Real New England Weddings: Bethany Andruchow & Rob Tafuri
June 23, 2012, OceanCliff, Newport, Rhode Island.
Photos by Kristin Spencer Photography
When Rob Tafuri first glimpsed future wife Bethany Andruchow, she had a magical quality about her. Dressed as Tinker Bell in a Halloween photo, â€śher energy just jumped through the frame,â€ť he says. Rob, who had spotted the photo on a coworkerâ€™s desk, was instantly smitten. And though sparks flew when the two met a few months later, â€śthe timing just wasnâ€™t right,â€ť Bethany says. â€śI had just gotten out of a long relationship.â€ť
But they never forgot that night, and nearly three years later, they officially became a couple. It all culminated one spring evening in 2010, when Rob asked Bethany to join him for a romantic dinner at Miel, in the InterContinental Hotel. Right away, Bethany noticed something out of the ordinary: His bulky jacket seemed far too warm for the season. After dinner, as the two strolled under the archway in the North Endâ€™s Christopher Columbus Park, Rob pulled a ring out of his coat and proposed.
The couple were married at OceanCliff. â€śI really wanted the feel of the ocean, since I grew up on the water,â€ť Bethany says. Of course, a seaside ceremony comes with weather-related risks, and Bethany and Robâ€™s was no different. Thankfully, â€śAs soon as we started to say our vows, the sun started to shine,â€ť Rob says. Perhaps it was a sprinkling of pixie dust.
The bride and groomâ€™s first dance was to â€śTrue Companion,â€ť by Marc Cohen. â€śRob actually picked the song, which I had never heard before, and I loved it,â€ť Bethany says.
Left:Â â€śI was more interested in texture and color than the actual flowers,â€ť Bethany says of her bridal bouquet. â€śI wanted something a little different.â€ť To that end, Bethany used the pearl necklace her grandmother wore on her wedding day to accent the arrangement. Right:Â Flowers by Semia created towering floral centerpieces for the tables.
The coupleâ€™s baker, Sweet Indulgence, created a mini wedding cake and elaborate dessert display.
Left: The couple used an online template for the ceremony programs. Right:Â Bethanyâ€™s sister-in-law made the table numbers, escort cards, and programs, among other wedding decorations.
The ceremony space overlooked Narragansett Bay.Â
Bethany chose bright, modern hues for her bridesmaidsâ€™ dresses and flowers. â€śI wanted something that was exciting and made everyone happy,â€ť she says.
Gown: Pronovias, Anaâ€™s Bridal Boutique & Tuxedo
Hair: Femme Fatale
Makeup: Jennifer Hodge, Spectrum Makeup
Flowers: Flowers by Semia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose, Lâ€™Ă©lite Bridal Boutique
Cake: Sweet Indulgence
Transportation:Â Southern Rhode Island Trolley
Jewelry:Â Bridal Finery
Wedding Bands: Joseph Gann
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