July 30, 2017
Peace Dale Congregational | Quidnessett Country Club
Gianna Mastrostefano and Neil Redmond, both natives of South County and URI graduates, met at a URI Musician’s Guild Concert, but did not date for another year.
In November 2016, Neil proposed after a dinner at the Matunuck Oyster Bar. After taking a walk and dancing in the rain under Narragansett’s gazebo, he twirled Gianna around, got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.
Gianna and Neil say they chose South County as their wedding locale because it is the place where they both grew up and call home. Both also love and cherish the beach, calling it “the most beautiful and special place.”
As the hometown church of the groom, Peace Dale Congregational was the couple’s chosen venue for the ceremony. Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown was the clear pick for the reception, as the couple says it “is right near the water which created a beautiful backdrop, and its reputation preceded it.”
Gianna walked down the aisle in a David’s Bridal ivory, drop-waist dress. She added cap sleeves and embellishments that reminded her of the ocean. The couple kept with a seaglass and hints of lavender color scheme. Bridesmaids’ dresses were in seaglass tones, with groomsmen ties matching.
Her first dance and her father-daughter dance were the bride’s favorite moments of her wedding day, of which she says, “the first ... made me laugh and blush and the second ... made me cry.”
The cake, made by a family friend, was chocolate with a caramel and toffee filling. The bottom tier was white ruffled and the top tier was frosted with mint green. Celebrating an inside joke, the cake topper featured a silhouette of Hans Solo and Princess Leia from “Star Wars” that included the quote, “I love you. I know.”
More help from family was given in the form of flowers. The mother-of-the-groom created the centerpieces, bridesmaids’ bouquets, and boutonnieres. Centerpieces contained blue hydrangeas, white roses, white snap dragons, lavender mini-roses, eucalyptus and dusty miller. The bride’s bouquet, complete with blue hydrangeas, white roses, blue and white bachelor buttons, pale green berries and white Queen Anne’s lace, was made by her maid-of-honor.
The newlyweds’ advice to future South County brides and grooms is to incorporate your tastes and ideas, and to keep up non-wedding related date nights during the planning process. The Redmonds honeymooned in Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, Canada, and continue to call Wakefield home.