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Rustic Summer Wedding at Mount Hope Farm

I’ve lived in New England for seven years now, and this wedding reminds me why I fell in love with the area in the first place. Summers here are magical and this celebration captured that spirit perfectly, from the colorful hydrangeas to the nautical charm. Rupert Whiteley worked magic behind the lens and I’ll be spending quality time in this gallery, fondly thinking of summer days, as we head into the weekend.

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Rustic

From The Bride… My husband and I would both agree we never really believed in the “love-at-first-sight” phenomenon…until December of 2011 when we met while working in NYC. Seven months later Tim and I were engaged; one year after that we were married. Now we’re officially believers.

I grew up in Massachusetts where my summers were filled with New England beaches, charming coastal roads lined with hydrangeas, backyard family cook-outs, lobster boils, run down clam-shacks with ocean views, Red Sox games, sparklers and arguably the best fireworks in the country. Though we didn’t know each other then, my future husband, a Colorado native, also spent his summers in New England. His family had traveled all the way from Colorado to the same vacation home in Little Compton, RI since his grandfather had been a child.

When Tim and I got engaged in Newport, RI the summer of 2012 we knew right away that Rhode Island was the perfect location for us to begin our life together. With our wedding date set for 4th of July weekend the following year, we wanted to plan a celebration that would reflect who we were as a couple, honor our families and our heritage, and encompass all of the things we cherished so much about the New England summers we had grown up with.

We fell in love with historical Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI immediately and quickly chose the waterside Cove Cabin location as the ideal setting for both our outdoor ceremony and reception. Working with Russell Morin Fine Catering was one of the best decisions we made. Our wedding coordinator worked closely with us to create a menu that invoked memories of backyard grilling, clambakes, and lobster boils, complete with steamed littleneck clams and a New England clam chowder demitasse. For flowers we knew we wanted to go with local choices. Hydrangeas grow everywhere you look in Rhode Island and in abundant colors. We worked with Paula Conway of Conway Florals in Middleton, RI who put together the perfect combination of blue and white hydrangeas for our centerpieces and the bridesmaids’ bouquets. For my bouquet she incorporated white hydrangeas into a delicate blend of blush roses, stephanotis and lily-of-the-valley.

My family is of Irish and Scottish heritage. I wanted to honor my family by incorporating a few traditions into the ceremony and the day. Before walking down the aisle, my sister and Maid of Honor fastened a Celtic knot brooch to my bouquet as a sign of good luck. My mother gave me an Irish lace handkerchief to tuck in my hand. Traditionally, this handkerchief is then sewn into a bonnet for the Baptism of the couple’s first born child. In lieu of a bridal march, I had a Scottish bagpiper lead my father and me down the aisle to the “Flower of Scotland” (the unofficial anthem of Scotland). Thistles, the national flower of Scotland, were woven into the bridesmaids’ bouquets, the groom’s boutonniére and the flower arrangements along the aisle. After the exchange of rings, our pastor performed a traditional Irish hand-fasting ceremony in which fabric or cords are placed over the couples’ hands and a knot is tied to “bind” their lives together. This tradition gave rise to the popular phrase, “to tie the knot.” For our ceremony we chose fabric and cords that had sentimental value to both of us (lace from my mother’s wedding gown, a cord from my husband’s baby sweater, pieces of family tartan, etc.) Friends played traditional Irish and Scottish music before and after the ceremony on guitar and fiddle.

At the reception our guests were greeted with their names on navy blue and white place cards tied carefully to white starfish, which had been carefully assembled by just about every member of the groom’s family in the weeks prior to the wedding. Walkways were lined with silver lanterns and the tables were topped with glass candle holders filled with sand. As a special dessert, we offered guests red lollipops in the shape of lobsters. Despite the record heat and humidity of that weekend, our guests danced the night away while holiday fireworks sparkled in the distance over the Narragansett Bay.

Our wedding was a beautiful blend of traditions, the joining of two amazing families and most importantly the start of our new family and the beginning of so many new memories to come. We are so grateful to all of those who helped us and supported us throughout all of our planning. A special thank you to Rupert Whiteley Photography for so perfectly capturing all of our special moments.

Photography: Rupert Whiteley Photography | Flowers: Conway Florals | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Wedding Cake: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Invitations: Cricket Printing | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Hair and Makeup: New Leaf Hair Studio | DJ: Rhythm Productions | Bagpiper: Mike Capone | Bridal Veil: Sarah Gabriel | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Decorations, Favors And Ornaments: Coastal Coves | Fiddler/Violinist: Caitlin Warbelow | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Guitarist: Kyle Sanna | Music: Allison Barber | Tent: Newport Tent Company

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Multi-Cultural Mount Hope Farm Wedding

This Mount Hope Farm affair? Well, it’s both lovely and innately personal. Perhaps it’s the Scrabble loving sweeties and their heritage-honoring ceremony, or the local Robin Hollow Farm succulent favors, or even the vintage VW van. All I know for certain is that when you combine Photo Booth PlanetDream Images, and Erin McGinn, you’ll have a plenty of moments to cherish here.

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From Erin McGinn PhotographyRinee and Dan had the prettiest multi-cultural wedding at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island full of bright colors, rustic details, and sweet farm-style!

From the beautiful Bride… We envisioned a celebration that was all about our family and friends coming together. We wanted to celebrate (and share!) the natural beauty of Dan’s home state celebrating the natural setting. We wanted a relaxed, weekend-long celebration with plenty of opportunities for us to connect with our guests and them with each other. We wanted it to feel intimate and personal while showcasing our love of good food, drink and music through the festivities.

The first time we saw our venue it was a gloomy, torrentially rainy January afternoon, but we both fell in love at first sight. We loved that it’s community property, with such rich history — and that it’s a working farm! The day we visited, there was a farmer’s market in the barn, a fiddler happily playing melodies, and lights strung up from an earlier event – we were sold. The fact that there was an Inn on property was absolutely perfect!

We wanted our ceremony to be short and sweet, highly personal and with a good dose of humor thrown in. We also wanted to include some traditional Hindu elements to reflect Rinee’s heritage – without getting overly religious. We loved the idea of an outdoor ceremony in the gardens, and using a door – a symbol of new beginnings, journeys and adventures – as the arbor. Rinee’s childhood friend officiated, and Rinee’s dad took the couple through the traditional seven steps with the fire blazing in the background on an antique pedestal that Len & Nancy provided from their home. We also exchanged flower garlands handmade by Rinee’s mom, Ruby. We prepared our own vows to ensure they’d be personally meaningful.

We hand-wrote our escort cards on beautifully designed craft paper tags with ribbons in our wedding colors – corals, blues and greys. Cards were strung up between two old ladders along with a few photos from our engagement shoot on the lovely ocean drive in Newport. We had framed family photos on the mantle over the fireplace in the barn – for us, this was an important symbol of two families coming together. Our table numbers were spelled out in scrabble tiles – we both love the game and I’m a big fan of words.

We had small potted succulents lining the bookshelves as favors – we loved the idea of giving our guests something natural and local – grown right in the area (Robin Hollow Farm).

We wanted to capture our guests having fun – so we had a vintage VW photo-bus, Chloe, complete with zany props like a rubber chicken to ensure our guests would have a chance to get silly – and could leave messages for us along with the photo strips as our guest book.

Photography: Erin McGinn Photography | Videography: Dream Images | Floral Design: Robin Hollow Farm | Wedding Dress: Mika Inatome | Invitations: Ala Carte Studio | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: Ali Lomazzo | DJ: Nelson Cruz | Ceremony Music: Jordan Tice | Decor: Ryan Designs | Photobooth: Photobooth Planet - Chloe The Photobus | Wedding Venue: Mount Hope Farm

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Romantic Rhode Island Mansion Wedding

I’ve called Rhode Island home for a few years now, and every year I am simply amazed at all the beauty tucked away in this little state. Particularly when it comes to wedding venues like Glen Manor House. I mean, a gorgeous mansion on the ocean just screams gorgeous, and when you get to see it all through the lens of Robert And Kathleen Photographers that’s when you just know you’ve hit wedding gold

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From Robert And Kathleen PhotographersIt was important to Adrienne and Chris to have a wedding that reflected all the things they enjoy as a couple. They selected Glen Manor House because it was a beautiful setting not far from their home in Massachusetts and a great destination for their friends and family that live all over the Northeast. Adrienne selected soft hues for her bridesmaids and incorporated pops of teal and pink with the flowers and decor. It was important to both of them that the reception be the kind of party they would love to go to, so they selected one of Boston’s best party bands to entertain their guests and pack the dance floor.

Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Caterer: Glorious Affairs | Hair And Make Up: Jennie Kay Beauty | Band: Bear Fight | Bridal Gown: Augusta Jones | Bridal Salon: Allegria Bridal | Venue: Glen Manor House

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