Brittany Renee Manseau and David Christopher Gee first met while running the Mews Tavern Beer and Gear road race in November 2011 with members of their gym.
After the race, they began chatting over beers, and at night’s end Gee asked Manseau if he could have her phone number. Three years later, during a snowstorm on the day before Thanksgiving, Gee asked for Manseau’s hand in marriage.
South County, which the couple says holds a “special place in our hearts,” was a clear choice when planning the big day. Gee is a Wakefield native, while Manseau, who is from Plaistow, New Hampshire, attended URI.
After exploring several local venues, the Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm in Narragansett rose to the top for both the ceremony and reception. Gee’s sister had been married there 12 years earlier, which Manseau says carried significant meaning for the family. She says, “I loved the farm setting, richness and warmth of the wood and fireplace inside, and windows all around that made for a beautiful view.”
Manseau wore an ivory Janey gown by Nicole Miller, with a veil two friends had worn in their own weddings. Gee wore a Vera Wang tuxedo. Elements of fall, including colors of gold, bronze, copper, plum and Marsala, brought the outdoors in, while lanterns and pillar candles lit up the night.
An Allie’s Donuts wedding cake completed the relaxed vibe, which was “such a treat for all of our Rhode Island natives, as well as something unique for our out-of-state guests,” Manseau says.
Manseau and Gee say they will most remember their first look, which was “packed with so much emotion that we did not expect.”
As for advice to other couples? “Use local vendors that have been recommended by friends,” Manseau says, “and take help when it is offered!”