask who made the bride’s dress? It’s incredible!

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