Felicia Anne Porawski and David Anthony Balbi met through a mutual friend in 2010. Two years later, the couple vacationed in Venice, Italy, where David proposed.
When it came to picking the wedding spot, the decision was easy. Felicia, originally from Massachusetts, and David, from South Kingstown, agreed they wanted to be married in South County. “We wanted to be near the water and close to family," the bride says. "The Towers in Narragansett came with a great view and allowed for the intimate setting we were striving to have at our wedding.”
Wanting a vintage wedding that featured the colors of the ocean, the couple bedecked the waterfront reception venue in teal, blue, purple and silver. Felicia walked the aisle in her Maggie Sottero gown that she converted from strapless to a cap-sleeved corset gown with a sweeping train. “I wanted the dress to be my style, which is traditional and bit more conservative,” Felicia says. “I had used the stole to put lace sleeves on the dress, which gave it a wonderful vintage look.”
But a week before the wedding, she had to ditch her plans to wear matching heels. During a softball game for the South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Adult Softball League, she was being cautious to avoid an injury, but tore her calf muscle running from third to home base. She was on crutches for the week, but was able to set them aside for the big day.
The bridesmaids wore Davinci turquoise halter-top dresses in chiffon to match their sea colors, while David and groomsmen wore Vera Wang black two-button tuxedos. Floral arrangements included purple orchids, purple roses and white dendrobium orchids, and the bride's bouquet was wrapped with lace from her dress.
His-and-hers mixed drinks with moustache and lip straws kept cocktail hour lively, while guests later dined on ham with grilled pineapple, boneless chicken teriyaki and pasta primavera. Rather than a wedding cake, red velvet and salted caramel cupcakes were decorated to look like lilacs. “We liked the idea of cupcakes because it was simple and fun," she says. "You could grab your dessert and keep moving on the dance floor!"
After a Dominican Republic honeymoon, the couple returned to their Wakefield home. Felicia’s advice to future South County brides? “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” she says. “Don’t get caught up in the wedding planning that you forget the reason why you’re having a wedding. This day is to proclaim in front of your friends and family your love for your significant other and nothing more. All the other stuff is just the icing on the cake.”