Alan Neale


“The Most Beautiful and Healthy Path of Mindfulness while… Getting Married.” Christine Bevilacqua – Event Planner Extraordinaire.

It seems a very long time ago now, actually sometime in Spring 2015, I asked Christine Bevilacqua if she would come speak to a church group about the practice of mindfulness. Christine accepted the invitation and within a very short time facilitated the group to think and… practice mindfulness. Good job, Christine.

I had already come to know Christine as a wedding officiant at one of her beautifully orchestrated and largely stress-free weddings; so both personally and professionally I knew here was a person who definitely “walked the talk” of mindfulness and had the gift to share that “walk” with others.

I have married many, many couples and there has been a fascinating and exuberant variety in all the weddings and yet a few things are common. One thing that almost every wedding couple yearns for is a quiet center that is profound and healing in a time of stress; I hope I have provided, and will continue to provide, such a quiet center. Christine’s company (Metta Events) is a full-service wedding and event planning firm based in Newport, Rhode Island.

Metta Events is a full-service event planning firm based in Newport, Rhode Island and Shelter Island, New York. Christine and her team execute extraordinary events throughout the Ocean State, East End of Long Island, New England and beyond. Specializing in weddings, we offer three levels of planning services. We create beautiful and memorable events for our couples, their families and their guests. Our planning process is creative and efficient with a focus on our client’s style, goals, and unique tastes. We believe life’s celebrations should be heartfelt, beautiful and outrageously fun!

It’s been now almost a year that I have had it “in mind” to write about Christine and her visit to Trinity; but today “mindfulness” overwhelmed me and I got down to the task. Maybe this was just the right time to do it?