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Modern Coastal Newport Wedding

Last summer my hubby and I explored Newport, Rhode Island for first time and haven’t stopped talking about it since. With stunning seaside views that had our jaws dropped, it’s no wonder this couple choose the Belle Mer for their own special day. Greenlion Weddings designed the bloomage, Cmostr snapped the goods, and the full gallery? It’s a modern wedding lover’s paradise.

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From the Bride…John and I met in the sixth grade but despite knowing each other for most of our lives, planning a wedding still wasn’t the easiest thing to do. With Newport’s fickle fall weather in the front of our minds we initially couldn’t decide whether to have our ceremony in or outdoors. We were tempted to have it outside by past stories of warm and sunny November weddings at Belle Mer, but in the end wanted our guests to feel comfortable no matter what, so we decided to plan for the less-than-ideal and get married indoors.

I wanted the look and feel of the wedding to be light and very natural despite having an autumn date. The best part of Belle Mer as a venue was that everything was so open and white- almost like a blank canvas where weddings weren’t dictated by the room’s established decor so we really could make our Big Day look the way we wanted it to. I love when things mismatch to the point where they all look harmonious together- from the linens to the centerpieces to the bridesmaids’ dresses and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres, we were able to accomplish rustic, modern, natural and chic all the same time.

Even after all the planning, nothing could prepare us for the most perfect sunset that greeted us following our I do’s. It made for the most perfect backdrop for cocktail hour and completely set the tone for the rest of the night. The rest of a very perfect night.

Photography: Cmostr Photography | Florist: Greenlion Weddings | Dress: BHLDN | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair: Meg Ryan | Makeup: Jennifer Marcuson | Rings And Earrings: Kalaki Riot | Venue: Belle Mer

Badgley Mischka and BHLDN are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Belle Mer and Greenlion Design are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Nautical Chic Newport, Rhode Island Wedding

Newport weddings make my heart sing. Newport weddings at the Newport Yachting Center with this amount of chic? They make me want to jump out from behind my desk and do a happy dance. It’s perfectly sweet with just the right amount of sophistication, making every image snapped up by Mikhail Glabets sitting in this gallery simply divine.

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From the Bride…From the time we started planning our wedding together, Jay and I knew we wanted to get married in Newport (where we met, got engaged and now live together)! My husband is a photographer and so I left the final decision of hiring the photographer to him. We had many contenders but one day while perusing SMP we came across Mikhail. Once Jay talked to him and had a look at his portfolio we knew he was the right choice for us. Most of the other details fell pretty easily into place. Planning the wedding in the town where we live made it easy for us to meet with vendors and make choices pretty quickly. We decided to get married at Salve Regina University where Jay is currently getting his MBA. They have a beautiful Catholic chapel that could accommodate our wedding size perfectly. Jay’s childhood priest Father John Prusaitis was kind enough to make the trip down to RI to marry us. We were able to spend some time with Father John this summer during our wedding preparations. It gave him some time to get to know me and get reacquainted with Jay. Sharing our special day with Father John was an important part of our Wedding Day.

Planing our wedding was an emotional process for me especially, as my mom passed away from Breast Cancer in 2011 so I definitely missed having her by my side during this special time. Luckily, I had a wonderful maid of honor (my sister) and great bridesmaids to help along the way!

The most difficult decision for me to make was choosing wedding gown. While my mom was sick we made a point to watch “Say Yes to the Dress”, so that in a way we had a chance to look at gowns together. It was important to me to get an idea of what my mom would have liked to see me in on my wedding day. When it came time to choose my gown, I thought I wanted a traditional lace gown, but after trying many dresses on I ended up choosing a sparkly Lazaro fit and flair. This was definitely my mom’s influence as she loved sparkly things! Once I put the dress on I just knew it was my dress; my mom would have loved it.

I met Jay shortly after my mom passed away , so she never had a chance to meet him. I feel that she had a hand in us meeting, but I still wish she had a chance to get to know the man I will spend the rest of my life with. We incorporated my mom’s memory into many of the design aspects of our wedding. She loved hydrangeas, so our Florist Paul helped to build our vision incorporating hydrangeas into my bouquet, the center pieces and and all of the cocktail tables. I created our menu cards and ceremony programs as a DIY project including hydrangeas on the back of the program with a note honoring my mom. Jay and I also made our escort cards by hand; together. I ordered wooden anchors from Etsy and painted them all navy blue with silver writing, they doubled as Christmas Ornaments for guests to take home. We incorporated Jay’s talent for Photography by providing matted photographs of Newport as gifts for our guests at the end of the night. After all the preparations for the wedding, our weekend went flawlessly. It was a feeling like no other to have friends and family surround us with their love as we exchanged vows.

During the maid of honor speech my sister talked about many things she felt my mom passed on to us. My mom always loved traditions and my sister shared one from her husband’s side of the family that night. They have a hat that is brought to every wedding, the hat is passed around during the reception while people are dancing. There was a great picture of mom from my sister’s, sister in law’s wedding. She brought the hat to our wedding to continue the tradition and everyone had a blast passing the hat around the dance floor.

We took just under 10 months to plan the wedding of our dreams, and it went by in the blink of an eye. We now how have the rest of our lives to spend together making memories and traditions for our own family.

Photography: Mikhail Glabets | Flowers: Broadway Florist | Wedding Gown: Lazaro | Invitations: Papers Of Newport | Ceremony: Our Lady Of Mercy Chapel | Reception: Newport Yachting Center | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair & Makeup: Alison Barbara Weddings | Band: Mystique | Bridesmaid Dress: Amsale | Getting Ready Outfits: Pretty Plum Sugar | Groomsmen Attire: Viking Tuxedo | Tented Wedding On A Pier: Newport Yachting Center | Trollys: Rockstar Transportation | Wedding Hotel Guest Accommodations: The Hotel Viking

Amsale, Hayley Paige, Jim Hjelm Occasions and Plum Pretty Sugar are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Plum Pretty Sugar, JLM Couture, Inc and Newport Yachting Center are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Classic Spring Wedding in Newport

I stared at this wedding for a long time before putting it up in lights. Because every little detail is class. Pure, unabashed class. From the images of the bride standing so beautifully in her gown to the perfect florals tucked into cut crystal vases and the moments of pure romance on the beach at belle mer, it’s all so beautifully done. And thanks to photos Melissa Robotti … there is so much more to devour.

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From the bride...Adam and I met on our first day of college at Georgetown University and were friends right away. Love came a few years later and grew beyond graduation, despite careers in different cities and stints on separate continents, to a life together in New York City and a down-on-one-knee proposal in the West Village streets. Looking back after ten years together, who would have known that the boys I met at a campus party on my first night as an undergrad would someday be standing at an altar as my husband-to-be, wedding officiant, and groomsmen?

A long-time lover of all things wedding, I was thrilled but a bit overwhelmed in deciding on a style for my own big day. While Adam and I live in Manhattan, we spend any chance we can at his parents’ home in Rhode Island. We are a little bit big city, and a little bit sleepy seaside town. I have always gravitated toward a romantic, vintage style, but also find a more modern look with a crisp color palette and clean lines appealing. When we found Belle Mer, it was as if someone had mixed all of these elements into our planning bowl and baked it to a warm and bubbly wedding perfection. Add to that the wonderful times that Adam and I have shared in Newport over the years, and we were sold.

We decided on a color scheme of neutral tones to highlight Belle Mer’s ethereal elegance, with just a few pops of color and soft-hued lighting to echo the sunset views over the Narragansett Bay. The bridal party’s attire and accessories tied in the seaside feel, with eight bridesmaids in blue chiffon gowns and one ‘usher-ette’ in green. The groomsmen and ushers wore black tuxedos accented by simple paisley pocket squares coordinated to the color of the maids. Each bridesmaid wore a different piece of hand-made jewelry in emerald and aqua tones, and for the reception I changed from pearl drop earrings to a pair in a shade called ‘Bermuda blue’. We were so lucky to have a beautiful April day to top it all off. The sky and ocean were maybe the best accessories we could have asked for!

The building blocks of inspiration for the reception decor were found in, well, building blocks: the colors of the fireplace in Belle Mer’s Water Salon set the tone. The invitations, flowers, and table linens were designed to mirror the white fireplace and its champagne accents. Our incredible florist, Toni Chandler, created soft, romantic arrangements that brought a vintage twist to the contemporary space. Antique silver bowls and trays filled with garden roses in shades of white and ‘latte’, white hydrangea, tulips, and sweet pea were the perfect complement to tall, clean white balustrades topped with puffs of baby’s breath. Bud vases and candle holders in mercury glass, silver, and crystal were focal design elements decorating the fireplace mantle, stairway balcony, and tables.

For me, treasured elements of the wedding are those that incorporated family traditions and ‘something borrowed.’ The stems of my bouquet were wrapped with Alencon lace from my mother’s veil, and I wore the antique white-gold watch that my grandfather gave to my grandmother after their engagement. In my dressing room was a photo of my mom’s bridesmaids getting ready on her wedding day that I always used to admire as a little girl. During the ceremony, the grandmothers presented our wedding bands on family heirlooms – my ring tied with a champagne satin ribbon to the prayer missal that both my mother and grandmother carried down the aisle on their wedding days, and Adam’s to the prayer shawl that he and his grandfather wore for their bar mitzvahs. The wedding ceremony incorporated both Christian and Jewish influences to mix our different faiths, my favorite being seven secular readings delivered by family and close friends to represent the Seven Blessings read during traditional Jewish wedding ceremonies. We even cut our cake with the same silver knife my parents used on their wedding day.

My mother, sister, and I planned the wedding weekend together (with the assistance of incredible vendors!), and I have their boundless creativity, impeccable sense of style, and careful attention to detail to thank for bringing this dream to life. When I think back on the months leading up to the big day, I remember a series of opportunities to share this exciting time with those most important in my life: dress shopping with my future mother- and sister-in law … picking out registry items with three generations of the women in my family … the endless back and forth that my sister tolerated to help me select nine Amsale bridesmaids gowns that would ‘go’ but not ‘match’ (bless her for knowing exactly what I wanted but couldn’t articulate throughout this entire process) … and the one-woman event designer, baker, sewer, calligrapher, and printing press that is my mother (Programs? No problem. Place cards? Sure. All with individually hand-cut edging? Cake.).

A wedding is first and foremost about the love between two people starting a life together, but it is also about families celebrating new bonds. Our goal was for this love and energy to shine through all the details of the day, and Adam and I could not be more grateful for the amazing people that supported us through the process of becoming Mr. and Mrs.

Photography: Melissa Robotti Photography | Flowers: Toni Chandler Flowers & Events | Invitations: William Arthur | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids: Amsale in Pacific | Entertainment: Brick Park Entertainment | Ceremony & Reception: Belle Mer | Dress and sash: Martina Liana | Female Usher: Amsale in Ocean

Amsale and Badgley Mischka are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Belle Mer and Melissa Robotti Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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