Jennifer Slater and Alex McCormick met on a blind date at the Mews Tavern in 2008, set up by a mutual friend. “Alex didn’t say much that night,” the bride says. “But we clicked and the rest is history!” Alex proposed on April Fools Day, 2012. He started with a joke proposal, with a ring box that contained only a note that said, “April Fool!” – the real ring was tucked in his pocket instead.
The couple, who live in North Attleboro, Mass., have strong connections to South County and knew it was the only place for their wedding. “Alex grew up spending summers at his grandmother’s beach house in Carpenter’s Beach Meadow,” Jen says. “I grew up in Wakefield and attended college and graduate school close to home [at the University of Rhode Island.]”
But rather than have a beach wedding, the couple fell in love with Meadow Brook Inn in Charlestown as the spot for their ceremony and reception. “It had a warm and inviting setting and beautiful gardens,” the bride says. “It was the perfect spot for our vintage-garden theme wedding, and felt very comfortable and homey to us.”
The couple wanted their wedding to be romantic and vintage. Jen found the gown of her dreams – an A-line lace Alfred Angelo gown she had altered to suit her style. “I worked with the alterations team at Alfred Angelo to have them remove the train of the gown and add a flower sash. The florist used the leftover fabric from the train to wrap the bridal bouquet.” The bridegroom wore a charcoal grey Vera Wang tuxedo that had a “sleek look” and set off the “pool blue” aqua of the bridesmaids’ dresses.
They chose aqua, yellow and peach for their colors to give the day a summery, joyful look, the bride says. “Pool blue” also happens to be her favorite color.
During the ceremony, they were almost man and wife, but Alex got a little mixed up when it came time for the exchange of rings. “As soon as I had to extend my hand, I completely forgot everything I had learned about left and right and Reverend Egan mercifully came to my rescue with a classic, ‘your other right,’ which elicited a laugh from the crowd,” he says. Finally official, the couple had arranged a memorable walk back down the aisle, providing their guests with bubble solution and wands. “I will never forget the image of all of those bubbles surrounding the people we love the most and the feeling of pure joy that enveloped me at that moment,” Jen says.
Their reception included a dinner with filet mignon and baked stuffed shrimp, and a cookies and milk-flavored cake from Patticakes in Wakefield, topped with a bride and groom shaped like owls. “I have always loved owls and it seemed to fit our garden theme,” Jen says. Their first dance was to “Freedom of the Road” by Martin Sexton, a song Alex played in the car often when they were first dating. In lieu of favors, the couple made donations to the Cancer Research Institute and Homes for Our Troops to honor family members with them in spirit. They honeymooned in the Dominican Republic.
Her advice to South County brides? “Listen to recommendations from friends and family! We were so lucky to have so many wonderful connections in the South County area that led us to most of our vendors!”