August 8, 2014 | Peace Dale

Samantha Need and Matthew Brady met at a spa in Carlsbad, California, in 2007, where Matthew was a poolside server and Samantha a patron. “He caught my eye, so I approached him asking if he could show me around since I was new in town,” Samantha says. “He called me immediately after he got off work – and it was love at first sight.”

The couple were engaged June 3, 2014, after Matthew cooked a dinner of all his beloved’s favorite foods, filled their living room with flowers, and opened a bottle of her favorite sparkling wine. “After I said ‘yes,’ we enjoyed a sunset dinner on our patio,” she says.

They wanted a small, intimate wedding with a woodland, vintage feel, using shades of green, pink, white and silver, but could not find the perfect spot in California. “My mom and her neighbor graciously offered to let us use their homes in Peace Dale for the ceremony and reception,” Samantha says. “The more we thought about it, the more perfect it seemed. We enjoy the New England atmosphere and thought it would complement our theme perfectly.”

Her mom, Kristen Need, owns an 1850s farmhouse in Peace Dale, and the neighbor’s property featured a rustic hand-built barn with a winding trail that leads to a pond and small orchard. “It just screamed New England charm with a touch of Pinterest!” the bride says.

Much of the planning was done from afar, with Kristen and Samantha’s sister, Cassidy, doing a lot of the leg work. But Samantha found her Galina gown locally, at David’s Bridal in Warwick. The chiffon dress had a dramatic open back and flutter detail, and beautiful applique detailing on the top and bottom. “I picked the gown because it was the first one that made me cry,” she says. “I was fortunate enough to be with my mom, sister and soon-to-be mother-in-law when I found the dress. That day I refused to try anything on since I had only been engaged a couple of weeks, and we didn’t even have a date set. I never envisioned crying at this moment, but I did. I loved the simplicity and how it was pretty, not extravagant, blinged out or showy.”

Matthew wore a navy suit and bow tie. “I think he looks great in a bow tie,” the bride says. “He also wanted to wear one so he could stand out as the groom among his groomsmen. Typically, Matthew can be on the quieter side, but on this day, he wanted to stand out.”

To go with their outfits, they gave each other special gifts. Samantha gave Matthew a Bulova watch engraved with the words, “Until the end of time,” and Matthew presented Samantha with a lovely set of pearls.

To decorate the site, Robin Hollow Farm and Blue Moon Farm provided flowers, which were arranged in old family silver and crystal vessels, and Samantha’s uncle strung white lights. The wedding was performed in front of the neighbor’s barn, with 60 family members and friends looking on. The reception featured passed hors d’oeuvres that included risotto croquette with Fontina cheese and raspberry with Brie and almonds in a puff pastry bouchee, followed by a seated dinner of rosemary and honey Dijon grilled boneless breast of chicken and herb-roasted beef tenderloin, with sauteed fresh summer vegetables. “We chose a simple cake design from Pinterest and the cake was made by my bridesmaid’s mom. We chose a banana cake with cream cheese frosting because it is our favorite cake to make at home. We wanted to choose a cake we can recreate to relive the day’s moments.”

The couple danced their first dance as man and wife to Jason Mraz’s “Love Someone.” “The week after our wedding, we went to see him in concert to perform the song live. It is now our favorite song,” the bride says. They plan to honeymoon in Europe for their first anniversary. Their advice to South County couples? “Enjoy the day. It is about celebrating the love and it’s OK if something isn’t perfect. You are with people you love and who love you.”


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