Last weekend, my clients, Andrea and John were married at the Eisenhower House in Newport, Rhode Island. This beautiful yellow house was once the summer White House of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and overlooks the Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Five years ago, Andrea’s sister and Matron of Honor, was married, so this was my second time being able to work with this lovely family! Andrea’s adorable 2 year old nephew, Ryan, was the ring bearer.
Here is the hand painted sign that greeted guests as they drove up to the front of the house.
The tent and heaters were provided by Newport Tent. A day or two before we had a feeling it might rain as we monitored the weather forecast. Thankfully, Plantation Catering of Newport helped come up with a great rain plan. The ceremony was moved underneath the tent and then guests enjoyed cocktail hour inside the house while we helped to transition the tent for dinner & dancing.
Guests enjoyed cucumber infused water prior to the ceremony.
Andrea & John each had their own signature cocktail. The signature cocktails were served in little mason jars tied with raffia and were topped with a green & white striped straw. The big joke was that no one knew when the groom picked out his signature cocktail that it meant the day would be “Dark and Stormy”.
The beautiful wedding cake was designed by Sweet Sophistications.
Sarah Rodgers Florals did a lovely job with all of the flowers. She used a navy blue & white grosgrain ribbon to surround the glass cubes and wrapped each napkin with this same ribbon. Burlap runners and overlays were rented from Rentals Unlimited.
Menu Cards were tucked into each napkin along with a single blossom.
Tables were named after places the bride and groom had traveled together and printed on kraft paper. On the back side of the frames was a photo of the two of them in that city or location. These white frames from IKEA are great for table names or numbers.
After the ceremony, guests were led into the Eisenhower House for cocktails & hors d’ oeuvres. The mini lobster rolls were a huge hit.
Their guest leaf thumbprint tree was one of my favorite details. The print itself was ordered from Fancy Prints on Etsy. Guests used green ink pads to stamp their thumb print as the leaves on the tree and then signed next to their leaf. This will be so pretty for them to frame and hang in their house!
Flip Flops and Pashminas were placed in baskets near the dance floor during dinner & dancing. The women definitely used all the pashminas since it was such a chilly night. Their band, Night Rhythm was fantastic and I highly recommend them. The dance floor was definitely packed all night.
Congratulations to Andrea & John! Enjoy your honeymoon in Hawaii.