Jaclyn & Matthew’s Art Deco Themed wedding at the Newport Art Museum was on point; from the venue down to the engagement ring!
I was so excited when Jaclyn called me to potentially photograph her wedding! I know her from my freshman year of college in the art program at Salve Regina! We both transferred out our sophomore year to continue our studies elsewhere. Jaclyn knew she wanted to come back to Newport so it was a fitting place to have her wedding. They got married at the chapel because it’s beautiful and matched the art museum in architectural elements and it was a nod to the past. Because we were at the chapel for the ceremony we were able to use McAuley hall for photos both inside and out! The ceremony was held by Jaclyn’s family priest which always makes for a more personal ceremony as stories from childhood are always told!
The planning of this wedding all started with the engagement ring! An authentic Art Nouveau ring that the two found at the Armory Antiques store here in Newport. It’s so unique with it’s gold filagree and coral stone. They both love antiques and often meander around the stores. Once engaged the meandering turning into a mission! They were on th hunt for antique brass floral holders, candelabras, brass knick-knacks. These were used in all different ways but they were mainly used to decorate the tables along side nautical figurines from the couple’s families personal collections and antique books from the 20’s and 30’s. Most of the covers were illustrated by a famous Art Nouveau cover artist, Margaret Armstrong. Along side the Art Nouveau there was an underlying nautical theme as that is an ode to the nautical past of Newport. Along with the whale figures on the tables the couple incorporated ships lanterns and an original antique navigational chart of Narragansett Bay as their guestbook. The chart was created by George W. Eldridge, whose closing on handwritten letters of the late 19th century was the lovely, “Yours for a fair tide”.
To keep the theme Jaclyn’s wedding gown, shoes and jewelry as well as the bridesmaids stormy grey beaded gowns all emulate the 20’s and the 30’s. The flowers were wide and were filled with fall shades of orange, greens and burgundy. The palette looked stunning against the navy blues, the brass accents, the dark walls and the artwork of the venue. Jaclyn was driven to the chapel in the perfect navy vintage Packard and then it whisked the couple away before heading to the Museum.
It was the perfect evening! Congratulations Jaclyn & Matthew!
Chapel: Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Salve Regina | Venue: Newport Art Museum | Caterer: Russell Morins | Florist: Weedweavers of Wakefield | DJ: Moondance Productions | Officiant: Rev. Robert L Marciano | Favors: Amy’s Gourmet Apples | Makeup & Hair: Jessica Puleo & Cassandra Broccoli | Transportation: Vintage Packard | Bridal Shoes: Jenny Packham | Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero | Rings: Vintage Rings
Kristin and Derek’s Belle Mer wedding had all the glitz and glam a girl could want! Kristin envisioned a romantic wedding setting with lots of old hollywood glamour touches and I think she nailed it. The color palette of the day was mostly white but had access of metallics, gold & silver, with touches of pink to soften the tone and add a that romantic touch.
Kristin wore a stunning Monique L’Huillier which featured a lace bodice and had the most fantasticly fluffy bottom I have ever seen. I’m not going to lie, I went a little “ga-ga” when I saw it! She complimented her textured gown with silver Choo’s and a gorgeous orchard bouquet. Her ladies were dressed in antique gold gowns. The bottoms were complimentary to Kristin’s dress. Just perfect! Derek was dapper looking in his white dinner jacket and black bow tie.
The couple tied the knot on the lawn at Belle Mer overlooking the gorgeous view of Narragansett Bay. After the ceremony, it was picture time! We were so lucky the clouds had parted for the time we had by the water. I love the soft glow of sunlight coming through the clouds and reflecting off the water. It was so incredibly dreamy.
Once it was time to move inside for the evening the dancing never stopped. As a surprise to the guests a cigar roller came at the end of the evening. What a great way to end an event! Cheers! Congratulations Kristin & Derek.
Venue: Belle Mer – The Water Salon | Florist: Blooms of Boston | DJ/band & Lighting: Victor Events | Caterer & Cake: belle Mer | Officiant: Charles Calvaconte | Makeup/Hair: Phillip DePalma Salon Hair | Bridal Gown: Monique L’Huillier | Shoes: Jimmy Choo – Lana | Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Cigar Rollers: Boston Cigar Factory
Kim and Jack’s story is straight from a romance novel! The couple grew up together in a small town in Ohio with their very large families. Jack has 8 siblings and Kim has 5. All of the children knew each other and would play during and after school together. As everyone grew up they all went their separate ways and moved to all parts of the country. Years later at a high school reunion, Kim and Jack were reunited and well…. the rest is history!
The couple wanted their wedding to be more of a family reunion than a wedding day. Jack’s 98 year old mother was just the cutest thing! I had the pleasure of meeting her when the couple came in to meet me for the first time. This was such an exciting day not only because of a union between Kim and Jack but because Jack’s mother was able to see her entire family together under one roof again. I loved experiencing the reconnection of families and old friends as well as seeing the joy everyone had for these two. To start the day the couple wanted something that would be fun, unique and very “Newport”. That thing was a mid-day sail around Newport Harbor aboard the Aurora. There were so many people who wanted to attend that they had an additional “yacht” sail along side the sailboat. Adults and kids alike had a blast! After the sail everyone headed back to get dressed up for the rest of the evenings festivities.
The wedding was held at the Regatta Place, a perfect sea-side setting. Kim loves all things natural and in keeping with her casual/fun atmosphere decided to incorporate mosses, grass and lots of beautiful succulents. For the ceremony the couple walked in together and as you will see they were just over the moon for each other. We took a few quick portraits and then it was time to party! As the night went on and the kids decided they were done with dancing they all decided to go searching for shrimp. The light from the boats in the marina made it extra easy for them to scoop them up and keep them as pets. :)
Kim & Jack, Congratulations!!
I had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous couple this past weekend with my good friend Peter Silvia. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. Here are a few of my favorites.
Katelyn & Tom are such a wonderful couple! I can not wait to show you more from their wedding….. especially the wishing lanterns which were let go at the end of the night! Full post coming soon!