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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42 Times Christmas Lights Made the Best Wedding Decor

Who doesn’t love a lit christmas tree? The twinkling lights make everyone feel happy and bright. Why not bring those feelings of cheer and goodwill to your wedding day? For a great price, Christmas lights add a festive feel to any decor and best of all, are super easy to put up! Stock up after the holidays when lights are on sale, and you’ve got discount decor that is sure to blow guests away. A few command hooks or strands of fishing line and you’re golden! Don’t believe me? See if these weddings inspire your happily ever after.

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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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41 To-Die-For Ceremony Arches

Ceremony design is all about defining the space. What better to give definition than a custom wedding arch? It can be as simple or over the top as you wish, just let you imagination go and have fun! As you can see in the pictures below, the sky’s the limit!

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21 Bridal Braids

Braids can be bold and boho and classic and elegant, a fun added tough to a bridal do. Whether you dream of an classic up-do or soft and down, a braid is a good addition. These 21 bridal braids are just a few of the many ways you can accessorize your hair for the big day.

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Ocean House: A Venue Dream Come True

Ocean House is one of the most beautifully situated resorts in Rhode Island. Like something out of a movie (oh wait, it already stared in American Aristocracy) from the first moment guests walk across the property they are met cool breezes, warm smiles, and an overwhelming sense of calm. With five-star and five-diamond ratings, this beautiful estate is sure to please. Ocean House first opened its doors in 1868. This symbol of Victorian luxury continues to thrill guests with graceful elegance and sweeping ocean views.

Couples have their choices of using the luxurious Seaside Ballroom (180 pp), Private Beach, East Lawn, or South Lawn, or the intimate Drawing Room (60 pp). The Watch Hill Chapel is available for ceremony use, and the croquet lawn, beach front fire pit, and putting green are available for guest fun. The Bridal party and guests can relax before the big day at the 5-start Oh! spa or enjoy a meal at the 5-star Seasons restaurant.

Ocean House is like a dream; a dream come true for couples looking for a luxurious happily every after by the sea.

Why Patterned Bridesmaid Dresses Are the Way to Go

Why do patterned bridesmaid dresses rock? Because, who honestly wears that pink chiffon fluff ball any longer than possible? When it’s patterned, it plays. Who doesn’t love a floral maxi, or gold mini? When you and your maids are rocking dresses you love, everything sure to turn up roses.

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The Perfect Bathroom Basket

Like Mary Poppin’s bag, the perfect bathroom basket list handy, helpful, subtle, and all inclusive. With just a bit of everything a guest could need, this basket is a guests saving grace. When a bustle breaks, when the wine spills, when the mini cheese burger o’dourves catch up with you, the bathroom basket is there to save the day. Here are a few of our favorite things.

Ladies Room

  • Tampons
  • Pantyliners/Pads
  • First Aid Kit
  • Brush/Comb
  • Nail Clippers
  • Hair Elastics
  • Bobby Pins
  • Sewing Kit
  • Safety Pins in assorted sizes
  • Deodorant Spray
  • Shoe polish
  • Hair spray
  • Body Spray
  • Wipes
  • Q-tips
  • Advil
  • Tylenol
  • Mints
  • Gum
  • Dental Floss
  • Alka Seltzer
  • Antacids
  • Contact Solution
  • Blotting Sheets
  • Clear Nail Polish
  • Lint Roller
  • Static Guard
  • Individual Tissue Packs
  • Cough Drops
  • Sore Throat Spray
  • Day-Quil
  • Band Aids

Gentlemen’s Room

  • Mints
  • Aspirin
  • Floss picks
  • Spray-on deodorant
  • Antacids
  • Gum
  • Antibacterial gel
  • Individual Tissue Packets
  • Band aids
  • Bug spray (for outdoor weddings)
  • Cough drops
  • Sore Throat Spray
  • Day-Quil
  • Lint roller
  • Stain-removal stick
  • Eye drops/contact solution
  • Q-Tips
  • Safety Pins
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Static Guard
  • Hand Lotion

It’s The Little Things

Couples can spend years planning the best day of their life. They focus on every detail down to the smallest things. These are our 10 favorite little things couples have done to make a guests experience enjoyable.

Weddings can be long, and hot, and tiring, Help guests cool off with custom labeled water bottles. If you include a coozie, guests can take home another reminder of the big day!

Have a painter on site at your ceremony to capture the events on canvas. Not only will guest love to look at the piece during the reception, but you have a one-of-a-kind art piece for your home!

Create a “Wall of Fame” celebrating your two families. Guests will love to see you both as children and your journey to each other.

Help guests feel comfortable by making a “His” and Hers” basket in the bathrooms with just a bit of everything.

If each table has a champaign or wine bottle, why not make the ice cubes something to marvel at with frozen flowers?

Small children can get bored at a wedding. With a coloring book (bride and groom pictures of course) and crayons, they are sure to be quiet and content!

Custom gold foil printed napkins make cocktail hour a glamourous affair.

Encourage guests to tag their wedding pics with your custom hashtag. (Many wedding websites have features where you can automatically bring in any picture from Instagram that has a specific hashtag.)

Dancing can really wear you out! These cute (and easy to make) paper fans will bring guest some relief when their breaking it down on the dance floor.

Speaking of dancing, guests will love these flip flops for their tired feet. Easy to buy cheep in bulk, it can be a fun favor, or just an extra!


Friday Fav: MapIsArt

Last Thanksgiving while touring the Hotel Viking’s annual Small Business Saturday Showcase, we came across one of the coolest businesses. MapIsArt allows buyers to put in a location, down to a specific address, and a water color style piece of art is generated from the topographical map of that location. These beautiful images can be put onto marble coasters, lamp shades, a serving tray, canvas, clock, print, and coming soon, baby onezies and pencil skirts. Each pieces is beautiful and completely unique.

Based in Newport Rhode Island, MapIsArt is our latest Friday Fav. Just as perfect a gift for the couple of honor, remembering where they tie the knot, as it for bridesmaids, groomsmen, mothers, fathers, and god parents. Their art is something everyone should own. Too cute!