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