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Belle Mer Wedding

This, lovelies, is what we call one crazy gorgeous celebration: a three day extravaganza with vibrant colors galore and one love-filled moment after another captured by Anna Wu Photography.  It’s the kind of wedding that stops you in your tracks from the very second you lay your eyes on its fabulousness… and never once stops being completely awesome, all the way down to the very last kiss.  See sooo much more right here.

And a beautiful film from Seaglass Cinema

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From Anna Wu Photography It was our incredible honor to document both photo and video for Mairin and Nikhil’s beautiful Indian wedding extravaganza in Newport, Rhode Island. Because Mairin’s family is Catholic while Nikhil’s is Hindu, they celebrated both with two different ceremonies. It was a packed weekend starting with a Sangeet on Saturday and the church ceremony, Baraat, Hindu ceremony, reception, and everything in between on Sunday. But throughout the wedding day, there was just one thing that stood out above everything else– the way these two look at each other. It’s timeless and enduring, with such adoration and abandon as if nothing else in the world exists.

The Catholic ceremony was in Mairin’s home church in Cranston, Rhode Island, while the Hindu ceremony was at Belle Mer in Newport. The mandap was adorned with colorful flowers and gorgeous silks that billowed gracefully in the wind. Traditional Indian music played softly in the background, evoking another time and place. From the moment Mairin walked down the aisle in her new Indian sari, the entire wedding was enchanted. The guests were held spellbound, and every gesture was imbued with tradition and new meaning. It was truly breathtaking.

Photography: Anna Wu Photography | Videography: Seaglass Cinema | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Konditor Meister | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Church | Hair & Makeup: Bridalgal | DJ: JT Productions | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Belle Mer | Dholi (Indian Drummer): Boston Sound And Light Company | Flowers, Planning: Pink Lotus Events | Horse & Mandap: Alankar | Linens & Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Sari Draping: Anju Pathak

Hayley Paige and Jim Hjelm Occasions are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Belle Mer and JLM Couture, Inc are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Newport Wedding from Ruth Eileen Photography

When Newport and Ruth Eileen Photography come together for a classic east coast wedding, it’s bound to be a beautiful thing. And with a modern white backdrop like Belle Mer and a layer of blushing pink blooms by Sweet Annie Floral Design, that melding of modern, classic, seaside goodness is indeed living up to our expectations. It’s oceanfront romance like only Rhode Island can produce and you can see even more right here.

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From the Bride… We envisioned our wedding to be vintage, romantic, and elegant. Sunny days are our favorite so we decided to have a (light-saturated) daytime wedding with a natural color scheme of blush, peach, and ivory tones, with touches of green and yellow. We decided on a circular ceremony arrangement because we wanted to create an intimate and unique setting. A circular petal carpet served as our altar, and we decorated the aisle with puffs of baby’s breath which were later re-used as reception centerpieces. The floral elements and circle ceremony were meant to fit perfectly with the round outdoor grass areas of our venue, but it ended up raining on our wedding day and we had to move everything indoors. Thankfully the circle ceremony still worked beautifully and most of our guests did not even realize that it was meant to be outdoors.

As a graphic designer, I could not help but design everything I possibly could for our wedding! I designed and styled our stationery, DIY decor, table displays, as well as our award-winning website which featured a custom-designed gift registry. One of my favorite projects was designing my own wedding dresses (Western and Chinese) and getting them custom-tailored back home in China. Not only was this more affordable, but it was amazing to hand select each fabric and actually watch the dresses come together. The Chinese dress retained traditional oriental elements such as the mandarin collar, and an embroidered phoenix (a symbol of virtue and grace), but I was able to modernize it with lighter-colored fabrics, and a full piece of lace on the back, to match the many lace accents used throughout our wedding. As for the western wedding dress, I included a removable, off-the-shoulder lace top, which essentially allowed me to create two outfits out of one dress. We also had our flower girl dresses custom-tailored, and I designed them to match mine with a fitted lace top, and flowing tulle on the bottom. I am a dancer and love ballet, so we had them dressed up as ballerinas!

My husband is Puerto Rican and grew up in New York City, while I am Chinese and grew up in Beijing, China. We incorporated our distinct heritages by including little details like the number “8″ (a lucky number in China) in our website URL, naming our reception tables as Puerto Rican cities, reading scripture in three languages during our ceremony, including salsa and classical Spanish guitar music, and having fusion-flavored macarons in our dessert display. We also prepared a word of thanks for our guests, with each of us speaking in the other person’s mother tongue (Gary in Chinese, me in Spanish). One of the most memorable parts of the day was when Gary surprised me (and our guests) by performing a classic love song in Chinese!

It was also important to us to include elements of our Christian faith, because that is the strength and foundation of our relationship. We did this by including bible verses in all of our stationery, website, and throughout various displays. Our ring bearer carried a bible “ring pillow”, and I even managed to find cupcake toppers for our dessert display made from vintage hymn music sheets.

Other sweet details included a signature drink named after our mothers, hand-lettered chalkboard signage (eye candy for graphic designers!), and a guestbook table which featured postcards for guests to fill out and have sent to our new home post-honeymoon. We included vintage postcards from the various cities which our guests had come from, and also found postcards depicting vintage flower seed packets, which perfectly matched our invitation stamps.

Overall, we loved that so many elements of our wedding day were custom designed to reflect the story of our lives and relationship. We worked closely with our florist Katie Rocheford, of Sweet Annie Floral Design, who played a key role in wonderfully executing many of the little details. We also searched tirelessly online and in antique stores to score many of the unique finds scattered throughout our wedding. As a designer and perfectionist, it was easy to get caught up and overwhelmed in the details, which made things stressful at times. But in the end, it was freeing to realize that our wedding was beautiful not because of the meticulously designed decor, but simply because we got married, and celebrated it with the people we love.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Videographer: Jordan Wong | Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: Longwood Culinary Arts | Make-up: Spectrum Makeup | Hair: Jen Gonzalez | Officiant: Jonathan Kerhoulas of Citylife Presbyterian Church | Cake/Dessert Display: Audabon Bakeshop | Chalkboard Art: Jennifer Carney | Florist/Bouquets: Sweet Annie Floral Design | Flower Girl Dresses: Designed by The Bride, Custom Tailored by Janelle Wooten | Invitations/Paper: Designed by Bride | Musicians: Jason Lee, Andrew Kim, Zechariah Tan, Fiel Sahir | Venue: Belle Mer | Website Design: Designed by Bride | Website Development: Daniel Miller | Wedding Dress (Chinese): Designed by The Bride | Wedding Dress (Western): Designed by The Bride, Customed Tailored by Helene Bridal | Wood Signs: Jason Lee

Donna Morgan is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Belle Mer and Ruth Eileen Photography are members of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Nautical Newport Wedding at Castle Hill Inn from Lindsey Rae Photography

Newport weddings never fail to wow. It’s just what they do. It must have something to do with it’s gorgeous vistas and old world charm, but I’m pretty sure its the stylish couples that flock to the beautiful shorelines that truly make it special. Because they bring us weddings like this one at Castle Hill Inn, that’s traditional yet fresh, and all around lovely. And with gorgeous florals from Sayles Livingston Flowers and stunning images from Lindsey Rae Photography - it simply doesn’t get better. See it all here.

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From LindseyNewport is home to some of the most beautiful ocean views, nostalgic New England charm, and intimate family gatherings. So, when Alexis and Will invited me to capture their Castle Hill Inn wedding I was thrilled! They both confessed how important it was to them both that their wedding not only celebrate their love for one another, but for their families as well. Alexis and Will’s wishes went off with out a hitch! Their day consisted of delicious champagne toasts, trolley rides, cascading flowers, rich colors, family heirlooms and traditions, signature cocktails, amazing-heart-felt speeches, and a dance floor that was never empty.

Photography: Lindsey Rae Photography | Cinematography: Daylight Films | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Flowers | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Confectionery Designs | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Castle Hill Inn | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | DJ/Band: Entertainment Specialists | Hair + Makeup: SERAI Beauty | Venue: Castle Hill Inn

Amsale is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Sayles Livingston Design is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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