Elegant Newburyport Beach Wedding at Turner Hill Mansion
April 29, 2014
New England
Classic WeddingsEstate WeddingsSummer Weddings
Elegant, but with just the perfect amount of fun, this Newburyport wedding is what New England wedding dreams are made of. Captured by the oh-so-talented Forevercandid Photography, every picture sitting in this gallery tells a tale of one seriously stunning soiree at the gorgeous Turner Hill Mansion, and you can bask in all the beauty right here.
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From the Bride...Ted and I met in the 7th grade at the Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ, however it took 14 years before friendship turned into something more! After a celebratory weekend and an amazing surprise 30th birthday party, Ted proposed on July 29, 2012 in Central Park. We packed up a picnic lunch and headed to our favorite spot in Central Park – a typical summer outing for us. As we put down our bags to lay out our blanket, there was a bit of hesitation on Ted’s part. When I turned around to see what he was doing, he was getting down on one knee and proposed. I was surprised and elated, and although surrounded by a number of people – it felt like we were the only two in the park that day. He presented me with the ring worn by his mother who passed away his freshman year in college – I was so excited and honored to be sharing this special keepsake.

Although Ted and I are both from New Jersey, we knew we wanted to get married up in Newburyport, MA. Ted’s grandfather built a cottage up on Plum Island more than 50 years ago, and both he and his mom grew up going there every summer. Since we’ve been together we’ve had the opportunity to go up together every summer, and it’s a place we both love and cherish. Our wedding was planned for July 6, 2013 so the long holiday weekend offered days of celebration in Plum Island and Newburyport! We decided on the beautiful venue of The Mansion at Turner Hill – only a short drive away in Ipswich, MA.

Given the location, I knew I wanted something beachy yet classy and elegant. We visited Greetings by Design in Newburyport and found the perfect Crane’s invitations with beach icons. We selected different icons for each paper good – shells for the invitation, Plum Island Beach Grass for the Response Card, Starfish for the Reception Card and Sea Urchin for the Menu. Our wedding colors were light pink, light gray and navy – which was incorporated throughout – in the paper items, bridesmaid dresses, flowers, etc.

We organized accommodations for our guests at local B&Bs and planned a Plum Island beach party and BBQ on the 4thof July. Guests were greeted with personally designed Welcome Bags filled with lots of goodies including monogrammed K&T bag & sunglasses, Kit Kats and Teddy Grahams, hand-made Bloody Mary “Hang Over Helpers” and personalized guides of our favorite places and things to do in the area. I love crafting and DIY, so those skills were put to good use!

The Garrison Inn in Newburyport served as headquarters for our families as we took over the entire hotel for the weekend. On the morning of the wedding, the bridesmaids and flower girls gathered in the upstairs suites to relax and get dressed before the wedding. Monogrammed totes and bathrobes and starfish earrings were given to each bridesmaid. It was festive and relaxed and all had a great time as we eased into the day. In remembrance of my late grandmother Kathryn, I wore her diamond earrings and my grandmother Effie gave me her sapphire ring to wear. My wedding band was also made with the diamonds from my grandmother Kathryn’s wedding ring.

July 6th also happened to be one of the hottest days yet, so we tried our best to stay cool on our way to the church. Guests were encouraged to wear casual clothing to the ceremony and the ushers offered water bottles while escorting folks to their seats. The church fans I made with our beloved pets Cooper and Rockne’s pictures on them were now a practical item coveted by all. In spite of the weather, all I recall were pews filled with family and friends, music and joy as my Dad and I walked down the aisle towards Ted.

The trolley awaited us with champagne cocktails as we swiftly headed to the Mansion at Turner Hill where the reception took place. From the moment we first visited Turner Hill, it was all I had dreamed of and more – a gorgeous, sprawling mansion that would serve as a beautiful backdrop for the wedding of our dreams. It was amazing to see how the venue, coupled with the gorgeous flowers by Dana Markos and beachy accents all came together to bring my vision to life.

Ted and I chose to take pictures before the guest arrived and the grounds were a perfect setting. Once the guests arrived, cocktails and hors d’ouvres were served in the Mansion and for dinner we retreated outside under the tent. Flowers and candles surrounded us at we were toasted and had our first dance. The flowers, food and ambiance was exactly what I hoped for.

We returned to the ballroom for my dance with Dad and the cutting of the cake. The cake was an amazing coconut with gooey coconut filling, topped with an adorable cake topper I had made specially for us. By this time, everyone was ready to get out on the dance floor and the party began. The band was amazing and kept everyone on the dance floor for the rest of the night!
The evening ended back at the Garrison Inn where the party continued.

When Ted and I first started planning our wedding, we said we wanted our wedding to be fun, classy with great food, an amazing band and all of our family and friends... looking back, it was everything we had hoped for and more!