Real New England Weddings: Bethany Andruchow & Rob Tafuri

June 23, 2012, OceanCliff, Newport, Rhode Island.

real new england weddingPhotos 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, “her energy just jumped through the frame,” he says. Rob, who had spotted the photo on a coworker’s desk, was instantly smitten. And though sparks flew when the two met a few months later, “the timing just wasn’t right,” Bethany says. “I had just gotten out of a long relationship.”

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 End’s Christopher Columbus Park, Rob pulled a ring out of his coat and proposed.

The couple were married at OceanCliff. “I really wanted the feel of the ocean, since I grew up on the water,” Bethany says. Of course, a seaside ceremony comes with weather-related risks, and Bethany and Rob’s was no different. Thankfully, “As soon as we started to say our vows, the sun started to shine,” Rob says. Perhaps it was a sprinkling of pixie dust.

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The bride and groom’s first dance was to “True Companion,” by Marc Cohen. “Rob actually picked the song, which I had never heard before, and I loved it,” Bethany says.

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Left: “I was more interested in texture and color than the actual flowers,” Bethany says of her bridal bouquet. “I wanted something a little different.” To that end, Bethany used the pearl necklace her grandmother wore on her wedding day to accent the arrangement. Right: Flowers by Semia created towering floral centerpieces for the tables.

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The couple’s baker, Sweet Indulgence, created a mini wedding cake and elaborate dessert display.

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Left: The couple used an online template for the ceremony programs. Right: Bethany’s sister-in-law made the table numbers, escort cards, and programs, among other wedding decorations.

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The ceremony space overlooked Narragansett Bay. 

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Bethany chose bright, modern hues for her bridesmaids’ dresses and flowers. “I wanted something that was exciting and made everyone happy,” she says.



Gown: Pronovias, Ana’s Bridal Boutique & Tuxedo
Hair: Femme Fatale
Makeup: Jennifer Hodge, Spectrum Makeup
Flowers: Flowers by Semia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose, L’élite Bridal Boutique
Cake: Sweet Indulgence
Music: Kahootz
Transportation: Southern Rhode Island Trolley
Jewelry: Bridal Finery
Wedding Bands: Joseph Gann


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