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

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The Newport Bride & Newport Wedding Magazine

It’s that time of year again, when Newport Wedding Magazine gets released. I am blessed to not only have my wedding featured in the 2016 issue, but I have a full page article on the inside back cover!

Grab a copy at a local newsstand location and turn to page 54 for a spread on my May wedding at the Hotel Viking, and page 96 for an article by yours truly! Going from a planning-crazed fiancé to a wife is just the beginning of the newly wed fun.

Sneak peak: there’s two pictures of my fluffy husky Nekoda. One in the wedding spread and one somewhere else…. can you find it?

– Julianna

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Happy for Hydrangeas

There is no flower so classically New England as the Hydrangea. Coming in all shades, it’s full texture makes it a perfect flower for everything from bouquets and centerpieces to boutonnieres and cake decor. It’s more than a wedding flower, it’s a potential wedding theme. Blue, pink, white, purple, choose your cool colored shade and start dreaming. Hopefully these ideas will get the creative juices flowing. Like those ceremony arches, what a unique way to use the hydrangeas!

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Castle Hill – Epitome of a Newport Sea Side Venue

Castle Hill is the venue on the hill for the city by the sea. With historic old-world charm and all the grace of an upscale Newport venue. Surrounded by ocean views and sweet breezes, Castle Hill perfectly combines the effortless charm of a backyard party with the elegance and formality of a 5 star hotel. It’s the best of both worlds. Surrounded by hydrangeas and perfectly weathered shingles Castle Hill is the epitome of New England perfection.

Ever dream of siting by the sea with your new spouse? Castle Hill has the perfect spot. A large lawn with adirondack chairs galore, bridal party and guests can relax with a drink and some ocean views. If you’re dreaming on an intimate 50 person party or a high-society 300 person gala, Castle Hill is your venue. Ceremonies can be held inside or outside. Their custom sail-cloth tent makes the outdoors feel as luxurious as indoors.

The fun doesn’t end with the reception, guests can reserve rooms or whole beach houses. Just a few feet from the sand, you and your guests can wake up, roll out for morning coffee by the sea, and get ready for the festivities. Sounds like perfection.

*Photos from the Castle Hill website

Rosecliff – Reception Perfection

Owned by the Newport Preservation Society, Rosecliff is a one of the most luxurious, elegant, beautiful reception venues in Newport. Originally owned by the Nevada silver heiress Theresa Oelrichs, this “summer cottage” was modeled after the French palace at Versailles. Completed in 1902, this house has been the stage for some of the best social gatherings at the turn of the centuy. This gorgeous mansion has been the set for movies including The Great Gatsby, True Lies, Armistad, and 27 Dresses.  Coming up the gravel drive, visitors feel like the’ve entered a fairy tale. If you want a venue that makes you feel like a princess, stop looking. This is it.

The Details: This venue screams black tie or graceful garden party. Either way, you’re guaranted a win. The Rosecliff ballroom can accommodate up to 180 guests for a seated dinner with dance area. Additional seating is available in the adjacent salon.  The ceiling of the ballroom is painted to look like a summer sky. The interior of the mansion is all white, making it perfect for a wedding of any color scheme. Cocktails can be served on the outdoor, covered terrace, with fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Couples who host their reception here are free to use the gardens for pictures. Brides can also use one of the bedrooms upstairs as a room to get ready in. The famous heart stair case is a prime spot for bridal party pictures.

You would be hard pressed to find a venue with more grandeur here in Newport, or anywhere else.  The only property owned by the Preservation Society that can be use for weddings, Rosecliff is in high demand. Often booked out for years, If this is something you have your heart set on, I’d suggest making a call as soon as possible. Though certainly not the cheapest venue you could find, it is certainly one of the most beautiful.

Personal Connection: In 1986 my parents celebrated their wedding with a grand white tie reception at Rosecliff. 29 years later, their pictures are still timeless and beautiful; like something out of a fairy tale. As a child, I spent hours looking at the pictures and imagining what it was like. Pretending I could hear the chamber orchestra playing graceful waltz music from the corner, watching people in fancy long dresses and tux’s moving around the dance floor, sipping a bubbly on the terrace overlooking the ocean: it was everything a little girl could dream of. 23 years later, Rosecliff is till the most beautiful venue I have ever seen. Rosecliff was, is, and will always been, the place of my dreams.

Things to think about: The Preservation Society requires that couples work within a set list of vendors for catering needs.

For more Rosecliff inspiration, follow the Newport Preservation Society on Pinterest.