June 7, 2014 | Galilee Beach Club

Jessica Robertson and Brian Pernicone have happy memories of Narragansett. They met as teenagers while working at Aunt Carrie’s Seafood Restaurant. When they reconnected as adults, their first date was at George’s of Galilee, which later hosted Brian’s somewhat impromptu proposal.

Brian, a photographer and public information officer at the University of Rhode Island, didn’t originally intend to propose at the restaurant. He had ordered a custom onesie for his toddler son, Grayson, that read, “Will you marry my daddy?” and covered it with a sweatshirt. After dinner, Brian planned a family walk on Salty Brine State Beach next door, where he would ask Jessica to unzip Grayson’s sweatshirt, and after she read the message, he would propose. “Grayson got warm in the restaurant, so Jess unzipped his sweatshirt prematurely,” Brian says. “The look on her face was priceless as she tried to process what the onesie meant. I pulled the ring from my pocket, dropped to my knee, and proposed in the restaurant.”

Brian and Jessica, who works in business development for a corporate real estate company, live in Narragansett, and wanted to stay local and have their guests, especially those from out-of-town, experience South County life. They decided on a June wedding on the beach with a low-key vibe. “We chose the Galilee Beach Club because we wanted to get married on the beach at a reasonable cost,” he says. They also liked that their first date, engagement and wedding all occurred within feet of each other.

Jessica wore an Ann Taylor v-neck chiffon gown with a coordinated beaded belt, Greek inspired accessories and sandals. When Jessica saw her gown online, she thought it was beautiful. “I ordered it and didn’t try on another dress,” she says.

The decorations were nautical-themed, including flip-flops for their guests to wear on the beach for the ceremony. The groom made the bamboo arch under which they said “I Do” with personal vows, officiated by Jessica’s brother. After being declared man and wife, the couple walked down the aisle, and Grayson jumped into Jessica’s arms so the three could walk together.

The DIY reception allowed the couple to maintain their budget, with homemade centerpieces and flower arrangements made from pink peonies and other pink flowers. The DJ also is an Elvis impersonator, and gave an impromptu performance during dinner. Grayson joined in and struck a King of Rock and Roll pose, which made it even more amazing, Brian says. After dinner, they served a seascape cake and coconut cupcakes made by Brian’s sister, who owns Sweet Melissa Cakes in Ashaway. Their first dance was to Goo Goo Dolls’ “Come to Me.” After a honeymoon in Key West, Florida, the couple and Grayson returned home to Narragansett. In May, weeks shy of their first anniversary, they welcomed a daughter, Eleanor Lynnw.

Their advice to South County couples? “Take the rehearsal seriously! Making sure everyone knows where they need to be reduces the stress on the day of the wedding.”

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