"Spencer and I met through mutual friends who were finally successful in playing matchmaker. Our first year together was spent long distance, with me in Chicago on internship and Spencer working for the government in Washington, DC. We saw each other as much as possible, but the distance was made even further when Spencer was sent to Baghdad for three months. Spencer and I missed all of our first holidays together. When he returned we knew we wanted to be together, so we started planning for me to move to DC. When I finished my internship I moved to DC and three months later Spencer proposed by the Capitol Building. We began planning our wedding. Having grown up in Rhode Island, I had always imagined getting married in Newport. Spencer was against hotels for weddings, but when we saw the Hyatt and the lighthouse, we fell in love. Through our planning we tried to include both of our families and cultures, Spencer is from Atlanta. We had the best of both worlds, shrimp and grits and clam chowder on the menu. Spencer's sister helped us create our website and wedding logo. We wanted our friends and family to be as included as possible, having them come from all distances, so we named our tables after their hometowns and had them send us postcards as table markers. There were a lot of other personal touches too, such as our programs with a crossword on the back to keep people entertained while they waited. It meant a lot to us to have so many people we love there to celebrate this day with us." - Spencer & Meredith
Handmade Touches: Our logo was created by Spencer's sister specifically for our wedding. We used it on the favor tags, invitations, and other signs for the wedding.