Pink & purple wedding with tropical disco vibes in Rhode Island
Lauren and Craig met while pledging a co-ed chemistry fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma, while at the University of Rhode Island. They instantly hit it off and have been together since. Nearly seven years later, Craig proposed to Lauren on the lifeguard chairs of Narragansett Town Beach, where they lived in their final years at URI. Shortly after their August 2020 engagement, Lauren and Craig booked the Roger Williams Botanical Center for their 130-guest celebration. Click here to see the full gallery of photos, and keep scrolling to see all of the incredible photography by Cassandra Daye Photography of their wedding day, featuring florals by Lucy Blooms and design (complete with day-of assistance!) by Haus of Gravity.
The Roger Williams Botanical Center was the perfect backdrop for a topical disco
Lauren and Craig both said that they "instantly fell in love with the Botanical Center with all of the tropical flowers and plants. It was cool and different than other wedding venues you see. [They] also knew [they] could easily lean into that with décor.” Ultimately they decided on an amazing tropical disco theme. The couple has a love for electronic dance music and wanted a wedding reflective of the fun colors and vibes of a music festival and to have disco balls everywhere.
Shades of purple and pink created a unique, textured color scheme
The couple had decided on a color palette of purples and pinks – both of their favorite colors – which they used for florals, linens, and paper goods. The bridesmaids also wore mix and match dresses in the same color scheme and carried a variety of tropical flowers. Lauren picked a variety of colors and fabric options for her bridesmaids to choose from. “I wanted to make sure my girls were able to choose dresses that were a reflection of their style too. Other than the dress color and fabric, I let them accessorize how they wanted, and everyone looked amazing,” said Lauren. The couple’s dog, Charlie, also coordinated with a purple collar and with pink flowers affixed to it.
The bride's lace dress played right into the theme, complete with a purple ombre veil!
Lauren’s Goddess by Nature wedding dress featured ornate lace applique with a subtle sparkle for a classic twist. “I just happened to see this dress on Instagram and instantly knew it was my dress,” said Lauren. She added a belt for an extra bit of sparkle, and to complete her wedding day look, she wore Luna and Stone Jewelry with a custom purple ombre veil from W Collective. The bride also had two pair of shoes: a pair of heels for the ceremony and a custom pair of Converse for the dance floor. Craig asked the groomsmen to wear classic black tuxes, so to make him stand out against his groomsmen, Craig’s pocket square was filled with fresh florals instead of a boutonniere.
Painted monstera leaves added tropical texture to the ceremony floral design
For the free forming ceremony structure, a mix of colorful palms, fresh florals, painted monstera leaves, iridescent anthuriums, and tons of disco balls highlighted the couple’s colorful theme. The ceremony was in front of a rose garden down a hill behind the venue. It was going to be a long walk down the aisle. Lauren shared, “When I timed it, it was going to be about a two-minute walk before I would reach the altar. I knew I wanted to have a moment while walking down that aisle and the music needed to be reflective of that.” The bride chose the song, “You’re the One” by Big Gigantic (Clozee Remix.) “The second I heard this song I knew it was it. It has a beautiful vocal that builds and then drops to a swell of horns,” says Lauren, “and as I approached all my loves ones, the drop happened, and I think really gave me the dramatic entrance that I was looking for.” Framed by the stunning ceremony arch, their dear friend and pledge brother officiated a beautiful ceremony with readings from two other fraternity friends. Craig and Lauren also exchanged personal vows before saying "I do."
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Velvet furniture elevated the comfort at this greenhouse cocktail hour
The cocktail hour occurred while it was still light out. Guests mingled and enjoyed the tropical setting before having dinner. Stylish lounge furniture (courtesy of Sweetly Designed Events) adorned the post-ceremony venue, and guests could gather on comfortable furniture while they mingled. Adjacent to the lounge was a large neon sign displaying “The Hesslers.”
Disco balls were used throughout all of the reception details
Disco balls were scattered everywhere throughout the venue, including as part of the escort display that had each guest’s name attached to a mini disco ball. Cards and gifts were accepted inside a giant disco ball. At the couple’s greenhouse reception space, velvet purple linens added color and texture. The couple even went so far as to use chemistry glassware for the centerpiece vases as a subtle nod to their chemistry roots.
The desserts were as elegant as the minimalistic botanical table-settings
Craig is known by all of his family and friends as the “dessert king” and says he has never met a dessert he did not like. As such, the couple had a Viennese table with a variety of different cookies, cakes, a donut wall, eclairs, pies, candy, and fruit bars. A total of 42 different desserts were made by Craig’s childhood bakery, Vienna Bakery. “Vienna has made every single one of my birthday cakes, I knew they needed to make my wedding cake, too.”
The disco dance party really got started once it got dark!
Once it was dark, guests were surprised by the lighting set-up provided by Exquisite Events (E E Decor). Comprised of 36 up-lights, 2 go-bo lights, and a laser show projected on the entrance wall, the 40-foot-high greenhouse was transformed into a tropical-themed nightclub. Lauren and Craig both love to go out dancing and have been taking dancing lessons for years. “It was important for us to be able to dance and celebrate with our loved ones,” said Lauren. The couple spent four months choreographing their first dance, which was Jubel’s cover of “Dancing in the Moonlight.” They also wanted to make sure the dance floor was never empty, so they worked with Luke, their DJ (a.k.a. DJ Cool Hand), to really curate a playlist of disco and house music while also throwing in some classic wedding songs and they couldn't stop raving about how well Luke delivered. It was truly a wedding (and a dance party!) to remember. View All Images