Vintage French Affair Wedding at Rosecliff Mansion
February 24, 2016
New England
Classic WeddingsAl FrescoLuxury Venue
Her vision was to make her guests feel like they walked into a vintage Christian Dior perfume advertisement, and after spending some serious quality time with these gorgeous images from Christian Oth Studio, I think it's safe to say this stunning Bride succeeded. With the absolutely perfect venue, Rosecliff Mansion, the talents at Stoneblossom whipping up some swoon-worthy blooms and Em Devaud Events making sure not a detail was missed, this gallery defines elegance.
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From The Bride...I had a specific image in mind for our wedding from the very beginning! I wanted it to be an experience, to feel like you've walked into a vintage Christian Dior perfume advertisement - French, feminine and classic. The first step towards my vision was our venue which was modeled after Versailles - I'd say it's the next best thing to getting married in Europe! The Parisian-style mansion and ballroom excited me and my husband since our first visit to Newport, RI. We knew this was it. Alex and I had met in dental school at Boston University. Today, we live and practice in NYC. Since I grew up in the NYC area, and Alex in Boston, we decided that Newport would be the perfect meeting point for our family and friends. Likewise, we think it's one of the most beautiful summer destinations in the Northeast, and we were excited to offer that experience to our guests.

The beautiful venue was my inspiration for the remainder of the wedding planning. The flowers were lush and romantic, with soft pinks and whites amidst the golden ballroom. We had my dad's vintage Jaguar parked in front as guests arrived and walked through the rose garden, past outdoor French Victorian furniture and down the staircase to the ceremony, while a string quartet was playing "Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller. I ended up designing my dress since I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. I matched a lace corset top to a tulle skirt by Pnina Tornai. Alex wore a Ralph Lauren Tuxedo. I matched my mom's and bridesmaids' dresses to the characteristically French pink-and-white-striped awning over the balcony where cocktail hour was held. I also used the awning as inspiration for the guests' welcome bags. For cocktail hour, we had a Gypsy Jazz band play music we felt would transport our guests to a 1930s-style Woody Allen film. Our signature drink was inspired by Rosecliff itself - a Cardamom Rose cocktail. The ballroom was lit in a soft blush glow to go along with the color scheme and we danced the night away to the amazing Kenny Ford band from Hank Lane! Guests took pictures in a fresh rose-draped photo booth, and ended the night in a dessert room filled with crepes, French macarons, pink cotton candy and our red velvet wedding cake. It truly was a dream come true!


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