Introducing The Boston Bride

We have a VERY special announcement that we’ve been excitedly waiting to share with you for months. We are launching a sister blog based in Boston, MA, called The Boston Bride!

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Styled Shoot Part 1: The Set Up

Last weekend we held our first styled shoot. Thank to the generous collaboration of some beautiful vendors, everything came together perfectly. What girl doesn’t want to play dress up in a gorgeous wedding dress?

We started the day with 3 models, 7 dresses, a dozen pairs of shoes, bouquets, and jewelry; the full shabang. After hours of dress changes and flying hairspray, we came away with 6 polished looks. Over the next few weeks we’re going to debut the outfits. There’s inspiration for every bride, something boho, something pink, something retro, something classic, some that are pure fun! Stay tuned and check back to see all the gorgeousness!

Styling: The Newport Bride

Photography: Sweet Alice Photography

Makeup: Makeup by Lyndsay 

Location: Hotel Viking

Dresses: Alexandra’s Boutique

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Photos: Sweet Alice Photography | Makeup: Lyndsay Simon Beauty | Location: Hotel Viking | Styling: The Newport Bride | Dress: Alexandra’s Boutique | Hair: Julianna Oates

Friday Fav: Turn your bouquet into jewelry

It’s the morning after your wedding. You’re running off to the airport and you see the bouquet laying on the table. Is it worth keeping? What does anyone even do with their bouquet after the big day…

There are a few options. If you’ve got patience and a steady hand you can make a great shadow box with the dried stems. But, that’s a lot of work and time and effort. Or… You could have your blooms turned into beads. Yes, beads.

There are a few companies that can do the magic. My favorites are Bella Beads, Timeless Moments, and Memorial Beads. For each company, you send away a bouquet or a single bloom, and they can make anything from a single bead for a Pandora style bracelet, a whole necklace, a bracelet, earrings, rings, a charm, etc. What a fun way to re-use your special (expensive) wedding day flowers!

  

Red White and Blue Wedding

Is there anything better than the perfect 4th of July party? There’s great food, bright colors, sparkly decorations, and fireworks! Sounds like it would make a great wedding…

Why not have a 4th of July wedding! Friends and family often already have a 3 day weekend, everything is already decorated, there’s fireworks… if you love red white and blue, this is the weekend for you!

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10 Ways to Use Fresh Flowers in the Cake

Flowers aren’t just for hair do’s and bouquets, they are for cakes! Fresh blooms and an extra touch of personalization and elegance to the sweetest part of your big day.

Wedding Theme: A Hole in One

It’s day 2 of the Masters! Golf is such an elegant sport, why not incorporate the grooms interests into the big day decor? Classy, elegant, and fun, golf can be a great addition to a wedding theme. These golf inspired weddings playfully used T’s, balls, and grass to give their special day a sporty touch. Perfect!

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Fresh Fruit Decor – Sweet All Around

Fruit isn’t just for desserts and drinks, fresh fruit can be incorporated into every aspects of a wedding from food to decor. If you’re planning a summer affair with fruit to spare, throw in a fresh orange or lime, and add a taste of summer to your special day.

Fruit can be used in centerpieces,

As favors,

In the drinks,

On desserts,

As place cards,

and even in bouquets!

Belle Mer – Modern Waterfront Venue

Belle Mer, located on Goat Island, is perfect for the couple .  The manicured lawns on the edge of Narragansett Bay are perfect for million dollar photos. The lawn overlooks the harbor and the Newport Bridge. The Island house has a suite on the second floor, ideal for bridal parties getting ready.

What you need to know overall: Clean, white, and modern, Belle Mer is a venue for the modern Newport bride. The views are unbeatable and the scenery, to die for. The facility has a wistful casual elegance. Like the venue is just dying for a elegant summer wedding, with a rocking after party.

The Water Salon

The Water Salon is the venue for indoor weddings held at Belle Mer. With retractable floor to ceiling glass Nana walls, guests experience a seamless flow between the lawn and the salon. The picture perfect view gives all guests a priceless take of the Newport Bride and harbor. Decorated with two fireplaces, many crystal chandeliers, and soft flowing white sheers, the space instantly feels both upscale and relaxed.

Things to know: 
1,000 Guests for reception
520 Guests for dinner
280 Guests for dinner and dancing

Island House

The Island house with accompanying rose garden mimics the elegant yet casual feel of the Water Salon. Outside there is a fire pit, perfect for cool summer nights on the water. Two fountains decorate the garden area, and are accompanied by Vanderbilt style light posts. The structure, through tent like, is completely waterproof and can withstand the strongest gale. With indoor and outdoor reception options, your guests are sure to enjoy themselves with the flexibility of two spaces.

What you need to know:
500 Guests for reception
250 Guests for dinner
190 Guests for dinner and dancing

Ocean Lawn

Ocean Lawn is ideal for an outdoor garden-style reception. From the moment guests enter the crushed shell path, they are sure to be swept away by the breathtaking views. The outdoor venue has oversized umbrellas to provide shade from the summer sun, fire pits for cool nights, and a ceremony circle, perfect for sea side ceremonies. The stunning sunsets are a beautiful way to end a special day.

What you need to know: 
1,000 Guests for garden-style reception

Belle Mer Loft

Belle Mer Loft is a private space on the second floor above the Island Salon. With dramatic 360 degree ocean views, the loft is a restful beautiful space. The whitewashed floors, high ceilings and open layout keep the soft airy feel of the space below. There is a full bathroom and chef’s kitchen for private meal preparation. This space is sure to keep a bride relaxed and calm before her big day.

What you need to know:
40 Guests for private meeting
15 Guests for bridal party

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15 Ways to Use Flowers in Your Bridal Hair

Flowers aren’t just for flower girls, the bride needs some fresh blooms too! Whether you have a graceful down do, or a elegant up-do, fresh flowers can be your friend

The Little White Dress

With bridal showers, luncheons, and and rehearsal dinners, every bride-to-be needs a little white dress. Just like your favorite LBD, this dress should made you feel like a million bucks. Make it as fun, frilly, an fabulous as you want. Sky’s the limit!

These are a few of our favorites. Which one do you like best?