Let your unique expression of Love

become your forever after

Rhode island was known, in Colonial times, as The Place of the Otherwise Minded. We were the first colony to welcome and  accept all religions  and faiths to our shores. WEDDING PARTY NEWPORT carries on that illustrious tradition.

meet Cris

I became an ordained non-denominational minister in 1995, dedicated to offering weddings and life transforming services which express every couple’s unique passion and energy.

I have had the honor of presiding at weddings from Vermont to Florida.  Weddings have been performed at some of Newport’s  most beautiful destinations; Breton Point, Easton’s Beach Rotunda, Newport Yachting Center, The Edward King House, Belle Mer, Gooseberry Beach, and Castle Hill.

Ceremonies have also been performed at The Carnegie Center in Washington, DC, Von Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont, Fort Barton in Tiverton, RI, Palm Beach in Florida, Colt State Park in Bristol, RI.

Whether you choose a simple backyard wedding with a BarBQue, at the family farm, a wedding on a rock just off shore from Atlantic Beach Club(because that is where you celebrated your proposal), on a boat like The Adirondack or dressed up in Militia garb or as a Knight and his lady at King Richard’s Faire (because you are re-enactors), I believe that however and wherever you seek to express LOVE is a SACRED PLACE and I am ready to help you express your Unique Soul Vision.


An experience like no other, to match a love like no other.


A deeply meaningful ritual that goes beyond mind and body.


Your future together, starts here.

The Details

Ceremony of your Dreams

My fee for service includes creating the ceremony of your dreams. Each ceremony I create is a unique expression of your personal story and journey towards Love. I can help you write your vows, find the perfect destination and put you in touch with helpful support, from music to gifts. Check out my Links Page for referrals for everything from destinations to florists, bakery to music.


Apply for the marriage license in person

Both people must apply for the license in person and sign the application in the presence of a city or town clerk or his or her assistant. Please be sure to contact the city or town office where you will apply for the license to verify their identification requirements and hours open to the public.

Rhode Island residents:
* If both applicants live in Rhode Island, apply for the license from the city/town clerk of the residence of either applicant. The marriage license is valid in any city or town in Rhode Island and the couple may be married anywhere in Rhode Island.
* If one applicant lives in Rhode Island the license must be issued from that applicant’s city/town of residence.

* If neither applicant lives in Rhode Island, the marriage license must be obtained at the city or town clerk’s office where the ceremony will take place. Rhode Island law states that the marriage license is valid only in the city or town in which it was issued. If the ceremony is performed in a city or town other than where it was issued, the validity of the marriage may be in question.


Provide required identification and legal documents

Proof of Birth Facts and Identification
* Most cities and towns require certified copies of your birth certificates and a valid government issued picture ID.
* Please be sure to contact the city or town clerk where you will apply for the marriage license to verify their requirements and hours of operation.
Permit to Marry for Minors and Persons Under Legal Guardianship
* A Minor’s Permit to Marry must be completed for any applicant under the control of a parent or guardian if 16 or 17 years of age. The permit may be obtained from the city or town clerk where the license will be issued and should be signed and notarized in the presence of the city or town clerk issuing the license.
* Applicants under the age of 16 cannot get a marriage license in the state of Rhode Island without the approval of Family Court.
Proof That Previous Marriages, Civil Unions or Registered Domestic Partnerships Have Ended
* If either applicant has been previously married, civilly united or in a registered domestic partnership, and the previous marriage, civil union or registered domestic partnership ended in divorce, dissolution or death, that person must present a certified copy of the FINAL decree of divorce or dissolution, or a certified copy of the death certificate to the city or town clerk.
* The couple must give the license to the officiant.

Accurate information
* Any person who willfully and knowingly supplies false information intending that the information be used in the preparation of a marriage license shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both, pursuant to Section 23-3-28 of the RI General Laws.


Marriage licenses cost $24.



Arilyn Mitchell Harpist  www.airlynharp.com 401-239-8697
Andrew Kaplan kaplan71@verizon.net  401-837-8408
Cellist, Elegua Duo  ginevra.ventre@gmail.com 440-554-7526


All Occasion DJs  Manny Cabraal  manny@alloccasiondjs.com 401-996-1670
Atlantic DJ Service djnewport.com  401-849-2829
LUKES DJ 401-323-1997 luke@lukesdj.com
Outside the box Productions  Corey Young  401-243-3101 www.djcoreyeyoung.co
Bialek’s Music  www.bialeksmusic.com (DC)  301-340-6206


All Occasion Transportation  www.alloccasionlimo.com
A-1 Car, Cab and Van  401-841-0411
Commonwealth Farm and Carriage  401-683-4504
Ken Gaus Personal Driving Service 401-487-8700 kgaus@gmail.com
Lands End Limousine  401-847-4883  www.landsendlimo.net

The Valet Connection  Karen West CEO, karen@valetconnection.com  401-499-3898


The Adirondack II
Architect’s Inn, Newport
Belle Mer, Newport
Breton Point State Park
Castle Hill, Newport
Eastons Beach Carousel, Newport
Ocean Cliff, Newport
Rosecliff, Newport Preservation Society
Quidnesset Country Club, East Greenwich
Mt. Hope Farm, Bristol
The Carnegie Library, Washington, DC
The Roger Williams Park Casino, Providence
Belle Mer Newport 401-841-0330
Mt. Hope farm, Bristol 401-245-9070
Newport Vineyards 401-848-5161 (farm to table-wines local)
SIGHTSAILING OF NEWPORT (The Adirondack, The Aurora) 401-849-3333
Tillinghast Farm, Barrington 401-254-1746


Chelo’s Banquets and Catering  401-737-9909
Creative Cake Company  www.newportcakes.com  401-862-9950
Diane’s Delectibles Cake Designer  www.dianesdelectibles.com  401-732-0177
Newport Vineyards  www.newportvineyard.com  401-848-5161
Le Petit Gourmet  401-619-3882  petitgourmet@cox.net
Celestial Cafe www.celestialcafe.us 401-295-5559 (farm to table)
Cozy Caterers 401-351-3111 www.cozycaterers.com (clam bake)
Mis Fibz  401-246-3315 (funky)

Photography/Video/Photo Booths

Anne Lord Photography  anne@annelordphotography.com  703-435-5292 (VA)
Artistic Wedding Video Group  www.awvg.net  401-369-8438
Erick Brown Photography  401-440-2361
Jackie Nelson Photography  401-737-5500
Lisa Riordan Photography  401-218-5887  www.lisariordan.net
Livingstone Photography  401-231-7110
Rupert Whiteley Photography  www.rjwphoto.com  401-648-1000
BLUE FLASH mywedding@blueflashphotography.com 401-484-1818 (simple, romantic, outdoors)
Megan Gillard Photography 401-954-4672  meg@megangillardphotography.com (candid)
Candids by Kat 401-0316-3070 http://candidsbykat.com (outdoors)
Christopher Martel www.armorandmartel.com  401-480-3098
Serb Mayevsky  sergmayphotography.com  786-309-7671
Matt Norris  MGNorrisPhotos@gmail.com www.MGNorris.com (contemporary)


Elaphunkk Handcrafted jewelry using healing crystals  Sonja Boyd www.elaphunkk.etsy.com
GemTree Aaron Roy www.Gemtree.us
The Sea Star Collection 148 Bellevue Ave. Newport

Cris can be reached at (401) 662-6642 or fill our the form below

My personalized services include the following
FREE Consultation • Based on your unique needs, I can either create a personalized service for you or just assist in helping you write your vows • Rehearsal • Filing your license appropriately and on time • Assist you in find the appropriate support services and venue that comes within your budget

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