Mom knows best, and in the case of when Caroline Marzonie met her future husband Patrick “Pat” DeJesus, she was spot on. The pair met during the first week of their freshman year at Elon University. They were both in relationships at that point, but when Caroline’s parents came for Parents’ Weekend, her family went to the football game and her mom picked Pat out of the roster. “Thinking he was a good looking guy, [my mom] announced ‘You should date him!’ It took a few more months following that football game, but sure enough, she was right!” says Caroline. After dating on and off throughout college, the two started taking their relationship more seriously, when she ended up in New York and he in D.C. The couple did long distance for three and a half years, but that thankfully ended when Pat made the move to New York, and he proposed a year and a half later on her family vacation in Little Compton, Rhode Island.
Caroline suspected that he might pop the question, but her twin sister, Kyle, assured her that it wasn’t happening and that she should expect something around Christmas-time. She bought into her sister’s assurances so much that she didn’t suspect a thing when she found a magnum bottle of champagne and fresh flowers, or when Kyle picked out a white dress for her to wear before dinner at a vineyard. “On the way home from the vineyard, we drove past what Pat and I call ‘our tree’—a big tree on the side of the road, whose branches grow on either side of the telephone pole, practically connecting at the top to form this funny ‘O’ shape. The tree is five minutes away from my parents’ house, and is our symbol that we’ve finally made it to Little Compton!” Caroline says. Pat slyly asked to take a photo in front of it and got down on one knee. The newly engaged couple was surprised by both of their families for a celebratory dinner afterwards!
Caroline immediately knew she wanted an autumn wedding in Little Compton, and Pat was sold on the location after she first brought him there. To help plan, they hired Jamie Nelson from Eventfully Planned and quickly decided on a neutral color palette of whites and grays, with subtle pops of blue.
Well before she was engaged, Caroline knew what designer she wanted to wear on her wedding day. “Before Pat even proposed I knew that I wanted to wear a Mira Zwillinger gown. I fell in love with her ethereal, lightweight, delicate, and intricate designs from the first time I saw one of her dresses,” Caroline says. After multiple boutique appointments with her mother and sister to try on looks that were not by Zwillinger, she found her gown at Mark Ingram in New York. “As if by fate, my stylist also spent her summers in Little Compton, and when she found out that I was getting married there, she said that she had ‘THE dress’ and pulled out the Mira Zwillinger Calla gown, and she was right!”
The bride accessorized with diamond drop earrings, given to her by her parents, a sapphire and diamond ring that her father gifted to her mother on their wedding day, and a gold and diamond ring, which Kyle gifted on the wedding day. “My something borrowed and something blue,” says Caroline. As for beauty, makeup artist Jeannie Vincent gave Caroline a natural look, since the bride normally doesn’t wear a lot of product.
Caroline and Pat were married in the United Congregational Church of Little Compton. And although she was initially unsure of there being no center aisle, Caroline came around to the special tradition of walking with her father on the left aisle and leaving with her husband on the right one. Because the couple had done a first look and taken pictures before the ceremony, Caroline wasn’t as nervous as she thought she might be, “but walking arm and arm with my dad down the aisle erased any other nerves that were leftover.” Following the “I dos,” the newlyweds jumped into a 1960s bright orange Jeep and headed to cocktails.
Guests met the couple under a tent next to the bride’s parents’ house, overlooking the water. “Since our cocktail hour and reception were both outside, we really wanted the beauty of the Little Compton farm lands, stone walls, beach grassesm and ocean to speak for itself, and because it was fall, we went light on florals, and leaned more heavily into greenery and branches,” Caroline says. Stoneblossom’s floral styling made the space perfectly lush and airy. Because it was October and got colder as the sun set, the floor was also carpeted to make the space feel warmer.
For dinner, swordfish, beef, or a seasonal pumpkin ravioli was offered to attendees, and the whole meal was catered by RM Catering + Events. “I was too busy talking and catching up with guests during cocktail hour to eat anything that by the time we sat down for dinner, I was so hungry; I had two whole plates of the pumpkin ravioli,” says the bride.
The dance floor was in full swing, thanks to Boston-based band Ripcord. “We had tried to avoid any dancing in between courses, in an effort to wrap dinner and speeches up quickly to maximize after-dinner dancing time, but RipCord made that impossible!” says Caroline. The bride’s father and twin sister made speeches, as well as Pat’s best man, Luke, who is also a twin. “Pat stood up and gave such a special toast to our families and friends, and to me, before instructing our guests to raise their glasses and cheer ‘Abudah’—a toast we do every night at sunset, in honor of his father who passed away seven years ago,” explains the bride.
The couple had their first dance to “(Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. “I was the most nervous for our first dance, but this ended up being my favorite part. Everyone says that you feel like you’re the only two people in the room, and there’s really no other way to describe it,” Caroline says.
Later in the night, espresso martinis, chicken and waffle sandwiches, and ice cream were readily available to those looking to refuel. For the last few years, Caroline and Pat have hosted an annual “Wig Party” in her parents’ barn, so for their after-party, they brought out hundreds of wigs for people to choose from—keeping this hilarious tradition alive on their wedding night!