June 24, 2017

Ceremony: South County Museum

Reception: The Towers

Autumn Yeo hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but her affection for New England stems from a visit with her then-boyfriend, Tim Stauffer, to Narragansett.

“Tim brought me to Narragansett over a holiday weekend when we started dating to spend time with his family, and I fell in love with the location,” she says. “The small beach-town charm, the scenery ... fresh seafood, the sailing – we love everything about it.”

Tim spent most summers in Narragansett while growing up, and it remains an important meeting place for his family. Autumn moved to the seaside town for work, while Tim remained in Pittsburgh, where the two met. The hope was for Tim to join her once he found a job in the area.

During a trip to Rhode Island, Tim took Autumn to the Castle Hill Inn in Newport, her favorite place to unwind after the workweek and enjoy a cocktail by the ocean. On the way to the inn, she jokingly read him the words on a roadside billboard: “Have you changed someone’s life today?”

Little did she know that he was about to do just that. By the end of the night, she had an engagement ring on her finger.

Nearly two years later, morning rain gave way to a bright, sunny day as the couple wed at South County Museum, followed by a reception at The Towers in Narragansett. “We wanted a small wedding, only our closest friends and family, where we could have a personable affair, and The Towers was the perfect venue for that,” Yeo says. “South County Museum lent us the open air, romantic, vine-covered stable for us to share our vows and exchange rings in front of our closest loved ones.”

Autumn says her most cherished memory of the wedding day is the ceremony at the museum, partially because Tim’s cousin, Tom, was the officiant. The couple knew they wanted a personal ceremony with “somebody that knew us, that appreciated us, and could relate to the crowd,” she says. The couple also wrote their own vows, and planned their special day with “romantic, whimsical and floral” themes and “a touch of ocean and rustic” feel. “It felt like it was just us standing up there,” Autumn says.

Autumn wore a high-neck Madison James semi-ball gown made of tulle, pearls and diamonds, while the bridesmaids wore lavender and blush blue dresses from BHLDN made of tulle and lace. The groom and groomsmen sported blue suits custom designed by one of the groomsmen.

The couple provided tokens of South County to each of their guests in nautical party bags that included a map of the area. Guests were also seated with personalized oyster-shell name cards. To “incorporate some of our roots,” Autumn says, the couple had a Pittsburgh Cookie Table as part of the festivities. Cookies were shipped in from several Pittsburgh bakeries, and others were made and shared by friends and family.

Autumn and Tim, who now reside back in Pittsburgh, enjoyed a three-week honeymoon in French Polynesia. As for their advice to other couples getting married in South County? “Take advantage of the natural beauty of the area and all of the talented vendors,” Autumn says. 

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