As we kick planning into high gear for the debut issue of Celebrated Bespoke Weddings this fall, we’ve hired a rockstar intern from one of our alma mater’s – Salve Regina University – who’s on board to assist with everything from creating blog content, to culling photos and corresponding with industry vendors and of course, our couples! 

Here’s a little bit more on Isabel Thornton, SRU junior and our newest member…we’re so excited to have you on board!

You’re currently a junior at Salve Regina University; what is your major and why did you choose it?

I actually have a double major in English Communications and English Literature. I’m more interested in working in the communications field once I graduate. I’ve always been passionate about journalism, writing and creating content for various media outlets, and Salve has helped me grow so much through their communications program. 

What do you do outside of the classroom?

I’m currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Willow Literary Magazine on campus, I work as a tutor for math and French classes and I’m now working as an intern for Celebrated, which I’m very excited about!

What do you hope to gain from your internship with Celebrated?

I’ve always wanted to work in the magazine industry after college, and I recently took a social media class that sparked a passion to work in social media as well. This internship gives me the best of both worlds – it’s the exact position I wanted in order to become more familiar with the magazine industry. In general, I hope to develop my skills as a writer through the blog posts I create and expand my creativity by coming up with different topics to write about. I think it’s the perfect place for me to become a more experienced, more qualified employee.

What do you like about writing and communications as a whole?

I have always enjoyed the freedom of expression that writing gives me, and I love the various styles of writing. My communications and literature classes have taught me so many different things about writing. I can go from writing a poem, to writing a short news article, to writing a 10-page essay about Shakespeare. There are so many different ways to write, and that’s exactly what I love about it. I like communications specifically because I enjoy all of the options I have within the field. I can work in publishing, social media, broadcast news, public relations, and wherever else life takes me, and I appreciate having so much freedom to find which path is right for me.

How do you like Newport and what do you do for fun on your days off?

Newport has become my second home – it’s been such an incredible place for me to grow as a person. I love that I can just go to the beach at any time and that there’s so much charm to the city. Walking to the wharf, spending the afternoon at Castle Hill Lighthouse, or watching the sunset on Ocean Drive are my favorite ways to step back from school and appreciate the fact the I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. 

Where else have you traveled to? Have you ever been outside of the country?

Yes! In high school I got to go on a trip to Europe! We only went for nine days, but I got to see Paris, Nimes, and Avignon in France, then Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. Barcelona was my favorite place and I would love to take the time to explore it again someday. My boyfriend and I both want to go to Switzerland as well, so I’m hoping we can make that happen soon.

Do you have any other hobbies or passions outside of communications and writing?

I love photography and capturing the sweetest moments in my life on camera. I also enjoy hiking, especially at home in Vermont – the views on top of a mountain are unmatched. I would seriously recommend taking a trip to Vermont in the summer or fall and going on a hike, it’s breathtaking!

Finally, what interests you about the wedding industry and what have you learned so far from this internship?

I have actually loved looking at current trends in the wedding industry, as well as seeing all of the beautiful Cape Cod and New England weddings. I created a social media campaign for class last semester that focused on fast fashion and reducing waste, so I was excited to see that sustainable weddings are increasing in popularity. I love that so many unique wedding styles can be beautiful in their own ways, and I’m incredibly excited to be interning for a wedding magazine, especially Celebrated!