Melissa and Ryan couldn’t have asked for a better summer day for their black-tie wedding at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island! The property is nothing short of spectacular with manicured grounds, a luxurious ballroom, and ocean views. In such a formal setting, it was important to them that the charm of the mansion was balanced with a day that felt relaxed and natural with all of their favorite people.
Newport Mansion Summer Wedding
Melissa and Ryan met at the beginning of their senior year at Boston College and have been together ever since. They couldn’t wait to bring their families together to celebrate and be a part of their love story! Melissa and Ryan got ready separately at the Brenton Hotel and Castle Hill Inn respectively. Melissa is very close with her family, so it was a very special moment for both mom and dad to see her right after getting into her dress. She is the oldest of four siblings and the only girl, so she also did a special reveal with her brothers just before the ceremony. It was a sentimental moment for her brothers to see their big sister ready to go get married.
The ceremony space out on the lawn was absolutely stunning, complete with a floral arbor and a view of the ocean in the background. It was important for Melissa and Ryan to wait until the ceremony to see each other for the first time that day. Ryan’s face as Melissa walked down the aisle with her dad says it all! Ryan’s older brother officiated the ceremony and they shared personal vows with one another. You could see how in love these two were from start to finish!
Soft Color Palette for Rosecliff Wedding
The soft and muted colors of ivy, cream, and light pink with greenery and gold accents were the perfect color palette for this venue. It was all tied together perfectly with stunning floral arrangements and romantic decor.
In the photography pre-planning process, careful thought and consideration went into crafting the photo timeline and details list. It was important that the couple had quality time with each other and their guests, but also capture all of the many moments and details in a natural way. After the ceremony, we had a long group photo list for the bridal party and family photos, but everyone was on such a high and so excited that we got through it quickly. Just as we completed photos of Melissa and Ryan, the sun was setting over the ocean, and the cloud cover made for incredible sunset portraits!
Regal Rosecliff Reception Space
Melissa is very detail oriented and planning for her guest experience was a priority. When you enter the ballroom at Rosecliff it is like being transported back in time. The Gilded Age mansion was built for entertaining and for an epic party! The color palette and florals perfectly complemented the space to make it feel sophisticated and regal.
The reception began with special dances, toasts, and a cake cutting. The band then lit up the room and dancing went through the night! Ryan, especially, couldn’t wait to share the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream bar with their guests complete with Red Sox and Yankee baseball team cups to show off their competing roots! The evening concluded with a midnight streamer exit into an old classic car! Congratulations to this wonderful couple!
Photography: By Halie Wedding Photography
Venue: Rosecliff, Newport Mansions
Videography: Willow Tree Films
Coordination: Henderson Weddings and Events
Catering: Blackstone Caterers
Florals: Sayles Livingston Design
Hair Stylist: Jelena D Salon
Makeup Artist: Haley Page Makeup
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Strings: Fantasia Strings
Stationery & Calligrapher: Wouldn’t it be Lovely
Baker: Confectionery Designs
Trolley: Viking Tours
Vintage Car: 5-Star Limousine
Rentals: PEAK Event Services
Jeweler: Khan Diamonds
Bridal Boutique: Flair Boston
Dress Designer: Jane Hill
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Attire: Enzo Custom
Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux