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Chelsea & Ed’s Block Island Elopement

Is there anything better than being barefoot in the sand and surf? For Chelsea and Ed, there sure isn’t! This couple choose to elope to Block Island with just 2 witnesses and an officiant for an intimate barefoot beachside ceremony in the waves. What could be better than saying “I do” as the wave crashes against your feet?

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The Newport Bride elopement at Castle Hill Inn

Kathryn & David’s Castle Hill Inn Elopement

Kathryn & David met at a rooftop bar in Manhattan in June 2015. Their love of traveling lead to romantic adventures across the globe and eventually led them to settle down in South Kingston, Rhode Island. They decided to elope and 3 weeks later they stood out on the cliffs of Castle Hill Inn and had a beautiful intimate ceremony. Continue reading

Brianna and Nick Part 4: Staying positive during pandemic planning

Couple of the Year Brianna and Nick are continuing with their wedding plans! Like so many, they’ve had to drastically adjust what their day will look like, but they’re persevering through it all. No matter what the day or guest list looks like, their wedding day will be beautiful because it’s the day they get married!


With my bridal shower, bachelorette, wedding, and honeymoon all postponed until next year it’s hard to still feel like a bride. Instead of focusing on the negative, I’ve really been trying to focus on the positives, like having another year to celebrate. In that spirit, I’ve decided to embrace all the bridal goodies I’ve already accumulated! That means sipping champagne from our “Mr. & Mrs.” champagne flutes, wearing my custom denim jacket featuring my new last name just because, and rocking my cozy “Mrs.” slippers around the house.

One bridal outfit I’ve loved to wear lately is the Sleep Tight wedding sleep shirt from Bridesmaid Gift Boutique. Let’s be honest, we’ve been spending a lot more time inside these past few months and having cute yet comfortable things to wear to hang out on the couch with my fiancé has made it a lot more fun. Plus, I feel like a bride waking up on her wedding day each morning. 

This sleep shirt is a great alternative to robes for getting ready the morning of your wedding! The bride can wear white like mine and the girls can be in the pink or black options! A matching sleep mask from the boutique would be cute too. Bridesmaid Gift Boutique has a bunch of options for bridesmaids gifts, bachelorette goodies, or a sweet gift for a postponed bride. I really like the gift set section. They have bridesmaid proposal boxes to ask your girls to be in your bridal party and cute themed boxes like the Tropical Beach Box or Pamper Me Box that could be a gift for anyone at any time. 

So with all that said, we ARE still getting married and have wedding planning to do! We had a lot already finalized by the time we made the call to postpone but still have details to wrap up. Luckily all our vendors were available for our new date which means our new day will be the same day we imagined. Nick still has to finalize his custom tuxedo with Aldo’s Formals. I picked up my dress the week before we postponed and still have to do all my dress fittings. We still have to finalize plans for our rehearsal dinner at Queen Anne’s Loft. Not to mention we have some long overdue celebrating to do with our family and friends at our bachelor/bachelorette parties and bridal shower! On top of the plans we need to finish, we got a curveball thrown at us, too. Our honeymoon was rescheduled for September 2021 but a few weeks later the resort notified us they will be shutting down that month so they canceled our honeymoon. We are now looking at new honeymoon spots and hoping this is a blessing in disguise making way for us to have an even better honeymoon. 

Thank you to Bridesmaid Gift Boutique for sending this gift to me!  

When a brain tumor and a pandemic stand in the way of “I Do” you can still choose happiness

Exactly 1 year ago today, on August 18, 2019 Leisa and Beau were supposed to say “I Do” at their dream venue, Castle Hill Inn. Instead, this bride to be spent her intended wedding day in the hospital recovering from brain surgery. When their second date got moved out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this positive couple didn’t get the change get them down. Instead, they saw the opportunity to lean into love and appreciate every moment they get to spend together. Thank you dearly to Leisa and Beau for sharing their story with us!

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Ashley and Brian’s Gurney’s Newport Wedding

When an attorney meets and engineer (and former wedding photographer) in New York City and they eventually get engaged, their love of sailing and travel brings them to Newport Rhode Island for their fall wedding.  All Ashley and Brian wanted was a gorgeous Newport sunset and it looked like they wouldn’t get it on their blustery cold and cloudy October wedding day, until moments before sunset and the skies opened up and were colored in pink. Ashley and Brian’s Newport Wedding celebrated the best parts of fall with an offbeat color scheme that celebrated their love of the sea.

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Danielle and Kyle’s Providence Public Library Wedding

You know how in the movies, there’s always an attractive upstairs neighbor who’s just waiting to fall in love? The main character always hears their footsteps or accidentally gets their mail and the love story just blossoms. Well, that’s exactly what happened for Danielle and Kyle. Kyle lived directly above Danielle and one day on a quest to borrow some office supplies, he happened to knock on Danielle’s door and surprise, he got what he needed AND he fell in love!

Danielle and Kyle finished their romcom movie when they tied the knot at the Providence Public Library. Thankfully, for them, the big day was not an end but the beginning of their new adventure together! Continue reading

Brianna and Nick Part 3: Icing on the Metaphorical Cake

In case you didn’t know, there’s a global pandemic going on. Thanks to COVID-19, life looks a little different right now with businesses closed and toilet paper nowhere to be found. There is an element of uncertainty in the air right now, and that holds true for anyone planning a wedding in 2020. Our Couple of the Year Brianna and Nick are doing their best to remain positive through it all while being proactive (hello back update) and focusing on what matters. A wedding day isn’t about a party or a big guest list, it’s about your love. When you focus on love, everything else fades.

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Courtney and Joe’s Wedding at The Bohlin

Courtney and Joe started their wedding day celebrating with their separate bridal parties in vacation rentals close to their venue. After everyone was beautified, they hopped in a Newport Trolley for photos at The Elm. They said their “I Do”s at the end of a beautiful doc at The Bohlin and danced the night away in their waterfront tent.

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Brianna and Nick Part 2: The Groom’s Side of Getting Engaged

How often do you hear the groom’s side of the pre-engagement story? For most of us, the focus is on the ring and beyond but a lot of time and planning goes into just putting the ring on the finger! Today we get to hear from our groom of the year, Nick! He shares exactly how he choose the perfect ring and even gives some helpful tips for choosing the perfect piece!
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Jamie and Aaron’s Newport Beach House Wedding

Jamie and Aaron met in the modern way, online. Their first date left them both intrigued and after a few more dates, Aaron came over to Jamie’s house to cook for her. Before he started on the meal, he did the sweetest thing a guy can do. He cleaned her oven. That’s when Jamie knew he was a keeper! Just under 3 years later, the couple got married on September 22, 2019, at Newport Beach House. Continue reading