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Rhode Island Backyard Wedding

Folks, this is a special one.  It’s the kind of wedding that truly overflows with love, from not only the couple (their proposal story is so incredibly sweet) but every single person that surrounded them on their big day. It was a glorious family affair planned by True Event at Bride’s childhood home, and it’s all made even more heart warming by the fact that her father built that beauty with his very own hands. Josh Adam Photography and Long Haul Films were on hand to make sure not a moment of this magical day was missed, and you can see it all unfold here.

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From the Bridesmaids… Alexandra and Mark’s love story unfolded while attending Union College together, finding a missing piece of themselves in each other, and holding on to it tightly. Over ten years of playing each other’s better halves, they formed a bond unlike any other. Ups and downs that life presented confirmed their connection to be unbreakable. Through simple challenges that young love presents, to trying times of loss, Mark and Alex proved to be one another’s strongest ally and greatest friend.

Mark proposed romantically upon the steps of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston while taking their beloved pups for a walk. An ecstatic Alexandra was overcome with joy upon spotting both of their families on-looking nearby — including her brother, who had flown in all the way from Aspen just to share in the excitement. Alex had questioned her sanity earlier in the day, when she fell from her bike after being shaken by the possibility that she saw her brother drive by on her way home from school. Thanks to Mark’s careful planning, it was in fact him that she spotted, a coincidental glitch that would make their engagement story that much sweeter.

The setting for their summer wedding was to be the Sparks’ family home, a sprawling, yet remarkably cozy house built by Alex’s father’s own hands, in Little Compton, Rhode Island. With the beach blocks away and a perfectly breezy summer night, it would be the epitome of a romantic backyard wedding. The classic elegance of each carefully selected element would result in a wedding much like the couple themselves – inviting, elegant, warm, and timeless. From the packed, cozy chapel, to the endless energy on the dance floor, the bride and groom were surrounded by an undeniable outpouring of love from friends and family that were so excited to be celebrating the beginning of their journey as Mr. and Mrs.

The majestic tent outside the Sparks’ home set the stage for a night of delicious food (complete with funfetti cake), heartfelt speeches, and bare feet on the dance floor. The special touches that echoed the bride and grooms personalities included a Del’s lemonade cart, S’mores bar around the fire, hand passed Dark n’ Stormys, and a raw bar as long as the eye could see. The beautifully distressed farm tables lent the perfect backdrop to a tablescape dotted with unique blue and white ceramics, gorgeous hydrangeas, roses, and scattered succulents. The candlelight sprinkled throughout illuminated happy faces and added to the warm glow.

The love between this couple was palpable at all moments throughout this celebration – their exuberant personalities and warmth was infectious to all of their guests. It was hard to believe when the band played their final song because time had flown by so quickly dancing the night away beneath the sailcloth tent. There wasn’t a single detail overlooked, or a moment that wasn’t made special – this was a truly magical celebration of an exceptional couple.

Photography: Josh Adam Photography | Videography: Long Haul Films | Floral Design: Ana Rothenbuhler Vicuna | Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride | Catering: Russel Morin | Hair : LaLaLuxe Salon | Band : Jerry Bennett Entertainment – The Sultans Of Swing | Venue: Private Residence | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music : La Bella Musica | Event Planning And Design: True Event | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Parrott Design Studio | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited Boston | Restroom Trailer Rentals: Luxury Loo | Tent Rentals & Lighting : Sperry Tent

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Elegant Silver + Champagne Rhode Island Wedding

Set inside a gorgeous ballroom, overflowing with sparkling blush details, and helmed by a hilarious Groom and princess-lookalike Bride, there’s no way that this wedding from Eventfully Planned wasn’t going to be one for the books. After they said “I Do,” the Boston Common Band had guests dancing all night long, while M. Studios caught it all in the gallery right here. We know you want to, so take a peek!

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From M. StudiosThey met at a bar called Snickers. Years later they married at Belle Mer. Along the way Jen and John had many adventures and fell madly in love with each other. Their wedding day invoked the beauty, romance and happiness that these two share. Jaime at Eventfully Planned made sure that no detail was left unattended which made our job that much easier. It also didn’t hurt that the talented makeup artists at Jennie Kay Beauty transformed Jen into the most beautiful Disney Princess. We are sure this isn’t the look Jen went into her makeup trial asking for but take a look at this stunning beauty and tell us that she’s not the fairest of them all! Some people say that all the groom has to do is show up on the wedding day, not THIS groom! John was just as involved as Jen. He knew the timeline by heart and kept us all on track and in stitches. This guy is truly the life of the party and so, so nice.

Before we even arrived at Belle Mer we traveled all around Newport with the talented David Bettencourt shooting video. Beginning at the Mill Street Inn, a former nineteenth century mill that combines historic charm with today’s modern luxuries, we captured the delicate details of Jen’s styling. John was a few suites away and we witnessed a sweet exchange of gifts between the bride and groom. We took a quick walk over to the grounds of Trinity Church for a first look and some formal portraits with the wedding party and then moved on to Ochre Court at Salve Regina. This stunning building serves as the administration building for the university but it’s like no administration building you’ve ever been to. Nestled among the incredible mansions of Newport’s Bellevue Avenue, Ochre Court was once the summer residence of a prominent New York banker. With hushed tones John and Jen stole some quiet moments and a private dance surrounded by details inspired by French Gothic chateaux and churches.

Next was Belle Mere for the ceremony with the sea and the Newport Bridge as the backdrop. Guests are always blown away by this venue. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Blooms by Broadway Florist enhanced the beauty of the cocktail hour and reception while the Boston Common Band had all of the guests dancing and partying into the night. To say we like this couple would be and understatement. We LOVE this couple!!

Photography: M.Studios | Event Planning: Eventfully Planned | Floral Design: Broadway Florist | Cake: Scrumptions | Reception Venue: Belle Mer | Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty | Entertainment: Boston Common Band | Getting Ready: Mill Street Inn | Video: David Bettencourt

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Industrial Vintage Rhode Island Wedding

I have a habit of buying fresh flowers when I need a little pick-me-up, but this florist’s arrangements for her own wedding had the same effect. Lush, but with a modern, edgy vibe, the floral design at this wedding is simply stunning. Check out all the gorgeous details (flowers included), captured by Erin McGinn in the gallery for some serious inspiration.

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From Erin McGinnStephanie and Jay’s unique, handmade wedding at the Flowers by Semia Studio in the Steel Yard was perfect for their style! So many design details, it was a photographers dream.

From the beautiful BrideWe hesitated for months after the proposal to figure out what we wanted for our wedding.. did we want to elope? Did we want an intimate wedding at our favorite park and then a small restaurant reception? We knew we didn’t want a big wedding and we had a pretty tight budget. I just so happened to be working with Semia on some calligraphy projects when we basically both said out loud at the same time, “WHAT IF YOU HAD THE WEDDING HERE??!!?!” and that was it. The rest was easy.

Jay and I are sweet with a little roughness around the edges, which is exactly how I feel the venue space is. So as far as décor and theme, that was it! Sweet with a little roughness. When I designed the invites, I knew they had to be cool with pops of graphic pattern (with a little hint of glitz), and that’s basically how everything else transitioned into place. The décor had a feeling of vintage meets nature, using a variety of old found objects and fresh plants and floral. The space at FBS and the Steel Yard sets the perfect backdrop so there’s no point in trying to reinvent the wheel. The other important factor is that was fourth of July weekend, so I felt that light should play an important part in the décor. From strung globe cafe lights to tons of candles, to gold glitter here and there (it was even on my dress), to end of the night sparklers, and even a pearlized finish on our macaroons, everything reflected light.

Being a floral designer all these years, how do you pick what flowers you want to use? I couldn’t! So I started the design with light and planned on waiting until 3 days before the wedding to walk into the flower market in Boston and see what they had there to inspire me! What I ended up with were deep, almost black aubergines purples, soft grey tones and pops of dusty blue. Juxtaposing the florals with my favorite cactus and succulent plants, along with some glitter glassware, antique objects and geometric pattern was my ultimate dream come to life!

Photography: Erin McGinn | Floral Design: Stephanie Gallo Of Flowers By Semia | Wedding Dress: Fleur Wood | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Pappell | Catering: Emery's Catering | Hair: Casey Bryan Of W Salon | Venue: The Steel Yard | Bridal Boutique: BHLDN | Desserts: Amanda Masson | Music: Jenn Kitten | Paper Design: Stephanie Gallo Designs | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Taco Truck: Mijos Tacos

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Coastal Rhode Island Wedding

If you’re looking for a gorgeous New England wedding, a coastal wedding or a nautical themed wedding, look no further! From subtle nods to Rhode Island (the cocktail napkins are a can’t miss) to the casual reception tent from Newport Tent Company with string lights, this wedding blends all the pretty into one. With the help of Lisa Frechette Photography, this romantic affair has details here you must see!

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From The Bride…After eight years of being friends, four and a half years of long-distance dating (and countless trips between New York and Boston), ten months of wedding planning, and one amazing weekend of celebrating, Thom and I got married.

We fell in love with Rhode Island when I moved to Newport a few years ago. We decided to get married in the “Ocean State” (a.k.a. the biggest little state in the union) because we proudly call it home and because we knew our guests would enjoy its beautiful coastline, historic architecture and its charm. From early on in our planning, we agreed that the most important part of the day was the ceremony because of its significance. Our ceremony was held at Trinity Church in Newport, which is special to us because it is the church that we attend and getting married there meant that Trinity’s rector, whom we trust and deeply respect, would perform the ceremony.

After visiting nearly every potential venue in Rhode Island, we finally found the perfect place to host our reception in Jamestown, just across the bay from Newport. Unconventional and a bit off-the-beaten path, the private home where we held our reception offered unbelievable views of many of the sites that make Newport and Jamestown special: Narragansett Bay, Fort Adams, Hammersmith Farm, the Pell Bridge, Rose Island, Castle Hill lighthouse, Ida Lewis Yacht Club and, of course, the Atlantic ocean. We were confident that it would provide the elegant, natural setting we wanted.

September in Southern Rhode Island is spectacular, assuming the weather cooperates. Our reception site was an all-or-nothing venue: the property juts out into the bay, which means that it is the perfect stage for watching sailboats cruise by with a cocktail in hand. But in bad weather, it can mean harsh winds off the water and completely socked-in conditions with no visibility. Plus the house on the property didn’t provide enough room to host 150 guests for dinner. We knew the weather had to be perfect or our big day would turn into a big disaster. We got unbelievably lucky: the weather was clear and sunny throughout the entire weekend of our wedding, which meant that our friends and family got to experience the Rhode Island that we love.

The reception site doubled as our rehearsal dinner venue. Organized by Thom’s mother and father, both of whom are native New Englanders, the rehearsal dinner was a traditional clambake of lobster, chowder, mussels, clams, corn and salad. It was set on the second floor of the house so that we could take advantage of the panoramic views of Newport and Jamestown and the sunset. McGrath’s of Middletown, Rhode Island, made the dinner fun and memorable by explaining the process of farming and fishing the clambake ingredients before unveiling a huge, steaming mound of seafood.

Our wedding ceremony was held at two o’clock in the afternoon at Trinity Church. One of the most memorable parts of the whirlwind day was driving to the church with my parents and walking down the aisle with both of them. Having a few minutes together, amid all the hustle and bustle and excitement of the wedding festivities was so special to me and it is something I will cherish for years to come. Though the ceremony was very traditional, we were able to personalize it by having my brother and Thom’s sister provide the readings. After the ceremony guests explored Newport a bit and were then shuttled to Jamestown for the reception.

Cocktail hour was held on the grass overlooking the water. It featured traditional, seasonal New England fare, including watermelon and feta skewers, bacon wrapped scallops, and mini “fish and chips” cones. Dinner was served under a tent decorated with bistro lights and white linen. Our goal was to ensure that the reception complemented the natural greenery and waterfront setting. With that in mind, the table decor included white and green hydrangeas with green dianthus, surrounded by candles, heirloom pieces of silver (generously lent by friends) and warm canopy lighting. The surf and turf – filet mignon served with lobster mac n’ cheese – stole the show for most of our guests, but the sole with julienned vegetables and risotto was also a hit. We opted for a simple three tiered wedding cake with funfetti and carrot cake layers, and servers offered guests passed “cookies and milk:” warm cookies atop small glasses of vanilla ice cream.

One of our biggest challenges was finding a band with high-quality musicians who could play Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald as well as they could play Journey and Michael Jackson. Eight To The Bar, the band we hired, was one of the most memorable highlights of the reception: they played for cocktail hour as well as dinner and the hours of dancing that followed. In addition to featuring the saxophone player who helped record Van Morrison’s “Moondance” album (one of my all-time favorites), Eight To The Bar kicked off the dancing with a song they’d learned just for us.

The formal reception ended with a sparkler send-off, which coincided with the kick-off of the after party: the arrival of Paco’s taco truck. Thom organized the tacos along with a DJ as the final touch of the evening. After more dancing and celebrating, our big day finally finished up in the wee hours of the morning.

The following morning, our friends and family returned to the reception site for brunch overlooking the bay at its best: filled with boats sailing by on the shimmering water. It was the perfect way to say our goodbyes and thank you’s. We still feel that we cannot thank everyone, especially our parents, enough.

Photography: Lisa Frechette Photography | Floral Design : Dahlia | Invitations: Paper By Paperless Post | Ceremony Venue: Trinity Episcopal Church | Reception Venue: Dragonline | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Calligraphy: Kaity Ryan | Lighting: Ryan Designs | DJ: Skylight Entertainment | Band: Eight To The Bar | Groom's Attire: Alton Lane | Groomsmen's Attire: Giblee's | After Party Catering: Paco's Tacos | Bridal Gown And Accessories: Andria Bird Bride | Bridal Gown Design: Jennifer Gay for Cicada Bridal | Bridal Makeup and Hair: Studio B | Bridesmaids' Accessories: Pink Pineapple | Floral Decor: Jim Donahue & Brittany Hullinger | Paper Goods (cocktail napkins, guest towels, menu cards) : Kaity Ryan | Photography - Assistance: Janet Moscarello Photography | Rehearsal Dinner Catering: McGrath Clambakes | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Dragonline | Send-off Brunch: Dragonline | Tent: Newport Tent Company | Welcome Drinks: Simpatico

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Glamorous Spring Wedding at Belle Mer

Show me a spring seaside wedding at the always beautiful Belle Mer and I’ll show you one happy bridal blogger. But add in not one, but two clips, from Long Haul Films and I’m now getting super comfortable to soak it all up. We have an abundance of glamour and romance right in front of us so let’s just settle on in for this big bundle of beauty with the pics and films below!

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From Long Haul Films Long before Victoria slipped into that gorgeous Vera gown, we traveled to their Rhode Island home for their “I Love Us” film – not only did it give them a chance to share their sweepingly romantic story with the world, it gave us the chance to get to know Vic and Jay (and their cute little pups!). When their wedding day came around, we felt like we were spending time with old friends.

From the Bride… Think romance and think glamour! Those were the two words I was inspired by during the entire planning of the wedding. Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island was the first venue we looked at and booked it a day later. We wanted to get married on the water, but not in the sand so it was a perfect fit! The rest of the planning process was indeed a process. Like every bride, I had dreamed of my wedding dress since I was a little girl. I envisioned myself in a white princess ball gown. It wasn’t until after trying on approximately 30 dresses that I landed on a blush mermaid-style Vera Wang gown. The first dress I ever tried on was my favorite. So when I went back to try it on a second time at Vera Wang on Newbury Street in Boston , they no longer had the gown in the ivory color I loved. I tried on the blush dress, assuring my mother and sisters it was just for fit. All I remember is walking out of the dressing room with more excitement than anything I had felt with any of the other dresses. Before even turning around to look in the mirror, I screamed, “This is the one!” That’s how I ended up with the wedding color scheme.

All eight of my bridesmaids wore white, instead. I selected each girl’s Jim Hjelm dresses keeping their gorgeous, but different body types in mind. None of the girls saw their dresses until they were delivered a month prior to the wedding. I accessorized each bridesmaid with different jewelry and a stack of Sisco + Berluti bracelets – they’re my favorite! My handsome groom and groomsmen all wore custom-made Tom James suits. Jay wore a silver and blush pinstriped three-piece suit that complimented my gown to perfection. I wanted everyone to look and feel as good as I did.

On the evening of May 24, 2014, Jay and I enjoyed each other, our family, our friends and our hard work as we became husband and wife. The ceremony was so sentimental to us, because we included so many special people. Jay and I wrote the entire ceremony ourselves. A family friend married us, a cousin read a remembrance for Jay’s father and my grandmother, and two of our very dear friends spoke the kindest words about marriage and love. It was absolutely wonderful!

Just when we thought the night couldn’t get any more magical the reception started. The room décor was mostly white with little touches of pink and silver here and there. We danced the night away with DJ Charles Mercer and The World Premier Band. There is not a thing I would change about that night.

Photography: Long Haul Films | Cinematography: Long Haul Films | Floral Design: Broadway Florist | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm | Hair & Makeup : Stillwater Spa Newport | DJ: DJ Charles Mercer | Band: World Premier Band | Groom's Attire: Tom James | Hotel: Hyatt Regency | Wedding Venue: Belle Mer | Bridal Boutique: Vera Wang Boston | Bride's Jewelry: Sisco + Berluti

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