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A Gorgeous Mount Hope Farm Wedding Inspired by French Country Décor

Whimsical elegance, seaside romance and New England charm… these are just a few ways to describe this stunning Rhode Island affair captured by the always amazing Sally Pinera and planned by the ever so talented Exquisite Events Design. Trust us, you’ll immediately fall in love with this wedding just like we have! From the bride’s contagious smile and gorgeous gown to the fairytale tented reception covered in heavenly blooms by Flowers by Semia in lavender, cream, misty blue and sandy hues. Don’t miss out on the beautiful words from the bride that will truly make you feel like you were a guest at this gorgeous wedding day! Reveal all the magical details below…

From the Bride, Sierra…Throughout our planning process there was a consistent theme regarding the feel and aesthetic of our wedding – whimsical and elegant. We chose to have just over a 2 year engagement, this was intentional, we wanted to enjoy the planning process and we wanted no detail to go unnoticed. Our décor was rustic elegance. I believe we struck an interesting balance of a New England, seaside setting, with our venue being tucked away, deep within a 200 acre farm, situation on a cove. Our venue was a blank/rustic canvas, yet, we dressed our venue up with a custom tent, which included wood floors, a fabric covered interior and custom lighting. Our colors included a subtle palette of mink grey, lavender, cream, sand, soft greenery, with a pop of misty blues (to match my bridesmaids brilliant gowns!)

I’ve always loved French Country décor, so, our tables and chairs were a nod to warm, old-world inspired rustic décor. We had a mix of round, fabric draped tables with rectangular white-washed farm tables. We had a mix of elegant chairs along with asymmetrical floral center pieces and free-flowing runners with floral surprises running the length of the table. Our florist and planner worked hard to keep an organic theme throughout. We kept stylistic continuity through our color palette and décor; pops of gold with our flat ware, china, chargers and chandeliers; rustic elements with our cork made bars, spruced up with natural greenery; and wine barrel floral entrance pieces, on either side of our tent. A common theme was an appropriate amount of mis-matching and an organic flow to every detail. We wanted our stylistic choices to be soft and unexpected.

The more time you spent in the space, the more you would notice! Ironically enough, we both shared a history with our venue. Being from Rhode Island, I was generally familiar with the farm, but it wasn’t until my college years that I became intimately acquainted with the space. Throughout college I interned for our wonderful wedding planner, Stasia Anthony, with Exquisite Events. During my time with Stasia, I had assisted with one of her weddings at our venue. I immediately fell in love with it! I loved how you could make it your own, yet the natural beauty of the space spoke for itself. The cove felt intimate, secluded, and there were unexpected elements to the space, like their Cove Cabin, where we held our cocktail hour. The Cabin is perched on the cove and is a wooden and stone space with rustic windows and a sizable deck that spills over to a sloping lawn on the waterfront.

This cabin added variety to the venue, creating a unique setting within the greater space. Scott was familiar with the venue for similar reasons. During his summers while at Brown University, Scott catered a couple of events at Mount Hope. Furthermore, Rhode Island (more generally), and specifically, the Greater Newport Area, holds an important place in our hearts. Scott and I met in Newport and spend every summer in the area with family and friends. We felt truly blessed, across the board, to work with such outstanding professionals. Not only were all of our vendors, professional and detail oriented, but you could tell they are truly masters of their craft. To start, none of our vendors would have been a possibility without the recommendation from our unbelievable planner Stasia Anthony. Stasia and team truly are the “dream team”! They are creative, thoughtful and supportive! I also felt extremely lucky to go through this experience with someone I love and respect, from our previous relationship having worked together.

Our other vendors, The Elements (band), Sally Pinera (photographer), Flowers by Semia (florist), Inkspot Crow (videographers), Peak Event Services (rentals), Newport Tent Company (tent), and Russell Morins (caterer). Our vendors work product really speaks for itself! Our band was absolutely electric! They are not only unbelievably talented but the energy and professionalism they bring, makes you feel like you paid to attend an event! Their range and genres ensures music that everyone will love, no matter the generation or musical taste! Our food ingenuity, presentation and taste was out of this world with Russell Morins. Their service is outstanding, detailed yet unobtrusive. 

Our florist Semia really set the tone for the event. Semia is one of a kind. She is so passionate and creative her energy is contagious! Semia has such vision. We also share a style with preferences for romantic and unexpected details! Sally Pinera, our photographer, is extravagant. Everything she shoots is a vision. She has an eye for subtle moments, everything she produces feels intimate and untouched. Additionally, her personality and style are both welcoming and disarming, immediately putting us and our family at ease! Lastly, our videographers were incredible. They have such an authentic style. Their footage but possibly more importantly their editing is outstanding. Their music selection and inclusion of personal moments pays homage to every detail, really capturing the feel of the day! Additionally, no one knew they were!

Photographer: Sally Pinera | Videographer: Inkspot Crow Films | Wedding Planner: Exquisite Events | Florist: Flowers By Semia | Cake: Sugar Bake Shoppe | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Makeup: Pro Radiance Keri Sweet | Hair: Lawni Hamilton | Band: The Elements | Wedding Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Tent: Newport Tent Company | Decor: Exquisite Events | Printed Goods: Aerialist Press | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Rentals: True North Rentals

This Is What It Looks Like When the Bride Designs Her Gown

There are so many delightful details we could talk about at this Linden Place wedding by Glass Event Planning, and we could spend the entire day staring at the gorgeous gallery and film by STUDIO 1208. But there’s one special touch that has absolutely taken our breath away – the bride’s bespoke gown! As a womenswear designer, she knew creating her dream wedding day look from scratch was the only option for her, and the finished ensemble is absolutely everything! Read more about the design process including how her friends helped in the bride’s own words, below.

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From the bride…TJ and I were on the same page from day one about the kind of wedding we wanted, as we have always loved the idea that weddings bring together all of the people you both love most in the world for one moment of celebration. There truly isn’t any other event in life that has that same impact. In recognition of that, we envisioned an intimate affair that was incredibly personalized, aesthetically beautiful, and most importantly, a celebration of our relationship with all of the people who have loved and supported us throughout our lives.

As a womenswear designer, I am particular about all of the small details and style lines within a garment. It only took one afternoon of dress shopping to confirm that designing my dress and having it custom made was my only option. I wanted something classic yet unexpected and designed a two-piece dress consisting of a bodysuit made from a blend of vintage laces (including a unique, linear Valentino lace that I found at Sposabella Lace in NYC) and a skirt made from a heavy crepe, which created both a tailored fit and a fluid drape. I have always loved the drama of a cathedral length train but don’t love the reality of a bustle, so I designed two separate skirts. With a quick change between ceremony and cocktail hour, I achieved a cathedral length train without a bustle!

I knew that making three unique pieces would be a major undertaking, so I enlisted the help and support of two close and talented friends (who also happen to be clothing designers) in order to bring my vision to life. My best friend and bridesmaid, Aynoucka Maynard, worked through every detail of the bodysuit with me, including embellishing the lace by hand with delicate crystals and pearls, while my close friend, Karen Thai, coordinated the creation of the skirts in LA and flew to NY for fittings to ensure they were perfectly tailored to my figure. As the finishing touch, Aynoucka also created an embellished silk belt for each skirt that had a slightly different color and embellishment to differentiate between ceremony and reception. My dress is everything I had ever dreamed of and a genuine collaboration of love as well as a one-of-a-kind piece that I will always be grateful for and cherish forever.

My gold after party dress is from House of Harlow 1960 and was a last minute find from Revolve Clothing that I instantly fell in love with and new would be the perfect touch for our sparkler send off!

From Elizabeth of Glass Event Planning Linden Place is nestled in downtown Bristol, Rhode Island, and was built in 1810 by the second wealthiest man in the United States. It was also a filming location for the Great Gatsby. It houses a chandelier from Buckingham Palace and the largest in-home spiral staircase in the United States.

The ceremony took place in the beautiful rose garden. We wanted to create an intimate experience even though the gardens were open and beautiful. Our inspiration was a “secret garden” within a larger garden. Delicate gold chairs were clustered in intimate groupings surrounded by beautiful “mini-gardens” that wound through the back of the beautiful Chameleon Chairs. We created an intimately curved aisle to mimic wandering through a secret garden to get to the alter.

The reception took place in an intimate carriage house on the grounds of Linden Place with wood floors and an exposed beam ceiling. As guests entered the grand carriage house doors, they immediately were greeted with a roaring fire which was the focal point of the room. Tables were placed thoughtfully to keep the sight line clear upon entering and viewing the fireplace. The ceiling was adorned with an 8 ft wrought iron chandelier, and white drapery tied back with thick black velvet bands cocooned intimate dinner tables along the perimeter of the carriage house.

Kira opted for a delicate place setting that would show the natural beauty of the farm tables. The stunning clear glass charger was rimmed in gold and accompanied with gold flatware. Each guest at the head table had a personal, calligraphy place card on hand made, torn paper with the custom “D” wax seal crest. It was tucked inside a little bunny card holder, a nod to the couple’s nickname for each other (they call each other bunny).

Kira has a love for dessert above all else. She wanted a room that was dripping with all of her favorites, floor to ceiling, like a dessert dream come true. We sectioned off part of a tent to create a secret room that would be revealed after dinner. Giant swags lined with crushed velvet were pulled back to reveal a dessert dream. A crystal chandelier provided a soft glow among tons of candlelight. The vision was a totally white space with the only color coming from the beautiful desserts and vintage platters. Desserts included sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, miniature cupcakes, chocolate pudding cake, s’mores, a variety of cheesecakes, chocolate tarts, nearly 100 french macarons dusted in gold and blush, two wedding cakes, a french macaron tower, and 100 mini pies in four different flavors. Each dessert was served on a vintage china plate, and guests sipped coffee from delicate vintage china cups.



Photography: STUDIO 1208 | Cinematography: STUDIO 1208 | Coordination: Glass Event Planning | Event Design: Glass Event Planning | Floral Design: Greenlion | Wedding Dress: Designed and constructed by the Bride | Cake: Confectionery Designs | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Bride's Shoes: Louis Vuitton | Catering: Blackstone Catering | Calligraphy: Becca Joas | DJ: Dawson Entertainment | Favors: test | Groom's Attire: Trunk Club | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Linden Place Mansion | Bride's Hair + Makeup: Studio B | Bridesmaids' Hair + Makeup: New Leaf Salon | Chair Rentals: Chameleon Chairs | Decor: Exquisite Events | Desserts: Confectionery Designs | Envelope Calligraphy: Nicole Miyuki | Prop Stylist: Glass Event Planning | Rentals: Arena Americas | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Veil: Mint Lola | Violinist: Rhett Price

A Painted Blue Floral Wedding Gown Adds a Touch of Whimsy

Let’s take a second to appreciate the painted blue floral beauty that is the wedding gown by Kate McDonald Bridal. Between that dress, the colorful and seasonal arrangements by Hana Floral Design, and the mermaid-esque Bridesmaid with her teal gown and romantic braid, we’re crushing hard on this wedding inspiration shoot captured by Maggie Conley Photography. See it all in the gallery!

The pastoral grounds of Mount Hope Farm provided the quintessential New England backdrop for our romantic, spring editorial shoot. This was our prelude to the spring wedding season! Mount Hope Farm has such beautiful, bucolic grounds – even their own set of sweet farm animals! And the weather was a perfect spring day!

We wanted to evoke a feeling of an English countryside but with a casual elegance we find so often of our Brides here in the Northeast. Beth Chapman of the White Dress by the Shore chose a beautiful, painted blue floral dress created by Kate McDonald Bridal. It was a stunning new nod to the neutral palette that is still trending today. Lynda Williams Beauty complemented the look with classic makeup and long locks on our model. The Bridesmaid wore a gorgeous marine green gown with her hair in a fun braid.

The table setting was a collaboration between Russell Morin, Exquisite Events Decor, and Hana Floral Design. We used a whitewashed farmhouse table, regency chairs, and a settee for two. Exquisite Events Decor framed the barn with sweeping white draping as well as a crystal chandelier. Classic gold rimmed chargers, clear stemware, and gold flatware were offset with accents of vintage floral china from Yumiko Fletcher’s (of Hana Floral Design) personal collection. Hana Floral Design created a lush floral tablescape using seasonal flowers with punches of coral, orange, peach, and pale blue. Peonies, sweet pea, fritillaria, hybrid delphinium, muscari, ranunculus, and french tulips were the focal flowers used throughout the centerpieces as well as in the bouquets. The invitation suite mimicked the dress with a floral envelope liner and sweet illustrations of the barn. All of it was captured so eloquently by the amazing Maggie Conley Photography.



Photography: Maggie Conley Photography | Styling: The White Dress by the shore | Floral Design: Hana Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Kate McDonald Bridal | Stationery: Patti Murphy Designs | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Hair and Makeup: Lynda Williams Beauty | Venue: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Decor: Exquisite Events | Models: The Beauty Within Agency | Rentals: Peak Event Services


Colorful + Elegant Linden Place Wedding

This wedding is one thoughtful affair. From the date chosen, to the groomsmen’s socks, every detail holds significance beyond measure. For it was when the groom was on active military duty that the Bride who dreamt up the a vintage elegance celebration laced with small town charm and thanks to Emily Delamater because we’ve got it all in THE VAULT!

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From the Bride… Planning for our wedding day was a much-needed distraction from the fact that William was deployed overseas. Missing him fueled my desire to create a day that celebrated our story, past, present and future. #VlovesW became more than just a wedding hashtag, but a mission to create a day that showed him just how much I love and appreciate him. From the date chosen to the color of the groomsmen’s socks, every detail had meaning.

William’s love of history and my appreciation of architectural design made Linden Place Museum the perfect venue. The fact that it was located in Rhode Island, where we first met, made it even more perfect. From there, everything else seemed to fall into place. Seriously, how could we not be married in a small seaside New England town that is home to the longest continuous 4th of July celebration in America?

Stylistically, we were inspired to create an atmosphere of vintage elegance infused with organic whimsy and undertones of patriotism. We wanted the reception to be a mixture of structured indoor dining and dancing blended with relaxed outdoor lounging. The Linden Place carriage house and rose gardens fulfilled such a desire for a fluid and open setting. Our first dance photographs taken from outside the carriage house doors embody this vision for the day. The VW Photobus parked in the gardens helped to bridge the indoor-outdoor space, and made for a playful addition that provided guests with photo-shoot entertainment throughout the night.

As I reflect on our wedding, I am overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for the all the family and friends that made our vision a reality. Most of the décor was a labor of love involving many helping hands. From the vintage furniture, to the living family tree, the day was brimming with detailed significance and beauty.Everything about our wedding day makes my heart happy. It was the day that celebrated #VlovesW to perfection.

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Photography: Emily Delamater Photography | Floral Design: Greenlion | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Invitations: Minted | Reception Venue: Linden Place Mansion | Bride's Shoes: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: New Leaf Salon | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Vintage Car: South County Trolley Of Rhode Island | Bride's Earrings: BHLDN | Brides Cuff: Johanna Johnson | Groom's Shoes: Johnston & Murphy | Groom's Ties: The Tie Bar | Photobus: Photobooth Planet | Save The Dates: The First Snow | Velvet Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio

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Romantic Blithewold Mansion & Gardens Wedding

This, my loves, is how you have a garden wedding. From the scenic setting and gardens of Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum to the Bride’s stunning blush gown with delicately beaded cap-sleeves, this affair looks straight out of a fairytale. And when you have Tiffany Medrano Photography to capture the Prince and Princess, the photos are an absolute dream come true. See them all here.

From Tiffany Medrano Photography… Annie and Tom were married on the most perfect day of Spring, in the presence of their friends and family. They planned their wedding from Texas, choosing to have the festivities take place in New England where Annie grew up. The ceremony was held in one of the many gardens of the Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Through my correspondence with Annie I learned that she was very much inspired by the gardens at Blithewold and so on the day of their wedding we made sure to take time to explore the grounds. Rays of sun poured through the trees and the flowers were in full bloom. Annie’s smile for Tom was continuous throughout the day. It perfectly complimented her romantic, lighter than air, blush-Champagne colored wedding gown. The sun was setting as I watched them walk hand in hand towards the reception and I was reminded of a prince and princess stepping out of a fairy tail to live happily ever after.

Photography: Tiffany Medrano Photography | Videography: Frame & Anchor | Floral Design: Joe DiGregorio | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Rings: David Craig Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jasmine Collection | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: Kacie Corbelle | Entertainment: DJ Mark Wish | Venue: Blithewold Mansion | Bridal Boutique: Signature Bridal | Getting Ready Venue: Point Pleasant Inn | Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Paper Goods: Minted

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Elegant Blush + White Linden Place Wedding

Surrounded by lush scenery and regal romance, these college cuties made sure their Big Day was filled with personal touches. From the cornhole games during cocktail hour, to their blooming Greenlion Design tablescapes atop La Tavola linens, every detail was inspired by their Alma matter. Splash! kept the party going throughout the night and M. Studios  captured it all here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Surrounded by our closest family and friends, we enjoyed a beautiful day in September at the stunning Linden Place Mansion in Bristol, RI. Travis and I met in our college days at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. We knew we wanted to incorporate our alma mater into our big day and added a few special and subtle touches into our wedding day to remember our college ties. One of our closest friends drew pen and ink inspired pictures of Hamilton buildings which served as our table names, and I surprised Travis with a Hamilton themed corn hole game for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour. Travis and I wanted to achieve a casual elegant vibe for the day, which factored into each step of our wedding planning – from choosing a mix of rustic walnut farm tables and round tables with blush linens to the baby’s breath that lined the ceremony aisle, to the DIY photo booth with Fujifilm cameras and props, to our blush escort cards which my mom hand-wrote, to the gorgeous mantle adorned with vintage boxes, flowers, garland, votives, and mirrors.

A color palette of neutral whites and blush pinks and was carried through from the bridesmaids’ dresses and the incredible florals by Greenlion Design to the tablescapes in the Carriage House Ballroom. Guests were witness to an outdoor ceremony followed by cocktail hour in the East Rose Garden surrounded by the sweet sounds of a string trio. Vintage lanterns hung in the trees while family and friends noshed on delicacies cooked up by the fine folks at Russell Morin Catering. The carriage house was styled with thousands of twinkle lights creating a warm glow overhead while sequined, chevron linens and exquisite flowers in vessels adorned the dinner tables. Before and after dinner Splash! performed for the guests and we proved that elegance can turn rowdy with the proper music!

Photography: M.Studios | Videography: Well Spun Wedding Films | Floral Design: Greenlion | Wedding Dress: Nordstrom | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JS Collections | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Makeup: Spectrum Makeup Artistry by Jennifer Hodge | Lighting: Ryan Designs, LLC | Band: Wilson Stevens | Groomsmen's Ties: Brooks Brothers | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Linden Place Mansion | Corn Hole: Style My Corn Toss | Invitations And Menu Cards: Write On Larchmont | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Rentals: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | String Trio: Gig Masters - PartyPosh

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Rustic Summer Wedding at Mount Hope Farm

I’ve lived in New England for seven years now, and this wedding reminds me why I fell in love with the area in the first place. Summers here are magical and this celebration captured that spirit perfectly, from the colorful hydrangeas to the nautical charm. Rupert Whiteley worked magic behind the lens and I’ll be spending quality time in this gallery, fondly thinking of summer days, as we head into the weekend.


From The Bride… My husband and I would both agree we never really believed in the “love-at-first-sight” phenomenon…until December of 2011 when we met while working in NYC. Seven months later Tim and I were engaged; one year after that we were married. Now we’re officially believers.

I grew up in Massachusetts where my summers were filled with New England beaches, charming coastal roads lined with hydrangeas, backyard family cook-outs, lobster boils, run down clam-shacks with ocean views, Red Sox games, sparklers and arguably the best fireworks in the country. Though we didn’t know each other then, my future husband, a Colorado native, also spent his summers in New England. His family had traveled all the way from Colorado to the same vacation home in Little Compton, RI since his grandfather had been a child.

When Tim and I got engaged in Newport, RI the summer of 2012 we knew right away that Rhode Island was the perfect location for us to begin our life together. With our wedding date set for 4th of July weekend the following year, we wanted to plan a celebration that would reflect who we were as a couple, honor our families and our heritage, and encompass all of the things we cherished so much about the New England summers we had grown up with.

We fell in love with historical Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI immediately and quickly chose the waterside Cove Cabin location as the ideal setting for both our outdoor ceremony and reception. Working with Russell Morin Fine Catering was one of the best decisions we made. Our wedding coordinator worked closely with us to create a menu that invoked memories of backyard grilling, clambakes, and lobster boils, complete with steamed littleneck clams and a New England clam chowder demitasse. For flowers we knew we wanted to go with local choices. Hydrangeas grow everywhere you look in Rhode Island and in abundant colors. We worked with Paula Conway of Conway Florals in Middleton, RI who put together the perfect combination of blue and white hydrangeas for our centerpieces and the bridesmaids’ bouquets. For my bouquet she incorporated white hydrangeas into a delicate blend of blush roses, stephanotis and lily-of-the-valley.

My family is of Irish and Scottish heritage. I wanted to honor my family by incorporating a few traditions into the ceremony and the day. Before walking down the aisle, my sister and Maid of Honor fastened a Celtic knot brooch to my bouquet as a sign of good luck. My mother gave me an Irish lace handkerchief to tuck in my hand. Traditionally, this handkerchief is then sewn into a bonnet for the Baptism of the couple’s first born child. In lieu of a bridal march, I had a Scottish bagpiper lead my father and me down the aisle to the “Flower of Scotland” (the unofficial anthem of Scotland). Thistles, the national flower of Scotland, were woven into the bridesmaids’ bouquets, the groom’s boutonniére and the flower arrangements along the aisle. After the exchange of rings, our pastor performed a traditional Irish hand-fasting ceremony in which fabric or cords are placed over the couples’ hands and a knot is tied to “bind” their lives together. This tradition gave rise to the popular phrase, “to tie the knot.” For our ceremony we chose fabric and cords that had sentimental value to both of us (lace from my mother’s wedding gown, a cord from my husband’s baby sweater, pieces of family tartan, etc.) Friends played traditional Irish and Scottish music before and after the ceremony on guitar and fiddle.

At the reception our guests were greeted with their names on navy blue and white place cards tied carefully to white starfish, which had been carefully assembled by just about every member of the groom’s family in the weeks prior to the wedding. Walkways were lined with silver lanterns and the tables were topped with glass candle holders filled with sand. As a special dessert, we offered guests red lollipops in the shape of lobsters. Despite the record heat and humidity of that weekend, our guests danced the night away while holiday fireworks sparkled in the distance over the Narragansett Bay.

Our wedding was a beautiful blend of traditions, the joining of two amazing families and most importantly the start of our new family and the beginning of so many new memories to come. We are so grateful to all of those who helped us and supported us throughout all of our planning. A special thank you to Rupert Whiteley Photography for so perfectly capturing all of our special moments.

Photography: Rupert Whiteley Photography | Flowers: Conway Florals | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Wedding Cake: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Invitations: Cricket Printing | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Hair and Makeup: New Leaf Salon | DJ: John Bellagamba | Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Tent: Newport Tent Company | Bagpiper: Gig Masters - PartyPosh | Bridal Veil: Sara Gabriel | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Decorations, Favors And Ornaments: Coastal Coves | Fiddler/Violinist: Caitlin Warbelow | Guitarist: Kyle Sanna | Music: Allison Barber

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Multi-Cultural Mount Hope Farm Wedding

This Mount Hope Farm affair? Well, it’s both lovely and innately personal. Perhaps it’s the Scrabble loving sweeties and their heritage-honoring ceremony, or the local Robin Hollow Farm succulent favors, or even the vintage VW van. All I know for certain is that when you combine Photo Booth PlanetDream Images, and Erin McGinn, you’ll have a plenty of moments to cherish here.

From Erin McGinn PhotographyRinee and Dan had the prettiest multi-cultural wedding at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, Rhode Island full of bright colors, rustic details, and sweet farm-style!

From the beautiful Bride… We envisioned a celebration that was all about our family and friends coming together. We wanted to celebrate (and share!) the natural beauty of Dan’s home state celebrating the natural setting. We wanted a relaxed, weekend-long celebration with plenty of opportunities for us to connect with our guests and them with each other. We wanted it to feel intimate and personal while showcasing our love of good food, drink and music through the festivities.

The first time we saw our venue it was a gloomy, torrentially rainy January afternoon, but we both fell in love at first sight. We loved that it’s community property, with such rich history — and that it’s a working farm! The day we visited, there was a farmer’s market in the barn, a fiddler happily playing melodies, and lights strung up from an earlier event – we were sold. The fact that there was an Inn on property was absolutely perfect!

We wanted our ceremony to be short and sweet, highly personal and with a good dose of humor thrown in. We also wanted to include some traditional Hindu elements to reflect Rinee’s heritage – without getting overly religious. We loved the idea of an outdoor ceremony in the gardens, and using a door – a symbol of new beginnings, journeys and adventures – as the arbor. Rinee’s childhood friend officiated, and Rinee’s dad took the couple through the traditional seven steps with the fire blazing in the background on an antique pedestal that Len & Nancy provided from their home. We also exchanged flower garlands handmade by Rinee’s mom, Ruby. We prepared our own vows to ensure they’d be personally meaningful.

We hand-wrote our escort cards on beautifully designed craft paper tags with ribbons in our wedding colors – corals, blues and greys. Cards were strung up between two old ladders along with a few photos from our engagement shoot on the lovely ocean drive in Newport. We had framed family photos on the mantle over the fireplace in the barn – for us, this was an important symbol of two families coming together. Our table numbers were spelled out in scrabble tiles – we both love the game and I’m a big fan of words.

We had small potted succulents lining the bookshelves as favors – we loved the idea of giving our guests something natural and local – grown right in the area (Robin Hollow Farm).

We wanted to capture our guests having fun – so we had a vintage VW photo-bus, Chloe, complete with zany props like a rubber chicken to ensure our guests would have a chance to get silly – and could leave messages for us along with the photo strips as our guest book.

Photography: Erin McGinn | Videography: Dream Images | Floral Design: Robin Hollow Farm | Wedding Dress: Mika Inatome | Invitations: Ala Carte Studio | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Hair & Makeup: Ali Lomazzo Beauty | DJ: Nelson Cruz | Ceremony Music: Jordan Tice | Wedding Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Decor: Ryan Designs, LLC | Photobooth: Photobooth Planet

Mount Hope Farm Wedding

This wedding?  It’s everything.  It’s laid back, yet elegant, cozy, yet completely sophisticated and charms in ways that only a nature-inspired affair can do.  From the drop-dead gorgeous florals from Greenlion Design to the beautiful images from Ruth Eileen Photography to the amazing Mount Hope Farm venue. Take a gander at all of the pretty here.


From the Bride…When Luke proposed in the Spring of 2013, I had little idea of what type of wedding I wanted; the dress, the theme, if we’d serve cake. I was really starting from scratch, but don’t let the decisions overwhelm you (or your fiance). The wedding planning process is a great time to learn about each other, how to compromise, and how to work together as a family– which is the real heart of the matter. For us, centering our wedding around a common interest of ours, a love of nature, made decision making much simpler and the day itself felt like a dream. We kept the color palette loose, and my bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses. With the ceremony outside, we mainly focussed on florals for decoration, and Kim from Greenlion was amazing. She incorporated local wildflowers and in-season vegetables in the arrangements to echo our celebration of nature. Plantation catering did a great job with the menu, serving local, simple, yet delicious dishes like oysters on the half-shell and vegetable ratatouille. We topped things off with our favorite beers and in-season fruit pies. It all felt amazing, and most importantly like us.

From Kim of Greenlion Design… Michelle and Luke’s vision for their florals was clear: farm feel, loose garden style blooms and local in-season blooms (our favorite type). We incorporated local dahlias, clematis, zinnias, annabelle hydrangea, privot, oak tree leaves, asters, privet, euonymus, porcelain berry vine, snapdragons, and we even used local vegetables to hold the table numbers. 

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography | Floral Design: Greenlion | Ceremony Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Reception Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Catering: Plantation Catering | Make Up: New Leaf Salon | Hair: New Leaf Salon | Dress Shop: Bella Bridal Shoppe

Rhode Island Pink Tented Wedding

Any bride who gives her wedding a big ol’ dose of pink is a bride after my own heart. And from the florals by Orchid ‘N Blooms to the bridesmaids’ dresses in the prettiest shade, there’s no shortage of pink moments to make me stop and swoon. The always fabulous Emily Delamater snapped of gallery of lovely images, and they’re all waiting right this way.

From Emily Delamater… Karen knew exactly what she wanted for her wedding, clean bright and classic with pink and gold details. As most of Hoong’s family was coming from Malaysia for the wedding, it was a perfect opportunity for the couple to introduce his family to New England and the Blithewold Mansion made for an idilic backdrop. The sprawling grounds and gardens were in full bloom surrounding them during the ceremony in the sunken garden.

Karen also used vintage books and international letter boxes to decorate accent tables. The flowers included a gorgeous mix of lambs ear, garden and David Austin Roses, pink and white Peonies, Astilbe and also air plants. I loved that was also a playful sense to the day with signature lemonades and large pink and white balloons decorated with gold and white streamers. It was a gorgeous and intimate event and such a treat to photograph.

Photography: Emily Delamater Photography | Event Designer: Gracie Lou Events | Floral Design: Orchid 'N Blooms | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Invitations: Kelli Murray Art | Makeup: Adam Camacho | Hair: Ali Lomazzo Beauty | Grooms Attire: J.Crew | Venue: Blithewold Mansion

Elegant Summer Wedding at Linden Place

Summers in New England may come and go a bit too quickly for my liking but we make them worth it with some pretty fabulous weddings. This truly elegant affair at the historic Linden Place takes full advantage of the natural beauty of both the venue and surrounding area, with every moment captured by Rebecca Arthurs. Soak up everything from the dress details to the sparkler sendoff right here.

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From The Bride… I was married on August 31, 2013 at the beautiful and historic Linden Place in Bristol Rhode Island. My photographer was above and beyond amazing. What makes my wedding special? Perhaps dancing the jitter bug with my 91 year old Nonnie or walking down the aisle on a cloudy day as the harpist played “Here Comes The Sun” and the clouds broke a little and the sun began to shine through.  Or maybe it was hearing my husband’s personal vows, or maybe it was the surprise boat ride we took. It definitely had something to do with my sparkler send off! So many things made my wedding unforgettable but knowing all of our friends and family were there was the best part.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Flowers: Golden Gate Florist | Wedding Cake: Dianes Delectables | Brides Shoes: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom | Caterer: Russell Morin | Makeup: Sara Faella | Hair: Astoria Salon | Harpist: Shelley Otis | Brides Gown: Paloma Blanca | Brides/MOH Earings: Amanda Masson | Flower Girl Dresses: Nordstrom | Historic: Linden Place Mansion | Invites: delphine | Wandies/Italian Cookies: Wandies By Pina

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Classic Romance with a dash of Sparkle

Glamour can mean so many things but for this Rhode Island wedding it’s all about the sparkle. A classic affair with a dash of sequined chevron or peonies by Stoneblossom mixed with gold rimmed glasses and chandeliers strung from the tree branches. Those little details crafted by the Bride and coordinated by True Event take this wedding from traditional New England to an affair that truly sparkles. See even more captured by Rebecca Arthurs right here.


From Rebecca ArthursLiz & Alex’s wedding at the historic Linden Place Museum, was inspired by rustic romanticism. A combination of sas and cool, Liz and Alex perfectly compliment each other to make a drop dead gorgeous couple. Their fun personalities came though all day in every detail of the wedding. Rustic farmhouse tables and glowing chandlers transformed the Linden Place Carriage House into a fairytale setting. The flowers by Stone Blossom complemented Liz’s palette of soft vintage hues. With the help of True Event and a team of amazing vendors, Liz’s vision shown through in all of the creative details.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Videography: Buzz Media Company- Wedding Films | Coordination: TRUE Event | Flowers: Stoneblossom | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: Julie Song Ink | Caterer: Blackstone Catering | Makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | Hair: Salon Acote | Ceremony & Reception: Linden Place Mansion | Lighting & Decor: Exquisite Events | Linens: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Live Music: The Free Downloads | Other Live Music: Mark Greel Music Sambita | Rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Rentals: New England Country Rentals

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Rustic Audubon Wedding Inspiration

SMPers, get ready to feast your eyes on some seriously pretty flora and fauna goodness. Inspired by vintage Audubon prints, this shoot is the perfect marriage of masculine and feminine, including the wildly beautiful invites from Paper Moss, braided leather hairstyle, rich hues, and even a signature whiskey cocktail. All in all, it’s sweet rustic wedding heaven. We’re sending Erin McGinnGreenlion Weddings and the entire vendor team a big ol’ virtual hug for sharing this gorgeous gallery with us.

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From the vendor team… Mount Hope Farm, a national historic site with over 325 years of history, was the jumping off point for our springtime shoot. We wanted to create ambiance that highlighted the natural aspects of the Farm and the brilliance of the Spring season by choosing elements that complimented the property and all of its surroundings in a fresh and unique way. Inspired by vintage Audubon prints as well as birds, honeycomb, and other springtime fauna our vision seamlessly came to life. Paper Moss even incorporated some of the Audubon inspired prints into the stellar invitation design. We used rich and deep tones everywhere, leather, tobacco leaves, whiskey and wood to bring an almost masculine and moody, romantic feeling to the shoot while still allowing femininity to come across in the sweeping flowers, linen textiles, and gold rimmed place settings. Jennie Kay braided leather into our bride’s hair, and bedecked her Tony Hamawy gown with leather accents, while her dapper groom wore light-weight spring wool and season-appropriate corduroy with brown suede shoes and leather belt. As a reflection of the Farm’s natural abundance and life, farm fresh eggs were hand lettered by Heather Belle as place settings, local honey and farm-to-able ingredients were used in the cuisine prepared by Russell Morin Fine Catering, and Greenlion Design used some elements foraged from the 127 acres of land in the floral design to create a farm fresh vibe that matched the stunning natural surroundings.

Photography: Erin McGinn | Cinematography: Ella Iannotti Photography And Films | Coordination: Glass Event Planning | Floral And Event Design: Greenlion | Wedding Dress: Andria Bird Bride | Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering | Wedding Venue: Mount Hope Farm | All Other Calligraphy: Heather Belle Ink | Dress Designer: Tony Hamawy | Earrings: Francesca's Collections | Envelope Calligraphy: Kristen Henderson | Groom's Attire (Jacket, Ascot, Pants): Royal Male | Groom's Attire (Shoes, Shirt, Belt): Island Outfitters | Hair, Makeup, And Fashion Styling: Jennie Kay beauty | Invitation And Paper Design: Paper Moss | Shoes And Belt: TJ Maxx | Table And Chairs: True North Rentals | Table Settings: Rentals Unlimited

Navy + Gray Mount Hope Farm Wedding

I’ve really grown to love the “Warming of the Rings” that’s come into vogue recently. Everyone “warms” the rings while thinking a sweet wish for the happy couple before they exchange their vows. It’s no surprise, based on their beautiful wedding with blooms from Sayles Livingston Flowers, that these two choose to incorporate this tradition. Every last stunning image from Erin McGinn Photography is right here!


From the photographer… Cate and Will’s early fall farm wedding was a delight to capture. Will’s family is from England so when touring venues in Cate’s home region of New England, the couple knew they had found the right place when they arrived at Mount Hope Farm and the same sheep from Will’s grandmother’s farm were meandering around. An emotional ceremony full of happy tears and a ring warming (where each member of the bridal party held the couple’s wedding bands and gave them special wish) took place in the garden. Afterwards, in the barn the couple hosted a traditional New England clambake to give guests from out of state and across the pond a taste of the East Coast.

From the stunning bride… We knew we wanted to be married somewhere special, and as soon as we saw Mt Hope we fell in love! It’s absolutely perfect for what we wanted – casual, romantic, New England to a T!

My sister and mom completely planned and decorated the shelves in the barn as a surprise for Will and I (as well as our guests!) With help from family from all over, there were precious photographs of the most special people in our lives. It really made the space feel very personal.

We instantly fell in love with Mt. Hope as soon as we stepped foot on the property, but it was the small details that made the decision even easier. Will’s granny, who lives in a small country town in England, even has the exact same breed of sheep as Mt Hope farm! The “Hunter” sign on the fireplace was made by my cousin Kate and given to me at my bridal shower.

DIY bits — the swags on the back of the bride and groom chairs, the chalkboard table numbers, my sister made the framed quote sign as you walked into the ceremony space.

The “warming of the rings” was my favorite part of the ceremony.

Photography: Erin McGinn | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Design | Wedding Dress: Sottero And Midgley | Wedding Dress: New York Lace | Cake: Sweet Berry Farm | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Reception Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Compton Clambakes And Cocktails | Hair: New Leaf Salon | DJ: Luke Renchan Entertainment

Bristol Wedding at Blithewold Mansion

This wedding is perfection.  The kind of perfection that combines soft pink hues with lush florals from Richard Carbotti, a sophisticated (+ stunning) Amsale gown and a tented Blithewold Mansion reception that is all kinds of magical.  In other words, it’s one seriously pretty party and you can see it all captured by Rebecca Arthurs right here.

Brendan and Lauren met seven years ago at Bentley University and could not of had much more in common, from family upbringings to lifelong goals. It doesn’t happen everyday where you find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with at the age of 19 and your sophomore year in college. Brendan had planned to study abroad his second semester, so the timing was not great as Brendan thought he would have the opportunity to study abroad as a single man! Plans changed as we went abroad leaving his love in Boston and Lauren visited him in London and the two lovebirds traveled to Paris together. This was only the beginning of their long love story together!

From when the bride was a little girl, she always knew she wanted a fairytale wedding that would be romantic and ethereal in feel for both herself and her guests. Having the bride’s godfather marry them during their ceremony only touched the tip of the iceberg for the personable touches. It was as important that all of their family and friends that meant so much to me had the most intimate and amazing experience which had many in tears as they shared their self written vows and joined with their guests in a “Warming of the Rings” ceremony, their guest were able to bless their rings with loving thoughts.

It could not have been more clear how important family was with all of the little touches and even a first look with both the father-of-the-bride and groom! While getting ready, the bride had so many “old” components, from the garter that her mom had made from her wedding dress to the handkerchief the bride would carry that her grandmother made to the bracelet that her mom let her borrow. The most touching was on the bride’s bouquet where she had a grandmother’s handkerchief wrapper around then with the other grandmother’s brooch attached. Even the groom wore the bride’s grandfather’s cuff links!

The photo’s of the both parent’s wedding day were displayed for guests to view along with a cigar bar that the father-of-the-groom put together himself! All of the inclusiveness, love, and family made this wedding inspirational.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Sweet Sophistications | Invitations: Invitations & Company | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Caterer: Blackstone Catering | Hair & Makeup: The Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel & Spa | DJ: Entertainment Specialists | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Blithewold Mansion | Ceremony Musicians: Golden Scroll Soloists | Flowers And Event Design: Richard Carbotti

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Mt. Hope Farm Wedding

Any way you look at it, farm weddings are always awesome.  Especially farm weddings like this one captured by Janet Moscarello Photography, a colorful, rustic chic celebration with one glamorous detail after another that are all sorts of amazing.  Think custom farm tables, a fabulous Sperry Tent tent and lush blooms that will literally knock your socks off from Wild Folk Studio.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… I was really inspired by rustic touches and I had known for a long time that I wanted to incorporate woods and various textures. I also love the juxtaposition of rustic with the refined and elegant pieces mixed in. I wanted to find a new way of doing that. My general taste is a lot of neutrals and natural tones with huge pops of color so that is the direction I decided to go in. I just love jewel tones and loved the idea of having multiple colors, not just one or two. I thought that would be especially fun with the bridesmaids dresses and giving them each their own color to let them all know they were important and special to me.

Family and religion is very important to us and especially those who could not be there with us. We had a candle lighting for our grandmothers that could not be present. I also included a childhood charm of my grandmothers wrapped around my bouquet which was so special. We made an old window frame backed with chicken wire and clipped a bunch of family photos to it with various people in our life. We made a quote board for guests to sign that we could later hang in our home. We also made a large wooden frame with string and clothespins for escort cards that leaned on the wall in the Cove Cabin. Many weathered wood and rustic elements paired with colorful flowers, glassware, lace and silver vases to bring it all together. We did two different flavors for our wedding cake it was fun to have alternating layers. I really loved the look of the loose shaved coconut alternating with the smooth dotted frosting. We had two different types of tables so the tent wouldn’t look like a sea of all the same thing. Long farm tables with runners and a scape of flowers down the middle. Square tables with a full linen and tall arrangements with branches and flowers. Different chairs for each and different place settings to add interest. I think also made the guests feel special!

My boss, Dan Mathieu of MAX Ultimate Food, custom made us a farm table that we could keep and put in our home after the wedding. He took photos and drawings from when we were little that our mothers collected for him and he permanently placed them on the table top. It was the most amazing and personalized gift we received and was just so creative and special! We really love that we had some pieces there that we could always have and see!

Photography: Janet Moscarello Photography | Videographer: Daylight Films | Florist: Wild Folk Studio | Ceremony Venue: St Joseph's Church | Reception Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Bride's Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Bridesmaids Dresses: Lynn Lugo | Caterer: MAX Ultimate Food | Hair + Makeup: SERAI Beauty | Lighting: Event Illuminations | DJ: DJ Deja | Groom's Suit: Jos. A. Bank | Tent: Sperry Tents | Bride's Dress: Allure Bridal | Custom Bride + Groom Farm Table: MAX Ultimate Food | Getting Ready Venue: Providence Biltmore | Rentals: Be Our Guest | Rentals: New England Country Rentals | Veil & Alterations: Sabella Couture of Boston

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Mount Hope Farm Wedding

When it comes to planning the loveliest New England affairs, Sarah True of True Event certainly has it down. And this morning we’re diving into their latest success – a  Rhode Island wedding with a crew of talent stacked behind it – Michelle Gardella, Petal FloralJennie FresaSperry TentEverthine and Paper Moss, to name a few. Get lost in all of the pretty right over here.


From the Bride… Once upon a time, on a bright sunny Providence day, I walked into my undergraduate calculus class at Brown and there was Brian. The rest is history and we’ve been together ever since. We’ve spent the last ten years as nomads moving around to over six different states, chasing down jobs, degrees, and each other. When it came time to choose a place to get married, the only place that made sense, the only place that has felt like home for us is Rhode Island.

The only thing that we knew when we began the planning process was that we wanted an outdoor wedding with a quaint, rustic, chic style. We searched far and wide from Providence to Newport, Jamestown, and Little Compton for a venue. When we arrived at the Cove Cabin at Mount Hope Farm, which is at the end of a beautiful long, winding, wooded road, we knew instantly that this was the place. The view from the Cabin is stunning as it overlooks Mount Hope Bay. It was exactly the type of setting we were looking for.

After we settled on the venue, I found myself completely overwhelmed with what I needed to do next. I was getting bogged down in little details and starting to procrastinate because I didn’t want to deal with having to make decisions. I needed some hand-holding to get me motivated. Enter Sarah True—the best decision I made in this whole process. Sarah is the kind of person who just beams warmth and laughter around anyone she meets. Her patience and laid-backedness were exactly what I needed to tame my sometimes up-tight, neurotic, bridezilla moments. She put together a varsity lineup of vendors including Jennie Fresa, Paper Moss, Petal Floral Design, Everthine Bridal, Michelle Gardella Photography, and Sassafrass Vintage to help me develop and refine the vision that I had for my wedding day.

The second best decision that Brian and I made was to do a first look with our photographers before the ceremony. Having those few minutes all to ourselves, to soak in the meaning of that day before we were surrounded by all of our guests helped alleviate the nervous anticipation without taking away from the excitement of what was about to happen.

One of our favorite parts of that day was the incredible jazz band, Lapis Luna, that really made the reception and got people moving. Our guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and an impressive customized dessert table catered by Blackstone Caterers. We were really blown away by the food –we made a point of eating our dinner and sampling everything at the dessert table– and so were our family and friends.

Sarah’s talent, energy, and creative styling ideas took our wedding from average to out-of-this-world amazing! Our wedding day was all we could have asked for and more.

Photography: Michelle Gardella Photography | Floral Design: Petal Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique | Ceremony Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Reception Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Catering: Blackstone Catering | makeup: Jennie Fresa Brow & Beauty Bar | calligraphy: Kristen Henderson | DJ: Renzo | Tent: Sperry Tents | Event Planning/Design: TRUE Event | Invitations/paper: Paper Moss | Music Reception: Elan Artists | Port O let Trailor: CS Portable Restrooms | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Rentals: BBJ Linen | La Tavola Linen | Vintage rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals

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Bristol, Rhode Island Wedding

Fridays are happy days in and of themselves. But when a Friday starts off with a Charlotte Jenks Lewis wedding, you know things are about to get really, really good. Case in point? This Rhode Island farm affair with a vintage flair and a kick of quirk. The gallery is jam packed with inspiration at every click and I DARE you not to fall in love from the very first look.


From the Bride… Joe and I looked high and low for the perfect venue, and when we found Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI we knew immediately that this is where we would be married. We were going for an effortless but elegant rustic vibe. I wanted the whole thing to feel relaxed and not over produced, despite all of the forethought and planning I put into every detail! Guests sat on wooden benches overlooking the water for the ceremony, then enjoyed the raw bar and sipped on custom cocktails in the log cabin. We lucked-out with the weather, and there was the most perfect view of the Mount Hope Bridge in the distance. You could even see all the way to Newport.

To make Joe happy, I tried to add in some quirkier design elements just for fun! All of our friends arrived at the venue via a bright yellow school bus! Joe kept referring to our beautiful tent as his “medieval tent”. And we had silly sunglasses for all the boys’ portraits.

The rest of the design elements I pulled from nature. The colors I chose for the bridesmaids’ dresses were reminiscent of the sunsets over the bay. The farm-style tables were decorated with a burlap runner and mason jars were filled with cattails and other local blooms. After sundown, we gathered around a roaring fire and capped off the night with sparklers. It was a celebration filled with fun and love, and surely a day I will never forget.

Add’l credits: The picture frames I used to frame the chalkboards were from various flea markets and the chalkboards were actually just black illustration board. My mother drew the wedding certificates and Charmaine did the calligraphy. The favors were chocolate dipped Oreos that I made.

Photography: Charlotte Jenks Lewis Photography | Flowers: Robin Hollow Farm | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Caterer: Blackstone Catering | Calligrapher: Everly Calligraphy | Lighting: Exquisite Events | Groom's suit: Dolce & Gabbana | Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Bride's Belt: Erica Koesler | Bride's Bracelet: Cartier | Bride's Dress: Elizabeth Dye | Bride's Headpiece: jennifer behr | Bride's Necklace: Henri Bendel | Bride's first shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride's second pr shoes: Toms | Invitations, etc.: Scout Designs

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Bristol, Rhode Island Wedding from Rebecca Arthurs

Once you spend a little time with this Rhode Island affair, you’ll realize it’s something truly special. I’m positive. Because when you’ve got a couple this crazy talented (who, PS, co-designed the bride’s dress by hand!), you know this isn’t your run-of-the-the-mill day. Making it all the more lovely? Golden Gate FloristGus and Ruby Letterpress and Joli Visage. They teamed up to ensure all the wedding to do’s were done, and the result is a gallery filled with some of Rebecca Arthurs’ best work yet.

From the Bride… Derek and I are creative souls. Art runs through our veins. We met while attending design school in 2003 and since then have tried to fill our lives with as much creativity and inspiration as we can stand. Derek is an interactive designer and I am a textile designer. Our lives are a swirl of kerning, fonts, Pantone swatches and patterns in repeat. We find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. Derek designed my engagement ring after falling in love with a vintage sapphire estate piece that reminded him of lilacs. “Lilac” was my first word as a baby and the smell of them reminds me of my grandmother’s backyard and long summer days where the sun doesn’t set until well after bedtime. I am a child of summer – born on the longest day of the year, so when we sat down to decide on a wedding date, summer was our natural choice. We chose June 15 because it seemed like a day with so much promise – the middle day of the middle month – half the year gone and still half to go; so much life already lived and yet so much to still look forward to.

We wanted our wedding to be like our wedding date – a reflection of where we’d come from as well as a celebration of all we had to look forward to. Derek designed our wedding invitations – a unique mix of creative typography in letterpress and his hand-drawn illustrations of our beloved wedding venue. Together we pushed the envelope (literally!) – turning Derek’s illustrations into custom envelope liners and stamping the text of our RSVP cards – staying up all night laughing and creating an invitation suite that was uniquely ours. And I made my wedding dress – vintage-inspired lace with a dramatic watteau train. Most brides hide their dress from their future husbands until their wedding day, but my husband helped me design mine – he held my hand while I purchased my fabric on West 37th and helped me pin seam allowances I couldn’t reach . Not many people can say, “on our wedding day, I was lucky enough to be married in a dress created with love by both of our hands”. It must come as no surprise that when we chose a wedding venue, we wanted something unique – the road most traveled has never been our path. We wanted somewhere with history that we could tie into the story that we were about to begin together.

We found Linden Place on a chilly day in February and knew it was perfect the moment we saw it – we couldn’t even imagine how beautiful it would be come summer time and to be truthful, it outdid our wildest expectations. The morning of June 15th dawned more glorious that we could have imagined – brilliant blue sky and a warm sea breeze. Our guests entered through the majestic front doors of the Linden Place mansion, passing by the breathtaking chandelier that once hung in Buckingham Palace and a four story spiral staircase that opens to the sky. They made their way to the gardens behind the mansion, passing under a magnificent magnolia tree and taking their seats – placed in a semi-circle so we could be married the way we try to live our lives – surrounded by love. Both of my parents walked me down the aisle while a dear friend played a song that had been part of our lives and our love for as long as we could remember. We were married in a ceremony that we wrote together, in a spectacular garden that was a-bloom with summertime roses.

We spent our cocktail hour in the shade of the magnolia tree, celebrating and laughing with the people we love most. Our reception took place in the restored carriage house – its spectacular doors and dramatic vaulted ceiling needing nothing to enhance its beauty. We filled the room with vintage picture frames and soft summer flowers, bathing everything in a warm glow from eclectic cut-glass votives. Our first dance as husband and wife took place under the dramatic arching doorway of the carriage house to a song that was uniquely ours – sung by a beloved couple whose love only enhanced ours and magnified the joy of such a spectacular day. We and our guests celebrated the night away – taking time to leave us messages on our vintage typewriter that served as our guest book, and escaping for a brief moment at sunset to take some spectacular photos with all our guests that still leave me breathless.

We surrounded ourselves with the people we love most, and an incredible team of vendors that shared the same passion and creativity for our love as we did – together they made our wedding day magical. I had often heard that your wedding day should be the most spectacular day of your life, but I had no idea that a single day could hold so much love and happiness.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Flowers: Golden Gate Florist | Ceremony Venue: Linden Place Mansion | Reception Venue: Linden Place Mansion | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: Blackstone Catering | Makeup: Joli Visage Makeup Artistry | Hair: Kristen Lazzareschi | Ceremony + First Dance Music: Jay Psaros and Olivia Brownlee | Cocktail Hour + Reception Music: Zeke Stern of Murray Hill Talent | Invitation Design: Derek Luciani (Groom) | Invitation Letterpress: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Rhode Island Wedding at Mt. Hope Farm from Melissa Beck Photography

This is the type of wedding I love to share. There is just something about the feeling I get from each gorgeous image from Melissa Beck Photography, that leaves me chomping at the bit to get it up on the screens of our lovely SMP readers. With the bountiful blooms by Sayles Livingston Flowers and the perfectly New England setting of the Mount Hope Farm, it’s picture perfect in every sense of the word – and you can see it all right here.

The grounds were wet, the leaves blowing and the branches were hanging a bit heavier on this day. The fog and the mist rolled in like a thick cloud but not even this could dampen the joy and happiness that was about to unfold. We watched from the hotel balcony as the sky gave us a moment of hope just before she stepped into her gown. The zipper was zipped, the jewelry was clasped, the flowers delivered, and the hugs and love given. In those moments of the final preparations, the sky decide to open up and share its blessing once again.

She gazed out the window in a moment of peace yet hopefulness. This was not the day she planned. This was not the weather she had dreamed about for her wedding day. This was not the way she hoped to greet loved ones with her new husband on the ocean at her reception.

But this was the day.

With the mist and fog. Damp leaves and umbrellas. Changes of plans, going with the flow and with trust. Trust that it didn’t matter what the weather was like. Trust that it already was the perfect day, and trust that no matter how it turned out at the end of the night, that This was their day. And it was perfect.

Photography: Melissa Beck Photography | Floral Design: Sayles Livingston Design | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Konditor Meister | Ceremony Venue: St. Lucys Church | Reception Venue: Mount Hope Farm | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Blackstone Catering | Hair + Makeup: Wedding Tresses, Inc | DJ: CE Productions | Mens Attire: 9tailors | Tent: Sperry Tents | Accessories: Rent The Runway | Cufflinks: Waxwing Jewelry | Rentals: Big Sky Tent & Party Rentals

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