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Kaci Belancik and Matt Potter were married on September 1, 2018

The night before Kaci and Matt Potter walked down the aisle at the North Beach Clubhouse as husband and wife, they had a “Welcome Cruise” on one of Block Island Ferry’s high speed boats. As the pair cruised across the ocean with their friends and family, they could see a lightning storm was fast approaching them, but despite their nerves, it was never an issue and they managed to outrun the rain storm.

It was the perfect moment that set the tone for what was to come as the beauty and wonder of nature has never been too far away for this couple.

Kaci and Matt met on a blind date through mutual friends back in 2015 and shared their first kiss under the moonlight at Narragansett Town Beach after a group date at Turtle Soup and the Coast Guard House.

Just a few days later, Kaci knew she met her future husband when he took her to watch the sunset at Battery Park in Jamestown. She was proven right less than a year later when Matt proposed at their favorite beach, Katama.

“I walked onto the beach and saw a beautiful picnic setup with pillows, candles and blankets underneath the lifeguard stand, where Matt proposed,” she said. “Of course, I cried.”

Matt and Kaci chose Narragansett for their wedding because it was the place they met and, she said, the North Beach Clubhouse had the “perfect view.”

Kaci wanted to keep the “beachy feel” for her entire wedding and went with a mermaid-style, hick neck, lace dress from Lulu’s Online.

“Simple, classic yet casual,” she said. “I am not the typical over-the-top bride.”

Kaci and Matt’s wedding day was full of special moments the two will never forget but the bride says her favorite was their first look at Camp Cronin at the Fisherman’s Memorial overlooking the Point Judith lighthouse.

“Matt and I read our vows to each other and could barely get through them because we were crying so hard, and then we couldn’t stop laughing about it,” she said. “It was so beautiful, personal and private.”

Kaci and Matt had an afternoon wedding ceremony on the back dock of the clubhouse and made sure to use the venue’s unique decorations to enhance the look and feel of their wedding.

In addition to the string lights already on display inside the clubhouse, Matt and Kaci’s decorations included wine bottles with fairy lights, eucalyptus, sea shells and seaglass (from Newport), and individually potted succulents in mini Terra Cotta pots that were hand-stamped to say “The Potters 9-7-18” as wedding favors.

And as for their first dance? They danced to James Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face,” the song Matt first sang to Kaci in Jamestown the night she fell in love.

To read more about Cara and Brandon's wedding day, visit Cara and Brandon's blog on Paul J. Spetrini Photography.

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