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Newport, RI Wedding

Aug 16, 2017

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Newport RI Wedding

Photo Credit: KB Digital Designs

Over the past several weeks I mentioned on more than one occasion that I was attending my cousin’s wedding in Newport, RI. It was last month and everything about it was perfect! From her dress (that BOW!) to the Groom’s party shoes for the reception, no detail was over looked. With that in mind, and because she’s like a sister to me, I asked her if she’d like to take over the blog to share about her wedding. She graciously accepted and without further ado, I’ll turn it over to the new Mrs., Larisa Bright!

…And they lived happily ever after {with their dog}. Our wedding day was my absolute favorite day ever! I was lucky enough to marry my best friend and we were surrounded by more love than I can ever explain. My husband, Murphy, and I were married on July 15th in Newport, RI. Being a bit of a control freak, wedding planning was perfect for me as I love details. When I first started to plan our big day, Christina was my go-to resource to set me on the right track and then I was off!

I’m so excited about this guest post because I want to share a little inspiration and a few ideas that I learned along the way. I used blog posts as a main resource throughout my planning process, so I hope you will find benefit in my shared insight!

We decided to have our wedding in Newport, RI because it’s one of our favorite places! Every time we are there, Murphy and I have a boozy afternoon at The Landing Restaurant. When it came time to decide where to host our rehearsal dinner, there was no question! It’s such a great place to relax with an amazing water view… what better way to kick off the wedding weekend than with a clam bake!? Each place setting was equipped with lobster crackers, personalized lobster bibs and wet wipes. My mother-in-law also created ‘How To Eat Lobster’ cards for all the newbies. We opened the floor to family and friends for speeches after dinner which was one of my favorite parts of the night. After the rehearsal dinner concluded, we had a welcome party for all of our out of town guests, complete with a DJ and dance party. Since I had a big day, I snuck off to bed while everyone danced the night away!

Our wedding day was a complete whirlwind! Hair and makeup arrived at 8am and we were off to the races. What seemed like many hours soon turned into a time crunch. One piece of advice, plan an hour of padding between hair and makeup and getting into your dress. I got in my dress in 5 minutes flat and would have loved a little more time to take it all in. While getting ready we wore Plum Pretty Sugar ‘You Are Loved’ robes and they are about the softest thing I’ve ever felt. On their website, it is easiest to order in sets because you can select all the sizes at once rather than having to add each to the cart separately. They even have the adorable ‘Sweetheart’ robe in tiny sizes for flower girls. My mom and mother-in-law wore the kimono style knee length robe in Oracle. I highly recommend the brand and their customer service is amazing.

I still have hearts in my eyes over my wedding dress. My dress was from an Italian designer, Le Spose di Giò. I have to give Kleinfeld’s total credit because I explained what I wanted and they found the perfect dress. Deb Asprea is a miracle worker. If you want to shop for a wedding dress at Kleinfeld Bridal you have to go see her! Kleinfeld’s not only made my dress fit like a glove but the alterations department worked with me to make many parts of the dress removable so I could change the look of my dress throughout the night. For my veil, I went really simple and had Shea Marie Designs make something custom based off inspirational photos. I wore sparkly (because duh!) Stuart Weitzman shoes with a block heel as I knew I’d be on the grass a lot. I also wore a diamond channel necklace my mom gave me on the morning of the wedding that I absolutely adore and wear every day. My six beautiful bridesmaids wore nude WTOO tulle halter neck gowns from Nordstrom. Word to the wise, if all of your bridesmaids are the same size they might run out. If this happens check with the brand to see if you can order any additional sizes you need from them.

Murphy wore his Marine Corps uniform for our ceremony which I loved because it’s such a huge part of his life. Crafted from heavy wool, it would have been uncomfortable for him to wear with the heat during the reception. Instead, he opted for a navy suit from Suit Supply that his groomsmen also wore. To complete their outfits each had ties and socks from The Tie Bar. Of course, Murphy wore a pair of his favorite shoes, Stubbs & Wootton, the style appropriately called ‘Celebrate,’ and he danced the night away.

As I finished getting dressed, a white trolley arrived to take us to the church (the boys were already there waiting on us, per usual). We used a trolley to transport the wedding party around and motor coaches to transport guests. Newport in July can be very hot and humid so we needed to make sure guests had plenty of air-conditioning going between venues. We held the ceremony at Channing Memorial Church, and combined Catholic and Jewish traditions from both of our families. We had a unity candle ceremony and Murphy broke the glass. After our ceremony, we were surprised by a bagpiper who played the Marine Corps hymn as we walked through the sword arch outside of the church. All of our guests were treated to Del’s Lemonade, a Newport classic, while the wedding party went to take photos! To ensure that we had enough photos, we had motor coaches take the guests on a tour of Newport’s Famous Ten Mile Drive on the way to our reception. We put maps on the motor coaches so all our gusts could follow the history along the route. We thought this was fun element to incorporate as it highlighted the iconic mansions and beautiful points of interest along the water such as the Cliff Walk.

The vision for our reception, French Chateau meets romantic garden party, was captured by the Glen Manor House to a T. This venue has pristine grounds, amazing photo ops and is situated just outside of Newport. I kept our wedding colors very neutral with a mixture of white, cream, nude, touched of pink and lots of greenery in the flower arrangements. Because Glen Manor was already so breathtaking, less was more in terms of décor. Instead of doing flower arrangements over the fireplaces we used tiered candle sticks to add ambience lighting. I opted to do high and low arrangements to add dimension to the dining rooms. I was obsessed with getting moss table number holders but I could not find them anywhere. My sister saw a picture, created them, and had them in the mail in two days! Little details like this really pulled everything together. (She also made a paper flower wall for the photo booth!) Murphy and I sat at a sweetheart table in the middle of all our guests and it was perfect. We had a moment to ourselves to just enjoy being newly-married.

Our big day ended with one more BIG surprise! Since the day Murphy and I met he has told me he wants a bulldog, so I gifted him with just that! We are loving every day as our new little family of three! Our wedding day is one that will be cherished forever.

To conclude, I included the list of vendors that we utilized below! Thank you so much for sharing in our big day through this guest post!

Vendor List: 

Cake –  Patticakes – http://www.patticakesri.com/

Caterer – Blackstone Caterers – http://www.blackstonecaterers.com/

DJ – Victor Events – http://www.victorevents.com/

Florist – Golden Gate Studios – http://www.goldengatestudio.com

Hair/Makeup – Adam Camacho Makeup – http://www.camachomakeup.com/

Photo booth – The Snapshot Stop – https://snapshotstop.com/

Photographer- KB Digitial Designs- http://kbdigitaldesigns.com

Transportation – Fisher Charter Services – http://www.fisherbusinc.com/

Videographer- Mike Picard – http://mikepicard.com

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  1. Gloria

    August 16th, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Christina, I really enjoyed this wedding. Did I miss a picture of the bulldog? I can see why you had such a wonderful weekend.

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