Exquisitely Timeless Coastal Rhode Island Wedding

Sep 7, 2012

Just last week, I shared an insanely-gorgeous wedding at the Castle Hill Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. And just in case you didn't get enough of that breathtaking estate, I have another beautiful wedding at the same lovely venue to share with you today! This wedding is seriously a fairytale come true - The sweet bride, Michele, found the dream wedding venue at the tender age of 10 on a family vacation and once she found her Prince Charming, she made sure her fairytale wedding at Castle Hill came to life! How cute is that? I love it! Michele also recently launched an event/wedding planning business called Lovely Notes where she provides all types of planning from vendor selection to styling. She is serving clients in the New York and New England area but is also available for destination events. You can get a sense of her immaculate style through her addictive blog {I love her posts detailing her travels to Italy and the South of France!}. Annnnd on Monday, Michele will be with us again sharing a gorgeous Parisian inspiration board so make sure you check back next week! :) I'll stop gabbing now so you can start enjoying Michele's flawless New England wedding:

Says the bride, Michele, "I always imagined getting married by the ocean. There is something utterly romantic about exchanging your vows by the water. Growing up in Connecticut, my family would make trips to Rhode Island each summer. On one particular mansion tour in Newport, RI, the guide showed us the ballroom now used for weddings. That was it. At that moment my mind was made and I would one day get married in Newport. Although only 10 at the time, my vision never waivered and luckily my husband Scott was happy to oblige. 

As much as I love the ocean, I also envisioned an English garden feel and chose lushpeonies, garden roses, ranunculus and lily of the valley for our florals. Our palette included shades of blush, pale yellows, creams and gray.

Some of my favorite details were those that reminded me of my late grandmother. Always an inspiration for style, I wore the same earrings she wore on her wedding day. I also wrapped the stems of my bouquet with the lace from her handkerchief.

I chose a very light English net dress to complement the romantic setting.



Scott and I met in college in NYC, and have lived in Manhattan ever since. Scott grew up outside of LA but many of our friends live in New York. Newport was a mini-getaway for our guests. We chose Castle Hill Inn as our venue for several reasons. Not only a beautiful Victorian Inn, but its expansive 40 acre grounds offered a mix of greenery and ocean views. I also gravitated toward the romantic white tent for our reception, as it was a perfect blank canvas for our vision. Finally, being a Relais & Chateaux property, the food at Castle Hill is so great that we often return for a wonderful meal.

We both love to travel and named each table after beach towns we visited around the world. Neither of us are particularly into sweets but we both love all desserts banana. We chose a bananas foster wedding cake with lemon buttercream. We also packaged French macarons as favors, and kept some extras on a cake stand by the bar.
The musicians played jazz during cocktail hour and we had two signature cocktails. Mine was a traditional peach Bellini, which I called a mabellini (mabelle is my nickname) and Scott had a Cadillac margarita, a favorite of his dad’s, who passed away a few years prior. We began the party dancing to Louis Armstrong’s version of “La Vie en Rose.”

We were so incredibly lucky the day of the wedding. Being spring in New England, anything was possible and we lucked out with a perfect sunny day. One of my favorite moments was when the sun began to set and we ran outside for some pictures. Scott and I had a little time to ourselves before returning to the tent for more dancing and food.

While Scott is of Irish and German heritage, I am of Egyptian and Russian descent. For our ceremony, the minister ended with a traditional Irish blessing as a nod to Scott’s background. I also hired a belly dancer to perform during dinner to represent my Egyptian roots.

As nervous as I was before the ceremony began, I was very impressed at how we handled the day. In spite of the months we spent planning, I completely let go of all worries the morning of the wedding. Scott seemed pretty calm as well! My biggest piece of advice for brides and grooms is to enjoy the moment. Try not to concern yourself with the details and enjoy each other and your guests. It’s a day to remember and was truly the best day of my life to date."

Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous wedding with us, Michelle! And I personally cannot wait to have you back with us on Monday for a dose of Parisian goodness. ;) 'Till then, head over to Michele's blog for more beautiful inspiration.

Venue: Castle Hill Inn Newport, RI http://www.castlehillinn.com/
Photography: Alison Mayfield from Christian Oth Studio http://www.christianothstudio.com/
Florals: Stoneblossom http://www.stoneblossom.com/
Band: Night Rhythm http://www.nightrhythm.com/
Ceremony/cocktail hour musicians: Music Performance Service http://musicperformanceservice.com/
Bridesmaid Dresses: Melissa Sweet
Invitations: Mika 78 http://mika78.com/
Save the Dates: Lucky Luxe http://www.lucky-luxe.com/HOME.html
Hair: Jacki Norrie from Wedding Tresses http://www.weddingtresses.com/
Makeup: Jeannie Vincent http://www.jeannievincent.com/index.php 


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