Olivia + Brian – Ocean Cliff, Newport, RI

We talk a lot about how weddings today are so unique.  BUT…the traditional girl in me still loves a classically styled wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love the trends, but I LOVE an elegant wedding. This wedding was the perfect balance of traditional and modern with a classic feel.

Olivia and Brian were married at the beautiful Ocean Cliff in Newport, RI.  It turned out to be a perfect day, so thank goodness we were able to take full advantage of the breathtaking property and ocean views. They also utilized the entire estate for the weekends festivities, as they were looking for a private venue that felt homey and personal.  They also held their rehearsal dinner and Sunday morning brunch there as well.   Olivia and her bridesmaids got ready on the second floor of the estate, overlooking the breathtaking views of the ocean and landscape, where she would soon be married.  The guys also got ready on site at the Gatehouse. Olivia looked incredible in her wedding gown and birdcage veil. Pure elegance. Just LOOK at her! And isn’t that train just to DIE for?

To say that the ceremony and its setting were dreamy would be an understatement. It was intimate, yet so grand.  The bridal party walked down the aisle on a runner, secured on flooring, lavished with flower petals (not an easy feat but well designed by Toni and her team). The bridal party was accompanied by the music of a string quartet and the bride and groom were married under a beautiful canopy, with the ocean as their backdrop. And together they drank from the beautiful silver chalice.

Following the ceremony, cocktail hour was set outside. Each guest was greeted with mint julep cocktails in mint julep cups.  The cups were also their favor. And forget Facebook, Instagram and Twitter…this couple went old, OLD school. They set out a typewriter for guests to compose their best wishes to the newlyweds. I loved this because unlike the internet posts, these everlasting sentiments will remain with them.

The decor for this wedding was completely and utterly GORGEOUS and reflected the look and feel of the entire day. The tables were set with ivory damask linens, gold beaded glass chargers and gold chivari chairs, all setting the tone for a most graceful atmosphere. Olivia and Brian kept their floral palate simple with tones of white and hints of color, to create the perfect look. They had different tones of white along with hints of Celosia Orange (#4 color of the year, in case you were wondering), as well as bright greens to really make the whites pop for that touch of elegance.

Once all of the formalities were complete, the Mark Greel Band was in full force, the photobooth  opened, and the delicious dessert table filled with cupcakes, ice-cream and it’s accoutrements, was ready to go (by the way, I love the surprise choice of a tiered cupcake stand with a cake at the top). To end the night, Olivia and Brian danced one of their last dances, surrounded by their friends and family, to Frank Sinatras “All of the Way”.  A perfectly classic way to end a perfectly classic wedding.

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Event Coordination: The Day Of 

Venue: Ocean Cliff

Officiant: Reverend Stephen Kendrick

Florist: Toni Chandler Flowers and Events

Photography: Armor and Martel

Transportation: Leisure Limousine

Music: Music Performance Service & The Mark Greel Band

Cake: Scrumptions 

Photobooth: Photobooth Planet

Hair: Stacey Frasca