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Black Tie Garden Party Wedding in Newport

You know that couple who’s so effortlessly chic that basically everything they touch turns to gold? I think that’s this couple who pulled off a East Meets West Coast Black Tie Garden Party. It’s every bit as cool as it sounds, complete with wild foliage, flower crowns and farm-to-table fare. Thanks to Sally Pinera for adding these gems to our inspiration hub, The Vault.

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From Sally PineraThis wedding is a Black Tie Garden Party where East Coast meets West Coast. With Bobby growing up in classic New England and Molly growing up in hipster Portland, Oregon, they were determined that their wedding showcase both old world glamour and new world bohemian aesthetics. The ceremony took place in the great oval room inside the Newport Country Club (a historic private golf club that hosted the first U.S. Open in 1895). Wine barrels overflowing with wild foliage lined the front of the aisle while a string trio played some of their favorite songs by Coldplay, Lana del Rey, and Kishi Bashi.

The tent was transformed into a secret garden with foliage and glass orbs hanging from above and large floral table runners cascading over the edges of each table. Hundreds of votives lighted each long farm table while vintage gold frames featuring hand painted rose watercolor table numbers with love quotes from classics such as Pride & Prejudice, Maya Angelou, Henry David Thoreau, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Rose colored quartz pieces held each guest’s calligraphy name card in place.

Guests feasted on “farm to table fare,” such as beef tenderloin, swordfish, and roasted corn & caprese salad with bundles of haricot verts. Dessert consisted of a chocolate cake with vanilla bean frosting and fresh raspberries with rose watercolor streaks and gold foil cascading down the layers. A dessert bar featured dozens of macaroons in the bride’s favorite flavors: earl grey with honey, lavender with blackberry and rose with raspberry, while miniature limoncello cones were passed around on painter’s palettes.

Guests danced the night away while a 10-piece band played everything from Frank Sinatra to Pharrell. At the end of the night, vintage trolleys took guests to their accommodations.

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Photography: Sally Pinera | Coordination: Exquisite Events | Floral Design: Stoneblossom | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Makeup: Visage1Studios | Hair: Patrice Vinci Salon | Invitations + Calligraphy: Cast Calligraphy | Venue: Newport Country Club | Earrings: BHLDN | Hair Accessories: Mignonne Handmade | Veil: Saks Jandel

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Fall Wedding Film from Beautiful Castle Hill Inn

I have this thing for fall weddings and if the chosen colors happen to include maroon, well, I’m even more partial to the party. I didn’t think a celebration could beat those two factors, but place it at Castle Hill Inn, on a cliff overlooking the sparkling sea, and I’ve just about lost my marbles with glee. Hoo Films captured these fairytale-worthy “I do’s” and there’s no better way to start off your week. Enjoy!

From Hoo FilmsLindsey and Rob are just the sweetest, most adorable couple ever. We had the chance to spend the evening before the wedding with them, and it was clear from the start this was going to be a fun destination wedding weekend for all who traveled to Jamestown, Rhode Island to celebrate this storybook love! This was one of the most beautiful venues I’ve seen, set near a cliff for the outside ceremony and a gorgeous tented reception. Their crowd was outgoing, fun, emotional, and ready to dance. Pretty much your perfect party mix. Lindsey and Rob light up each other’s faces and I don’t think either one of them stopped smiling the entire day. But most importantly, we all learned when Rob’s family knew for sure that Lindsey was “the One” for Rob. Rob’s brother says it was when she uttered three precious words…. “I’ll bring dessert.”

From the Bride… I wanted the wedding to be both glamorous and romantic.  The peachy-blush softness of my gown was contrasted with mixed metallics, especially champagne and rose gold.  We deepened the palette with a rich burgundy wine color for the bridesmaids dresses and added luxurious pearl and crystal textures throughout.

It was important to me to have unique touches everywhere.  We mixed traditional tall floral centerpieces with antique finds that my fiance and I spent months searching for.  They included everything from a stunningly geometric 1940s projector to an early telescope, globe and binoculars.  Each table had a theme, and a relating romantic quote to tie the elements together.  Sitting atop a vintage mirror, the pieces were draped in antique pearls, and adorned with large, soft luxurious fresh blooms. We DIY’d everything from our boxed invitations to our welcome bags, menus, programs, escort cards, guest book, and more! I loved designing every detail.  Coordination was key!

My favorite moment was our first look.  Our photographers took us through the woods to a beautiful clearing where two paths met.  I’ll never forget feeling like my heart was about to jump out of my chest between nerves and excitement as I (literally) climbed up the hill to meet him. The sun was streaming through the branches, and as soon as I saw him, all of the nerves faded away.  I could live in that moment forever. 

My favorite crafted detail was actually at our day after brunch.  I made a newspaper featuring the big news of our wedding, along with stories about the dress hunt, details of our bridal party, and activities for our guests in Newport.  It was a huge hit at brunch, and made it feel even more personal.
Our florist grows her own flowers and they were absolutely stunning.  We had cafe-au-lait dinner plate dahlias as the primary wedding flower.  They were incredible! I wanted soft romantic blooms that echoed the delicate architecture of my gown.  The blush color of my dress was so special and unique.  I felt incredible in the gown, and never wanted to take it off! My ombre blush to white cathedral veil added to the drama of the dress.  Our favors were hand crafted by our baker. She made cookies to look like some of the antiques we included in our centerpiece.  She crafted beautiful pocket watch cookies cast at 9:18 (our wedding date) and incredible antique key cookies.  She decorated our cake with lace tiers, pearls, and sugar dahlias.  It was gorgeous!

One piece of advice I’d give to brides-to-be would be to invest in your photographer and videographer.  When the day is over, the cake will be gone, the flowers will be wilted, and your dress will be hung in a closet.  Your day will be the most wonderful day in your life, and you’ll want to relive every precious detail over and over again.  I was so relieved to know that every moment was captured for us.  Before the night was over, I was so excited to watch the ceremony and the toasts over and over again on video.  Sacrifice elsewhere.  Find vendors you connect with.  Documentation is so important!

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Photography: Moirae Creatives | Videography: Hoo Films | Coordination: PDR Events | Floral Design: Flowers By Semia | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine Bridal | Venue: Castle Hill Inn | Decor: Exquisite Events Design | Rentals: Rental Unlimited

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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!

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