Courtney and Jeff’s Castle Hill Inn Wedding

A light breeze was coming off the ocean and the sky was a deep blue. It was the perfect day for an oceanside wedding! Now add a beautiful couple like Courtney and Jeff and the Castle Hill Inn and all were speechless with the gorgeous sites of the day. Courtney and Jeff are so obviously in love. They incorporated many special and personal touches into their wedding day like small pieces such as Courtney wearing the same headpiece that her mother wore on her wedding day, as well as big things like having Thorr, the Athletic Director at University of Rhode Island officiate their ceremony. Plus, they surprised guests by having “Rhody” the URI mascot showed up at the end of the night to hit the dance floor! Photographer Tricia McCormack Photography captured the whole thing!

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Photographer: Tricia McCormack Photography | Venue: Castle Hill Inn | Florist: The Secret Garden | HMUA: Serai Beauty | Photobooth: Berkshire Photobooth | Band: Big Party Entertainment

Cassie and Brandon's Navy Wedding at Castle Hill Inn

Cassie and Brandon’s Castle Hill Inn Wedding

Brandon and Cassie were high school sweethearts. Together through high school and college,  after 8 years, Brandon surprised Cassie with a picnic dinner on Newport beach followed by a proposal. The engagement set the tone and the couple knew they wanted to get married in Newport it was just a matter of where. Sadly, during the wedding planning process Brandon’s father unexpectedly passed away. The Father-of-the-groom had visited one venue, Castle Hill Inn, and his presence at the venue sealed the deal. Cassie and Brandon’s Navy and Gold wedding was one the grooms father surely would have been proud of. Every detail was an elegant reflection of the couple and what they love. From a cigar station, ice cream and desert bar, and even tree sapling favors, this wedding was a detailed dream. Many thanks to Jennifer Neves Photography for capturing Cassie and Brandon’s big day and VideobyJamie for capturing the memories in a wedding day video.

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Holly and Mike’s Castle Hill Inn Wedding

Mike proposed on Halloween with a specially carved pumpkin that said “Will You Marry Me?” Their couples costume of ‘Thing 1’ and ‘Thing 2’ quickly changed into a “This guy loves his fiance” shirt”. Holly and Mike’s first date was at the Red Parrots restaurant in Newport. When it came time to look for venues, the happy memories of their first dinner together came rushing back and a seaside Rhode Island wedding was a sure thing. After just one visit, it became clear that Castle Hill Inn was their perfect venue. Continue reading

Elegant Metallic Winter Belle Mer Wedding at The Newport Bride

Stephanie and Nicholas’s Glamorous Metallic Belle Mer Wedding

“Nicholas and I started dating in the Fall of 2012. We both lived in South Boston and worked in the city. From the beginning, we realized we wanted the same things out of life and became inseparable almost immediately. By Spring of 2015 (May 9, 2015 to be exact), Nick proposed! He booked a trip to Chicago, IL – one of our absolute favorite cities, and proposed on an early morning walk around Navy Pier. It was the most perfect moment of my life. Now, we’re going on 5 years together, a little over 5 months married, and each day we are stronger than the day before. Continue reading

Mike and Keri's Nautical Fall Wedding at the Herreshoff Museum

Keri and Mike’s Nautical Fall Wedding at the Herreshoff Marine Museum

Nautical isn’t just a theme for summer weddings. About Time Photography captured Keri and Mike’s October nautical themed wedding at the Herreshoff Marine Museum.  This beautiful wedding is proof that nautical is an evergreen theme! Our favorite part is the wooden bench guest book. Guests got to sign a piece of furniture that will be in the couples house forever. What a great idea! Continue reading

Amanda and Mike's Atlantic Beach Club Wedding on The Newport Bride

Amanda and Michael’s Winter Blush and Teal Atlantic Resort Wedding

Amanda and Michael’s wedding at the brand new Atlantic Resort Newport stunned us from the moment we saw it. From their ceremony at the beautiful Greek Orthodox Church Saint Spyridon to their blast of a reception at the new Atlantic Resort Newport, they day was just perfect. The bride and groom got ready at the Newport Marriott and took pictures outside by the harbor. Ocean pictures are always a good idea as far as we are concerned. We well in love with Amanda and Michael’s wedding pictures and it was hard, but we broke it down to our 5 favorite parts of their big day…

  • Beautiful formal pictures by Sarah Pudlo at Marble House
  • Stunning Centerpieces by A Gala Affair Event Design
  • Late night pizza at the end of their reception (who doesn’t love a late night pie)
  • Little whisk favors as a subtle nod to the grooms love of cooking and the reason the couple met
  • Personal details like the MOH’s gift of a photo charm of the bride’s brother tied to the bouquet

“I first saw Michael while walking through the kitchen the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa on my first interview. He worked at the Steakhouse as a cook and was about to get a job managing the front desk at the hotel. After a year of not-so-subtle hints he eventually asked me out and five years after that he asked me to marry him (again after a few years of not-so-subtle hints). 10 months later we got married!

We choose Newport, Rhode Island and the Atlantic Resort for a few very special reasons. My father works in construction and poured the concrete foundation for the Toner Memorial Bridge located on the Newport Navy Base which was dedicated in honor of my brother Francis “Frankie” Lawrence Toner IV who was killed in action overseas in 2009. He also poured the foundation for The Atlantic Resort and told me about the venue. Both foundations lead our love story to Newport.”

 – Amanda, The Bride

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Photographer: Sarah Pudlo | Photo booth:  Rock Your Booth | Invitation/Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Diva’s | Bridal Gown: Blush by Hayley Paige from The Bridal Garden in East Greenwich, Rhode Island | Florist: A Gala Affair Event Design | Ceremony Venue: Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Newport, Rhode Island | Reception Venue: The Atlantic Resort Newport | Room Block + Rehearsal Dinner: Newport Marriott | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bracelet – Tiffany & Company | Rings custom designed by Simply Majestic| Bridal Hair: Britany Hatfield |  Make-up: Olivia | Grooms and Groomsmen Outfits: Mens Warehouse | Bridesmaids Dresses: Hayley Paige Occasions and Bill Levkoff from The Bridal Garden | Flower girl outfit: Nordstrom | DJ/Band/Entertainment: Band – Roger Ceresi’s All Starz | Ceremony Officiate: Father Dean Panagos | Ceremony Music: Jane the Organist at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church | Transportation: Rock Star Limo | Favors: Little Whisks with hearts and heart shaped measuring spoons | Wedding Cake/Dessert: Cake – Fatullis Bakery | Dessert: Greek Bakalava made by Michael’s mom (Momma G) at the Par Four Restaurant in Groton, CT

Leanne and Paul’s Summer Blithewold Wedding

Leanne and Paul met in the summer of 2008 when she stopped to see a friend get ready for prom with her boyfriend, which just so happened to be Paul’s younger brother. Leanne was sitting in the kitchen eating his mother’s pizza when he walked in from work. Right from the start they had an instant connection. Leanne and Paul dated for that summer but then decided to take a break and go back to college. Paul attended Bryant University and Leanne attended the University of Rhode Island. After about a year and a half of keeping in contact, they decided they couldn’t be apart any longer. On Christmas Eve 2009 Paul called Leanne around 2 o clock in the morning after she gotten home from midnight mass with the family and told her he knew she was the one he wanted to be with.

After dating for 6 years, Paul finally knew it was time to pop the question. During the first 6 months of their relationship, Leanne studied abroad in Paris for 6 weeks. During this time, she fell in love with the city and have always wanted to go back. After she returned, Paul took her to the next best place, Epcot in Disney World. After a long day of walking Epcot in the pouring rain the couple finally sat down to dinner at Monsieur Paul’s in Epcot Paris. After an amazing meal, Leanne was surprised with a plate of what looked like dessert but was really an engagement ring with the words “Will you marry me” written on the plate in French. Needless to say, that day Disney lived up to its tag line and certainly was the happiest place on earth for Leanne and Paul.

When Leanne and Paul started planning their wedding they immediately thought of getting married in the Newport area. Being a south county girl, Leanne has always loved the ocean and the history behind the mansions of Newport. After a few months of venue searching, the bride-to-be happened upon a picture of her grandmother and late grandfather at a garden. Flipping the picture over, she saw the words “Blithewold Mansion” written on the back and knew she had found their venue.  A visit to the home and gardens confirmed that it was the perfect blend of classic glamour and sophisticated mansion style. The final decision was picking a day. The couple went with 4th of July weekend as the ultimate way to celebrate their country and their new lives together.

Gabrielle Marks Photography shot Leanne and Paul’s big day. You are going to fall in love with this sweet couple and the beautiful Blithewold! Fall in love with this and other Newport weddings on our our Newport Wedding Pinterest board.

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Photographer(s): Gabrielle Marks photography | Invitation/Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas |  Bridal Gown: Custom design by Kate Brierley owner of Isoude in Newport | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Veil: Bride re-designed her mother’s veil | Bridal Jewelry: VanCleef Arpels from Tiffany + Co | Bridal and Bridesmaids Hair and Makeup: Brianna Hamilton, B Lovely Beauty Studio | Grooms Outfit: Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaids Dresses: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal | Groomsmen Outfits:Men’s Wearhouse | Ring Bearer outfit: Men’s Wearhouse | Florist: Golden Gate Studios | DJ/Band/Entertainment: Jay Friese, Signature Sounds | Ceremony Venue: Saints John + Paul Church | Reception Venue: The Blithewold Mansion | Event Rentals: Exquisite Events | Catering: Russell Morin Catering | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | Favors: Wildflower Seed Packets by Max & Bella | Wedding Cake/Dessert: Russell Morin Catering

Shawn and Meghann’s Belle Mer Wedding

After a year of a long-distance relationship with Meghann on the east coast and Shawn on the west coast, these sweethearts got engaged. Their Newport wedding at the modern Belle Mer was the perfect way for them to start their married life. Meghann share this about their relationship and wedding:

“Shawn and I got engaged in Napa  Shawn had moved to San Francisco for a year for work and we did the whole long distance thing. Although it was hard for me when he moved it ended up turning into a really awesome experience for us. We made sure to see each other every month whether he was flying home or I was flying to the West Coast. Every time I went out there we planned a trip. We went to Napa SEVERAL times as it quickly became my favorite place to be. We also drove the coast down to Monterey, ski mobiled in Lake Tahoe, and took a tropical vacation in Hawaii. As Shawn promised he moved home after a year and we purchased a home together. Right before we moved into the house he told me he had a work trip in San Francisco and said I should fly out with him so we could go to Napa before his meetings. I jumped at the opportunity of course. He had convinced me that we were meeting up with his colleagues for a wine tasting outing and getting breakfast beforehand at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley. When we arrived they said our table was not ready and to wait on the deck… and then IT HAPPENED! I completely blacked out. Needless to say I said yes. Shawn had hired a photographer to catch the moment on camera and the picture of the proposal speaks for itself. Shawn continued to surprise me and we ended up spending the night at Auberge (which is one of the most gorgeous hotels I have ever stayed in.. and I have stayed in A LOT as I work for a hotel company) and renting out the SPA after hours just for him and I. It was the perfect proposal.

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Shawn and I have always loved Newport and had done many weekend trips. We always knew we wanted to get married there as Shawn wanted a destination wedding but I didn’t want anything too far because I wanted to make sure all of our family and friends could attend. It was the perfect compromise. One of our weekend trips to Newport (before we got engaged) Shawn and I had stayed at the Hyatt and decided to take a walk down to Belle Mer and look around. The second I walked into Belle Mer I knew it was special. The simplicity and glamour were right up my alley as I knew I wanted a traditional wedding with a modern twist. Fast forward to our engagement day – after everything Shawn already had done he said he had ONE more surprise. He went on to tell me that he had already put a hold on Belle Mer for me. They had 2 dates left in October (we both wanted a Fall October wedding) … one of the dates being October 22, 2016… he knew it was FATE as this was going to be one year exactly from the day we got engaged (we got engaged on October 22, 2015- a Thursday). Because of the leap year it fell on a Saturday in 2016… all the stars aligned!

Our wedding day was cold, rainy and super windy as you can tell from some of the pictures, but we didn’t care… nothing could bring us down that day. It was truly the best day ever!”

We hope you enjoy Meghann and Shawn’s beautiful photos by Suzanna March Photography. After you fall in love with this wedding, visit our Newport Wedding Pinterest board to fall in love with some more!

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Photographer(s): Suzanna March Photography | Videographer(s): Artistic Wedding Films | Link to wedding video:  | Invitation/Paper Goods: Paper Source – formal invitations and Minted.com – rehearsal dinner, farewell brunch, church programs, place cards | Bridal Gown: Carolina Herrera purchased from L’Elite Bridal in Boston | Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Bridal Bag: Yves Saint Laurent | Ring box: The Mrs. Box | Bridal Veil and hairpiece: from L’Elite Bridal | Bride’s engagement ring and band from Lauren B Jewelry in NYC | Grooms wedding band: Long’s Jewelers | Hair: Styled by Hannah Makeup: Kacie Corbelle | Grooms and Groomsmen Outfits: The Black Tux | Bridesmaids Dresses: White by Vera Wang | Flower girl outfit: David’s Bridal | Ring Bearer outfit: Men’s Warehouse | Florist: Stoneblossom | Totes: Wedding Chick’s | DJ/Band/Entertainment: Sky Music Entertainment | Ceremony Venue: Jesus Saviour Church | Reception Venue: Belle Mer, Water Salon | Event Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Transportation: Rockstar Limo | Wedding Cake by Belle Mer, Water Salon florals by Stoneblossom | Brides wedding day gifts: Cartier | Grooms watch (wedding day gift): Breitling | Groomsmen watches: MVMT

Katelyn and Chris’s Glamorous Regatta Place Wedding

Chris and Katelyn first met when Chris, an RA, checked Katelyn out of her room after sophomore year of college. However, sparks didn’t fly until a year later when Chris returned from his study abroad program in Belgium and began regularly hanging out with Katelyn’s friend group. Katelyn will tell you that she was the one that made the first move when he returned, but Chris knows the truth – having already decided while abroad that he would date Katelyn upon his return.

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Missy and John’s Ochre Court Wedding

John and Missy met through mutual friends during her senior year in college at Salve. He complimented her handwriting and she loved how kind he was. They spent that summer after graduation in Newport getting to know each other. Spending days on the beach and nights strolling Thames Street and eating a lot of late night pizza, they fell in love. His easy-going personality balanced her passionate energy and things all fell into place.

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