Victoria Ann Nazareth and James Henry Briggs III had a chance meeting. “I ended up meeting with some friends at a local restaurant I like to go to. I saw another friend there and started talking with her and her boyfriend, who were talking with some other people, including Jim,” says Nazareth. “He says I chose to sit next to him; I say it was the only seat by these mutual friends.” Either way, they exchanged numbers at a later dinner, and Briggs learned to text just for her.

Briggs proposed Aug. 28 at the University of Rhode Island Bay Campus. “I was busy trying to get Waylon [their dog] to learn to swim – I turned around and Jim was down on one knee with my dream ring! It was a perfect night, and the sun was setting just behind the bridges. I, of course, said yes, but the romantic moment was over quickly when we saw Waylon trying to go for a kayak ride with someone!”

Both are from South Kingstown, so South County was an ideal wedding spot. Family members had been married at South Ferry Church, and it perfectly fit what they had in mind for the wedding. “The Haversham House was also just beautiful inside and out, and it also fit our theme perfectly,” says Nazareth of their choice for a reception location.

She chose an Allure Bridal ballgown with a sweetheart neckline, V-back, lace bodice and skirt and short train. “I knew I wanted lace, but I didn’t think I wanted a ballgown style,” she says. “I thought it was going to be just too puffy. But when I tried it on, it fit perfectly and I just knew that was it.” She carried garden roses in a tight bouquet. The bridesmaids wore a variety of styles in pink and lace, and Chloe, Nazareth’s childhood dog, served as the “honorary maid of honor,” sporting a pink dress that matched the bridesmaids. The bridegroom and groomsmen wore gray three-piece suits with ivory shirts and pink ties/pocket squares.

The reception also played on the pink and gray color scheme, with a vanilla wedding cake with gray ribbon around the base, and iced tea and pink lemonade served at the reception.

Walking down the aisle was a memory she will cherish. “As soon as the doors opened, I saw my best friend standing at the altar waiting for me while I was holding onto my daddy’s arm,” the bride says. “Then a few seconds later I saw all of our friends and family there to support us. It was the most amazing feeling. Jim also has two teenage boys, so it was very important to us that they were included in everything – we had a special part of the ceremony about them.”

Nazareth’s advice? “Everyone says that the day goes by fast – it does! Enjoy every second. All the little details that I obsessed over, I didn’t even notice. I barely even saw half the decorations!”

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