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Elegant New Year’s Eve Wedding

I really want to go to a New Year’s Eve wedding. Considering I hardly ever have plans that live up to the epic expectations we have for December 31st, a love-filled celebration is what I’d prefer. And I dream of going to one just like this here. With gorgeous Newport in the background, this beautiful Bride wed her handsome Groom in an elegant affair, with Carrie Rodman and Focused Bliss Productions capturing it all. Splash! got the dance floor going and if these pics are any indication, the party never stopped.

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From the beautiful Bride… Some may call us high school sweethearts, since Greg and I were both students at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey when the sparks first flew. But it wasn’t until we were college sophomores in 2009 that we decided to take the plunge with a long-distance relationship. Greg attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and I was at James Madison University in Virginia. We dated all through college, and then moved to New York City, where Greg pursued a career in finance and I started working in fashion PR. Over those first years, Greg and I switched jobs, apartments, and even spent some time apart to see what Manhattan single life was like. But we kept coming back to each other, and finally moved in together on the Upper West Side in 2013.

Greg proposed that Christmas. He surprised me at the Bozeman airport in Montana, where my family was spending the holiday. He was in cahoots with my parents on travel arrangements and had flown in the day before, unbeknownst to me. He asked me to marry him on a poster which he held above his head as I came down the airport escalator on the way to baggage claim. I was shocked and overjoyed.

Our engagement was special for many reasons. Greg had been planning to propose for weeks with the help of my beautiful mom, Carol. Sadly, my mom lost her seven-year battle with breast cancer on July 5, 2014. From the moment we got engaged (and let’s be honest, years before that), to days before she passed, my mom helped me create the most magical New Year’s Eve wedding. From venue scouting and dress shopping to hand picking the candelabras and table linens, she was with me almost every step of the way in the planning process. She was determined to make my wedding day the most special day of my life, no matter how sick she felt. I know she was able to celebrate our wedding too— just from another place.

On our wedding day, my Maid Of Honor gifted me with an oil painting created from a photo of my mom and me on the day we found my wedding dress. It’s the most special present I’ve ever received, and it reminded me that she was there with me that day, and always would be.

Greg and I were married on a beautifully sunny, crystal clear, albeit cold (20 degree) Newport day. While our teeth were chattering in first look photos, the adrenaline from the day kept us warm on our trolley ride around town. We were married at 7:00 on New Year’s Eve by a Rabbi and Pastor, and together, they officiated the most perfect ceremony which included both of our families’ religious backgrounds. During our reception, we barely stepped off the dance floor— it was packed all night long! Our incredible band, Splash!, played Auld Lang Syne and counted down as the clock struck midnight. It was, of course, my favorite New Year’s kiss to date!

2014 was a year we will never forget, but 2015 marked a fresh start for me, and more importantly, our new family.

Photography: Carrie Rodman | Videography: Focused Bliss Productions | Floral Design: Toni Chandler | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Stationery: The Write Occasion | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair And Makeup: SERAI Beauty | Lighting: Gateway Productions | Band: Splash! | Transportation: Viking Tours | Wedding Venue: OceanCliff Hotel | Baked Goods: Scrumptions | Photography Editing: Sesha NYC/LA | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Wedding Planning: Bride | Wedding Rings: Corinne Jewelers

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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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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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Romantic + Chic Newport Wedding

From their harbor-side ceremony, to the white bed of petals covering the ground, to exchanging vows underneath a crystal chandelier canopy, every detail of this Belle Mer affair planned in the hands of Details With Love is pure perfection. It’s bursting with Greenlion Floral + Event Design centerpieces and Paper Moss loveliness, and Person + Killian Photography has it waiting for you here!

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From Person + Killian PhotographyKristin + Rob chose the stunning Belle Mer for their wedding day, a perfect venue for a modern and chic wedding on the beautiful Newport seashore.

The late afternoon ceremony took place right outside on the pristine manicured grounds, overlooking the harbor. The bride walked down the aisle which was covered in a bed of white rose petals. The couple said their “I do’s” under a crystal chandelier and beautiful sheer white canopy.

As the sun started to set everyone moved inside for the cocktail party and evening reception. Kristin + Rob kept their color scheme neutral and elegant, a perfect compliment to Belle Mer salon’s classic white walls and pillars. Their decor was a mix of blush, champagne, white, and ivory. When we asked the bride to describe her inspiration for the wedding day, she said “modern, romantic, fresh, sophisticated, and chic”! The reception was glowing with floral hi-low centerpieces and white and gold candles, a perfect portrayal of Kristin’s vision.

There was a special after party in the Belle Mer island house with a taco truck waiting as guests entered. The lighting shifted to bright purple and blue highlights that provided a beautiful contrast to the dark night sky with delicate lanterns and uplighting.

Photography: Person + Killian Photography | Flowers: Greenlion Floral + Event Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Confectionery Designs | Entertainment: Night Rhythm | Wedding Venue: Belle Mer | Event Planner + Stylist: Details With Love | Hair + Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty | Invitations + Paper Products: Paper Moss | Lighting + After-party DJ: Groove Entertainment | Linens + After-party Furniture: Rentals Unlimited | Taco Truck: Mijos Taco Truck

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Glamorous Rosecliff Mansion Summer Wedding

When you have a venue like Rosecliff Mansion, the actual site of the original Gatsby movie, it’s not even worth trying to compete with its epic beauty. Details with Love used it instead as inspiration, sprinkling shimmer and glamour all around, making Rosecliff and this gorgeous Bride shine even more. With Greenlion Design creating works of art and Shark Pig‘s fantastic film, we’re transported back to those good ole days and these pics are putting us in the mood for some serious champagne and celebrating.

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From Details with LoveHe looked at her in a way every girl wanted to be looked at.

The opulence, the mystery, the sparkle! What’s old is new again. It was important to M to have that Gatsby-era “feel” but with a modern twist. The grand Rosecliff Mansion (the one chosen for the original Gatsby film) in Newport, with its beautiful gardens surrounding it, was the perfect setting. Inspired by Gatsby quotes, pictures and descriptions from the time period, elegant fashion, and nature.

It came together styled as a stunning blend of grandeur by Details with Love and the Bride and Groom sparkled and shined!

Some of our favorite details include stylish invites by Papers of Newport and flourishing hand calligraphy by Heather Belle Ink that set the tone for the evenings event. A sparkling champagne tower full of gold brimmed flutes greeted the guests as they entered a room filled with a glam color palette of champagne and gold. Gorgeous tables adorned in 1920’s inspired gilded centerpieces by Greenlion Design and sweet French inspired confections by Confectionery Designs.

Time to drink Champagne and dance on the table!

Videography: Shark Pig | Event Design: Details With Love | Event Planning: Details With Love | Floral Design: Greenlion Design | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Invitations: Papers Of Newport | Bride's Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Blackstone Catering | Calligraphy: Heather Belle Ink | Lighting: Ormonde Productions | Groom's Attire: ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA | Grooms Shoes: Ferragamo | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | Wedding Venue: Rosecliff Mansion | Bride's Hair Piece: Maria Elena | Confections: Confectionery Designs | Custom Paper Pieces: Rifle Paper Co. | Custom Welcome Gifts: Details With Love | Grooms Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. | Music : Hank Lane Music And Productions | Photobooth: Candid Photo Booth

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