A note from bride Whitney… “I moved to Los Angeles from Boston, MA in July of 2007 and Tyler moved to Los Angeles from Binghamton, NY, July of 2013. In 2014, I had back surgery for a herniated disc and during the two weeks I was out of work, my office relocated to Burbank, CA. I remember seeing that there was a physical therapy office right in the same building that my office was moving to and thinking I could go on my lunch break. I walked into my first appointment sore, chubby from not being able to work out, and not feeling confident overall. Tyler walks over and introduces himself as my Physical Therapist and it was love at first sight. We both had the same feeling but different reactions. I remember thinking, “Damn, he has to see me doing all of my awkward exercises?” and Tyler says he could barely form a sentence because he was so focused on my smile. We found out we were both from the northeast, both went to school in Boston, and both were huge Red Sox fans. We started dating two weeks later and the administrative assistant still makes us know that she was the one who put me on Tyler’s schedule.
Besides Burbank, most of our relationship has happened around Venice Beach. We had our first date there, moved into our first apartment there after three months of dating, and Tyler proposed on a bridge in the Venice Canals during one of our early morning coffee walks. Now, we live in Marina del Rey and Tyler teaches ergonomic to hotel employees and I am a freelance graphic designer/blogger.
We chose Newport because my parents live in Charlestown, RI. They are retired to our family vacation home we have had since I was 2. Rhode Island has a special place in my heart. Tyler is also from the east coast and used to go to Newport all of the time when he went to school in Boston. We wanted something rustic and I kept hearing how your venue should show who you are as a couple. I was perplexed and was also searching from 3,000 miles away, but then my mom suggested a vineyard and we both thought, YES! We are huge lovers of wine and often drive up the California coast for wine tasting on the weekends. We knew Newport Vineyards was the perfect venue for us and would allow us as a couple to really shine on our wedding day.
Note about details: We wanted our wedding to very much be “us” and not a cookie cutter wedding. I am a graphic designer, so I made and addressed all of the invitations. I made the seating tags and “Just Married” banner on the sweetheart table. Also, we had our family help as well. Our chuppah was put together by Tyler’s father and step father and included a table-cloth from my grandmother. His stepfather also made our sweetheart table (which we hope to put in our home one day). The sign “Holy Moses This is It” is from Tyler’s mom’s family reunions because her mom’s maiden name is Moses. We also served chocolate chip cookies on my grandmother’s china plates at the end of the party.”
Scroll down to see this beautiful vineyard wedding and find more inspiration on our Newport Wedding Pinterest board.
Photographer(s): Ryan Devoll Photography | Invitation/Paper Goods: Paper Source, done by Bride | Bridal Gown: Sarah Seven from Sarah Seven Los Angeles | Bridal Shoes: Louboutin/Nike | Florist: Flower Thyme | Bridal Jewelry: Bride’s great, great-grandmother | Engagement Ring: Brilliant Earth | Groom’s Ring: Brilliant Earth | Bridal Hair and Makeup: Lynda Williams Beauty | Grooms Outfit: Joseph A. Bank | Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August from Nordstrom | Bridesmaids Hair and Makeup: Lynda Williams Beauty | Groomsmen Outfits: Joseph A. Bank | Junior Bridesmaids outfit: Bill Levkoff | DJ/Band/Entertainment: DJ Valentina | Ceremony Officiate: Bride’s cousin, Karen Kostrinsky | Ceremony Music: DJ Valentina | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Newport Vineyards | Catering: Blackstone Caterers | Favors: Bride’s friend read a poem during the ceremony and the bride designed the poem as a keepsake and that was placed at each guest’s seat | Wedding Cake/Dessert: Vesta Bakery | Dessert Cookies: John and Cindy’s Harvest Farm | Chuppah: Annie’s Creek