Please welcome Stephanie Frazier Grimm from Couture Parties in Newport, Rhode Island!
Why do you love doing weddings in Newport?
I LOVE being a Newport Wedding Planner because I am a true “islander” I am born and raised here, and I love to share all the quaint spots and share some history of them with my couples. Couples enjoy this seaside town, that I am fortunate enough to call home. Also because we are the smallest state, we offer a lot or traditions of family owned businesses and couples appreciate that and usually incorporate them into their reception. From Del’s lemonade, to Newport Creamery Awful Awfuls to Coffee Milk and Quahogs, Rhode Island is happy to share their finds.
What are some of your favorite Newport wedding locations?
When you think of Newport, RI you think beach, boats, navy blazers, traditional New England, and historic mansions. Most couples wedding photos are taken around Ocean Dr on the cliff side ocean front with historic homes in the distance. The Newport Bridge (you have to go over a bridge to get to Newport since we live on an island) Newport is a GREAT destination spot for weddings because we offer every type of venue. Beach front, Sailboats, farms, historic mansions, vineyards all with an ocean view make Newport so desirable. There is not one venue that says “Newport” they all offer different elements, all with the ocean within a mile of them. Rosecliff Mansion www.newportmansions.org may be our highest valued venue, offering a gilded age authentic mansion as well as museum with strolling lawns with a cliff side setting of the Atlantic Ocean. Breath taking.
Tell us what makes this wedding so quintessentially Newport:
You know when you meet a couple, and you just know they were meet to be together? Well this was John & Emily. Her being “please do not draw any attention to me” and him “the brighter the colors the better!” The couple went to high school together in Connecticut, and went separate colleges in Washington DC, and now are back in NYC. Newport is a favorite location of the bride and had many memories there because her and her family summered there. So when it came time to plan their wedding there wasn’t a doubt to get married at the exclusive Bailey’s Beach. (Private Beach Club in Newport)
The bride was very enthusiastic to make this wedding as personal and traditional as possible. All of their mutual high school and college friends were in attendance as well as many family members.
The ceremony was held at historic Salve Regina University in Newport. Emily’s dress was by designer Monique Lhuillier. She carried a bouquet of hydrangeas and peach/white roses (peach roses were what her mother and grandmother had carried so she wanted to incorporate them) The bridesmaids wore chartreuse short strapless dresses. Though you usually see the groom in a bow tie and madras blazer, he and his groomsmen (all twelve of them and the brides dad and grooms dad) wore white cotton pants with embroidered whales on them with navy blue blazers and a green silk tie to match the bridesmaids. The groomsmen passed out programs with the couples monogram on it that was designed by the brides Aunt. The monogram was also on each place card and the table numbers.
All guests were then transported to the reception by trolleys. John is an avid golfer so Emily wanted to incorporate Golf into the reception some how. We got personalized green golf tees, and I made paper “golf balls” and glued each one on top of the tee. I then wrote each guests name on them with their seat assignment. These were the escort cards. I displayed them in fresh wheat grass.
After the cocktail hour, a bag piper played (to honor their heritage) to the guests as they were taking their seats for the couple’s first dance as husband and wife. The guests feasted on filet mignon, an ice cream bar, basket weave cake that resemble their Tiffany’s China, and baseball cookies to look like the grooms favorite team, The New York Yankees.
Guests danced the night away to the Band Right On out of Washington DC. The only way that the band stopped playing was when the police came and told us we were breaking the noise ordinance! Upon the guests departure they were served mini grilled cheeses, water bottles and treats from the navy blue and green candy bar.
Venue- Baileys Beach Newport, RI (private venue)
Florist- Bellevue Florist
Coordination/Décor- Couture Parties
Catering- Bailey’s Beach (private venue)
Cake/Cookies- Fatulli’s Bakery
Transportation- Viking Newport Trolleys
Band- Right On
Thanks to Stephanie for sharing this perfectly preppy, perfectly pretty wedding! Newport is on my list of places to visit!