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.