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Elegant Seaside Belle Mer Wedding

Thursdays are my favorite and today is more fabulous than ever. Not only does she work wonders here at SMP but our editor Melissa also recently said “I do” to her handsome man at breathtaking Belle Mer and we get to relish in all of Rebecca Yale’s wondrous photos for the foreseeable future. And by gosh, our girl is gorgeous – and a planning pro, from the beautiful blooms by Anchor & Grace to Casa De Perrin’s romantic rentals. Congrats Melissa, and without further ado, let’s leap into this abundance of beauty!

From Rebecca Yale PhotographyOne of my favorite parts of working in the wedding industry is getting to meet and collaborate with other talented, creative and kind people. Melissa exemplifies all of those qualities to a T so I was so incredibly honored to photograph her and Shawn’s intimate Newport, RI wedding. There’s something magical about photographing intimate weddings where I get to know all the guests and can feel the love and happiness radiating off of them towards the bride and groom. The bride and groom’s portraits are always one of my favorite moments of the day and Melissa and Shawn certainly did not disappoint. They exchanged cards in a sweet emotional moment during their first look, followed by a walk on Belle Mer’s grounds to take portraits with their elegant wedding party. It was a perfect day and an absolute pleasure to capture for such a sweet couple.

From the Bride… A wedding is a thousand things all at once—a culmination of hard work in both love and planning, a beginning to the journey of marriage, a cheerful kind of chaos sprinkled with family, friends, laughter, tears, never-want-to-let-go hugs, and of course, pretty, pretty details. It’s why I love waking up each day and logging on to Style Me Pretty, an experience that I’m so blessed to be a part of and call my job. And with that ‘wedding blogger’ title I’m so thankful to have, I’ve had the chance of meeting some of the most talented vendors in the wedding industry that made every inch of our day possible—one of our happiest days yet.

We met our incredibly talented photographer, Rebecca Yale, right around the time Shawn and I were engaged. She’s one of the kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and now call my friend. She’s poised, knows how to make you laugh, understands the moments that are important to you and oh, she’ll make you cry with her gorgeous captures, she will. My heart was filled with the biggest joy when our wedding photos arrived.

Our intimate wedding celebration was overflowing with so much love and beauty—it’s impossible to choose just one favorite moment. It began with sweet getting ready moments at our seaside venue, Belle Mer, with my girls in their floral robes from Plum Pretty Sugar. My mother buttoned up my romantic, flowing Jenny Yoo dress and placed my pearl necklace around my neck, a wedding gift from my Groom. After curling my last curl and eagerly grabbing my gorgeous bouquet designed by Leigh Anne of Anchor & Grace, I headed off for my first look with Shawn. We both loved our first look. It was a moment just to ourselves that we’ll never forget.

Our guests were greeted with music from Beat Train as I fastened my veil and headed down stairs for our ceremony. As I walked out of the door, I saw our parents, grandparents and my girls lined up, dressed to the nines and wearing ear to ear grins. It was a truly special moment to have such a parade of love ahead of me as I walked down the shell path to meet my Groom. Our ceremony, officiated by Mike Egan included a blessing of the sea and our sweet and simple vows. After nearly a decade since meeting one another, that moment was more meaningful than we could have ever imagined.

The ceremony was followed by a fun cocktail hour, bocce ball and mingling. Sarah Dennen, our coordinator at Belle Mer made each transition flow seamlessly. The bridal party entrance was by far the most entertaining moment of the night. As a joke that started during my bachelorette party, my sister (also MOH) wanted to enter like Beyonce. With two groomsmen paired to each bridesmaid, each of the trios followed suit and were introduced in (seriously funny) style. We entered the most striking room, filled with blooms by Anchor & Grace, charming tabletop rentals by Casa de Perrin, menus (and lovely invites) by Minted, quote signage by Julie Song Ink and calligraphy signage and goodies by Laura Hooper Calligraphy. After dinner, we were surprised by a mini fireworks show from our generous and thoughtful friends, which was the perfect way to end the evening. It was breathtaking beyond words and we soaked in the entire day with thankful hearts!

Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Coordination: Sarah Dennen At Belle Mer | Floral Design: Anchor & Grace | Dress: Jenny Yoo | Shoes: Schutz | Rings: Long's Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | DJ: Beat Train Productions (Jeff Gilbride) | Favors: White Pashminas | Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse | Officiant: Mike Egan Of Heavenly Weddings | Venue: Belle Mer | Accomodations: Hyatt Regency Newport | Bride's Robe: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Hair And Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty | Cake Stand: Ebay | Cards: Sugar Paper | Catering And Cake: Belle Mer | Cocktail Napkins And Drink Stirrers: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Custom Quote Signage: Julie Song Ink | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Groom's Leather Cuff Link Box: Pottery Barn | Heel Protectors: Solemates | Invitation Designer: Phrosne Ras | Invitations And Menus: Minted | Light Blue Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic | Memory Coasters: Thimblepress | Mom Gifts: Coordinates Collection | Monogram Handkerchief: Linen Whites | Registry: Zola | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Seating Chart: DIY By Bride | Table Numbers And Chair Signs: BHLDN | Tabletop Rentals: Casa De Perrin | Tux Designer: Black By Vera Wang | Veil And Jewelry: Nordstrom | Wedsite: Squarespace | Wood Signage: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

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Romantic Blush Castle Hill Inn Rhode Island Wedding

Chock full of lush blush botanicals, the prettiest metallic-tinged ‘maids dresses, pink Valentino Rockstuds, and what might be one of the most breathtaking veil shots I’ve ever seen — courtesy of none other than SMP-fave Ruth Eileen Photography, of course — these oceanfront Rhode Island “I Do’s” are the absolute definition of romantic. Take a peek at the full gallery here, and be prepared to swept away!

 

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From The Bride…Kyle and I met in 2005 in our high school gym class! I was a freshman and he was a sophomore and a mutual friend introduced us. Shortly after that, we started dating and have been pretty much inseparable since!

After almost 9 years of dating, he decided it was (finally) time to propose! He enlisted the help of some of my closest friends to help him, which really meant so much to me. My friends and I planned a “girls trip” to NYC for some pampering and fun girl time. Little did I know they had planned the whole weekend with Kyle and were getting me all dolled up to look my best when he popped the question (seriously, do I have the best friends or what??). With a ploy to go meet another friend in Central Park, the girls and I headed to Belvedere Castle where Kyle completely surprised me by getting down on one knee and popping the question while it quietly snowed around us. It was truly a magical day!

When we started looking for venues, we knew we wanted to stay within New England, as we both grew up just outside Boston and most of our family and friends still reside there. Kyle wanted our venue to be by the ocean whereas I wanted somewhere that had more of garden setting. We began researching separately and ended up sending each other the same website link to Castle Hill Inn. It was absolutely perfect with it’s sweeping lawn that overlooked the ocean – we both were able to get what we wanted! We also knew we didn’t want our guests to have to travel from the ceremony location to the reception, so the fact that Castle Hill had a gorgeous tent set-up right next to the ceremony site was another reason we knew it was perfect for us.

After finding our venue, the next biggest decision was picking our photographer, which really ended up being one of the easiest decisions we made throughout the whole wedding planning process! I actually found Ruthie on none other than Style Me Pretty. I was browsing through their local vendors list and as soon as I clicked on her site and saw gold polka dots on the front page, I knew it was meant to be! Oh and the fact that she takes amazing photos! :) When we met Ruthie for the first time, we hit it off right away and left our meeting knowing we had found the perfect photographer. She was so helpful throughout the whole process, I honestly do not know what I would have done without her!

Overall, I knew I wanted our big day to feel inviting, intimate, romantic, and a little glamorous (without being too stuffy)! Thankfully Kyle let me take the lead with color schemes and most of the details so I stuck with my favorites: pale pink, ivory, and gold. I also knew I wanted my bridesmaids in different pale pink/blush beaded gowns, so I rounded up a whole lot of options for them to pick from and then we narrowed it down from there who would wear which one. This worked out so well because the girls were able to purchase dresses that fit their body type and were comfortable wearing. They all looked stunning!

When it came to finding my dress, it was surprisingly an easy process. I didn’t really know what to expect when I went shopping for the first time, but I can say I had a TON of fun trying on beautiful gowns! While I tried on various different styles and silhouettes, I knew I wanted a strapless ball gown with a sweetheart neckline. My goal was to find a dress that had the perfect balance of classic and modern, and the instant the saleswoman helped me into that Amsale “Dahlia” gown, I knew that was it. I had butterflies in my stomach and instantly started to get a little teary-eyed (and silently kept praying in the dressing room that my mom would love the dress as much as I did!!). That feeling of “when you know you know” was SO true for me!

The flowers were soft and romantic and really created that intimate feeling we were going for by incorporating a lot of white and pale pink and some greenery. Joyce at Stoneblossom Florals created the most beautiful arrangement that was placed on the arch at the ceremony site. It was truly breathtaking and was the talk of the night amongst all of our guests! We used large baby’s breath arrangements for the head table (repurposed from the large arrangements that sat at the beginning of the aisle during the ceremony) with smaller floral arrangements in between. Lush arrangements sat in gold vessels on round tables that went oh-so perfectly with the beautiful lace table clothes!

Everything came together so well and the whole day went off without a hitch! We feel so lucky to have worked with such amazing vendors to help create our perfect day!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Coordination: Emily DiBello | Floral Design: Stoneblossom Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Confectionery Designs | Invitations: Paper Source | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Amoroso's Jewelers | Catering: Castle Hill Inn | Favors: Niagra's Honeymoon Sweets | Groom's Attire: Milton's | Transportation: Viking Tours of Newport | Venue: Castle Hill Inn | Bridal Boutique: Cristina's Bridal | Bride's Clutch: Kate Spade | Cake Topper: Deighan Design | Earrings: Oscar De La Renta | Frames: TJ Maxx | Groomsmen Socks: Happy Socks | Mason Jars: The Retro Redhead | Menus: An Elegant Affair | Mr And Mrs Signs: ZCreate Design | Paper Straws: Pop Up Parties Shop | Place Card Holders: Graceful Events | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Ring Bearer Sign: Linen & Lace | Signs: Sweet Peony Press | Signs: Keep Life Simple Design | Table Numbers: Blessed Blondies | Wedding Program Template: XO BSpoke

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Elegant New Year’s Eve Wedding

I really want to go to a New Year’s Eve wedding. Considering I hardly ever have plans that live up to the epic expectations we have for December 31st, a love-filled celebration is what I’d prefer. And I dream of going to one just like this here. With gorgeous Newport in the background, this beautiful Bride wed her handsome Groom in an elegant affair, with Carrie Rodman and Focused Bliss Productions capturing it all. Splash! got the dance floor going and if these pics are any indication, the party never stopped.

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From the beautiful Bride… Some may call us high school sweethearts, since Greg and I were both students at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey when the sparks first flew. But it wasn’t until we were college sophomores in 2009 that we decided to take the plunge with a long-distance relationship. Greg attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and I was at James Madison University in Virginia. We dated all through college, and then moved to New York City, where Greg pursued a career in finance and I started working in fashion PR. Over those first years, Greg and I switched jobs, apartments, and even spent some time apart to see what Manhattan single life was like. But we kept coming back to each other, and finally moved in together on the Upper West Side in 2013.

Greg proposed that Christmas. He surprised me at the Bozeman airport in Montana, where my family was spending the holiday. He was in cahoots with my parents on travel arrangements and had flown in the day before, unbeknownst to me. He asked me to marry him on a poster which he held above his head as I came down the airport escalator on the way to baggage claim. I was shocked and overjoyed.

Our engagement was special for many reasons. Greg had been planning to propose for weeks with the help of my beautiful mom, Carol. Sadly, my mom lost her seven-year battle with breast cancer on July 5, 2014. From the moment we got engaged (and let’s be honest, years before that), to days before she passed, my mom helped me create the most magical New Year’s Eve wedding. From venue scouting and dress shopping to hand picking the candelabras and table linens, she was with me almost every step of the way in the planning process. She was determined to make my wedding day the most special day of my life, no matter how sick she felt. I know she was able to celebrate our wedding too— just from another place.

On our wedding day, my Maid Of Honor gifted me with an oil painting created from a photo of my mom and me on the day we found my wedding dress. It’s the most special present I’ve ever received, and it reminded me that she was there with me that day, and always would be.

Greg and I were married on a beautifully sunny, crystal clear, albeit cold (20 degree) Newport day. While our teeth were chattering in first look photos, the adrenaline from the day kept us warm on our trolley ride around town. We were married at 7:00 on New Year’s Eve by a Rabbi and Pastor, and together, they officiated the most perfect ceremony which included both of our families’ religious backgrounds. During our reception, we barely stepped off the dance floor— it was packed all night long! Our incredible band, Splash!, played Auld Lang Syne and counted down as the clock struck midnight. It was, of course, my favorite New Year’s kiss to date!

2014 was a year we will never forget, but 2015 marked a fresh start for me, and more importantly, our new family.

Photography: Carrie Rodman | Videography: Focused Bliss Productions | Floral Design: Toni Chandler | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Stationery: The Write Occasion | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair And Makeup: SERAI Beauty | Lighting: Gateway Productions | Band: Splash! | Transportation: Viking Tours | Wedding Venue: OceanCliff Hotel | Baked Goods: Scrumptions | Photography Editing: Sesha NYC/LA | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Wedding Planning: Bride | Wedding Rings: Corinne Jewelers

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Elegant Silver + Champagne Rhode Island Wedding

Set inside a gorgeous ballroom, overflowing with sparkling blush details, and helmed by a hilarious Groom and princess-lookalike Bride, there’s no way that this wedding from Eventfully Planned wasn’t going to be one for the books. After they said “I Do,” the Boston Common Band had guests dancing all night long, while M. Studios caught it all in the gallery right here. We know you want to, so take a peek!

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From M. StudiosThey met at a bar called Snickers. Years later they married at Belle Mer. Along the way Jen and John had many adventures and fell madly in love with each other. Their wedding day invoked the beauty, romance and happiness that these two share. Jaime at Eventfully Planned made sure that no detail was left unattended which made our job that much easier. It also didn’t hurt that the talented makeup artists at Jennie Kay Beauty transformed Jen into the most beautiful Disney Princess. We are sure this isn’t the look Jen went into her makeup trial asking for but take a look at this stunning beauty and tell us that she’s not the fairest of them all! Some people say that all the groom has to do is show up on the wedding day, not THIS groom! John was just as involved as Jen. He knew the timeline by heart and kept us all on track and in stitches. This guy is truly the life of the party and so, so nice.

Before we even arrived at Belle Mer we traveled all around Newport with the talented David Bettencourt shooting video. Beginning at the Mill Street Inn, a former nineteenth century mill that combines historic charm with today’s modern luxuries, we captured the delicate details of Jen’s styling. John was a few suites away and we witnessed a sweet exchange of gifts between the bride and groom. We took a quick walk over to the grounds of Trinity Church for a first look and some formal portraits with the wedding party and then moved on to Ochre Court at Salve Regina. This stunning building serves as the administration building for the university but it’s like no administration building you’ve ever been to. Nestled among the incredible mansions of Newport’s Bellevue Avenue, Ochre Court was once the summer residence of a prominent New York banker. With hushed tones John and Jen stole some quiet moments and a private dance surrounded by details inspired by French Gothic chateaux and churches.

Next was Belle Mere for the ceremony with the sea and the Newport Bridge as the backdrop. Guests are always blown away by this venue. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Blooms by Broadway Florist enhanced the beauty of the cocktail hour and reception while the Boston Common Band had all of the guests dancing and partying into the night. To say we like this couple would be and understatement. We LOVE this couple!!

Photography: M.Studios | Event Planning: Eventfully Planned | Floral Design: Broadway Florist | Cake: Scrumptions | Reception Venue: Belle Mer | Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty | Entertainment: Boston Common Band | Getting Ready: Mill Street Inn | Video: David Bettencourt

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Glamorous Spring Wedding at Belle Mer

Show me a spring seaside wedding at the always beautiful Belle Mer and I’ll show you one happy bridal blogger. But add in not one, but two clips, from Long Haul Films and I’m now getting super comfortable to soak it all up. We have an abundance of glamour and romance right in front of us so let’s just settle on in for this big bundle of beauty with the pics and films below!

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From Long Haul Films Long before Victoria slipped into that gorgeous Vera gown, we traveled to their Rhode Island home for their “I Love Us” film – not only did it give them a chance to share their sweepingly romantic story with the world, it gave us the chance to get to know Vic and Jay (and their cute little pups!). When their wedding day came around, we felt like we were spending time with old friends.

From the Bride… Think romance and think glamour! Those were the two words I was inspired by during the entire planning of the wedding. Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island was the first venue we looked at and booked it a day later. We wanted to get married on the water, but not in the sand so it was a perfect fit! The rest of the planning process was indeed a process. Like every bride, I had dreamed of my wedding dress since I was a little girl. I envisioned myself in a white princess ball gown. It wasn’t until after trying on approximately 30 dresses that I landed on a blush mermaid-style Vera Wang gown. The first dress I ever tried on was my favorite. So when I went back to try it on a second time at Vera Wang on Newbury Street in Boston , they no longer had the gown in the ivory color I loved. I tried on the blush dress, assuring my mother and sisters it was just for fit. All I remember is walking out of the dressing room with more excitement than anything I had felt with any of the other dresses. Before even turning around to look in the mirror, I screamed, “This is the one!” That’s how I ended up with the wedding color scheme.

All eight of my bridesmaids wore white, instead. I selected each girl’s Jim Hjelm dresses keeping their gorgeous, but different body types in mind. None of the girls saw their dresses until they were delivered a month prior to the wedding. I accessorized each bridesmaid with different jewelry and a stack of Sisco + Berluti bracelets – they’re my favorite! My handsome groom and groomsmen all wore custom-made Tom James suits. Jay wore a silver and blush pinstriped three-piece suit that complimented my gown to perfection. I wanted everyone to look and feel as good as I did.

On the evening of May 24, 2014, Jay and I enjoyed each other, our family, our friends and our hard work as we became husband and wife. The ceremony was so sentimental to us, because we included so many special people. Jay and I wrote the entire ceremony ourselves. A family friend married us, a cousin read a remembrance for Jay’s father and my grandmother, and two of our very dear friends spoke the kindest words about marriage and love. It was absolutely wonderful!

Just when we thought the night couldn’t get any more magical the reception started. The room décor was mostly white with little touches of pink and silver here and there. We danced the night away with DJ Charles Mercer and The World Premier Band. There is not a thing I would change about that night.

Photography: Long Haul Films | Cinematography: Long Haul Films | Floral Design: Broadway Florist | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Hair & Makeup : Stillwater Spa Newport | DJ: DJ Charles Mercer | Band: World Premier Band | Groom's Attire: Tom James | Hotel: Hyatt Regency | Wedding Venue: Belle Mer | Bridal Boutique: Vera Wang Boston | Bride's Jewelry: Sisco + Berluti

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