Tiffany Moy & Brian Mahoney
November 2, 2014
Newport, Rhode Island
Brian Mahoney and Tiffany Moy were standing by a dock on the Charles River one May evening when Brian pulled a sweet surprise out of his pocket: a candy Ring Pop. “I burst out laughing,” Tiffany says, “because Brian had always joked about getting me one since it was a ‘big rock.’” Thankfully, her husband-to-be quickly got down on one knee and pulled out the box with the real deal. “This one might look a little better on your finger,” he recalls telling her.
The proposal was a well-calculated move for Brian, who studied accounting at Bentley University with Tiffany but didn’t get to know her until they serendipitously landed jobs at the same downtown Boston firm. For their wedding day, the couple decided to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for Newport, Rhode Island, where they had spent time together early in their relationship. “We really loved the atmosphere and small-town charm—it’s quintessential New England,” Tiffany says.
Belle Mer’s breezy ambiance was the perfect fit for the bride and groom, who tied the knot in a whimsical yet sophisticated ceremony two and a half years after their Ring Pop engagement. The newlyweds spent the rest of the evening catching up with family and friends and enjoying yet another sweet treat: their band, Sweet Tooth & the Sugarbabies. “They were so good, and everyone was dancing,” Brian says. “It was just a ton of fun.”
The couple’s florist took inspiration from Tiffany’s tulle-embellished wedding gown and Pinterest boards to create the table centerpieces, which included curly willow and dendrobium orchids in the taller arrangements, and hydrangea and seeded eucalyptus in the shorter ones. “I didn’t want just one or two types of flowers,” Tiffany says, “but rather a flowy, whimsical, organic feel while keeping it polished.”
Tiffany and her bridesmaids got ready at the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel before the ceremony.
In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, Tiffany and Brian served several varieties of cupcakes and gluten-free macarons from Sweet Indulgence.
“It was so windy and dreary throughout the whole wedding weekend,” Tiffany says. “Everything magically cleared up maybe 20 minutes before the ceremony.”
In a nod to the tea ceremony that takes place during a traditional Chinese wedding, the couple asked their florist, Flowers by Semia, to create delicate teacup arrangements with blooms like amaranthus, spray and garden roses, and dusty miller for the escort cards and favors.
Tiffany found the gold polka-dotted menus on the website Wedding Paper Divas.
Band Sweeth Tooth & the Sugarbabies
Bride’s Dress Reem Acra, L’Élite Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses Jenny Yoo, Flair
Desserts Sweet Indulgence
Florist Flowers by Semia
Hair and Makeup Jennie Kay Beauty
Menu Design Wedding Paper Divas
Programs and Invitations À Deux
Rentals Rentals Unlimited
Videographer Jamie Wood, NH Images
For additional inspiration, check out more Real New England Weddings »
Getting married? Start and end your wedding planning journey with Boston Weddings' guide to the best wedding vendors in the city.