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Coastal Wedding Obsessed? This Fete Will Give You ALL the Heart Eyes.

I might be a tad bit biased when it comes to coastal summer fetes in Newport. OK—definitely biased. If a seaside soiree is on the books for you, I assure you, this sun-drenched day snapped up by Arielle Doneson is one you’ll want to cozy up to for a good long while. Complete with a navy and coral color combo and nautical touches to boot, there’s even more sitting pretty in The Vault.

From the Bride… Liam and I spend most of our free time in the summer on the beach in Rhode Island, and made many happy memories there in the time that we were dating. We wanted our wedding to reflect summertime on the water in New England, while at the same time remaining simple, timeless, and classic. Our main focus was for the day to host a fun Newport ‘summertime party’ for our friends and family to relax, eat, drink, and dance! We also incorporated a few personal touches to make our wedding feel like it was really “ours”, which included: a welcome sunset sail the night before, the boat ride prior to the ceremony, personalized vows, my late grandmother’s jewelry, having the mothers of the bride and groom choose the readings (and gifting to them handkerchiefs with embroidered quotes), having a close friend officiate, a funfetti cake (something I’ve made for Liam since the first few months that we started dated), our first dance song was a song that we frequently listened to on the way home from the beach….etc, etc you get the point!

I chose a mostly white color palette with some touches of navy and red/peach flowers to help evoke the summery and classic feel that I wanted…I also wanted to make sure that when we look back at our photos in 15 years, we don’t regret bold or trendy color statements! Liam and I are both non-fussy people, and I wanted to keep our decor clean and streamlined as well, not to mention maximizing the views of Newport Harbor.

I hope this helps give you a sense of my mindset while planning…Liam and I just wanted the day to feel like “us” at the end of the day, and I based all of my design decisions off of that main line of thought!

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Photography: Arielle Doneson Photography | Floral Design: Toni Chandler | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Mad Hatter Bakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Shoes: Jack Rogers | Engagement Ring: Stacy Seiger | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: OceanCliff | Makeup: Apothecary Newport | Hair: Apothecary Newport | DJ: Denise LaCarubba Wendt | Groom's Attire: Jcrew.com | Groom's Attire: Jcrew.com | Groom's Attire: Vineyard Vines | Venue: OceanCliff | Accessories: BHLDN | Earrings: BHLDN | Sapphire Ring & Brooch: Vintage | Wedding Rings: Barmakian

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A Rustic Take on a Cape Cod Wedding

With family from Texas to Brazil, this couple decided on a destination wedding to group all their guests in one perfect spot – Cape Cod. Esq.Events Wedding Coordination came on board to help them design the day of their dreams, including rustic details captured by Li Ward. See it all here!

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Overbrook House is such an awesome wedding venue and our amazing couple made the most of the various spaces available. They hosted their families and friends on the property in Cape Cod: many visiting from Texas and Brazil. The ceremony was held on the lawn followed by cocktails and games in the garden and dinner in a sail cloth tent. The final stop was the dance hall for dancing and desserts. It was a warm, personal affair that continued well into the evening. The details and design of the entire event were elegant and whimsical fitting the rustic venue on the cape.

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Photography: Li Ward | Cinematography: Waves Media | Event Planning: Esq.Events Wedding Coordination | Floral Design: Bittersweet Gardens | Reception Venue: Overbrook House | Catering: The Casual Gourmet | Makeup: Shannon Kartel | Band: Cuppa Joe | Tent: American Tent & Table, Inc | Tent Rental: American Tent & Table, Inc | Event Rentals + Styling: Rust & Luxe | Rentals: True North Rentals

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This Colorful Seaside Wedding will 100% Spark Your Summer Nostalgia

Winter Schminter, this celebration embodies sunny beach days and childhood carnivals but with a beautiful, peony-filled twist. Captured by Readyluck, it’s a study in taking a theme near and dear to your heart and translating it into the most beautiful thing on the planet. See even more cake and love by the ocean planned by Cape Cod Celebrations right here.

From the Bride… I always envisioned doing something really fun and unique for my wedding. I wanted to combine those nostalgic and playful elements of our personalities with two of our favorite places to visit – the carnival and the beach! We’ve been coming to Wellfleet, a very cool and artsy beach town in Cape Cod, for years and couldn’t think of a better location than The Chequessett Yacht & Country Club. With a working rustic boathouse located right on a private beach, it seemed like the perfect spot to have our dream vintage seaside carnival wedding!

I did quite a bit of research on vintage carnivals and the color palette I was most drawn to was faded pastels, like a soft candy pink and mint with touches of red. I especially love the 1950s/early 1960s era and kept envisioning vintage ice cream soda shoppes, drive-ins with old marquee signage, pink cotton candy and red candy apples. One of my all-time favorite films is the 1988 movie “Big” with Tom Hanks, where he goes to a carnival and makes a wish on a Zoltar fortune-telling machine. I ended up renting a Zoltar Fortune-Telling Machine and had custom fortunes designed for our guests.

Other DIY elements included a kissing booth for guest photos custom built by Garth’s uncle, and our snow cone cocktail bar which consisted of a really cool cocktail menu I created just for our day! I found a company that sells organic gluten free snow cone syrup in wide variety of flavors which gave us a lot of freedom in creating custom snow cone cocktails. I was obsessed with having these vintage pink water goblets from a nearby vintage tea shoppe “Fancy That” in Walpole, Ma. I really think they were gorgeous statements pieces on the tables.

Our escort cards were designed as carnival tickets and placed on an easel with a really cool vintage-inspired carnival sign. We bought a vintage pink 1950s Royal typewriter along with some antiqued paper for the Guestbook. Next to that was a mailbox where guests folded their notes and stuck them inside. Our favorite moment had to be walking down the aisle as a married couple to our recessional song “You’re So Cool” from the movie “True Romance”. It has such a whimsical, carnival feel… Like what you would hear riding a vintage Merry-Go-Round.

Our favorite crafted detail was our custom cake topper that features Garth, myself and our dog Gypsy on a beach with carnival-themed banner. For our flowers, we wanted to have an airy, overgrown garden feel consisting of pink and watermelon colored peonies, clematis, garden roses, berries and white anemones. I am a huge fan of Monique Lhuillier wedding gowns. When I first saw my dress, it was in a magazine spread where the model was dancing around while playfully holding a piece of wedding cake. That definitely captured the style and mood of what I envisioned for the wedding – just like the song “Cake by the Ocean!”

My dress was youthful, elegant, romantic and meticulously crafted and designed. I have curves and wanted the dress to accentuate my shape. The embroidered detail on the top portion of the dress was incredible, but my favorite part was the bottom flowing layers of chantilly lace with overlays of draped tulle. For my jewelry, I just borrowed a small pair of diamond earrings from my best friend Jenny.

My glam squad was amazing as well – My old friend, who is also a phenomenal makeup artist, flew in from LA to attend and do my makeup. I was so thankful to have him there not only to make me look beautiful, but as a great calming support. I reached out to Stacey Keuhn, a local Cape Cod hairstylist who recently got Best of Boston for wedding hair, to tame and style my unruly tresses. For the cake, we had a 3-tiered naked funfetti cake with vanilla buttercream filling, adorned with our custom cake topper featuring Garth, myself and our dog Gypsy. We also had an amazing dessert cart loaded with ice cream cone cupcakes, strawberry shortcake dessert shots, apple crisp mason jars, creme brûlée soufflé cups, cotton candy, vintage boxes of popcorn and red candy apples.

For our Welcome Bags, we had buckets with jute rope handles holding 2 personalized bottles of water along with striped pink straws, Cape Cod chips, sea vegetable bath bar from LUSH and a custom designed map of Wellfleet done by Jolly Edition who did our invitations as well. For other favors, we had a photographer dedicated to taking instant polaroid photos at the vintage Kissing Booth as well the custom fortunes from the Zoltar Fortune-Telling Machine. We also had fresh bags of cotton candy, vintage striped boxes of popcorn and crates full of Raspberry Lime Ricky and Root Beer soda bottles which came from a local Cape Cod staple, Kandy Korner in Hyannis, Ma.

Advice: If your venue doesn’t come with a coordinator to help with day-of details, set-up and certain aspects of the planning process, I would definitely recommend hiring a coordinator for the day of. Our wedding consisted of so many details that we actually had to rent a U-Haul to transport everything to the venue and back. We couldn’t afford a full wedding planner so this put a lot of pressure and stress on us. Although I was intent on carrying out my vision, it slightly kept me from being in the moment on my wedding day because I was so fixated on the execution of those details. As everyone says, it all goes by in a blink of an eye so you have to be present and enjoy it!

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Photography: Readyluck | Coordination: Cape Cod Celebrations | Floral Design: Wild Folk Studio | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Artisan Bake Shop | Invitations: Jolly Edition | Catering: Sumptuous Catering | Makeup: Jay-el Halo | Hair Stylist: Stacey Kuehn | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Transportation: Cape Destinations | Chalkboard Art: Dear Rose Studio | Music: DJ's Brian Mariano | Music: The Knot | Rentals: Fancy That NYC | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Video: A&A Productions | Zoltar Machine: WOW Entertainment

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A Blushy Pink Gown in Perfect Vermont Setting

Every now and then a wedding comes along that feels so different. And I guess that’s really what it is…you can feel it. Really, truly feel it. The love. The joy. The relaxed, easy moments of pure happiness. Add to that a gorgeous bride that radiates beauty in one of the prettiest blush gowns we’ve ever seen and this wedding is the reason my job is so very easy. Thanks to the incredible photographers, Rodeo & Co, who captured all of the magic.

From Meg at Rodeo & Co… Lis & Pearson were married at the private residence of a family friend on a gorgeous late summer day in Ludlow, Vermont. The Bride was involved in every aspect of the event- including designing the invitation with the help of her sister, and collecting vintage plates and glassware for the tables. The bridesmaids were dressed in an array of colors in the rose family, which tied in with the design of the event. The true showstopper of the day? The bride’s amazingly perfect blush pink gown.

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Photography: Rodeo & Co. | Floral Design: By Emily B. Event Design | Invitations: Lily & Lis Novak (Bride & Sister) | Catering: Sugar Mountain Farm | Catering: A Catered Affair | Catering: Stemwinder Restaurant | Make-Up: Jennifer Perellie Make Up | DJ: Aux Boston | Groom's Attire: Reporter Italia | Officiant: Charles Casale (Uncle of the Bride) | Bridal Gown: BHLDN | Event Planning, Design: By Emily B. Event Design | Tent/Rentals: Green Mountain Tent Rentals

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