A DIY backyard beach wedding in Westerly, Rhode Island



Hillary & Phil met almost 7 years ago

when she picked up the keys to her new Boston apartment and stumbled upon a VERY cute man – her subletter’s cousin, Phil. Instead of nervously exchanging numbers, they exchanged Words with Friends usernames – and couldn’t stop messaging each other (and playing some good old Scrabble). A new months later, Phil asked Hillary on a date to Coolidge Corner – followed by THREE more dates that week, and as Hillary says, “The rest is history!” They bought their first home together, adopted a rescue pup Zeus, and Phil surprised her with a proposal last April.

The couple threw a backyard wedding to end all backyard weddings,

generously hosted by Phil’s family at their summer beach house in Westerly, Rhode Island. The guests threw their shoes to the wind and went barefoot on the beach for their oceanfront ceremony and reception. Even their beloved pup Zeus was a special guest at their wedding, adorned with a floral leash.

Phil planned an exquisite menu of all different tastes around the world, and Hillary took over decor and dessert. Almost everything you see, she made – from the watercolor signature cocktail sign, to the driftwood ceremony arch, to the perfect calligraphy signs, to the lemon blackberry wedding cake, lemon curd shooters, and apple cider donuts.

These two pulled together all their friends and family to help make their dream wedding come true. Almost all the vendors were their friends: the servers, caterer, florist, videographer, everyone. EVERYONE cried during their sweet ceremony and emotional vows, and they danced to the sound of the band with the same between their toes.

Thank you to all the amazing vendors!

Venue: Private home | Second Shooter: Julianne Lesinski | Videography: Kristin Otharsson | Flowers: Behexed Blooms | Rings: Leslie Shershow | Hair: Uptown Salon & Spa | Makeup: Katie Callaway | Band: The Ward Eights | Tent: Newport Tent | Lighting: Ryan Designs | Rentals: PEAK | Graphic Design, event design, decor: Bride Hillary Babick | Cake, donuts, & dessert: Bride Hillary Babick | Food: Bride & groom’s families + Brook Langlois | Dress: Jenny Packham | Bride & groom shoes: Cole Haan

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