A New England Wedding That's Sweet, Charming, & Full Of Fun

After 10 years of friendship — many of them spent working together at the same magazine — design director Thomas Alberty finally asked out photo editor Jolanta Bielat when he switched jobs. Not long after, he asked another question (this time with a ring involved), and the engaged couple set the date of August 3, 2013, to make things official.
The Brooklyn-based couple’s destination wedding took place in Rhode Island, with guests traveling from around the States, Canada, and Europe to share in the festive one-of-a-kind celebration, steeped in Polish folk traditions.
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The father of the bride, a former folk artist in Krakow, Poland, picked up his brush and painted a design on glass that incorporated photos the bride and groom took of each other, floral illustrations, and a crest. “We gave him direction as to the elements we wanted in it and some references, and he took it from there,” Jola said. “We're so grateful for him gracing us with his artwork for the announcement.” The final piece (which now hangs in the couple’s bedroom) was scanned and printed on card stock, with the wedding information typeset in both English and Polish on the back.

Inspired by her cousin’s wedding that took place in a small village near Krakow a few years prior, Jola incorporated several Polish details into her New England fete, which took place near where her parents currently live.

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Tom designed the invites, which were then letterpressed by Cranky Pressman.

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Jola accessorized with earrings from Fragments (a gift from her parents) and an Iwona Ludyga bracelet (a gift from the groom).
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The bride wore Chanel shoes with beaded flowers on the front.
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Jola’s sister and maid of honor, Lucyna, gave her a delicate handkerchief and a leaf she’d hand-painted on the big day.

Event Planning: Taylor Ferry of Tangorra Wedding Planning.
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The bride and her father took a vintage Rolls Royce to the ceremony.

Transportation: Flagship Trailways; Rockstar Limo.

Hair and Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty.
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The couple became husband and wife with a full Catholic mass, witnessed by 135 of their nearest and dearest, in Jola’s family parish, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Locations: St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church; Stone House Inn.
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The bride, wearing a veil from Gabriella, entered the ceremony on the arm of her father, Walter, as Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” played.

Officiant: Father Marek S. Kupka of St. Adalbert’s Church.
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It was all smiles as the married couple walked up the aisle.

Music: The Marsels.

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Flower girls Izzy and Ava carried baskets dressed with doilies and feathers down the aisle, scattering white petals as they went.

Personal Flowers: Petal Floral Designs.
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Colorful signage made by the maid of honor directed guests to the festivities.

Rentals: Newport Tent Company.
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The reception took place by the ocean, at Stone House, in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

Catering and Cake: Russell Morin Fine Catering.

Lighting: Jack Falvey Inc.
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Jola chose a Marchesa gown, and her groom sported a Dior Homme suit, Crockett & Jones shoes, Brooks Brothers shirt, J.Crew tie, and vintage Hermes double-knot cufflinks.

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