I love to travel. Any opportunity I get to travel, I take it. That’s why I love destination weddings. Last year we were lucky enough to go to one amazing wedding in Newport, Rhode Island. When Jessica started telling us all about her wedding day, we couldn’t help but get excited. Venue overlooking the water, cheerleaders, an after party on a yacht at sunset, a polerina, …
The jam-packed day started well before sunrise for us. At 6am we arrived at the house where Jessica and her bridesmaids were getting ready. Jessica and Ben exchanged some gifts before the wedding, Jessica received a beautiful and timeless Tiffany bracelet, Benjamin became the proud owner of Patriots season tickets, not easy to get by as far as I can gather. Before the ceremony, Jessica and Benjamin had their first look at their reception venue, the Belle Mer. I like a “first look”, it’s this lovely and quiet moment just between the bride and groom (and us). It’s always so sweet and emotional. Off to the ceremony at St Josephs in the Newport trolley.
After the ceremony, the bridal party went to the gardens of one of the famous mansions Newport for a photo session while the guests made their way to the Belle Mer. While I started editing their Same Day Edit (first time I did a Same Day Edit at a destination wedding), the bridal party made their entrance accompanied by the spectacular acrobatics of high school cheerleaders. I’m still a little miffed that I didn’t get to see that in real life. The party had started! And then there was a polerina, another bit of entertainment I hadn’t seen at a wedding before. It’s in between a ballerina and a poledancer, and it is quite something to behold! The party concluded with the screening of the Same Day Edit, as usual, this brought the house down.
Jessica had changed into a bit more of party wedding dress and we were off to the Arabella, stunning 160′ tri-masted tall ship, for a sunset cruise. The entertainment was provided by Ricky Duran, a most excellent singer Jessica and Benjamin met in a bar in Worchester, MA. It was the first time Ricky performed at a wedding and he was quite the hit, rightfully so. After sailing around Newport, the ship docked and we all departed, except for Jessica and Benjamin who spent the night onboard as the only passengers.
Ceremony: St Jospeh’s Catholic Church, Newport Rhode Island www.stjosephsnewport.org
Reception Venue: Belle Mer, Newport Rhode Island www.longwoodevents.com/Venues/belle-mer.shtml
AV and DJ: Sound Choice Events
Music Entertainment: Ricky Duran
Paperie (invites): Chirp Paperie
Photographers: Bee Photography