Helene Vincent and Alice Lin met in July 2013 via a dating app. The self-described workaholics weren’t looking for anything long-term, but hit it off rapidly. “Within two weeks, we knew that we would get married,” Helene says. “Our biggest mutual interests (other than being workaholics) are travel, adventure, curiosity and community.” In the past three years they’ve traveled to 22 countries together.
Last year, on Alice’s birthday, Helene decided to propose. That day. She called a jewelry store and asked them to package a ring for pickup, before the pair took a cross country flight. On her way to the shop, she realized her checkbook was still at home. “The shop owner agreed to give me the ring with no money down and the promise I would be back the next week to pay,” Helene says. With the help of the captain and crew, she proposed on the airplane. (Not to be outdone, Alice counter-proposed a month later at Tomorrowworld, an electronic music festival in Georgia, with the help of the DJs, the Chainsmokers, who included the proposal in their set.)
The couple, who took the combined last name of Lincent in marriage, have family around the world, including in Wakefield. “We spent awhile debating which continent to get married on,” Helene says. “In the end, it felt right to get married in the place that was right in between all of those geographic places, beautiful Rhode Island.” They wanted a wedding that honored Chinese and Western traditions and showcased Rhode Island’s culture. They chose to be married at South Ferry Church in Narragansett, with a reception to follow at Yawgoo Bakes in Exeter. “We figured that cracking open lobsters together would break any ice between guests,” Helene says.
For the Chinese Tea Ceremony, they both wore the traditional Chinese red Qipao, made of silk, and fitted tight throughout the body with a high slit up both legs, custom-made at a Chinese bridal shop in Los Angeles. For the Western ceremony, Helene wanted to wear white. She tried on 100 dresses in seven bridal shops before asking the Los Angeles seamstress to make a simple, strapless white lace mermaid-style dress.
“We had a very DIY wedding,” Helene says. As their family and friends arrived, they descended on Yawgoo Bakes to decorate the barn with twinkle lights, cover the tables with white tablecloths and burlap and lace runners, and arrange bulk-purchased wildflowers and sunflowers loosely in vases, which were placed on the tables along with mason jars filled with sand borrowed from East Matunuck State Beach.
The Chinese Tea Ceremony was officiated by Alice’s brother-in-law. When it was finished, Helene and some of the bridesmaids raced behind the church to a tent to change into her gown before proceeding back down the aisle for the western ceremony. During the reception, guests were treated to a lobster and clam bake. “They say brides always forget to eat during their own wedding, but perhaps those brides don’t have full lobsters in front of them,” Helene says. “We ate every bite.” Rather than wedding cake, dessert was an assortment of cakes and fruit pies from Belmont Market.
Their advice for couples? “Get married in South County. All of the vendors were so accessible and provided great quality for the price.”