Ilia and Leo’s Belle Mer Wedding

By Mariah Ashley

How do you end up with the girl of your dreams at a Belle Mer Wedding? Sometimes all you need is five seconds of courage to totally change your life. Luckily for Leo, he mustered those five seconds. Spying Ilia across a crowded dive bar, he decided to go for broke. He asked the lovely and gorgeous Ilia if he might have a date with her. Ilia was impressed with his confidence, and probably his dimples too, so she said yes. A few dates, an adopted dog named Brutus, and a year of wedding planning later and here we are, seeing the good guy win! I love a story where the good guy wins!

We started the day at the Newport Marriott where Ilia and Leo got ready and had their first look by the lighthouse. The ceremony followed at St Mary’s Church, famous for being the church of JFK and Jackie’s wedding. Formal photos were taken along Bellevue Avenue and also at Bretton Point. The reception followed at Belle Mer, complete with a fabulous sunset. It was quintessential Newport from start to finish.

The Team

Venue: Belle Mer, Hair and Makeup: The MOB’s salon Beauty Hut and Dani Wagener, Florist: The Secret Garden, Cake: Confectionery Designs

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  1. Ilia Varriale

    December 3rd, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Mariah and Trish,
    We knew we were in good hands from the first time we met you! We cannot thank you enough for doing such an amazing job capturing our day. You both are so incredibly talented and we could not have asked for better!!

    Ilia & Leo

  2. Kathryn Dyche Dechairo

    December 4th, 2015 at 10:01 am

    What an incredible day it was and I felt so honored to be a part of it. Wishing you both every happiness, lots of laughter and adventures. Kathryn xxx

  3. Stefanie Giangan

    December 4th, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Ilia was the most beautiful bride!!!! And Leo didn’t look to shabby too! Love you both!! Can we do this again please!!

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