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Romantic Newport Estate Wedding

There’s no doubt that the New England coast is sprinkled with lots of lovely locations boasting beautiful waterfront views. But Newport? It’s a dream. And it’s one of my personal faves. So when Grazier Photography and EFD Creative sent over this coastal soiree, I couldn’t wait to peruse the gallery. Bonus? Long Haul Films is taking us through every moment of this day in their sweet film below.

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Summer
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From Grazier PhotographyThe soft pink, lavender, and white color palette was a perfect compliment to a fresh early June day. The combination of Charlene’s gorgeous look and fun attitude with Max’s classic style and confidence made for really fun portraits. Their day was planned to allow them to enjoy it without being rushed. We loved that Max and Charlene chose to walk each other down the aisle to enter their ceremony: it was a beautiful way to begin a marriage!

From EFD Creative – Event Planning & DesignThe venue set the tone for the wedding of Charlene and Max. This European-style mansion embodied the feel of old time romance. From the moment you pull into the estate driveway you instantly go back in time. The goal was to fuse together the unique setting along with incorporating the personalities of the couple.

The lawn overlooking the ocean was the location for the ceremony, the views were spectacular especially on this perfect day. During the cocktail hour guests were treated to refreshments and lawn games along with oysters and unique tasting from Australia the brides homeland. The patio off the back held the intimate dinner and was styled with soft tones of pinks and creams and purple. The draping and lighting helped create a comfortable setting. The detailed touches from the menu, table numbers, cake pops – that doubled as favors and place cards were designed to match the look and put their personal stamp on the event.

As the sun went down, the colors in the sky, along with the lighting on the patio which included uplights and string lights came to life, and the with a fire pit for s’mores you could not dream up a more romantic elegant illuminating view.

From the beautiful Bride… As soon as we walked into The Chanler in Newport, RI we knew that it was the perfect venue for our wedding. It had ocean views; a beautiful mansion set on top of a cliff and was the perfect size for the intimate wedding we envisioned. Food is very important to us and we wanted our wedding to feel like an elegant dinner party with delicious and plentiful food. Being Australian, it was also a great way to incorporate my Australian background into the festivities and The Chanler went above and beyond to accommodate this by making Australian meat pies and serving our signature cocktail, Lemon Lime and Bitters, which our guests loved.

I also love flowers and wanted grand, romantic floral arrangements. Flowers by Semia captured my ideas flawlessly and the mix of tall and low centerpieces was so gorgeous, it was hard to leave them at the end of the day. I tried to take home as many arrangements as possible!

We are so grateful to Edna from EFD Creative – Event Planning & Design who helped put together every single detail for our day. She was such a great help in organizing our wedding that we were even able to buy a house a week before our wedding! During the wedding, we did not have to worry about anything logistical, we were able to enjoy it stress free surrounded by friends and family. It truly was one of the happiest days of our lives.

Photography: Grazier Photography | Event Design: EFD Creative-Event Planning & Design | Florist: Flowers By Semia | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: The Cupcakerie | Invitations: Allure Invitations | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Makeup: Lynn Liu Makeup | Hair: Fringe Salon | Favors: Amy's Apples | Officiant: Sacred Spirit Sanctuary | Venue: The Chanler | Lighting & Draping: Exquisite Events | Music: Jazz In The Air | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Video: Long Haul Films | Wedding Planning: EFD Creative - Event Planning & Design

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Indoor Elegance at Belle Mer In Newport, Rhode Island

Classic with the perfect hint of modern elegance, this stunning Belle Mer soiree from as seen through the lens of Kate McElwee is one seriously stylish way to start your work week. Sprinkled with beautiful details that really wow and so much love, this gallery will have you pinning the day away. See exactly what I mean here.

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Spring
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Ballroom
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From The Bride…Nathan and I met in culinary school, classically sitting down next to each other the first day of class. What began as a beautiful friendship slowly blossomed into an everlasting relationship. Two cross-country moves and four years later, Nathan proposed at The Portland Headlight at Cape Elizabeth on a gorgeous August day with a 1930s art deco sapphire and diamond ring.

When looking for a wedding venue, we wanted to find a place that expressed who we are, a Southern California girl and classic New England boy. We knew we had found the spot the moment we stepped inside The Salon at Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island. The clean white palate, stunning chandeliers, and waterfront setting left us speechless.

Our goal was to create a spectacular party for our closest friends and family, while honoring the importance of our marriage. We kept the guest list intimate and opted for no bridal party. We wanted our friends and family to enjoy the day on their own terms, wearing outfits of their choosing. I asked a small group of my closest girlfriends to be “honorary bridesmaids” for the day. We all went to a Barre Pulse class in the morning and then laughed over champagne while I got ready.

We left our color palate fairly neutral, opting for black, gold, and white, with a pop of red, drawing inspiration from Old Hollywood glamour. And nothing is more glamorous than a Vera Wang wedding gown! My dress was utterly outrageous and so exquisite, it still gives me goosebumps. I paired it with non-traditional Christian Louboutin black heels, a Valentine’s Day gift from very thoughtful husband.

Nate looked so handsome in his custom fit Alton Lane midnight blue tuxedo with a silver paisley lining, a tribute to his adorable goddaughter, Paisley. Complete with patent leather Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, he looked like he stepped right off the red carpet.

Unfortunately no great love story is complete without tragedy. We were heart struck as we watched the Boston Marathon bombings unfold on the Monday of our wedding week. It put into sharp focus the brevity of life and the importance of every moment. Our wedding became a pillar of hope and strength among the sadness and chaos.

On such a monumental day we made sure to surround ourselves with people we truly respect and love, including our vendors. To say that our photographer, Kate McElwee, was phenomenal would be an understatement. She was a breath of fresh air amongst the stress and nerves of the day. From reminding me to eat, lending me her flats for our “rock climbing adventure,” and snapping hundreds of photos in the wind and rain she truly is a “kick ass photographer.”

Our last minute decision to add a videographer was epic! McKenzie Miller, the sweetest, most humble woman, captured our day perfectly and has allowed us to experience our wedding all over again…and again…and again.

The team at Belle Mer was remarkable. They easily adapted to our last minute decision to move the ceremony inside and had the room reset and ready for our reception without missing a beat. Our guests were floored by their impeccable service and attention to detail.

No great party is complete without an awesome soundtrack and DJ Seth Isaacs went above and beyond our greatest expectations. Nate and I danced the night away to all of our favorite jams, ecstatic to be Mr. and Mrs.

Photography: Kate McElwee Photographer | Videography: McKenzie Miller Films | Florist: Hanaya Floral | Cake: Momofuku Milk Bar | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: N/a | Hair: Jennie Kay Beauty | DJ: Seth Isaacs | Officiant: Victoria Burdick | Bride's Gown: Vera Wang | Ceremony & Reception: Belle Mer | Ice Cream: Ben And Jerry's | Invitation Suite: Lettering By Liz | Linen: La Tavola | Photobooth: Photobooth Planet | Popcorn: FunFlicks

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Timeless Ballroom Wedding at Belle Mer

You know those weddings that’ll be just as utterly chic today as they are 10 years from now? Well this, my dears, is that kind of wedding. It’s a timeless Belle Mer ballroom affair complete with florals from Greenlion Design, invitations by Christina D’asaro Design, and gorgeous photos all thanks to Suzanna March. See more right here!

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Fall
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Mansion

From Christina D’asaro DesignEvery last detail at Cristina and John’s elegant wedding at Belle Mer, in Newport Rhode Island was just perfect, as beautifully captured by the talented Suzanna March Photography.

Custom save the dates set the tone, with a full color photograph of the venue, and a custom monogram. Invitation suites were letterpress printed on a luxurious white cotton paper stock, with grey ink, and included custom designed patterned envelope liners. Day-of paper details included escort cards and signage (including a framed sign honoring the father of the bride, who hand-crafted the incredible farm table!), as well as menus and programs. Cristina even incorporated the custom monogram into the favors – adorable mason jars complete with ingredients & a recipe for homemade cookies! It was such an honor to work with this very special and loving couple on all of the pretty paper pieces for their extraordinary wedding.

Congratulations again, Cristina and John!

Photography: Suzanna March Photography | Floral Design: Greenlion Design | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang From Saks Fith Avenue | Invitations: Christina D'asaro Design | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair & Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty | Band: Night Rhythm | Ceremony Music: La Bella Musica | Venue: Belle Mer

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Elegant Newport Wedding at Rosecliff Mansion

A Newport mansion wedding is basically a dream come true for me. I can’t think of a more elegant or timeless place to say I do. So when I opened this stunning Rosecliff Mansion wedding beautifully captured by Studio Atticus Photography, I had to catch my breath. With gorgeous florals from Sayles Livingston Flowers and details that will stand the test of time, this gallery is sure to take your breath away too.

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From Studio Atticus PhotographyGeneva and John’s wedding was one of the most moving weddings I have ever documented. John’s first wife passed away and left him with their sweet daughter, Kaitlyn. I can only imagine what Kaitlyn experienced due to the sudden absence of her mother. Childhood loss is a baffling and overwhelming experience. On many occasions leading up to the wedding, I thought about Kaitlyn and wondered how she would respond to the impending celebration.

Throughout the course of the wedding day, it became apparent to me that Geneva had truly embraced Kaitlyn as her own daughter. She took time out of her own preparations to focus on Kaitlyn’s needs, giving her affection and treating her as a very special part of the morning. During the ceremony, Geneva surprised Kaitlyn with a little ring of her own, and during the reception John and Kaitlyn shared a father daughter dance. At one point in the afternoon while speaking to Kaitlyn, I referred to Geneva by her first name and Kaitlyn immediatly corrected me, saying “No-it’s Mommy”. Clearly Kaitlyn had welcomed Geneva as her mother as well.

Geneva and John also made sure to remember Kaitlyn’s mother on the wedding day. In lieu of favors, a donation was made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in her honor. The thoughtfulness that had been attended to in order to simultaneously pay loving tribute to one family and also create a beautiful new one nearly brought me to tears numerous times during the event. Life is such a glorious construction of sorrow, joy, creation, and loss, and this jubilant day seemed like a perfect illustration of all of those things.

Photography: Studio Atticus Photography | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Flowers | Catering: Plantation Catering | Hair Stylist: Brady Brumfield Of James Joseph Salon | Wedding Venue: Rosecliff Mansion | Bridal Prep At: Chanler Hotel At Cliff Walk | Bride's Makeup: Stacey Frasca | Invitations And All Paper Products: Chandra Wroblewski | Reception Music: Radiance - Wilson Stevens

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Blushing Coastal Wedding at Belle Mer

I’m a major fan of Rhode Island and it’s for reasons like this chic affair. A seaside wedding that so embodies the classic beauty of New England along with a healthy dose of prep. It’s a combo that Rhodi does so, so well and with the help of Greenlion Design along with elegance folded into every blushing detail, this gallery captured by Melissa Robotti is where it’s at.

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Spring
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Beach Resort
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Coastal

From the Bride… We define our wedding theme as “simple, New York City prep” – the style marriage of two NYC professionals and their New England roots. It was important to us that this nautical elegance also included some more personal experiences, as the typical Newport wedding experience is a story already told. Our photographer, Melissa, took us to the daffodil fields on the Newport Cliffwalk for pictures (as opposed to the standard mansion and ocean shots). This field only blooms for about one week out of the year, so it’s not every day that other brides get these gorgeous shots. As for the reception details, personal touches like pylons were created by the bride’s parents (and of course with the help of our florist) to bring in the nautical feel to each table and carry through the simple elegance. What resulted was a beautiful uniqueness and fabulous day of celebration that we’ll have in our hearts forever!

Photographer: Melissa Robotti Photography | Florist: Greenlion Design | Wedding Dress: Liv Harris | Invitations: WedSpring | Ceremony Venue: St. Lucy's Church | Church: St. Lucy's Catholic Parish | Reception Venue: Belle Mer | Jewelry: La Bijouterie, San Francisco | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Hair And Makeup: Serai Beauty | Calligraphy: Amy Schupler Veaner | Band: Night Rhythm | Ties: Vineyard Vines | Suits: 9tailors | Save The Dates: Preppie Paperie

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Romantic Newport, Rhode Island Wedding

Newport is one of my favorite places on the planet, so when I see a party from that pretty little city by the sea, I can barely contain my excitement. Particularly when it’s as gorgeous as this beauty captured by Sabrina Scolari. Filled to the brim with some of the most steal-worthy details, every image sitting in this gallery deserves your undivided attention – and you can get to swooning here.

From The Bride…Courtney and Tony’s romantic journey around the world began almost three years ago. The couple had always spoken about traveling to Paris one day after Courtney fell in love with the city while studying abroad. Tony—who has traveled just about everywhere in the world, but Paris—had been waiting to visit the city once he met a very special girl.

And meet—they did. The couple began dating in February 2011 and over a year later, Tony decided it was time to make that special trip. On April 11th, 2011, Courtney thought it was just an average day. Little did she know that Tony would pick her up from work with a suitcase packed and surprise her with a trip to Paris.

Courtney and Tony set out on a private tour of the city and Versailles during their first full day in the city. They experienced the beauty of Luxembourg Garden, the architectural masterpiece known as L’Arc de Triomphe among many other monuments, and then set out for Versailles where they toured the gardens. As the day came to a close, there was one last stop they would make on their way back home—a trip to Parc de Saint-Cloud where they would overlook the city and reflect upon their incredible journey.

Their journey was just beginning there. As the couple looked out over the city, Tony got down on one knee and asked Courtney for her hand in marriage. An ecstatic Courtney screamed “yes!” and the celebrations began.

The couple have continued their around-the-world journey together during their 15-month engagement, which they have spent in London. Tony, a Lawyer for Latham & Watkins, and Courtney, an Account Director for McCann Erickson Advertising, knew that New England would be the perfect location to return and reunite with friends and family for their summer 2013 wedding. The couple—who have strong ties to Boston, the city where they fell in love, and Newport, where they spent much of their time—worked with many Boston and Newport creatives to help bring their romantic, summer wedding to life. The couple focused on the unique little details they knew would be enjoyed by friends and family. Highlights include: custom boarding pass wedding invitations, wedding time capsules, a grooms’ football garter belt toss, and many more.

Photography: Sabrina Scolari | Floral Design: John Orton Design | Wedding Dress: L'elite | Makeup: Dani Wagener | Hair: Lindsay Griffin | DJ: Moondance Productions | Photobooth: ShutterBooth | Trolley: Viking Trolley of Newport