Thursday, July 7, 2016

Destination Newport: A glamorous Rosecliff soiree *as seen in BRIDES

This Gorgeous Wedding at a Newport Mansion Will Give You Serious Venue Envy

Real Weddings

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Bride and Groom Portrait
Photo: Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

Until Niki Damascus and Joseph Gesualdi tied the knot, the long-distance couple had never lived in the same state. That's right: From the time mutual friends set them up until they said their vows, the couple commuted from Boston to Rhode Island to sneak in time together. But the distance actually brought them closer together. "Even when we first met, I remember thinking how strange it was that there were no awkward pauses or weirdness," Niki says. "It was like we had known each other forever."
To celebrate joining their lives — metaphorically and (finally!) geographically — the couple simply envisioned one big party. But it turned out that their July 25, 2015, wedding in Newport, Rhode Island, was more than just an epic bash. With a soft peach-and-pink color palette, their day was romantic and glamorous, with charming vintage touches.
It took a little more than a year — and the help of wedding planner Details With Love — to pull off the big day. "This wedding truly was a labor of love," says Niki. "Even though we hired a wedding planner, it was important to me that I be involved in selecting every wedding element, from the largest to the smallest detail." And, as you'll see in these images from Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio, her attention to detail more than paid off.

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Engagement Ring and Wedding Bands

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Calligraphy Invitation Suite
Photo: Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

Says Niki, "When it came time to pick a wedding location, we wanted somewhere that was not only meaningful to us as a couple, but also a place that could serve as a weekend getaway full of fun and festivity for our guests." Therefore, they invited their 150 guests to join them in Newport, Rhode Island, where they have vacationed with friends for years, selecting the stunning Rosecliff Mansion as the site of their reception.
"It was very important for us that our guests have an amazing weekend start to finish, from the rehearsal dinner to the wedding and brunch and the beach the next day," Niki says. "Since wedding days are typically a blur, we wanted the opportunity to spend the entire weekend making memories with our favorite people."

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Bride in Strapless Carolina Herrera Wedding Dress

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Bride's Garden Rose Bouquet
Photo: Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

The bride knew her Carolina Herrera wedding dress was The One when she couldn't bring herself to slip out of the lace fit-and-flare gown. "With every other dress I tried there was always something I wasn't sure about or that I wanted to change," Niki says. "But with my dress there wasn't a thing I wanted to change."
The lesson? "There's the perfect dress out there for every woman, and you should never settle for something you're not absolutely in love with," the bride says.
Niki initially wanted to carry a peony bouquet but with the time of year that the couple got married, the beloved bridal bloom wasn't an affordable option. Instead, her florist created a for a romantic and organic bouquet packed with less spendy — but equally gorgeous — garden roses in hues of cream, blush, and peach.

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Bride with Bridesmaids' in Blush Amsale Gowns

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Bride and Groom with Wedding party
Photo: Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

In keeping with the rest of the wedding, Niki wanted the bridesmaids' dresses to feel romantic and ethereal. The bride chose off-the-shoulder, floor-length Amsale gowns in the party-appropriate hue of "Bellini." Meanwhile, the groomsmen kept their looks classic in traditional black-and-white tuxedos.

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Greek Orthodox Church for Ceremony

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Church Pew Decorations

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Wedding Ceremony Program
Photo: Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

Niki and Joseph held their ceremony at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, a small but beautiful church with décor that really packed a punch. "Because Greek Orthodox churches tend to be very ornate, we decided to keep our ceremony décor to a minimum," the bride says. A few pews were adorned with small floral arrangements and pink ribbons while two large arrangements flanked the altar.

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Greek Orthodox Wedding Ceremony

The couple's traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony didn't include vows, but did include a tradition in which the bride and groom don crowns tied to one another to symbolize their union.

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Rosecliff Mansion Exterior

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Reception Ballroom Interior
Photo: Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

When it came to their reception, it was very important to the couple that the grandeur and natural beauty of Rosecliff Mansion be able to speak for itself without being overpowered by additional decorations. The couple's soft color palette made that easy to do, even with towering arrangements of garden roses, hydrangeas, orchids, and greenery throughout the room. "We wanted the space to feel warm and inviting, so we used candlelight, lanterns, and soft amber lighting throughout the room," the bride says.

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Round Tables with Tall Floral Centerpieces

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Tall Centerpieces with Garden Roses, Hydrangeas, and Orchids

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Low Floral Centerpieces with Candles

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Gold Table Numbers

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Place Settings with Clear Chargers

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Menu Card Decorated with Fresh Herbs
Photo: Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

The couple' reception décor included a mix of towering and low floral arrangements, all accented with trailing sprays of Dendrobium orchids. "We chose vintage inspired gold and crystal vases for the high arrangements, and mixed metals and mercury glass for the low tables," the bride says, adding that candles on each table lent a romantic ambiance to the party.
Table settings included vintage-inspired flatware, glasses, plates, and chargers, while menus cards and table numbers where etched in gold calligraphy. "We also incorporated our monogram throughout the day on the menus, our welcome notes, and seating chart," Niki says.
Because the bride and groom are huge foodies, the menu was very important detail for both Niki and Joseph. In the end, they decided to serve casual fare like mini short rib sliders and truffle tries, fish and chips in newspaper cones, and nachos paired with margarita shooters during cocktail hour, then indulged in a more formal dinner of Greek and Italian table stations, and capped off the night with a taco truck. "We thought that was the perfect post-bubbly snack for our guests on their ride home," Niki says.

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Five-Tier Wedding Cake Decorated with Cascading Sugar Flowers
Photo: Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

The couple's five-tier wedding cake was made from layers of toasted almond cake with dulce de leche over apricot preserves and vanilla mousseline, and dark chocolate cake with raspberry mousseline and bittersweet ganache over raspberry preserves. It was covered in cascading sugar flowers, gold dusted piping, and fondant pearls.

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Bride and Groom Dancing
Photo: Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

Niki and Joseph didn't want a traditional bridal party entrance, so they walked into the reception and straight onto the dance floor, taking their first twirl to Leon Bridges' "Coming Home," a moment the bride says she'll never forget.

Rosecliff Mansion Wedding in Newport, Bride and Groom Wedding Exit
Photo: Jack Jeffries of Christian Oth Studio

Looking back on their wedding day, Niki urges couples with the means to hire a wedding planner. "The last thing you want is to be stressed out about details or what is or isn't happening," she explains. "The best decision I made was having a wedding planner who not only helped with the planning, but also handled everything the day of. I don't even think my phone range once the whole morning. It was so nice to have the day to relax and spend time with my girlfriends without having to worry about anything."

Ceremony Venue: St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church || Reception Venue: Rosecliff Mansion || Wedding Planner: Details With Love || Bride's Wedding Dress and veil: Carolina Herrera || Jewelry & Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Shoes: Prada || Hair & Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Attire: Armani || Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux || Florist: Stoneblossom Floral and Event Design || Invitations: Sugar Paper || Music: Occasional Brass & Strings; Vali Entertainment || Catering: Russell Moring Catering & Events || Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes || Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen; Rentals Unlimited || Favors: The Booth || Videographer & Photographer: Christian Oth Studio

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Denise & Chris a Newport society wedding captured by Steve Depino planned and designed by DWL

You're the hand I have to hold as I grow old & in this world where nothing else is true, here I am still tangled up in you...Denise & Chris a Newport society wedding captured by Steve Depino planned and designed by DWL.

Friday, March 11, 2016

a champagne and oysters beach club reception *as seen on SMP

It's not everyday that you meet the love of your life in grade school, but for these two cuties, it was a lifetime of friendship turned Transatlantic romance that led to their elegant beach club wedding...check out all of the lovely details by DWL as seen in SMP:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Follow your heart & let the adventure unfold

We are off to new adventures, surrounding ourselves with beautiful inspiration that we can't wait to bring back to share. As we explore new things, we will have limited access to phone and email and we very much look forward to catching up with you all upon our return.

Cheers to love, life & new adventures

K & M

Friday, April 24, 2015

Romantic + Chic = pure LOVELINESS {as seen on SMP}

As seen on SMP;
From their harbor-side ceremony, to the white bed of petals covering the ground, to exchanging vows underneath a crystal chandelier canopy, every detail of this Belle Mer affair planned in the hands of Details With Love is pure perfection. It’s bursting with Greenlion Floral + Event Design centerpieces and Paper Moss loveliness, and Person + Killian Photography has it waiting for you here!

Kristin + Rob chose the stunning Belle Mer for their wedding day, a perfect venue for a modern and chic wedding on the beautiful Newport seashore.
The late afternoon ceremony took place right outside on the pristine manicured grounds, overlooking the harbor. The bride walked down the aisle which was covered in a bed of white rose petals. The couple said their “I do’s” under a crystal chandelier and beautiful sheer white canopy.
As the sun started to set everyone moved inside for the cocktail party and evening reception. Kristin + Rob kept their color scheme neutral and elegant, a perfect compliment to Belle Mer salon’s classic white walls and pillars. Their decor was a mix of blush, champagne, white, and ivory. When we asked the bride to describe her inspiration for the wedding day, she said “modern, romantic, fresh, sophisticated, and chic”! The reception was glowing with floral hi-low centerpieces and white and gold candles, a perfect portrayal of Kristin’s vision.
There was a special after party in the Belle Mer island house with a taco truck waiting as guests entered. The lighting shifted to bright purple and blue highlights that provided a beautiful contrast to the dark night sky with delicate lanterns and uplighting.

Photography: Person + Killian Photography | Flowers: Greenlion Floral + Event Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Confectionery Designs | Entertainment: Night Rhythm | Wedding Venue: Belle Mer | Event Planner + Stylist: Details With Love | Hair + Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty | Invitations + Paper Products: Paper Moss | Lighting + After-party DJ: Groove Entertainment | Linens + After-party Furniture: Rentals Unlimited | Taco Truck: Mijos Taco Truck

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ditties for darlings

A swoon-worthy soundtrack to set the mood from our friends @ Anthropologie ...take a listen to these classic, cupid-approved tunes @