Helena & Ignacio's Stunning Newport, RI Wedding Weekend
As a New York City and Washington, DC based wedding planning team, Emily and I love fulfilling the 'beyond' portion of our business. Newport, Rhode Island is one of our favorite places to work outside of our two main cities and so we were thrilled when Helena & Ignacio reached out and brought us on board to help plan their stunning Newport wedding weekend!
Guests were invited to kick off the festivities with a private sunset sail on the water, complete with an open bar and lite bites! The weather could not have been more perfect and it was wonderful to see people gather together after such a long time. If this kind of welcome party doesn't get you in the celebratory spirit, we don't know what will!
The blushing bride, Helena, chose the stunning Chandler Hotel as her getting ready spot while the dashing groom, Ignacio, stayed nearby. Hotel suites in popular destinations can often come with a high price tag, but it's important to remember all the ways the suite will be used throughout the wedding weekend. In this case, this beautiful room offered enough space for the bridal party to get ready in, was the absolute perfect backdrop for bridal portraits and most importantly, served as the suite for the night of the wedding. I think it's safe to say most newlyweds would love to wake up to the below vista... am I right!?
This couple chose to forgo a first look in favor of seeing each other for the first time at the church. This meant that we took some family photos of each side ahead of time, but reserved all of the group shots for after the ceremony. The Salve Regina campus offered the most perfect background to this classic Newport wedding providing us with both the chapel for the ceremony, as well as a stunning courtyard for family photos.
One of the biggest roles Emily and I play in the planning process is creating a cohesive and smooth timeline that ensures our clients get all the moments they want, while also making sure the vendors have what they need to fulfill these desires. The couple had their heart set on a few more photo locations but didn't want to be late to their cocktail party. If you know Newport summer traffic, you know it's not always quick to get from point A to point B, even if they are close, so our wedding day timeline came in key to make sure everything stayed on schedule! We think the extra photo spot was worth building into the timeline... don't you think?!
As our wonderful photographer, Dani Fine, wrapped up the newlywed and family photos, I was busy at the iconic Bohlin property where the reception took place! Getting married in Newport, Rhode Island in the summer lends itself to beautiful views, summer lawn games, fresh sea food and waterfront dining and that is exactly what Helena & Ignacio's guests received. Check out all the details below!
Adorned with multiple rows of various sized crystal chandeliers and draping fabric, The Bohlin tent set the perfect stage for a truly unforgettable night! Guests were treated to a surprise mariachi band, late night ice cream sandwiches and after dinner drinks at the nearby Hammets Hotel.
As if this dreamy wedding couldn't get any better, guests were invited to an intimate brunch at the Castle Hill Inn the following morning. Complete with a mimosa and bloody mary bar, a delicious breakfast spread and absolutely stunning views, this was the perfect way to round out the weekend!
Cheers to the newlyweds and thank you again for letting us be your Newport, Rhode Island wedding planning team! We can't wait for the next one!