Simply Inviting Weddings » New England Wedding Planner

The Eisenhower House

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.


Wedding Gown Portraits by Diane Bronstein

Before I started Simply Inviting Weddings, I worked as a Bridal Consultant at the Vera Wang Bridal Salon on Newbury Street.  I loved working with my brides to help them select their wedding gown and then complete their overall look with shoes and beautiful accessories.  After the wedding was over, clients often called us to find out about preserving their gown.  We typically recommended a company in New York called Madame Paulette .  They arrange to have your dress shipped directly to them to be preserved and then they package it in a special box and send it back to you.  I always thought it was interesting because they would include these special white gloves in the box so that if you ever wanted to look at it again you could put the gloves on before opening it back up.

Another great way to preserve the memory of your wedding gown is a custom wedding gown portrait.  I came across a talented artist on Etsy who specializes in wedding gown portraits and I think you’ll agree that her work is lovely.

Here is a simple iPhone photo sent in by one of her clients.


A closer picture of the detail on the skirt of the gown.

And finally the finished artwork!  Isn’t it so beautiful?

I think I know what I’m asking my husband for our anniversary next year.  To view more of Diane’s work or to order your custom wedding gown artwork visit her Etsy Shop here.  She has also started to do paintings of couples at their venue which is a unique idea and would make a great gift!

Diane Bronstein - Hi, I am Diane Bronstein. I just wanted to thank you for the lovely article you wrote about my work. Thank you, that is so kind. I absolutely love what I do, and I love the reactions from the brides and their families. Every story is so special. My latest is from a young groom who had me paint not all the bride in her gown but also the venue where they were wed with the two of them in the painting. This was for their first anniversary… how romantic is he… Another great story is of a sister who had me paint her sisters’ portrait in her gown for a wedding gift. I talked to the sister a few times on the phone and the love and attention she put into this gift made my heart feel so good that I could be a part of this.
Again, thank you for writing about this and helping my little business grow.
Diane Bronstein

Alton Lane Clothing

As a wedding planner, I am often asked for tips about where to shop for the groom’s attire.  Well look no further than, Alton Lane located at 91 Newbury Street in Boston on the 2nd floor.  My former client, Chris Cuozzo, is the Director and will walk you through the entire process to create a custom wedding look just for you.  Their selection of custom suits, tuxedos, shirts and accessories is quite impressive.  Whether you want to stand out as the groom or dress your entire party of groomsmen, Chris and his team will take great care of you while making sure to complement the bridesmaid dresses.  The showroom is absolutely gorgeous and they even have a bar in the front overlooking Newbury Street, so you can enjoy a cocktail while you shop.  I commented on the fun zebra wallpaper behind the bar which was one of my favorite design elements.

You can book your consultation online here.

Happy Shopping!{ photos via ARS MAGNA}


Vintage Brooch Bouquets

This summer one of our brides is going to have a custom designed brooch bouquet.  I’ve seen this idea on Pinterest and are so excited to see one in person.  In lieu of traditional flowers, her entire bridal bouquet will be made of beautiful brooches that have been collected just for her and arranged with beautiful ribbon.  I think this is such a fun alternative to fresh flowers and the best part is you can keep it forever.  Hop on over to The Bejeweled Florist to see more of Denise’s beautiful brooch bouquet designs.  Prices start at $190 for a small bouquet and range up to $390 for a larger style bouquet.  She can create them with lace or your favorite ribbon to complement your color palette or your wedding gown.  A smaller version would also be perfect for mothers or grandmothers!


Person & Killian Photography

Thanks for stopping by!  We are honored to be considered as the wedding planner for your upcoming wedding.  We offer wedding planning & design services for all stages of the planning process.  Our weddings have been featured in the Knot, Bride’s Magazine, Style Me Pretty and Southern New England Weddings Magazine.  Since no two weddings are alike, the first step is for us to set up a complimentary consultation.  This meeting will last about an hour and allows us to get to know each other better.

Please call us at (781) 910-7232 or email us at to set up your consultation by phone or in person.  We typically meet with clients on Newbury Street in Boston or on the South Shore in Hingham, MA.

We look forward to being part of your special day!

Warm Wedding Wishes,