Are You Having A Destination Wedding? No Problem. Here Is My Newly Engaged Guide To Wedding Vendors in Newport, RI

First of all - CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement! What an exciting time! It will be stressful at times, full of emotions but probably mostly overwhelming. It is even more stressful when you are not local and you need to plan your wedding from a different state, country, timezone. No worries, I got your back.

So many vendors to choose from. They all do a fabulous job, but how do you find the perfect fit for you? My advice: trust your gut! It is all about chemistry - of course given the fact you like the product they are offering.

Here is my guide to find wedding vendors in Newport. I have a bunch of favorites that are professionals and will make your wedding planning process, the time leading up to it and the wedding day easier. If you have any questions, just hit the red button on the right and ask along.

Venues

The Castle Hill Inn overlooking the Newport Harbor. I one of a kind view and the historic lighthouse on the cliffs. With a panoramic view on the Atlantic Ocean and Narragansett Bay Castle Hill offers you privacy and creative freedom to plan the day of your dreams.

The Eisenhower House at Fort Adams is the perfect setting for weddings, clam bakes and corporate functions. This stately mansion, built in 1873, commands breathtaking views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Once the summer White House of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, this beautiful property is owned by the State of Rhode Island.

Belle Mer’s glamorous and contemporary aura provides the perfect venue for an exquisite oceanside wedding, cocktail party, or gala. Surrounded by over seven acres of manicured lawns on the edge of Narragansett Bay, Belle Mer epitomizes the Newport society experience. Belle Mer belongs to Longwood Venues, which has multiple fascinating wedding locations throughout the area. The State Room is another one. It is the urban chic event venue in Boston and Longwood’s flagship event venue, with an unmatched view over the Boston Harbor. It has a contemporary design for endless possibilities for event setup and styling. Its rooms can be combined to accommodate conventions (1,400 guests on a flow), or used individually for intimate affairs.

Blithewold Mansion , Gardens and Arboretum offers a beautiful and gracious waterfront setting for your perfect wedding day. Originally a summer estate, Blithewold provides both historical charm and natural elegance in a very intimate environment. Each season is unique: Spring at Blithewold is different from summer or fall. The mansion offers so much variety for every season, no matter when you are planning your event.

The Bohlin If you would like to say “I do” in the heart of Newport, this is your spot! Celebrate in the midst of majestic sailboats and watch the sun set over the iconic Newport Bridge. This waterfront setting offers soft Atlantic breezes, unsurpassed harbor views, and comfortable, casual elegance. Enjoy the intimacy of our private seaside retreat just steps from all that downtown Newport has to offer.

The Newport Experience Whether you prefer a waterfront wedding at the Regatta Place overlooking Newport Harbor or amidst the breathtaking splendor of the Narragansett Bay at OceanCliff, Newport Experience properties offer a variety of wedding and reception options. Providing the most unique and comprehensive wedding services.

The Newport Vineyards If you are planning anything from a rehearsal dinner to the wedding reception itself, the vineyard is an awesome choice. If you like rustic mixed with modern, topped with amazing food, check them out. The owners also just recently added a brewery to the mix and the beer is really interesting - yes you can guess… I don’t drink beer. But interesting is the best I can do when it comes to beer. My apologies.

Florists

You take your vision of your perfect wedding day and take it to Joyce, the owner of Stoneblossom  in she will help you transform it into reality. Their vision of creating art with flowers is nothing short of breathraking. Every time I photograph their wedding creations I feel like I can’t do it justice, it is way too beautiful to capture. Note: make your appointments ASAP, they are super busy!!! 

Nantucket Island Events is your partner for the perfect wedding on this gorgeous little island. Maggie will make all your dreams come true. With the perfect timeline and attention to detail she will make sure your day will be everything you could have wished for. She will also introduce you to all the vendors your could possibly need for your wedding day. Ask her about Soiree Floral Design and describe

Videographers

Peter Freed runs www.freedevents.com. Indie style journalistic wedding documentary is his field of expertise. Next to being non intrusive, Peter creates the most wonderful memories for you to look at and keep them alive for generations to come.

Key Moment Films Mary & Jamie have a very unique vision how to tell your story of your wedding day. Key Moment Films, crafting authentic wedding films, specializing in same day and next day wedding films for the modern couple. Their mission is to make a wedding film as unique and charming as the day itself. They believe in creating stunning visuals as we look for the perfect way to tell real and emotional stories.

Mike Henrique from Montage Media Productions is a super talented videographer with a special vision for your wedding day. He is easy to be around and work with and will make you feel at easy throughout the process. He also does a ton of commercial work.

Hair & Make Up

Okay this is really hard because there are so many good one’s. So I am just going to throw out their names and websites.

Jenna McElroy Www.makeupbyjennamua.com

Ali Lomazzo www.alilomazzobeauty.com

Bella Bridal Beauty www.bellabridalbeauty.com

Kristine Green https://www.salonkg.com

Stationary

Champagne & Ink www.champagneandink.com

Bands

The Sugarbabies are the most energetic band I have seen in a long time. Their voices give you goosebumps and make you not wanting to stop dancing - all night. Simply amazing!

Mystique is very close to what I described about the Sugarbabies. I guess it comes down to who is available for your wedding date.

Men’s Attire

You are looking for a suit?! Call Aldo of Anthony's House of Formals. He will make you look like James Bond. He has great style and will assist to look fabulous the day of your event.

Wedding Event Services & Event Planners

Peak Events Their mission is to make it easy for you to plan, design and execute your event. In eight showrooms you can see products in person to select the perfect items to fit your style, theme and budget. They strive to keep their product offerings on-trend and bring exciting new items to the market. By offering tents, catering and kitchen equipment, tabletop essentials, lounge furniture, and decorative accents, they provide a one-stop shop for a majority of your event needs. Their focus is on being your trusted partner, every day, for every event.

Exquisite Event Design Stasia and her crew will make it all happen for you. From small events to extravagant affaires, she will make it all come true and assist you, so you don’t have to worry about anything before your event or the day off.



3 Reasons Why Engagement Photos Are A Bad Idea

You are planning your wedding but you are not sure if engagement photos are really necessary. Here are the 3 reasons why you don’t need them!

Number One! You only want photos in your wedding attire and you don't care who you are outside your wedding day. For you it is not important to be captured as a real couple, documenting your love and showing who you are to the world.

Number Two! There is nothing unique about you that your photographer needs to know. You are super comfortable in front of the camera and you know how to move and pose. Because we all know how important it is where to put those hands to create a beautiful portrait.

Number Three! You don’t want to waste time, thinking about the perfect outfit, hair and make up just for feeling uncomfortable, being put on the spot, taking photographs. Or you simply just don’t see the benefit of doing all this. Even though, it could be fun.

If for some reason you don’t fall into the categories above, maybe engagement photos are for you after all. It is a great opportunity to have some fun in front of the camera with your favorite person, creating amazing photographs, which you can use for Save The Dates and get to know me. It will take the edge off on your wedding day and you will feel completely at ease, knowing your photographs will be stunning. You trust in me will grow and you will be able to let go and simply enjoy your special day.