Camp Hoffman | June 14, 2014

Sara Mae Dalton and Brendan Tiernan Reilly met in 2004 while both working at The Mews Tavern in Wakefield, but didn’t realize they had a special connection until 2007. “We realized we both had a huge passion for food and spent a lot of our time enjoying this pleasure,” says Sara, a pastry chef. “After some time, we realized that each day we spent together made us so happy — we would smile, laugh and feel as if we just enjoyed the best meal of our lives . . . we were just meant to be, like sprinkles on a doughnut or peanut butter and jelly.”

Brendan, also a chef, proposed while they were folding laundry in the living room. “I didn’t see it coming,” Sara says. “He put his hand under a pillow on the couch and pulled out this little box, got down on his knee and then I just blacked out. I came to in time to say YES!”

They live in South County, so it was a natural choice for the wedding. “South County is paradise — it’s so gorgeous,” the bride says. “Water all around, music, art and food . . . lots of good food!” They chose Camp Hoffman in West Kingston because it was beautiful, casual and low-key. “We like to have a good time without a lot of fuss,” she says.

The bride wore a customized Allure gown with a slim shape, v-shaped neckline, dramatic back, and lace applique. “I was looking for something light and comfortable with an antique look,” she says. The men wore tan suits with orange ties in varying shades.

The camp was decorated in a natural style, with do-it-yourself centerpieces made of recycled wine bottles that had been spray-painted and tied with twine. Robin Hollow Farms provided the flowers, in tones of cream and peach, with some succulents mixed in.

For the reception, Sara and Brendan prepared a barbecue buffet for their guests that included roasted chicken, pulled pork, and a late-night mac and cheese buffet with lobster, bacon, chives, jalapenos and peas. The bride designed a wedding cake that had a rustic spackle finish with flowers added for elegance. They danced their first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Reilly to Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love.”

Their advice to South County couples? “Have fun, find a perfect place that really expresses you. Take advantage of this gorgeous state! There are so many beautiful places and amazing things to do!” 

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