Kaitlin Gillard & Christopher Smedberg June 30, 2018
Kaitlin: 28, from Glastonbury, CT
Chris: 27, from Southington, CT
Now reside in: West Hartford, CT
Ceremony: The Atlantic Inn
Reception & Catering: The Atlantic Inn
Rehearsal Dinner: The Atlantic Inn
Photographer: Michael Benson Photgraphy
Videographer: Glen Andrew Prroductions
Music: Cameron Greenlee, DJ Libre (Danielle Duffy)
Flowers: La Bella Rose
Cake: The Atlantic Inn
Favors: Littlefield Bee Farm honey
Hair: Salt Hair Shop
Before the Ring, and Proposal
Kaitlin and Chris met through mutual friends that Kaitlin had met on Block Island when she was 15. A favorite thing to do is to go for long walks around the island. Two years ago, on a birthday trip to the island in April, Chris proposed after walking five miles from their condo to the North Light. It was just the two of them on the beach and it was perfect.
Block Island Because......
Kaitlin's parents and family have been visiting Block Island for 40 years, boating, renting, and eventually buying a home. Kaitlin spent most of her summers growing up visiting the island, so when she and Chris started dating ten years ago, Block Island was one of the first places she brought him.
Having an intimate first look and photos at the Ocean View Pavilion with just the bridal party was special to Kaitlin and Chris. The ceremony was at The Atlantic Inn on the lawn. The pastor from Kaitlin’s family church officiated, making it very personal, including doing research at their high schools to find their yearbook quotes — making for a meaningful and relatable ceremony. Kaitlin and Chris loved the different music options for the day. With acoustic versions to the songs they love for the ceremony, a reggae trio for the cocktail hour(s), and DJ Libre for the reception, keeping everyone dancing all night.
Kaitlin and Chris had all of the wedding events at The Atlantic Inn. With everything being in one place, and with most people staying in close proximity, everyone could relax since transportation was never an issue. A barbeque rehearsal dinner was held on the front lawn of the inn, and afterwards they invited everyone else up to the inn for cocktails and desserts. Many guests took time between events to go bike riding, relax at the beach, or explore the island. All were invited to a farewell brunch on Sunday morning — a great time to see everyone one last time if they were leaving on Sunday, and a time the couple could say goodbye to their guests.
Top 3 pieces of advice for having an island wedding:
1. Take time the night before everyone gets there to just be together.
2. Encourage guests to book lodging ahead of time if not staying at the wedding location.
3. If everything isn’t at one place, make sure to set up transportation. Use local vendors - they know the island and it promotes local business.